6:1 It seemed like a good idea to Darius 3 to appoint over the kingdom 120 satraps 4 who would be in charge of the entire kingdom.
1 tn Aram “from me there was placed a decree.”
2 tn The Aramaic infinitive here is active.
3 tn Aram “It was pleasing before Darius.”
4 tn This is a technical term for an official placed in charge of a region of the empire (cf. KJV, NLT “prince[s]”; NCV, TEV “governors”). These satraps were answerable to a supervisor, who in turn answered to Darius.