by T. De Witt Talmage

T. DeWitt Talmage

Daniel, 6: 16: " Then the king commanded,and they brought
Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions."

Darius was king of Babylon, and the young man
Daniel was so much a favorite with him that he made
him Prime Minister, or Secretary of State. But no
man could gain such a high position without exciting
the envy and jealousy of the people. There were
demagogues in Babylon who were so appreciative of
their own abilities that they were affronted at the ele-
vation of this young man. Old Babylon was afraid
of young Babylon. The taller the cedar the more apt
it is to be riven of the lightning. These demagogues
asked the king to make a decree that anybody that
made a petition to any one except the king during a
period of thirty days should be put to death. King
Darius, not suspecting any foul play, makes that
decree. The demagogues have accomplished all thev
want, because they know that no one can keep Daniel
from sending petitions before God for thirty days.

So far from being afraid, Daniel goes on with his
supplications three times a day, and is found on his
housetop making prayer. He is caught in the act.
He is condemned to be devoured by the lions. Rough
executioners of the law seize him and hasten him to
the cavern. I hear the growl of the wild beasts, and
I see them pawing the dust, and as they put their
mouths to the ground the solid earth quakes with their
bellawing. I see their eyes roll, and I almost hear the
fiery eyeballs snap in the darkness. These monsters
approach Daniel. They have an appetite keen with
hunger. With one stroke of their paw or one snatch
of their teeth, they may leave him dead at the bottom
of the cavern. But what a strange welcome Daniel
receives from these hungry monsters, They fawn
around him, they lick his hand, they bury his feet in
their long mane. That night he has calm sleep with
his head pillowed on the warm necks of the tamed

But not so ...

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