6 It seemed like a good idea to Darius 1 to appoint over the kingdom 120 satraps 2 who would be in charge of the entire kingdom. 2 Over them would be three supervisors, one of whom was Daniel. These satraps were accountable 3 to them, so that the king’s interests might not incur damage. 3 Now this Daniel was distinguishing himself above the other supervisors and the satraps, for he had an extraordinary spirit. In fact, the king intended to appoint him over the entire kingdom. 4 Consequently the supervisors and satraps were trying to find 4 some pretext against Daniel in connection with administrative matters. 5 But they were unable to find any such damaging evidence, 6 because he was trustworthy and guilty of no negligence or corruption. 7 5 So these men concluded, 8 “We won’t find any pretext against this man Daniel unless it is 9 in connection with the law of his God.”
6 So these supervisors and satraps came by collusion 10 to the king and said 11 to him, “O King Darius, live forever! 7 To all the supervisors of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, counselors, and governors it seemed like a good idea for a royal edict to be issued and an interdict to be enforced. For the next thirty days anyone who prays 12 to any god or human other than you, O king, should be thrown into a den of lions. 8 Now let the king issue a written interdict 13 so that it cannot be altered, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed. 14 9 So King Darius issued the written interdict.
10 When Daniel realized 15 that a written decree had been issued, he entered his home, where the windows 16 in his upper room opened toward Jerusalem. 17 Three 18 times daily he was 19 kneeling 20 and offering prayers and thanks to his God just as he had been accustomed to do previously. 11 Then those officials who had gone to the king 21 came by collusion and found Daniel praying and asking for help before his God. 12 So they approached the king and said to him, 22 “Did you not issue an edict to the effect that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human other than to you, O king, would be thrown into a den of lions?” The king replied, “That is correct, 23 according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed.” 13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the captives 24 from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the edict that you issued. Three times daily he offers his prayer.” 25
14 When the king heard this, 26 he was very upset and began thinking about 27 how he might rescue Daniel. Until late afternoon 28 he was struggling to find a way to rescue him. 15 Then those men came by collusion to the king and 29 said to him, 30 “Recall, 31 O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no edict or decree that the king issues can be changed.” 16 So the king gave the order, 32 and Daniel was brought and thrown into a den 33 of lions. The king consoled 34 Daniel by saying, “Your God whom you continually serve will rescue you!” 17 Then a stone was brought and placed over the opening 35 to the den. The king sealed 36 it with his signet ring and with those 37 of his nobles so that nothing could be changed with regard to Daniel. 18 Then the king departed to his palace. But he spent the night without eating, and no diversions 38 were brought to him. He was unable to sleep. 39
19 In the morning, at the earliest sign of daylight, the king got up and rushed to the lions’ den. 20 As he approached the den, he called out to Daniel in a worried voice, 40 “Daniel, servant of the living God, was your God whom you continually serve able to rescue you from the lions?”
21 Then Daniel spoke to 41 the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel and closed the lions’ mouths so that they have not harmed me, because I was found to be innocent before him. Nor have I done any harm to you, O king.”
23 Then the king was delighted and gave an order to haul Daniel up from the den. So Daniel was hauled up out of the den. He had no injury of any kind, because he had trusted in his God. 24 The king gave another order, 42 and those men who had maliciously accused 43 Daniel were brought and thrown 44 into the lions’ den – they, their children, and their wives. 45 They did not even reach the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and language groups who were living in all the land: “Peace and prosperity! 46 26 I have issued an edict that throughout all the dominion of my kingdom people are to revere and fear the God of Daniel.
“For he is the living God;
he endures forever.
His kingdom will not be destroyed;
his authority is forever. 47
27 He rescues and delivers
and performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel from the power 48 of the lions!”
28 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and 49 the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
7 In the first 1 year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had 2 a dream filled with visions 3 while he was lying on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream in summary fashion. 4 2 Daniel explained: 5 “I was watching in my vision during the night as 6 the four winds of the sky 7 were stirring up the great sea. 8 3 Then four large beasts came up from the sea; they were different from one another.
4 “The first one was like a lion with eagles’ wings. As I watched, its wings were pulled off and it was lifted up from the ground. It was made to stand on two feet like a human being, and a human mind 9 was given to it. 10
5 “Then 11 a second beast appeared, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and there were three ribs 12 in its mouth between its teeth. 13 It was told, 14 ‘Get up and devour much flesh!’
6 “After these things, 15 as I was watching, another beast 16 like a leopard appeared, with four bird-like wings on its back. 17 This beast had four heads, 18 and ruling authority was given to it.
7 “After these things, as I was watching in the night visions 19 a fourth beast appeared – one dreadful, terrible, and very strong. 20 It had two large rows 21 of iron teeth. It devoured and crushed, and anything that was left it trampled with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that came before it, and it had ten horns.
8 “As I was contemplating the horns, another horn – a small one – came up between them, and three of the former horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. 22 This horn had eyes resembling human eyes and a mouth speaking arrogant 23 things.
9 “While I was watching,
thrones were set up,
and the Ancient of Days 24 took his seat.
His attire was white like snow;
the hair of his head was like lamb’s 25 wool.
His throne was ablaze with fire
and its wheels were all aflame. 26
10 A river of fire was streaming forth
and proceeding from his presence.
Many thousands were ministering to him;
Many tens of thousands stood ready to serve him. 27
The court convened 28
and the books were opened.
11 “Then I kept on watching because of the arrogant words of the horn that was speaking. I was watching 29 until the beast was killed and its body destroyed and thrown into 30 the flaming fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their ruling authority had already been removed, though they were permitted to go on living 31 for a time and a season. 13 I was watching in the night visions,
“And with 32 the clouds of the sky 33
one like a son of man 34 was approaching.
He went up to the Ancient of Days
and was escorted 35 before him.
14 To him was given ruling authority, honor, and sovereignty.
All peoples, nations, and language groups were serving 36 him.
His authority is eternal and will not pass away. 37
His kingdom will not be destroyed. 38
15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed, 39 and the visions of my mind 40 were alarming me. 16 I approached one of those standing nearby and asked him about the meaning 41 of all this. So he spoke with me and revealed 42 to me the interpretation of the vision: 43 17 ‘These large beasts, which are four in number, represent four kings who will arise from the earth. 18 The holy ones 44 of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will take possession of the kingdom forever and ever.’
19 “Then I wanted to know the meaning 45 of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others. It was very dreadful, with two rows of iron teeth and bronze claws, and it devoured, crushed, and trampled anything that was left with its feet. 20 I also wanted to know 46 the meaning of the ten horns on its head, and of that other horn which came up and before which three others fell. This was the horn that had eyes 47 and a mouth speaking arrogant things, whose appearance was more formidable than the others. 48 21 While I was watching, that horn began to wage war against the holy ones and was defeating 49 them, 22 until the Ancient of Days arrived and judgment was rendered 50 in favor of the holy ones of the Most High. Then the time came for the holy ones to take possession of the kingdom.
23 “This is what he told me: 51
‘The fourth beast means that there will be a fourth kingdom on earth
that will differ from all the other kingdoms.
It will devour all the earth
and will trample and crush it.
24 The ten horns
mean that ten kings will arise from that kingdom.
Another king will arise after them,
but he will be different from the earlier ones.
He will humiliate 52 three kings.
25 He will speak words against the Most High.
He will harass 53 the holy ones of the Most High continually.
His intention 54 will be to change times established by law. 55
They will be delivered into his hand
For a time, times, 56 and half a time.
26 But the court will convene, 57 and his ruling authority will be removed –
destroyed and abolished forever!
27 Then the kingdom, authority,
and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven
will be delivered to the people of the holy ones 58 of the Most High.
His kingdom is an eternal kingdom;
all authorities will serve him and obey him.’
28 “This is the conclusion of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts troubled me greatly, and the color drained from my face. 59 But I kept the matter to myself.” 60