Daniel and the Lions’ Den

In Daniel 6, Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den. What did he do that caused this punishment?

Darius, the third Persian king, set 120 princes over his kingdom and three presidents over these princes. Daniel was first and preferred above all, and Darius planned to set him over the whole realm.

The other presidents and the princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no fault; for he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

The presidents and princes: We shall not find any occasion against Daniel, unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

They assembled together with the king and suggested that he make a decree, that whoever asked a petition of any God or man, except the king, for thirty days would be cast into the den of lions.

The King made the decree and signed the writing. According to the law of the Medes and Persians, a decree signed by the king could not be altered.

Daniel knew that the decree was signed, but he went into his chamber and prayed and gave thanks to God, as he did before. And he was arrested for it.

The king was displeased and he tried to save Daniel. But the presidents and princes reminded him that he could not alter the decree.

King Darius (to Daniel): Your God, whom you serve continually, will deliver you.”

Darius went to his palace and passed the night fasting. Then he rose very early in the morning and went quickly to the den of lions.

King Darius: Daniel, servant of the living God, is your God, whom you serve continually, able to deliver you from the lions?

Daniel: O king, live forever. My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions’ mouths and they have not hurt me…

And the king commanded that those treacherous men who had accused Daniel be cast into the den of lions.

Then King Darius wrote and made 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 until the end. He delivers and rescues and he works signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

So Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius.

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