6:8 Now let the king issue a written interdict 1 so that it cannot be altered, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed. 2 6:9 So King Darius issued the written interdict.
6:10 When Daniel realized 3 that a written decree had been issued, he entered his home, where the windows 4 in his upper room opened toward Jerusalem. 5 Three 6 times daily he was 7 kneeling 8 and offering prayers and thanks to his God just as he had been accustomed to do previously. 6:11 Then those officials who had gone to the king 9 came by collusion and found Daniel praying and asking for help before his God.
6:14 When the king heard this, 10 he was very upset and began thinking about 11 how he might rescue Daniel. Until late afternoon 12 he was struggling to find a way to rescue him. 6:15 Then those men came by collusion to the king and 13 said to him, 14 “Recall, 15 O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no edict or decree that the king issues can be changed.” 6:16 So the king gave the order, 16 and Daniel was brought and thrown into a den 17 of lions. The king consoled 18 Daniel by saying, “Your God whom you continually serve will rescue you!” 6:17 Then a stone was brought and placed over the opening 19 to the den. The king sealed 20 it with his signet ring and with those 21 of his nobles so that nothing could be changed with regard to Daniel. 6:18 Then the king departed to his palace. But he spent the night without eating, and no diversions 22 were brought to him. He was unable to sleep. 23
6:19 In the morning, at the earliest sign of daylight, the king got up and rushed to the lions’ den. 6:20 As he approached the den, he called out to Daniel in a worried voice, 24 “Daniel, servant of the living God, was your God whom you continually serve able to rescue you from the lions?”
6:21 Then Daniel spoke to 25 the king, “O king, live forever! 6:22 My God sent his angel and closed the lions’ mouths so that they have not harmed me, because I was found to be innocent before him. Nor have I done any harm to you, O king.”
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, 26 and those men who had maliciously accused 27 Daniel were brought and thrown 28 into the lions’ den – they, their children, and their wives. 29 They did not even reach the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
[6:10] sn No specific posture for offering prayers is prescribed in the OT. Kneeling, as here, and standing were both practiced.
[6:17] 20 sn The purpose of the den being sealed was to prevent unauthorized tampering with the opening of the den. Any disturbance of the seal would immediately alert the officials to improper activity of this sort.
[6:18] 22 tn The meaning of Aramaic דַּחֲוָה (dakhavah) is a crux interpretum. Suggestions include “music,” “dancing girls,” “concubines,” “table,” “food” – all of which are uncertain. The translation employed here, suggested by earlier scholars, is deliberately vague. A number of recent English versions follow a similar approach with “entertainment” (e.g., NASB, NIV, NCV, TEV, CEV, NLT). On this word see further, HALOT 1849-50 s.v.; E. Vogt, Lexicon linguae aramaicae, 37.