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How did the lions keep their mouths shut when Daniel was in the den?

Daniel was a man of God and was made the 1st president over the entire realm and over the other 2 presidents because he had an excellent spirit. However, because of jealousy, the presidents and princes sought to find fault with Daniel. And since they could not find fault with him, they appealed to Darius to make a decree that anyone who worships any god other than their fire god, that individual would be put into a den of lions. “Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.” (Dan. 6:8) This means that once the law was written (according to the Medes and Persian Empire), it was unchangeable. However, Daniel did not keep this law and therefore he was sent to the lion’s den. Daniel was placed in the den of lions even when king Darius really wanted to deliver him from such a terrible place. For, Darius was concerned for Daniel, but Daniel was not concerned because he was confident that God would take care of him. Therefore, while Daniel was in the lion’s den with 600+ pounds of ferocious lions walking about, Daniel recorded, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” (Dan. 6:22) An angel had come to the rescue of Daniel by the will of God and since the people saw the power of God, the king was glad to release Daniel. But, the king not only released Daniel, he also made an address to the people under his kingship and throughout the world. Daniel records, “Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” (Dan. 6:25-27) Because of Daniel’s great faith and the power of God using angelic force to stop the lions from devouring Daniel, King Darius told all to fear the living God. Robert Notgrass

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