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Daniel 6

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1 καὶ ἤρεσεν ἐνώπιον Δαρείου καὶ κατέστησεν ἐπὶ τῆς βασιλείας σατράπας ἑκατὸν εἴκοσι τοῦ εἶναι αὐτοὺς ἐν ὅλῃ τῇ βασιλείᾳ αὐτοῦ 2 καὶ ἐπάνω αὐτῶν τακτικοὺς τρεῖς ὧν ἦν Δανιηλ εἷς ἐξ αὐτῶν τοῦ ἀποδιδόναι αὐτοῖς τοὺς σατράπας λόγον ὅπως ὁ βασιλεὺς μὴ ἐνοχλῆται 3 καὶ ἦν Δανιηλ ὑπὲρ αὐτούς ὅτι πνεῦμα περισσὸν ἐν αὐτῷ καὶ ὁ βασιλεὺς κατέστησεν αὐτὸν ἐ{F'} ὅλης τῆς βασιλείας αὐτοῦ 4 καὶ οἱ τακτικοὶ καὶ οἱ σατράπαι ἐζήτουν πρόφασιν εὑρεῖν κατὰ Δανιηλ καὶ πᾶσαν πρόφασιν καὶ παράπτωμα καὶ ἀμβλάκημα οὐχ εὗρον κα{T'} αὐτοῦ ὅτι πιστὸς ἦν 5 καὶ εἶπον οἱ τακτικοί οὐχ εὑρήσομεν κατὰ Δανιηλ πρόφασιν εἰ μὴ ἐν νομίμοις θεοῦ αὐτοῦ 1 This Darius saw fit to appoint a hundred and twenty lords lieutenant, who should govern the provinces of his empire; 2 and over these, three viceroys, of whom Daniel was one; governor should be answerable to viceroy, and the king’s grace should not be troubled with such matters. 3 Yet governor was none or viceroy that could compare with Daniel, so richly God inspired him; 4 and soon the king’s thought was, to put the whole empire under his care. Right gladly would his rivals have found opportunity to discredit him in the king’s eyes; but no, handle or pretext they could find none, so faithful was he, so far removed from all breath of suspicion. 5 And at last they were fain to admit, if charge was to be found against Daniel at all, keeping of his God’s law must be the ground of it. 1 Placuit Dario, et constituit super regnum satrapas centum viginti ut essent in toto regno suo. 2 Et super eos principes tres, ex quibus Daniel unus erat: ut satrapæ illis redderent rationem, et rex non sustineret molestiam. 3 Igitur Daniel superabat omnes principes et satrapas, quia spiritus Dei amplior erat in illo. 4 Porro rex cogitabat constituere eum super omne regnum: unde principes, et satrapæ quærebant occasionem ut invenirent Danieli ex latere regis: nullamque causam, et suspicionem reperire potuerunt, eo quod fidelis esset, et omnis culpa, et suspicio non inveniretur in eo. 5 Dixerunt ergo viri illi: Non inveniemus Danieli huic aliquam occasionem, nisi forte in lege Dei sui.
6 τότε οἱ τακτικοὶ καὶ οἱ σατράπαι παρέστησαν τῷ βασιλεῖ καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ Δαρεῖε βασιλεῦ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας ζῆθι 7 συνεβουλεύσαντο πάντες οἱ ἐπὶ τῆς βασιλείας σου στρατηγοὶ καὶ σατράπαι ὕπατοι καὶ τοπάρχαι τοῦ στῆσαι στάσει βασιλικῇ καὶ ἐνισχῦσαι ὁρισμόν ὅπως ὃς ἂν αἰτήσῃ αἴτημα παρὰ παντὸς θεοῦ καὶ ἀνθρώπου ἕως ἡμερῶν τριάκοντα ἀλ{L'} ἢ παρὰ σοῦ βασιλεῦ ἐμβληθήσεται εἰς τὸν λάκκον τῶν λεόντων 8 νῦν οὖν βασιλεῦ στῆσον τὸν ὁρισμὸν καὶ ἔκθες γραφήν ὅπως μὴ ἀλλοιωθῇ τὸ δόγμα Μήδων καὶ Περσῶν 6 So they took the king by surprise; Long life, they said, to the king’s grace! 7 Here is a design upon which we are all agreed, viceroy and magistrate and governor and senator and judge; that an edict should go out under the royal seal forbidding thy subjects to make any request of god or man these next thirty days, save only of thyself. And if any man disobeys, it shall be at his peril; he is for the lion-pit. 8 May it please the king’s grace to give this design of ours effect, and make the decree unalterable, under law of the Medes and Persians, the law there is no amending. 6 Tunc principes et satrapæ surripuerunt regi, et sic locuti sunt ei: Dari rex, in æternum vive! 7 consilium inierunt omnes principes regni tui, magistratus, et satrapæ, senatores, et judices, ut decretum imperatorium exeat, et edictum: ut omnis, qui petierit aliquam petitionem a quocumque deo et homine usque ad triginta dies, nisi a te, rex, mittatur in lacum leonum. 8 Nunc itaque rex, confirma sententiam, et scribe decretum: ut non immutetur quod statutum est a Medis et Persis, nec prævaricari cuiquam liceat.
9 τότε ὁ βασιλεὺς Δαρεῖος ἐπέταξεν γραφῆναι τὸ δόγμα 10 καὶ Δανιηλ ἡνίκα ἔγνω ὅτι ἐνετάγη τὸ δόγμα εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ καὶ αἱ θυρίδες ἀνεῳγμέναι αὐτῷ ἐν τοῖς ὑπερῴοις αὐτοῦ κατέναντι Ιερουσαλημ καὶ καιροὺς τρεῖς τῆς ἡμέρας ἦν κάμπτων ἐπὶ τὰ γόνατα αὐτοῦ καὶ προσευχόμενος καὶ ἐξομολογούμενος ἐναντίον τοῦ θεοῦ αὐτοῦ καθὼς ἦν ποιῶν ἔμπροσθεν 11 τότε οἱ ἄνδρες ἐκεῖνοι παρετήρησαν καὶ εὗρον τὸν Δανιηλ ἀξιοῦντα καὶ δεόμενον τοῦ θεοῦ αὐτοῦ 12 καὶ προσελθόντες λέγουσιν τῷ βασιλεῖ βασιλεῦ οὐχ ὁρισμὸν ἔταξας ὅπως πᾶς ἄνθρωπος ὃς ἂν αἰτήσῃ παρὰ παντὸς θεοῦ καὶ ἀνθρώπου αἴτημα ἕως ἡμερῶν τριάκοντα ἀλ{L'} ἢ παρὰ σοῦ βασιλεῦ ἐμβληθήσεται εἰς τὸν λάκκον τῶν λεόντων καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεύς ἀληθινὸς ὁ λόγος καὶ τὸ δόγμα Μήδων καὶ Περσῶν οὐ παρελεύσεται 13 τότε ἀπεκρίθησαν καὶ λέγουσιν ἐνώπιον τοῦ βασιλέως Δανιηλ ὁ ἀπὸ τῶν υἱῶν τῆς αἰχμαλωσίας τῆς Ιουδαίας οὐχ ὑπετάγη τῷ δόγματί σου περὶ τοῦ ὁρισμοῦ οὗ ἔταξας καὶ καιροὺς τρεῖς τῆς ἡμέρας αἰτεῖ παρὰ τοῦ θεοῦ αὐτοῦ τὰ αἰτήματα αὐτοῦ 9 Draw up the edict he did, and signed it. 10 As for Daniel, when he heard it was law, he took himself home; and now as ever, three times a day, he would open his chamber window towards Jerusalem eastwards, doing reverence on bended knee and praising his God. 11 Be sure they surprised him at it, these enemies of his; found him a-praying to his God, 12 and went off to remind the king of his edict. Had not a law been enacted, prayer there should be none to god or man those thirty days following, save to the king; and that on pain of the lions? Law it is, said he, and law of the Medes and Persians there is no amending. 13 Why then, they asked the king, what of Daniel, Daniel the Jewish exile, that for law and edict cares nothing? Three times a day he offers his God prayer. 9 Porro rex Darius proposuit edictum, et statuit. 10 Quod cum Daniel comperisset, id est, constitutam legem, ingressus est domum suam: et fenestris apertis in cœnaculo suo contra Jerusalem tribus temporibus in die flectebat genua sua, et adorabat, confitebaturque coram Deo suo sicut et ante facere consueverat. 11 Viri ergo illi curiosius inquirentes invenerunt Danielem orantem, et obsecrantem Deum suum. 12 Et accedentes locuti sunt regi super edicto: Rex, numquid non constituisti ut omnis homo qui rogaret quemquam de diis et hominibus usque ad dies triginta, nisi te, rex, mitteretur in lacum leonum? Ad quos respondens rex, ait: Verus est sermo juxta decretum Medorum atque Persarum, quod prævaricari non licet. 13 Tunc respondentes dixerunt coram rege: Daniel de filiis captivitatis Juda, non curavit de lege tua, et de edicto quod constituisti: sed tribus temporibus per diem orat obsecratione sua.
14 τότε ὁ βασιλεύς ὡς τὸ ῥῆμα ἤκουσεν πολὺ ἐλυπήθη ἐ{P'} αὐτῷ καὶ περὶ τοῦ Δανιηλ ἠγωνίσατο τοῦ ἐξελέσθαι αὐτὸν καὶ ἕως ἑσπέρας ἦν ἀγωνιζόμενος τοῦ ἐξελέσθαι αὐτόν 15 τότε οἱ ἄνδρες ἐκεῖνοι λέγουσιν τῷ βασιλεῖ γνῶθι βασιλεῦ ὅτι δόγμα Μήδοις καὶ Πέρσαις τοῦ πᾶν ὁρισμὸν καὶ στάσιν ἣν ἂν ὁ βασιλεὺς στήσῃ οὐ δεῖ παραλλάξαι 16 τότε ὁ βασιλεὺς εἶπεν καὶ ἤγαγον τὸν Δανιηλ καὶ ἐνέβαλον αὐτὸν εἰς τὸν λάκκον τῶν λεόντων καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεὺς τῷ Δανιηλ ὁ θεός σου ᾧ σὺ λατρεύεις ἐνδελεχῶς αὐτὸς ἐξελεῖταί σε 17 καὶ ἤνεγκαν λίθον καὶ ἐπέθηκαν ἐπὶ τὸ στόμα τοῦ λάκκου καὶ ἐσφραγίσατο ὁ βασιλεὺς ἐν τῷ δακτυλίῳ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν τῷ δακτυλίῳ τῶν μεγιστάνων αὐτοῦ ὅπως μὴ ἀλλοιωθῇ πρᾶγμα ἐν τῷ Δανιηλ 18 καὶ ἀπῆλθεν ὁ βασιλεὺς εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐκοιμήθη ἄδειπνος καὶ ἐδέσματα οὐκ εἰσήνεγκαν αὐτῷ καὶ ὁ ὕπνος ἀπέστη ἀ{P'} αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀπέκλεισεν ὁ θεὸς τὰ στόματα τῶν λεόντων καὶ οὐ παρηνώχλησαν τῷ Δανιηλ 14 Pitiful hearing was this for the king’s ear; to save Daniel was all his thought, and to that end he laboured till set of sun; 15 but the trap they had devised was too crafty for him, and ever they put him in mind there was no help for it. By the law Medes and Persians use, let the king once make a decree, there is no amending it. 16 At last the king gave orders Daniel should be sent for and shut up in the lion-pit; So faithful a servant, he told him, thy God must needs deliver. 17 And with that, a stone was brought and set down at the pit’s entrance, which the king sealed and his nobles both; there should be no interfering with Daniel. 18 Home went the king, and supperless to bed; he would have no food brought him, and sleep he could not. 14 Quod verbum cum audisset rex, satis contristatus est: et pro Daniele posuit cor ut liberaret eum, et usque ad occasum solis laborabat ut erueret illum. 15 Viri autem illi, intelligentes regem, dixerunt ei: Scito, rex, quia lex Medorum atque Persarum est ut omne decretum, quod constituerit rex, non liceat immutari. 16 Tunc rex præcepit, et adduxerunt Danielem, et miserunt eum in lacum leonum. Dixitque rex Danieli: Deus tuus, quem colis semper, ipse liberabit te. 17 Allatusque est lapis unus, et positus est super os laci: quem obsignavit rex annulo suo, et annulo optimatum suorum, ne quid fieret contra Danielem. 18 Et abiit rex in domum suam, et dormivit incœnatus, cibique non sunt allati coram eo, insuper et somnus recessit ab eo.
19 τότε ὁ βασιλεὺς ἀνέστη τὸ πρωὶ ἐν τῷ φωτὶ καὶ ἐν σπουδῇ ἦλθεν ἐπὶ τὸν λάκκον τῶν λεόντων 20 καὶ ἐν τῷ ἐγγίζειν αὐτὸν τῷ λάκκῳ ἐβόησεν φωνῇ ἰσχυρᾷ Δανιηλ ὁ δοῦλος τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ζῶντος ὁ θεός σου ᾧ σὺ λατρεύεις ἐνδελεχῶς εἰ ἠδυνήθη ἐξελέσθαι σε ἐκ στόματος τῶν λεόντων 21 καὶ εἶπεν Δανιηλ τῷ βασιλεῖ βασιλεῦ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας ζῆθι 22 ὁ θεός μου ἀπέστειλεν τὸν ἄγγελον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐνέφραξεν τὰ στόματα τῶν λεόντων καὶ οὐκ ἐλυμήναντό με ὅτι κατέναντι αὐτοῦ εὐθύτης ηὑρέθη μοι καὶ ἐνώπιον δὲ σοῦ βασιλεῦ παράπτωμα οὐκ ἐποίησα 23 τότε ὁ βασιλεὺς πολὺ ἠγαθύνθη ἐ{P'} αὐτῷ καὶ τὸν Δανιηλ εἶπεν ἀνενέγκαι ἐκ τοῦ λάκκου καὶ ἀνηνέχθη Δανιηλ ἐκ τοῦ λάκκου καὶ πᾶσα διαφθορὰ οὐχ εὑρέθη ἐν αὐτῷ ὅτι ἐπίστευσεν ἐν τῷ θεῷ αὐτοῦ 24 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεύς καὶ ἠγάγοσαν τοὺς ἄνδρας τοὺς διαβαλόντας τὸν Δανιηλ καὶ εἰς τὸν λάκκον τῶν λεόντων ἐνεβλήθησαν αὐτοὶ καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτῶν καὶ αἱ γυναῖκες αὐτῶν καὶ οὐκ ἔφθασαν εἰς τὸ ἔδαφος τοῦ λάκκου ἕως οὗ ἐκυρίευσαν αὐτῶν οἱ λέοντες καὶ πάντα τὰ ὀστᾶ αὐτῶν ἐλέπτυναν 19 With the first light of day, the king was up and stirring; to the lion-pit he hastened, 20 and as he came up to it, he cried out most lamentably: Daniel, worshipper of the God that lives, thou wert ever his true servant; has power of his availed to rescue thee from the lions? 21 Long life to the king’s grace, Daniel answered; 22 angel of his did his errand, and stopped the lions’ mouths. What harm should they do me, one that my God sees guiltless? And for thyself, lord king, nought did I to earn thy displeasure. 23 Right glad the king was to learn of Daniel’s safety; be sure he gave orders they should bring Daniel up out of the pit, and out of the pit they brought him, unscathed from head to foot; such reward they have that trust in God. 24 Thereupon, at the king’s bidding, they fetched his accusers, and thrust them into the lion-pit, their wives and children with them. But these never reached the floor of it, so quickly the lions fell upon them, and broke all the bones of them to nothing.[1] 19 Tunc rex primo diluculo consurgens, festinus ad lacum leonum perrexit: 20 appropinquansque lacui, Danielem voce lacrimabili inclamavit, et affatus est eum: Daniel serve Dei viventis, Deus tuus, cui tu servis semper, putasne valuit te liberare a leonibus? 21 Et Daniel regi respondens ait: Rex, in æternum vive! 22 Deus meus misit angelum suum, et conclusit ora leonum, et non nocuerunt mihi: quia coram eo justitia inventa est in me: sed et coram te, rex, delictum non feci. 23 Tunc vehementer rex gavisus est super eo, et Danielem præcepit educi de lacu: eductusque est Daniel de lacu, et nulla læsio inventa est in eo, quia credidit Deo suo. 24 Jubente autem rege, adducti sunt viri illi, qui accusaverant Danielem: et in lacum leonum missi sunt, ipsi, et filii, et uxores eorum: et non pervenerunt usque ad pavimentum laci, donec arriperent eos leones, et omnia ossa eorum comminuerunt.
25 τότε Δαρεῖος ὁ βασιλεὺς ἔγραψεν πᾶσι τοῖς λαοῖς φυλαῖς γλώσσαις τοῖς οἰκοῦσιν ἐν πάσῃ τῇ γῇ εἰρήνη ὑμῖν πληθυνθείη 26 ἐκ προσώπου μου ἐτέθη δόγμα τοῦ ἐν πάσῃ ἀρχῇ τῆς βασιλείας μου εἶναι τρέμοντας καὶ φοβουμένους ἀπὸ προσώπου τοῦ θεοῦ Δανιηλ ὅτι αὐτός ἐστιν θεὸς ζῶν καὶ μένων εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας καὶ ἡ βασιλεία αὐτοῦ οὐ διαφθαρήσεται καὶ ἡ κυριεία αὐτοῦ ἕως τέλους 27 ἀντιλαμβάνεται καὶ ῥύεται καὶ ποιεῖ σημεῖα καὶ τέρατα ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ὅστις ἐξείλατο τὸν Δανιηλ ἐκ χειρὸς τῶν λεόντων 25 Then Darius sent out a proclamation to all the world, without distinction of nation, race or language, wishing them well, 26 and enjoining this decree upon them, that all the subjects of his empire should hold the God of Daniel in awe and reverence. Here is a God that lives, he told them, a God that abides for ever; such a reign as his there is no overthrowing, such power as his the ages cannot diminish. 27 His to deliver, his to save, his to shew wondrous portents in high heaven and on earth beneath, the God who saved Daniel from the lions. 25 Tunc Darius rex scripsit universis populis, tribubus, et linguis habitantibus in universa terra: Pax vobis multiplicetur. 26 A me constitutum est decretum, ut in universo imperio et regno meo, tremiscant et paveant Deum Danielis: ipse est enim Deus vivens, et æternus in sæcula, et regnum ejus non dissipabitur, et potestas ejus usque in æternum. 27 Ipse liberator atque salvator, faciens signa et mirabilia in cælo et in terra: qui liberavit Danielem de lacu leonum.
28 καὶ Δανιηλ κατεύθυνεν ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ Δαρείου καὶ ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ Κύρου τοῦ Πέρσου 28 Let Darius reign, or Cyrus the Persian, this same Daniel throve yet. 28 Porro Daniel perseveravit usque ad regnum Darii, regnumque Cyri Persæ.
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