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Daniel 6:1

Daniel is Thrown into a Lions’ Den

6:1 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.

Daniel 6:9

6:9 So King Darius issued the written interdict.

Daniel 6:13

6:13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the captives 3  from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the edict that you issued. Three times daily he offers his prayer.” 4 

Daniel 6:16

6:16 So the king gave the order, 5  and Daniel was brought and thrown into a den 6  of lions. The king consoled 7  Daniel by saying, “Your God whom you continually serve will rescue you!”

1 tn Aram “It was pleasing before Darius.”

2 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.

3 tn Aram “from the sons of the captivity [of].”

4 tn Aram “prays his prayer.”

5 tn Aram “said.” So also in vv. 24, 25.

6 sn The den was perhaps a pit below ground level which could be safely observed from above.

7 tn Aram “answered and said [to Daniel].”

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