Daniel 6:17 Index
"And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel."
Research Material

"...a stone was brought..."

  • No ancient lion's den has yet been excavated, and it is thus impossible to reconstruct an accurate picture of such a place. (4BC 813)

"...sealed it with his signet..."

  • The official sealing by the king and his lords had a twofold purpose. It served as a guarantee to the king that Daniel would not be killed by any other means, in case he was not harmed by the lions. Because Darius hoped that Daniel's God would save His faithful servant from the lions, he would naturally want to take precautions against any interference on the part of the men who were determined to take Daniel's life. On the other hand the seal provided assurance to Daniel's enemies that no attempt could be made to save him, in the event he was not immediately torn to pieces by the wild animals. Darius' counselors may have feared that such an attempt to save Daniel from the pit would be made by Daniel's friends or by the king as soon as everyone had withdrawn from the place of execution. Hence, their seal, as well as that of the king, was used to make sure that the stone would not be tampered with during the night. (4BC 813)