fault with him - and
no way to get rid of him.
They decided they
could never find anything against him except his worship of God.
So they persuaded the king to sign a decree declaring that anyone
who prayed to any god or man except Darius should be cast into a
den of lions.
pleased, and never thinking of Daniel and how he prayed to God
every day, he signed the decree.
Even though he
knew that the decree had been signed, Daniel went home, knelt
before his open window which faced toward Jerusalem, and prayed
and gave thanks to God just as he had always done.
nobles saw him. They went straight to the king and asked,
"Did you not sign a decree saying that anyone who make a
petition of any god within thirty days should be cast into the den
The king replied,
"That is true, according to the law of the Medes and
Persians, which cannot be changed."
answered, "Daniel, the captive from Judah, pays no attention,
but makes his petitions to his God three times a day."
Then Darius was
angry, for he saw the trap which the nobles had set. All day he
tried to think of a way to save Daniel, whom he loved and
respected and whom he knew he could trust.
But when evening
came the nobles returned to tell the king what he knew very well.
"The law of the Medes and Persians is that no decree signed
by the king may be changed."
So the king
commanded that Daniel be put into the lions' den. The mouth of the
den was closed with a stone, and the king sealed it himself. But
he said to Daniel, "Your God, whom you serve so faithfully,
will surely deliver you."
returned to his palace. He made the musicians put away their
instruments, and he neither ate nor slept.
Very early in the
morning, he went in haste to the lions' den.
Daniel," he cried out, "has your God saved you from the
And then he heard
Daniel's voice in answer, "O king, live forever! My God has
sent His angel, who has closed the lions' mouths so that they have
not hurt me, for He knows I have done o wrong."
Then with great
joy, Darius ordered that Daniel be taken from the den, and
commanded that those men who had accused Daniel be cast into the
den in his stead, and the lions ate them.
Then King Darius
issued a decree stating that in all parts of his kingdom men were
to worship the God of Daniel from that day forth.