Book of DANIEL
Compiled by WD Kemner
CHAPTER 6 – Into the Den
Chapter 6 verses 1-9
pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which
should be over the whole kingdom; 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. 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.
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.
said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except
we find it against him concerning the law of his God. Then these presidents
and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King
Darius, live for ever.
the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the
counsellors, 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.
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.
Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
and Daniel’s relationship was apparently quite strong. Darius faith in
Daniel was due to “an excellent spirit was in him”. Darius set 120 princes
over the kingdom. Over these were three presidents. Of the three presidents
Daniel was number one. What envy and jealousy that created among the others.
These 122 others could not find fault in Daniel nor could they create a
conflict of interest to “trip him up”. They decided to attack him with
something concerning the law of his God.
discussed in previous chapters, the Medes and Persians operated under a set
of laws and not as a king having ultimate authority. The king could not side
step his own governments’ laws. Knowing this, the men created a law and
convinced the king to put it into place, well knowing that Daniel would have
an issue with it.
Chapter 6 verses 10-17
when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and
his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his
knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he
did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and
making supplication before his God.
they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree;
Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of
any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, 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 altereth not.
answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the
children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the
decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself,
and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going
down of the sun to deliver him.
these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king,
that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which
the king establisheth may be changed. Then the king commanded, and they
brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions.
the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually,
he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of
the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of
his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
knowing this had taken place; did not allow it to prevent him from still
staying true to his God and his daily prayer life. The men knew they had
succeeded in “trapping” Daniel and took it to the king. When evil is so
entrenched in its attack on the righteous it fails to be able to see what is
coming in the “end game”!
now knew he had been swindled into trapping Daniel. The men felt it was
“their duty” to remind the king of “his obligations to the law”. The king
had to have Daniel cast into the lions’ den. Note that it is the king who
states: “...Thy God...will deliver thee”.
den was sealed with a stone and the seals of both the king and his lords, so
that there would be no tampering.
Chapter 6 verses 18-23
the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were
instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. Then
the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of
lions. And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto
Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the
living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee
from the lions?
said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God hath sent his
angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me:
forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O
king, have I done no hurt. Then was the king exceeding 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 manner of hurt was found upon him, because
he believed in his God.
Darius fasted for Daniel! This was the king who was not a follower of
Daniel’s God. Daniel was found unharmed and brought out of the Den, praise
being given by both Daniel and the king that God had intervened.
Chapter 6 verses 24-27
the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel,
and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their
wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in
pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in
all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree,
in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of
Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom
that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the
end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven
and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
true form of how punishment was dealt with, the men that had tried to get rid
of Daniel, along with their families were ALL thrown into the Den of lions
story is more interesting if it is read in Josephus. This is a paraphrase of
how the historian recounts the story:
Daniel is brought out of the Den, these same men (not smart enough to leave
things as they were) questioned that Daniel did not survive due to his God,
but rather because of the fact that the lions had all been fed before Daniel
was put in the den and that the lions were just “not hungry”.
Darius, now ready to “turn the tables” on these men decided to get in on the
game and ordered that the lions all be fed to overflowing. The lions were
fed and fed and fed. Finally, when everyone thought they were full, the King
stated that it was now time to test the theory these men posted that maybe it
was not God that delivered Daniel. So, he had the men tossed in the den one
after another to see if it was true. The lions not only ate the men, but
their families as well!
Chapter 6 verse 28
this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the
would prosper all the way through to the reign of Cyrus.
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