Daniel Chapter 6
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
23 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.
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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Daniel Chapter 6 Bible commentary...
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 captivity.
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.
Samkele James (Aka Sipho)'s Daniel Chapter 6 comment on 1/22/2014, 12:13am...
Daniel's story teaches us that, if we trust in god wholeheartedly, he will protect us against all those that are against us.
Peter kigozi's Daniel Chapter 6 comment on 12/10/2013, 2:08am...
Before any promotion there must be a test. This is very true for Christians as well.however Daniel didn't work for a promotion they where faithful to there God in dipensation of their duties and God promoted. They never fasted or sought it but God in his great mercy and grace favoured them and put them above the rest.
Toni's Daniel Chapter 6 comment on 7/20/2013, 6:03pm...
Every since I was a litle kid, I use to love hearing and reading about Daniel and the lions den. There was something about hearing how God delivered His faithful servant from the mouth of hungry lions. It just shows that it pays not to touch the child of God and to do his prophets no harm. Here, we find that the princes and presidents were envious and jealous of Daniel, and plotted to destroy him. Today, we, as children of God, are going through many battles, with folks at work, in our family or even at our church. They may be attempting to dig a ditch or put you in a lion's den of sorts. But just as God delivered His faithful servant Daniel out of the mouth of the lion. If we stay faithful and trust in the true and living God, He will deliver us too. We have a just and faithful God. We just have to believe in His Son Jesus and call on Him and trust that He will bring us out with a mighty hand. And that ditch people dig for us or that lions den they try to have us put in, sooner or later, they will be the ones who end up in it.
Tsebiso's Daniel Chapter 6 comment on 6/05/2013, 4:44am...
God is with us even when the devil is tempting us to not praising him, i'm reminding you this: that the one that knows us, knows us more better than the one that is tempting us. God will fight for us in every battle that the devil is against his will. Brothers and sisters let us trust in the LORD, and he will renew us and we shall mount like the Eagles. Amen.
Daniel's Daniel Chapter 6 comment on 3/21/2013, 1:14pm...
i wanna be just like him,i think god has used him in such a way to teach us a lesson.
Luther fletcher's Daniel Chapter 6 comment on 2/17/2013, 9:22pm...
A very nice story.
JP Fidelis's Daniel Chapter 6 comment on 1/05/2013, 6:37am...
What makes Daniel outstanding is because he served God continually and is a man of prayer.
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