: Old Testament Stories

When Darius came to the throne, upon the death of Belshazzar, he set

over the kingdom a hundred and twenty princes. Over these he appointed

three presidents, of whom Daniel was first. Now the princes and other

presidents were jealous of Daniel, and sought to find some fault

against him; but could not, as he was a faithful servant of the King.

Then they tried to injure him because of his praying to God. So they

came to
he King, and said, "King Darius live for ever: all the great

officers of thy kingdom have consulted together to establish a royal

law, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty

days, save of thee, O King, he shall be cast into a den of lions." The

King signed the writing and established the law. But Daniel still

knelt and prayed three times a day as before.

His enemies saw him praying, and told the King, urging him to carry

out the law. But the King was angry with himself that he had agreed to

such a law, and tried to think of some way to save Daniel. Then these

men urged that the law could not be altered. So Daniel was cast into

the den of lions, and a stone was put over the mouth of the den, which

was sealed by the King and the lords. But the King had said to Daniel,

"Thy God whom thou servest will deliver thee."

The King passed the night fasting, and could not sleep. In the

morning, very early, he arose and went to the den of lions, and cried

with a lamentable voice, "O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy

God able to deliver thee from the lions?" Then Daniel said, "O King,

live for ever. My God hath sent His angel and shut the lions'