First Reading: Dan. 6:1-28
The Plot Against Daniel 1
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; 2
and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was
one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. 3
Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was
in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. 4
So the governors and satraps sought to find some
charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was
faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. 5
Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it
against him concerning the law of his God.” 6
So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever! 7
All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. 8
Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” 9
Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.
Daniel in the Lions’ Den 10
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. 11
Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12
And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king’s decree: “Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing is
true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” 13
So they answered and said before the king, “That Daniel, who is one of the captives[a]
from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.” 14
And the king, when he heard these
words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his
heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 15
Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is
the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed.” 16
So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him
into the den of lions. But
the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” 17
Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.
Daniel Saved from the Lions 18
Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians[b]
were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. 19
Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. 20
And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21
Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22
My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” 23
Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.
Darius Honors God 24
And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them
into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den. 25
Then King Darius wrote:
To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you. 26
I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must
tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.
For He is
the living God,
And steadfast forever;
His kingdom is the one
which shall not be destroyed,
And His dominion shall endure
to the end. 27
He delivers and rescues,
And He works signs and wonders
In heaven and on earth,
Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28
So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.Footnotes:
Daniel 6:13 Literally of the sons of the captivity
Daniel 6:18 Exact meaning unknown
Second Reading: Rev. 22:1-21
The River of Life 1
And he showed me a pure[a]
river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2
In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was
the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree
yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were
for the healing of the nations. 3
And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4
They shall see His face, and His name shall be
on their foreheads. 5
There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
The Time Is Near 6
Then he said to me, “These words are
faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy[b]
prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. 7
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is
he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” 8
Now I, John, saw and heard[c]
these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9
Then he said to me, “See that you do
not do that.
I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10
And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11
He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous[e]
still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
Jesus Testifies to the Churches 12
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is
with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the
Beginning and the
End, the First and the Last.”[f] 14
those who do His commandments,[g]
that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15
dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. 16
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” 17
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
A Warning 18
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add[j]
to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19
and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away[k]
his part from the Book[l]
of Life, from the holy city, and from
the things which are written in this book.
I Am Coming Quickly 20
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 21
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be
with you all.[m]
Revelation 22:1 NU-Text and M-Text omit pure.
Revelation 22:6 NU-Text and M-Text read spirits of the prophets.
Revelation 22:8 NU-Text and M-Text read am the one who heard and saw.
Revelation 22:9 NU-Text and M-Text omit For.
Revelation 22:11 NU-Text and M-Text read do right.
Revelation 22:13 NU-Text and M-Text read the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Revelation 22:14 NU-Text reads wash their robes.
Revelation 22:15 NU-Text and M-Text omit But.
Revelation 22:18 NU-Text and M-Text omit For.
Revelation 22:18 M-Text reads may God add.
Revelation 22:19 M-Text reads may God take away.
Revelation 22:19 NU-Text and M-Text read tree of life.
Revelation 22:21 NU-Text reads with all;
M-Text reads with all the saints.