Daniel 6:5 Index
"Then said these men, 'We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God."
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"...We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel..."

  • A careful scrutiny of Daniel's habits, a close observation of his dealings with associates and subordinates, and a careful checking of the records, reveled no irregularities to provide a ground for complaints or accusations. (4BC 811)
  • One can imagine the language of the princes as they discussed the matter. Every scheme they had tried had been checked, and yet it was generally acknowledged that it would be useless to bring a complaint concerning the work of Daniel. There was but one possible way to condemn him, and that must be concerning his religion. Even on that point they dared not make open accusation, but must accomplish their end without revealing their object. Their contemptible, under-handed method of procedure brought them in conflict with the God of Daniel, not with Daniel as an individual. (SNH 93)
  • Daniel is another example of integrity, for he was so faithful that even his enemies were not able to point out one flaw in his performance of duty. They declared, “We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” The secret of Daniel's strength was found in his conscientious attention to what the world would call things of minor importance. He was found before God three times a day in prayer and thanksgiving, and he was equally steadfast in his attention to his duties to the king. It is this conscientious attention to what the world despises that makes a strong, symmetrical character. (The Signs of the Times article "Faithful in Little," May 25, 1891)

" . . . except we find it against him concering the law of his God."

  • Daniel's blameless conduct excited still further the jealousy of his enemies. “We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel,” they were constrained to acknowledge, “except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” (PK 539-540)
  • Three times a day Daniel prayed to the God of heaven. This was the only accusation that could be brought against him. (SL 43)
  • Daniel's position was not an enviable one. He stood at the head of a dishonest, prevaricating, godless cabinet, whose members watched him with keen, jealous eyes, to find some flaw in his conduct. They kept spies on his track, to see if they could not in this way find something against him. Satan suggested to these men a plan whereby they might get rid of Daniel. Use his religion as a means of condemning him, the enemy said.
    • Daniel was a man of prayer. Three times a day he knelt before the Lord; and Satan told his enemies that his destruction must be compassed on this ground. (The Youth's Instructor article "God's Care for His Children," November 1, 1900)