Daniel 6:18 Index
"Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him."
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"...his sleep went from him..."

  • The course of the king after Daniel had been cast into the den of lions attests his genuine interest in the prophet's behalf, and the severe condemnation he felt for his own course in the matter. At dawn he repaired to the den of hungry and ravenous beasts. Daniel was alive, and his response to the monarch's salutation was no reproach for his having yielded to his evil counselors. In terms of respect and honor [Daniel] said, "O king, live forever" (Daniel 6:21). Afterward he reminded the king, in a manner which he must have keenly felt, but to which he could take no exception, that before him he had done no wrong. Because of his innocency, God, whom he served continually, had sent His angel and had shut the lion's mouths. (US 102)
  • But the king's heart was sad, and he spent the night in fasting and prayer. Hastening to the den in the early hours of the morning, he called: "O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servant continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?" And from the recesses of the den came the words of cheer, "My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lion's mouth." (SNH 99)