Daniel 6:3

3 Then this Daniel became 1distinguished above all 2the other presidents and 3satraps, because 4an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned 5to set him over the whole kingdom.

Daniel 6:3 Meaning and Commentary

Daniel 6:3

Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and
Not only above the princes, but the presidents, being the first of them, as before: or, "he was victorious above them" F25; he got more credit and applause than they did, being more exact, diligent, and laborious, faithful, and conscientious: because an excellent spirit was in him;
meaning not a spirit of grace, piety, and religion, which the Heathen king was no judge of, nor valued him for it, though it was in him; but a spirit of knowledge of civil affairs, and of prudence in managing them, and of integrity throughout the whole of his conduct: and the king thought to set him over the whole realm;
or, "wherefore the king thought" F26; because there was such a spirit in him, which so qualified him for public business, he began to think of abolishing his triumvirate of presidents, and making Daniel his viceroy over the whole empire, which very probably they had got some knowledge of; and this, as well as being above them, drew the envy of them on him, and put them upon the following scheme.


F25 (xuntm) "victorem se gerebat", Piscator, Michaelis.
F26 (aklmw) "ideo rex", Gejerus, Michaelis.

Daniel 6:3 In-Context

1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom;
2 and over them three presidents, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss.
3 Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
4 Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.
5 Then these men said, "We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God."

Cross References 5

  • 1. [Esther 3:1]
  • 2. [See ver. 2 above]
  • 3. [See ver. 1 above]
  • 4. Daniel 5:12
  • 5. [Genesis 41:40; Esther 10:3]