Prophet Daniel

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Prophet Daniel

Prophet Daniel in the lion's denDaniel lived during the time when the Israelites were not free.  At a young age, he was taken to Babylon as a captive (пленник).  He was very good-looking and bright.  The King of Babylon sent him and other young men of Israel to study in the palace.

Daniel and three of his friends continued the traditions of their fathers. They did not pollute (осквернить) themselves with unclean meat and wine.  They refused to worship idols.  For their unshakeable faith, the Lord always kept them safe.

Daniel had the gift of understanding visions and dreams.

Once, he explained to King Belshazzar some writing on the wall, made by the hand of God.  None of the royal advisers could understand it.  Daniel told the king that Babylon would be attacked and captured by its enemies.  Everything happened as Daniel explained.  King Belshazzar was killed, and his kingdom taken by his enemies.

The servants of the new king, Darius, envied Daniel and looked for an opportunity to kill him.  They asked the king to make a law that would not allow people to ask God for anything for thirty days.  The servants knew that Daniel would continue to pray to his God asking for His blessing.

Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, Whom you serve continually, deliver you!” (Daniel 6:16)  King Darius liked Daniel and hoped he would not be harmed.

The hungry lions did not harm Daniel because the Lord sent an angel to protect him.  Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den.  So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of hurt was found upon him, because he had trusted in his God. (6:23)

Daniel  [′dӕ nɪel]
Belshazzar  [bel ′ʃӕzǝ]
Darius  [dǝ ′raɪǝs]