1 Et Darius Medus successit in regnum annos natus sexaginta duos.
2 Placuit Dario et constituit super regnum satrapas centum viginti, ut essent in toto regno suo,
3 et super eos principes tres, ex quibus Daniel unus erat, ut satrapae illis redderent rationem, et rex non sustineret molestiam.
4 Igitur ille Daniel superabat omnes principes et satrapas, quia spiritus Dei amplior erat in eo. Porro rex cogitabat constituere eum super omne regnum;
5 unde principes et satrapae quaerebant, ut invenirent occasionem Danieli ex latere regni, nullamque causam et suspicionem reperire potuerunt, eo quod fidelis esset, et omnis culpa et suspicio non inveniretur in eo.
6 Dixerunt ergo viri illi: "Non inveniemus Danieli huic aliquam occasionem, nisi forte inveniamus adversus eum in lege Dei sui".
7 Tunc principes et satrapae illi concurrerunt ad regem et sic locuti sunt ei: "Darie rex, in aeternum vive!
8 Consilium inierunt cuncti principes regni, magistratus et satrapae, optimates et iudices, ut decretum regis promulget et edictum confirmet, ut omnis, qui petierit aliquam petitionem a quocumque deo et homine usque ad dies triginta, nisi a te, rex, mittatur in lacum leonum.
9 Nunc itaque, rex, confirma sententiam et signa decretum, ut non immutetur iuxta legem Medorum et Persarum, quam praevaricari non licet".
10 Porro rex Darius signavit edictum et decretum.
11 Daniel autem, cum comperisset decretum signatum esse, ingressus est domum suam et, fenestris apertis in cenaculo suo contra Ierusalem, tribus temporibus in die flectebat genua sua et adorabat confitebaturque coram Deo suo, sicut et ante facere consueverat.
12 Viri ergo illi accesserunt et invenerunt Danielem orantem et obsecrantem Deum suum.
13 Tunc accesserunt et locuti sunt coram rege super edicto: "Rex, numquid non signasti decretum, ut omnis homo, qui rogaret quemquam de diis et hominibus usque ad dies triginta, nisi a te, rex, mitteretur in lacum leonum?". Respondens rex ait: "Verus est sermo iuxta decretum Medorum atque Persarum, quod praevaricari non licet".
14 Tunc respondentes dixerunt coram rege: "Daniel de filiis captivitatis Iudae non curavit de te, rex, et de edicto, quod constituisti, sed tribus temporibus per diem orat obsecratione sua".
15 Quod verbum cum audisset, rex satis contristatus est; et pro Daniele posuit cor, ut liberaret eum, et usque ad occasum solis laborabat, ut erueret illum.
16 Viri autem illi accesserunt ad regem et dixerunt ei: "Scito, rex, quia lex Medorum est atque Persarum, ut omne decretum et edictum, quod constituit rex, non liceat immutari".
17 Tunc rex praecepit, et adduxerunt Danielem et miserunt eum in lacum leonum. Dixitque rex Danieli: "Deus tuus, quem colis semper, ipse liberet te".
18 Allatusque est lapis unus et positus est super os laci; quem obsignavit rex anulo suo et anulo optimatum suorum, ne quid fieret contra Danielem.
19 Et abiit rex in domum suam et dormivit incenatus, cibique non sunt illati coram eo; insuper et somnus recessit ab eo.
20 Tunc rex primo diluculo consurgens festinus ad lacum leonum perrexit;
21 appropinquansque lacui Danielem voce lacrimabili inclamavit et affatus est Danielem: "Daniel, serve Dei viventis, Deus tuus, cui tu servis semper, putasne valuit liberare te a leonibus?".
22 Et Daniel regi respondens ait: "Rex, in aeternum vive!
23 Deus meus misit angelum suum et conclusit ora leonum, et non nocuerunt mihi, quia coram eo iustitia inventa est in me; sed et coram te, rex, delictum non feci".
24 Tunc rex vehementer gavisus est super eo et Danielem praecepit educi de lacu; eductusque est Daniel de lacu, et nulla laesio inventa est in eo, quia credidit Deo suo.
25 Dixit autem rex, et adducti sunt viri illi, qui accusaverant Danielem, et in lacum leonum missi sunt, ipsi et filii eorum et uxores eorum, et non pervenerunt usque ad pavimentum laci, donec potirentur eis leones, et omnia ossa eorum comminuerunt.
26 Tunc Darius rex scripsit universis populis, tribubus et linguis, habitantibus in universa terra: "Pax vobis multiplicetur!
27 A me constitutum est decretum, ut in universo imperio regni mei tremescant et paveant Deum Danielis: ipse est enim Deus vivens et permanens in saecula, et regnum eius non dissipabitur, et potestas eius usque in aeternum;
28 ipse liberator atque salvator et faciens signa et mirabilia in caelo et in terra. Liberavit autem Danielem de manu leonum".
29 Porro Daniel prosperatus est in regno Darii et in regno Cyri Persae.
King James Version
1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
4 ¶ Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
10 ¶ Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
18 ¶ Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
24 ¶ And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
25 ¶ Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.