Daniel 6:7 Index
"All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions."
Research Material

"All..."

  • Doubtless a lie, for it is questionable that all were consulted. (4BC 811)
  • Mark the course these persons took to accomplish their nefarious purpose. They came together to the king -- came tumultuously, says the margin. They came as if some urgent matter had suddenly sprung up, and they had come to present it before him. They claimed that all were agreed. This was false, for Daniel, the chief of them all, was of course not consulated in the matter. (US 98-100)
  • With manifest respect for the king, and with words which flattered him, a committee of the princes waited upon Darius. The first words they spoke revealed that there was a plan on foot, for they said, "All," when in truth they had held secret meetings, and the chief of the presidents was kept in ignorance of the matter. (SNH 93-94)

"...whosoever shall ask a petition..."

  • A decree of this nature would be entirely alien to the Persians, who won the reputation of being large hearted in matters of religious tolerance. It is unthinkable that a man like Cyrus would have signed such a decree. However, Darius the Mede evidently had a different background. We know little of the thinking of the Medes with respect to religious tolerance. Cyrus, the Persian king, rebuilt temple of nations destroyed by the Babylonians, and thereby showed his spirit of tolerance with regard to other peoples' religious feelings and practices. On the other hand Darius I claimed that the False Smerdis, his predecessor, a Magian from Media who ruled for about half a year in 522 B.C., showed his spirit of intolerance by destroying temples. Although generalizations are subject to error, we must reckon with the possibility that the Medes, or at least some of their rulers, showed less religious tolerance than the Persians. (4BC 811)
  • It has also been observed that the command to pray for one month to none but the king, though in this instance especially aimed at Daniel, may have been suggested by a national religious custom of earlier date among the Medes, according to which divine honors were rendered to the king (Herodotus i. 199) remarks that Deioces, one of the earliest know kings of the Medes, had made his person the object of reverential awe in the eyes of his subjects by removing himself from the observation of the common man, in order to convince his people that he was different from them. That even Persian kings were willing occasionally to accept divine honors is evident from the fact that in Egypt they allowed divine attributes to be added to their names. Hieroglyphic inscriptions refer to Cambyses as the son "son of Re" the sun-god, and to Darius as "the son of god." Hence it is not necessary to go down in history to the Roman emperors to find the first historical parallels to the command referred to in Daniel 6:7.... (4BC 811)
  • Mark the subtlety of these men -- the length to which they went to accomplish the ruin of the good. If they had made the decree read that no petition should be asked of the God of the Hebrews, which was the real design of the matter, the king would at once have divined their object, and the decree would not have been signed. But they gave it a general application, and were willing to ignore and heap insult upon their own religion, and all the multitude of their gods, in order to ruin the object of their hatred. (US 99)