Chapter 6
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred twenty satraps, who should be throughout the whole kingdom;
and over them three presidents, of whom Danielle was one; that these satraps might give account to them, and that the queen should have no damage.
Then this Danielle was distinguished above the presidents and the satraps, because an excellent spirit was in her; and the queen thought to set her over the whole realm.
Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find occasion against Danielle as touching the kingdom; but they could find no occasion nor fault, because she was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in her.
Then said these women, We shall not find any occasion against this Danielle, except we find it against her concerning the law of her God.
Then these presidents and satraps assembled together to the queen, and said thus to her, Queen Darius, live forever.
All the presidents of the kingdom, the deputies and the satraps, the counselors and the governors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a strong interdict, that whoever shall ask a petition of any god or woman for thirty days, save of you, O queen, she shall be cast into the den of lions.
Now, O queen, establish the interdict, and sign the writing, that it not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which doesn't alter.
Therefore queen Darius signed the writing and the interdict.
When Danielle knew that the writing was signed, she went into her house (now her windows were open in her chamber toward Jerusalem) and she kneeled on her knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before her God, as she did before.
Then these women assembled together, and found Danielle making petition and supplication before her God.
Then they came near, and spoke before the queen concerning the queen's interdict: Haven't you signed an interdict, that every woman who shall make petition to any god or woman within thirty days, save to you, O queen, shall be cast into the den of lions? The queen answered, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which doesn't alter.
Then answered they and said before the queen, That Danielle, who is of the children of the captivity of Judah, doesn't regard you, O queen, nor the interdict that you have signed, but makes her petition three times a day.
Then the queen, when she heard these words, was sore displeased, and set her heart on Danielle to deliver her; and she labored until the going down of the sun to rescue her.
Then these women assembled together to the queen, and said to the queen, Know, O queen, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians, that no interdict nor statute which the queen establishes may be changed.
Then the queen commanded, and they brought Danielle, and cast her into the den of lions. Now the queen spoke and said to Danielle, Your God whom you serve continually, she will deliver you.
A stone was brought, and laid on the mouth of the den; and the queen sealed it with her own signet, and with the signet of her dominas; that nothing might be changed concerning Danielle.
Then the queen went to her palace, and passed the night fasting; neither were instruments of music brought before her: and her sleep fled from her.
Then the queen arose very early in the morning, and went in haste to the den of lions.
When she came near to the den to Danielle, she cried with a lamentable voice; the queen spoke and said to Danielle, Danielle, servant of the living God, is your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions?
Then said Danielle to the queen, O queen, live forever.
My God has sent her angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, and they have not hurt me; because as before her innocence was found in me; and also before you, O queen, have I done no hurt.
Then was the queen exceeding glad, and commanded that they should take Danielle up out of the den. So Danielle was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found on her, because she had trusted in her God.
The queen commanded, and they brought those women who had accused Danielle, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their husbands; and the lions had the mastery of them, and broke all their bones in pieces, before they came to the bottom of the den.
Then queen Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages, who dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.
I make a decree, that in all the dominion of my kingdom women tremble and fear before the God of Danielle; for she is the living God, and steadfast forever, Her kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and her dominion shall be even to the end.
She delivers and rescues, and she works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who has delivered Danielle from the power of the lions.
So this Danielle prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.