As he came near the den where Daniel was, the king called to Daniel with anguish in his voice, "Daniel, servant of the living God! Was God, whom you always worship, able to save you from the lions?" 21
Daniel said to the king, "Your Majesty, may you live forever! 22
My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths so that they couldn't hurt me. He did this because he considered me innocent. Your Majesty, I haven't committed any crime." 23
The king was overjoyed and had Daniel taken out of the den. When Daniel was taken out of the den, people saw that he was completely unharmed because he trusted his God. 24
The king ordered those men who had brought charges against Daniel to be brought to him. They, their wives, and their children were thrown into the lions' den. Before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions attacked them and crushed all their bones.
25Then King Darius wrote to the people of every province, nation, and language all over the world: I wish you peace and prosperity.
26I decree that in every part of my kingdom people should tremble with terror in front of Daniel's God, the living God who continues forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed. His power lasts to the end [of time].
27He saves, rescues, and does miraculous signs and amazing things in heaven and on earth. He saved Daniel from the lions.
28This man, Daniel, prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.