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10 Daniel in the Lions' Den
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper
room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times
that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early
11 Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication
before his God. 12 And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king's
decree: "Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man
within thirty days, except you, 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 does not alter."
13 So they answered and said before the king, "That Daniel, who is one of the captives
from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have
signed, but makes his petition three times a day."
14 And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and
set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to
deliver him. 15 Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, "Know, O
king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the
king establishes may be changed."
16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of
lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, "Your God, whom you serve continually, He
will deliver you." 17 Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the
king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose
concerning Daniel might not be changed.
18 Daniel Saved from the Lions
Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were
brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in
the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he
cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, "Daniel,
servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to
deliver you from the lions?"
21 Then Daniel said to the king, "O king, live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and
shut the lions' mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent
before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you."
23 Now the king was 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 injury whatever
was found on him, because he believed in his God.
24 Darius Honors God
And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel,
and they cast them into the den of lions — them, their children, and their wives; and the
lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to
the bottom of the den.
25 Then King Darius wrote:
To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:
Peace be multiplied to you.
26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear
before the God of Daniel.
For He is the living God, And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not
be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end. 27 He delivers and rescues,
And He works signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel
from the power of the lions.
28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used
by permission. All rights reserved."
|Bible Stories (#15)
Daniel In The Lions' Den
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"Daniel In The Lions' Den"
Like Daniel, compel them to say of you, "We shall not find any occasion against this
Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God." Seek to be useful
as well as consistent. Perhaps you think, "If I were in a more favourable position I might
serve the Lord's cause, but I cannot do any good where I am"; but the worse the people
are among whom you live, the more need have they of your exertions; if they be
crooked, the more necessity that you should set them straight; and if they be perverse,
the more need have you to turn their proud hearts to the truth. Where should the
physician be but where there are many sick? Where is honour to be won by the soldier
but in the hottest fire of the battle? And when weary of the strife and sin that meets you
on every hand, consider that all the saints have endured the same trial. They were not
carried on beds of down to heaven, and you must not expect to travel more easily than
they. They had to hazard their lives unto the death in the high places of the field, and
you will not be crowned till you also have endured hardness as a good soldier of Jesus
Christ. Therefore, "stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."
From Charles Spurgeon Morning & Evening - September, Day 5, Morning.
As a Christian you have to live in the midst of an ungodly world, and it
is of little use for you to cry "Woe is me." Jesus did not pray O that
you should be taken out of the world, and what He did not pray for
you need not desire. Better far in the Lord's strength to meet the
difficulty, and glorify Him in it. The enemy is ever on the watch to
detect inconsistency in your conduct; be therefore very holy.
Remember that the eyes of all are upon you, and that more is
expected from you than from other men. Strive to give no occasion for
blame. Let your goodness be the only fault they can discover in you.
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