6 So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: c“King Darius, live forever! 7 All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have dconsulted 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 elaw of the Medes and Persians, which 1does not alter.” 9 Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.
Lit. does not pass away