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6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 6:2 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.
6:3 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.
6:4 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.
6:5 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.
6:6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
6:7 All 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.
6:8 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.
6:9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
6:10 Now 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.
6:11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
6:12 Then 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.
6:13 Then 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.
6:14 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.
6:15 Then 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.
6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
6:17 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.
6:18 Then 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.
6:19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
6:20 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? 6:21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
6:22 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.
6:23 Then was the king 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 manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
6:24 And 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.
6:25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
6:26 I make a decree, That 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.
6:27 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.
6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

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Everything King James Bible:Daniel
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Daniel
Chapter: 6

The malice of Daniel's enemies. (1-5) His constancy in Prayer.
(6-10) He is cast into the lion's Den. (11-17) His miraculous
preservation. (18-24) The decree of Darius. (25-28)

1-5 We notice to the Glory of God, that though Daniel was now
very old, yet he was able for business, and had continued
Faithful to his religion. It is for the Glory of God, when those
who profess religion, conduct themselves So that their most
watchful enemies may find No occasion for blaming them, save
only in the matters of their God, in which they walk according
to their consciences.

6-10 To forbid Prayer for thirty days, is, for So long, to rob
God of all the Tribute he has from Man, and to rob Man of all
the comfort he has in God. Does not every Man's Heart direct
him, when in want or distress, to Call upon God? We could not
live a Day without God; and can men live thirty days without
Prayer? Yet it is to be feared that those who, without any
decree forbidding them, present No hearty, serious petitions to
God for more than thirty days together, are far more numerous
than those who serve him continually, with humble, thankful
hearts. Persecuting laws are always made On false pretences; but
it does not become Christians to make Bitter complaints, or to
indulge in revilings. It is good to have hours for Prayer.
Daniel prayed openly and avowedly; and though a Man of vast
business, he did not think that would excuse him from daily
exercises of devotion. How inexcusable are those who have but
little to do in the world, yet will not do thus much for their
souls! In trying times we must take heed, lest, under pretence
of discretion, we are guilty of cowardice in the cause of God.
All who throw away their souls, as those certainly do that live
without Prayer, even if it be to save their lives, at the End
will be found to be fools. Nor did Daniel only pray, and not
give thanks, Cutting off some part of the service to make the
time of danger shorter; but he performed the whole. In a Word,
the duty of Prayer is founded upon the sufficiency of God as an
almighty Creator and Redeemer, and upon our wants as sinful
creatures. To Christ we must turn our eyes. Thither let the
Christian look, thither let him pray, in this land of his

11-17 It is No new thing for what is done faithfully, in
Conscience toward God, to be misrepresented as done obstinately,
and in contempt of the civil powers. Through want of due
thought, we often do that which afterwards, like Darius, we see
cause a thousand times to wish undone again. Daniel, that
venerable Man, is brought as the vilest of malefactors, and is
thrown into the Den of Lions, to be devoured, only for
worshipping his God. No doubt the placing the Stone was ordered
By the Providence of God, that the Miracle of Daniel's
deliverance might appear more Plain; and the King sealed it with
his own Signet, probably lest Daniel's enemies should kill him.
Let us commit our lives and souls unto God, in Well-doing. We
cannot place full confidence even in men whom we faithfully
serve; but believers may, in all cases, be sure of the Divine
favour and consolation.

18-24 The best way to have a good night, is to keep a good
Conscience. We are sure of what the King doubted, that the
servants of the living God have a Master Well able to protect
them. See the power of God over the fiercest creatures, and
believe his power to restrain the roaring lion that goeth about
continually seeking to devour. Daniel was kept perfectly safe,
because he believed in his God. Those who boldly and cheerfully
trust in God to protect them in the way of duty, shall always
find him a present help. Thus the righteous is delivered out of
trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. The short triumph
of the wicked will End in their ruin.

25-28 If we live in the fear of God, and walk according to that
rule, peace shall be upon us. The kingdom, the power, and the
Glory, for ever, are the Lord's; but many are employed in making
known his wonderful Works to others, who themselves remain
strangers to his saving Grace. May we be doers, as Well as
believers of his Word, least at the last we should be found to
have deceived ourselves.

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