1-It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
2-And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
3-Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
4-Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
5-Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
6-Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
7-All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellers, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
8-Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
9-Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.