Daniel 6:24 Index
"And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den."
Research Material

"...the king commanded... those men which had accused Daniel... cast them in the den of lions..."

  • The angry king acted in the fashion typical of despots of his day. Ancient history gives many examples of such actions. (4BC 814)
  • When Daniel's accusers were cast into the lion's den, they were crushed and devoured at once. Again the nations of the world saw the power of Israel's God to preserve His faithful people. Darius had his belief in God confirmed; and Cyrus had received a lesson he could not soon forget. It was a fresh token to the Israelites that God was in their midst to bless them. To Daniel came the voice of God promising patience and strength to perform his duties as a servant of God. Greater light came to Daniel, for it was after this experience that a large portion of the prophecies were given to him. (SNH 99-100)

"...their children, and their wives..."

  • Both Herodotus (iii, 119) and Ammianus Marcellinus (xxiii. 6, 81) testify that consigning to death the wives and children along with condemned men was in accordance with Persian custom." (4BC 814)