Daniel 6:11-17; Daniel in the Den of Lions; Here is proof made of Daniel’s praying to his God; Complaint made of it to the king; The violence with which the prosecutors demanded justice; King Darius leaves it to God to free him from punishment, since he could not prevail to do it; Note, Those who serve God continually He will continually preserve, and will bear them out in His service. B.C. 537

Daniel in the Den of Lions. B. C. 537. Daniel 6:11-17 11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.   12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and Continue Reading

Daniel 6:6-10; A Plot against Daniel; Darius’s impious law; These designing men, under colour of doing honour to the king, but really intending to ruin his favourite; Those who throw away their souls (as those certainly do that live without prayer) to save their lives make a bad bargain for themselves. B.C. 537

A Plot against Daniel. B. C. 537. Daniel 6:6-10 6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.   7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty Continue Reading

Daniel 6:1-5; Daniel Preferred by Darius; We must take notice of it to the praise of Darius that he would prefer a man thus purely for his personal merit, and his fitness for business; and those sovereigns that would be well served must go by that rule; Those that envied Daniel sought no less than his ruin; His disgrace would not serve them; it was his death that they desired, ‘Wrath is cruel, and anger outrageous, but who can stand before envy? (Prov. 27:4). B.C. 537

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 6 Daniel does not give a continued history of the reigns in which he lived, nor of the state-affairs of the kingdoms of Chaldea and Persia, though he was himself a great man in those affairs; for what are those to us? But he selects such particular passages of story as serve for the confirming of our faith in God and the encouraging of our obedience to him, for the things written aforetime were written for our Continue Reading

Daniel 5:30; Daniel Deals Plainly with Belshazzar; Interpreting of the Writing on the Wall; The death of the king; Reason enough he had to tremble, for he was just falling into the hands of the ‘king of terrors’; Note, Death comes as a snare upon those whose hearts are overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness. B.C. 538

Daniel Deals Plainly with Belshazzar; Interpreting of the Writing on the Wall. B. C. 538. Daniel 5:30 30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.   31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old. Here is, 1. The death of the king. Reason enough he had to tremble, for he was just falling into the hands of the king of terrors, v. 30. In that night, when his Continue Reading

Daniel 5:10-29; Daniel Brought before Beshazzar; The high character the Queen Mother gives of Daniel: He is a man in whom is the spirit of the holy gods, who has something in him more than human, not only the spirit of a man, which, in all, is the candle of the Lord, but a divine spirit; And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN; Sinners that are resolved to go on in sin are well enough pleased with gods that neither see, nor hear, nor know, for then they may sin securely; but they will find, to their confusion, that though those are the gods they choose those are not the gods they must be judged by, but One to whom all things are naked and open. B.C. 538

Daniel Brought before Belshazzar. B. C. 538. Daniel 5:10-29 10 Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:   11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, Continue Reading

Daniel 5:1-9; Belshazzar’s Feast; The Hand-writing on the Wall; See how the king affronted God, and put contempt upon Him; See how God affrighted the king, and struck a terror upon him; “That divine hand that had written the two tables for a law to His people now writes the doom of Babel and Belshazzar upon the wall”; Note, The terror of an awakened convinced conscience may justly be increased by the utter insufficiency of all creatures to give it ease or satisfaction. B.C. 538

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 5 The destruction of the kingdom of Babylon had been long and often foretold when it was at a distance; in this chapter we have it accomplished, and a prediction of it the very same night that it was accomplished. Belshazzar now reigned in Babylon; some compute he had reigned seventeen years, others but three; we have here the story of his exit and the period of his kingdom. We must know that about two years before Continue Reading

Daniel 4:34-37; Nebuchadnezzar Restored; We have here Nebuchadnezzar’s recovery from his distraction, and his return to his right mind, at the end of the days prefixed, that is, of the seven years; So long he continued a monument of God’s justice and a trophy of his victory over the children of pride, and he was made more so by being struck mad than if he had been in an instrant struck dead with a thunderbolt; yet it was a mercy to him that he was kept alive, for while there is life there is hope that we may yet praise God, as he did here. B.C. 562

Nebuchadnezzar Restored. B. C. 562. Daniel 4:34-37 34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:   35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he Continue Reading

Daniel 4:28-33; Nebuchadnezzar Driven among Beasts; He is deprived of his honour as a man; He loses his reason, and by that means loses his dominion; On a sudden he fell stark mad, distracted in the highest degree that ever any man was; His understanding and memory were gone, and all the faculties of a rational soul broken, so that he became a perfect brute in the shape of a man; Let us see here how God resists the proud, and delights to abase them and put contempt upon them; Nebuchadnezzar would be more than a man, and therefore God justly makes him less than a man, and puts him upon a level with the beasts who set up for a rival with his Maker. B.C. 569

Nebuchadnezzar Driven among Beasts. B. C. 569. Daniel 4:28-33 28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.   29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.   30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?   31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice Continue Reading

Daniel 4:19-27; Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream Interpreted; The close of the interpretation is the pious counsel which Daniel, as a prophet, gave the king; Note, The mere probability of preventing a temporal judgment is inducement enough to a work so good in itself as the leaving off of our sins and reforming of our lives, much more the certainty of preventing our eternal ruin. “That will be a healing of thy error” (or so some read it); “thus the quarrel will be taken up, and all will be well again.” B.C. 570

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Interpreted. B. C. 570. Daniel 4:19-27 19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.   20 The tree that thou Continue Reading

Daniel 4:4-18; Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream; Nebuchadnezzar Relates his dream; The court he made to Daniel, to engage him to expound his dream to him; The sentence was passed upon it by an angel, whom he saw come done from heaven, and heard proclaim this sentence aloud; This angel is here called ‘a watcher, or watchman’, not only because angels by their nature are spirits, and therefore neither slumber nor sleep, but because by their office they are ‘ministering spirits, and attend continually to their ministrations, watching all opportunites of serving their great Master; they as ‘watchers, encamp round those that fear God, to deliver them’; When God gives us general warnings of His judgments we should be desirous to understand His mind in them, to hear ‘the Lord’s voice crying in the city.’ B.C. 570

Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream; Nebuchadnezzar Relates His Dream. B. C. 570. Daniel 4:4-18 4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:   5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.   6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream. Continue Reading