6:23 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. 6:24 The king gave another order, 1 and those men who had maliciously accused 2 Daniel were brought and thrown 3 into the lions’ den – they, their children, and their wives. 4 They did not even reach the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
1 tn Aram “said.”
2 tn Aram “had eaten the pieces of.” The Aramaic expression is ironic, in that the accusers who had figuratively “eaten the pieces of Daniel” are themselves literally devoured by the lions.
3 tn The Aramaic active impersonal verb is often used as a substitute for the passive.
4 tc The LXX specifies only the two overseers, together with their families, as those who were cast into the lions’ den.