Daniel 6:14 Index
"Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him."
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"the king... was sore displeased with himself..."

  • The monarch saw the snare that had been set for him. When the decree was proposed, the men had resorted to flattery, and the aging king had agreed without recognizing the plot that underlay the plan of the men whose judgment he had been accustomed to trust. He suddenly realized that the whole matter had been conceived, not, as he had thought, to bring honor to his reign and person, but to deprive him of a true friend and trustworthy public servant. Despite his almost frantic efforts, the king could find no legal loophole by which to save Daniel and at the same time preserve the basic Median and Persian concept of the inviolability of law. (4BC 813)
  • Receiving an acknowledgment from the monarch that the decree was in force, they were ready to inform him against Daniel. In an attempt to excite the prejudices of the king they said, "That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed." Yes, they complained, that poor captive, who is entirely dependent on you for all that he enjoys, so far from being grateful and appreciating your favors, regards you not, nor pays any attention to your decree. Then the king saw the trap that had been prepared for him as well as for Daniel, and he labored until the going down of the sun to deliver him.... But the law was sustained; and Daniel, the venerable, the grave, the upright, and the faultless servant of the kingdom, was thrown into the den of lions. (US 101)
  • For the first time the design of the counselors flashed across the mind of Darius. A decree signed by the king's seal was unalterable in the kingdom of the Medes and Persians, yet the king spent the entire day pleading with those high in authority, and searching for some way of escape; but with Satanic smiles those princes met every argument with the words, "Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, that no decree or statute which the king establisheth may be changed." (Daniel 6:16). (SNH 97-98)