Daniel 6:16

Daniel in the Lions' Den

16 Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and 1cast into the lions' den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, "2Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you."

Daniel 6:16 Meaning and Commentary

Daniel 6:16

Then the king commanded
Being overawed by his princes and fearing they would conspire against him, and stir up the people to rebel; and consulting his own credit lest he should be thought fickle and inconstant; he ordered the decree to be put in execution against Daniel, and delivered his favourite into their hands: and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions;
not the princes but proper officers employed by them: according to the additions to this book of Daniel, there were seven lions in this den, in the Apocrypha: ``And in the den there were seven lions, and they had given them every day two carcases, and two sheep: which then were not given to them, to the intent they might devour Daniel.'' (Bel 1:32) but, according to Joseph ben Gorion F7, there were ten, who used to devour ten sheep, and as many human bodies every day; but this day they had no food, and ate nothing, that they might be more greedy, and devour Daniel the sooner: now the king spake and said unto Daniel;
being brought into his presence, in his palace, before he was cast into the den; or at the mouth of the den whither the king accompanied him: thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee;
he calls the Lord Daniel's God, not his own, as he was not, he served other gods; yet he suggests that Daniel was right in serving him continually, in praying to him daily, the very thing for which he was cast to the lions; and expresses his confidence that his God he served would deliver him from being devoured by them; which he might conclude, from, the innocency, integrity, and faithfulness of Daniel, and from his being such a peculiar favourite of God as to be indulged with the knowledge of future things; and perhaps he might have heard of the deliverance of his three companions from the fiery furnace: though the words may be rendered, as they are by some, as a wish or prayer, "may thy God &c. deliver thee" F8; I cannot, I pray he would; it is my hearty desire that so it might be.


F7 Hist. Heb. l. 1. c. 10. p. 34.
F8 (Knbzvy) "liberet te", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Grotius, Cocceius, Michaelis.

Daniel 6:16 In-Context

14 Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him.
15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, "Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed."
16 Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions' den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, "Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you."
17 A stone was brought and laid over the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles, so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel.
18 Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.

Cross References 2

  • 1. 2 Samuel 3:39; Jeremiah 38:5; Daniel 6:7
  • 2. Job 5:19; Psalms 37:39, 40; Isaiah 41:10; Daniel 3:17, 28; Daniel 6:20; 2 Corinthians 1:10

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "May your God...Himself deliver you"
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