Daniel 2:14 Index
"Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon."

"...Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch..."

  • Daniel showed great tact in approaching his superior. (4BC 769)
  • In this narrative we see the providence of god working in several remarkable particulars. It was providential that the dream of the king should leave such a powerful impression upon his mind as to raise him to the greatest height of anxiety, and yet the thing itself beheld from his recollection. This led to the complete exposure of the false system of the magicians and other pagan teachers. When put to the test to make known the dream, they were unable to do what they professed was entirely within their power. (US 32)
  • The history of Daniel, if all was written, would open chapters before you that would show you the temptations he had to meet, of ridicule, envy, and hatred; but he learned to master the difficulties. He did not trust in his own strength; he laid his whole soul and all his difficulties open to his heavenly Father, and he believed God heard him, and he was comforted and blessed. He rose superior to ridicule; and so will every one who is an overcomer. Daniel acquired a serene and cheerful state of mind, because he believed God was his friend and helper. The taxing duties he had to perform were made light because he brought the light and love of God into his work. “All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth to such as walk in them.” (Psalms 25:10) (The Youth's Instructor article "The Watching Time" August 25, 1886)
  • When the decree went forth that all the wise men of Babylon should be destroyed, Daniel and his fellows were sought for, and informed that in accordance with the king's command, they must be slain. “Then Daniel answered,” not in a spirit of retaliation, but “with counsel and wisdom,” “the captain of the king's guard,” who “was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon.” “Why,” Daniel inquired, “is the decree so hasty from the king?” Taking his life in his hand, he ventured to enter the king's presence, and begged that time be granted, in order that he might reveal to him the dream and its interpretation. To this request the monarch acceded. (The Youth's Instructor article "Lessons From the Life of Daniel" September 1, 1903)
  • "There are in the providence of God particular periods when we must arise in response to the call of God." The supreme moment had come to Daniel. For this very moment God had been giving him a preparation. From his birth every detail of his life had been pointing forward to this time, although he new it not. His early education was such that at this moment when death stared him in the face, he could look up to God and claim His promise. Although Daniel was examined by Nebuchadnezzar and had been accounted ten times wiser than his fellow students, he had not as yet been classed with the astrologers and wise men of Chaldea. Probably his youth and inexperience delayed such recognition. But God chooses the weak things of earth to confound the mighty, because the foolishness of God is wiser than men. (SNH 35)