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Daniel 6

Daniel en el foso de los leones

1Para el control eficaz de su reino, Darío consideró prudente nombrar a ciento veinte sátrapas y tres administradores, uno de los cuales era Daniel. Estos sátrapas eran responsables ante los administradores, a fin de que los intereses del rey no se vieran afectados. Y tanto se distinguió Daniel por sus extraordinarias cualidades administrativas que el rey pensó en ponerlo al frente de todo el reino. Entonces los administradores y los sátrapas empezaron a buscar algún motivo para acusar a Daniel de malos manejos en los negocios del reino. Sin embargo, no encontraron de qué acusarlo porque, lejos de ser corrupto o negligente, Daniel era un hombre digno de confianza. Por eso concluyeron: «Nunca encontraremos nada de qué acusar a Daniel, a no ser algo relacionado con la ley de su Dios».

Formaron entonces los administradores y sátrapas una comisión para ir a hablar con el rey, y estando en su presencia le dijeron:

―¡Que viva para siempre el rey Darío! Nosotros los administradores reales, junto con los prefectos, sátrapas, consejeros y gobernadores, convenimos en que el rey debería emitir y confirmar un decreto que exija que, durante los próximos treinta días, sea arrojado al foso de los leones todo el que adore a cualquier dios u hombre que no sea el rey. Expida el rey ahora ese decreto, y póngalo por escrito. Así, conforme a la ley de los medos y los persas, no podrá ser revocado.

El rey Darío expidió el decreto y lo puso por escrito. 10 Cuando Daniel se enteró de la publicación del decreto, se fue a su casa y subió a su dormitorio, cuyas ventanas se abrían en dirección a Jerusalén. Allí se arrodilló y se puso a orar y alabar a Dios, pues tenía por costumbre orar tres veces al día. 11 Cuando aquellos hombres llegaron y encontraron a Daniel orando e implorando la ayuda de Dios, 12 fueron a hablar con el rey respecto al decreto real:

―¿No es verdad que el rey publicó un decreto? Según entendemos, todo el que en los próximos treinta días adore a otro dios u hombre que no sea el rey será arrojado al foso de los leones.

―El decreto sigue en pie —contestó el rey—. Según la ley de los medos y los persas, no puede ser derogado.

13 Ellos respondieron: —¡Pues Daniel, que es uno de los exiliados de Judá, no tiene en cuenta al rey ni el decreto que ha promulgado! ¡Todavía sigue orando a su Dios tres veces al día!

14 Cuando el rey escuchó esto, se deprimió mucho y se propuso salvar a Daniel, así que durante todo el día buscó la forma de salvarlo. 15 Pero aquellos hombres fueron a ver al rey y lo presionaron:

―No olvide el rey que, según la ley de los medos y los persas, ningún decreto ni edicto emitido por el rey puede ser derogado.

16 El rey dio entonces la orden, y Daniel fue arrojado al foso de los leones. Allí, el rey animaba a Daniel:

―¡Que tu Dios, a quien siempre sirves, se digne salvarte!

17 Trajeron entonces una piedra, y con ella taparon la boca del foso. El rey la selló con su propio anillo y con el de sus nobles para que la sentencia contra Daniel no pudiera ser cambiada. 18 Luego volvió a su palacio y pasó la noche sin comer y sin divertirse, y hasta el sueño se le fue. 19 Tan pronto como amaneció, se levantó y fue al foso de los leones. 20 Ya cerca, lleno de ansiedad gritó:

―Daniel, siervo del Dios viviente, ¿pudo tu Dios, a quien siempre sirves, salvarte de los leones?

21 ―¡Que viva el rey para siempre! —contestó Daniel desde el foso—. 22 Mi Dios envió a su ángel y cerró la boca a los leones. No me han hecho ningún daño, porque Dios bien sabe que soy inocente. ¡Tampoco he cometido nada malo contra ti!

23 Sin ocultar su alegría, el rey ordenó que sacaran del foso a Daniel. Cuando lo sacaron, no se le halló un solo rasguño, pues Daniel confiaba en su Dios. 24 Entonces el rey mandó traer a los que falsamente lo habían acusado y ordenó que los arrojaran al foso de los leones, junto con sus esposas y sus hijos. ¡No habían tocado el suelo cuando ya los leones habían caído sobre ellos y les habían triturado los huesos!

25 Más tarde el rey Darío firmó este decreto:

«A todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas de este mundo:

»¡Paz y prosperidad para todos!

26 »He decretado que en todo lugar de mi reino la gente adore y honre al Dios de Daniel.

»Porque él es el Dios vivo,
    y permanece para siempre.
Su reino jamás será destruido,
    y su dominio jamás tendrá fin.
27 Él rescata y salva;
    hace prodigios en el cielo
    y maravillas en la tierra.
¡Ha salvado a Daniel
    de las garras de los leones!»

28 Fue así como Daniel prosperó durante los reinados de Darío y de Ciro el Persa.

New American Standard Bible

Daniel 6

Daniel Serves Darius

1[a]It seemed good to Darius to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, that they would be in charge of the whole kingdom, and over them three commissioners (of whom Daniel was one), that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer loss. Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself [b]among the commissioners and satraps because [c]he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom. Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to [d]government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him. Then these men said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.”

Then these commissioners and satraps came [e]by agreement to the king and spoke to him as follows: “King Darius, live forever! All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ [f]den. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which [g]may not be revoked.” Therefore King Darius signed the document, that is, the injunction.

10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, [h]as he had been doing previously. 11 Then these men came [i]by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God. 12 Then they approached and spoke before the king about the king’s injunction, “Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?” The king replied, “The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which [j]may not be revoked.” 13 Then they answered and spoke before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the [k]exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.”

14 Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him. 15 Then these men came [l]by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.”

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

16 Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions’ den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “[m]Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.” 17 A stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel. 18 Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.

19 Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den. 20 When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel spoke [n]to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as [o]I was found innocent before Him; and also [p]toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.” 23 Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had [q]maliciously accused Daniel, and they cast them, their children and their wives into the lions’ den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

25 Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every [r]language who were living in all the land: “May your [s]peace abound! 26 [t]I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel;

For He is the living God and enduring forever,
And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed,
And His dominion will be [u]forever.
27 “He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders
In heaven and on earth,
Who has also delivered Daniel from the [v]power of the lions.”

28 So this Daniel enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Notas al pie

  1. Daniel 6:1 Ch 6:2 in Aram
  2. Daniel 6:3 Lit above
  3. Daniel 6:3 Lit there was in him
  4. Daniel 6:4 Lit the kingdom
  5. Daniel 6:6 Or thronging
  6. Daniel 6:7 Or pit, and so throughout the ch
  7. Daniel 6:8 Lit does not pass away
  8. Daniel 6:10 Or because
  9. Daniel 6:11 Or thronging
  10. Daniel 6:12 Lit does not pass away
  11. Daniel 6:13 Lit sons of the exile
  12. Daniel 6:15 Or thronging
  13. Daniel 6:16 Or May your God...Himself deliver you
  14. Daniel 6:21 Lit with
  15. Daniel 6:22 Lit innocence was found for me
  16. Daniel 6:22 Lit before
  17. Daniel 6:24 Lit eaten the pieces of Daniel
  18. Daniel 6:25 Lit tongue
  19. Daniel 6:25 Or welfare or prosperity
  20. Daniel 6:26 Lit From me a decree is made
  21. Daniel 6:26 Lit to the end
  22. Daniel 6:27 Lit hand