And king Astyages was gathered to his fathers, and Cyrus of Persia received his kingdom. And Daniel conversed with the king, and was honoured above all his friends.
Who answered and said, “Because I may not worship idols made with hands,
but the living God, who hath created the heaven and the earth, and hath
sovereignty over all flesh.”
Then Daniel took pitch, and fat, and hair, and did seethe them together,
and made lumps thereof: this he put in the Dagon's mouth, and so the Dagon
burst in sunder: and Daniel said, “Lo, these are the gods ye worship.”
Now there was in Jewry a prophet, called Habbakuk, who had made pottage,
and had broken bread in a bowl, and was going into the field, for to bring it to
the reapers. But the angel of the Lord said unto Habbakuk, “Go, carry the dinner
that thou hast into Babylon unto Daniel, who is in the lions' den.”
Now the Babylons had an idol, called Baal, and there were spent upon him every day twelve great measures of fine flour, and forty sheep, and six vessels of wine. And the king worshiped it and went daily to adore it: but Daniel worshiped his own God. And the king said unto him, “Why dost not thou worship Baal?”
Then said the king unto him, “Thinkest thou not that Baal is a living God? seest thou not how much he eateth and drinketh every day?”
Then Daniel smiled, and said, “O king, be not deceived: for this is but clay within, and brass without, and did never eat or drink any thing.”
So the king was wroth, and called for his priests, and said unto them, “If ye tell me not who this is that devoureth these expences, ye shall die. But if ye can certify me that Baal devoureth them, then Daniel shall die:for he hath spoken blasphemy against Baal.”
And Daniel said unto the king, Let it be according to thy word.
Now the priests of Baal were threescore and ten, beside their wives and children. And the king went with Daniel into the temple of Baal. So Baal's priests said, “Lo, we go out: but thou, O king, set on the meat, and make ready the wine, and shut the door fast and seal it with thine own signet; And tomorrow when thou comest in, if thou findest not that Baal hath eaten up all, we will suffer death: or else Daniel, that speaketh falsely against us.”
And they little regarded it: for under the table they had made a privy entrance, whereby they entered in continually, and consumed those things.
So when they were gone forth, the king set meats before Baal. Now Daniel had commanded his servants to bring ashes, and those they strewed throughout all the temple in the presence of the king alone: then went they out, and shut the door, and sealed it with the king's signet, and so departed.
Now in the night came the priests with their wives and children, as they were wont to do, and did eat and drink up all.
In the morning betime the king arose, and Daniel with him. And the king said, “Daniel, are the seals whole?”
And he said, “Yea, O king, they be whole.”
And as soon as he had opened the door, the king looked upon the table, and cried with a loud voice, “Great art thou, O Baal, and with thee is no deceit at all.”
Then laughed Daniel, and held the king that he should not go in, and said, “Behold now the pavement, and mark well whose footsteps are these.”
And the king said, “I see the footsteps of men, women, and children.”
And then the king was angry, And took the priests with their wives and children, who shewed him the privy doors, where they came in, and consumed such things as were upon the table.
Therefore the king slew them, and delivered Baal into Daniel's power, who destroyed him and his temple
And in that same place there was a great Dagon, which they of Babylon worshiped And the king said unto Daniel, “Wilt thou also say that this is of brass? lo, he liveth, he eateth and drinketh; thou canst not say that he is no living god: therefore worship him.”
Then said Daniel unto the king, “I will worship the Lord my God: for he is the living God. But give me leave, O king, and I shall slay this Dagon without sword or staff.”
The king said, “I give thee leave.”
|Daniel in the lions' Den.|
When they of Babylon heard that, they took great indignation, and conspired against the king, saying, “The king is become a Jew, and he hath destroyed Baal, he hath slain the Dagon, and put the priests to death.”
So they came to the king, and said, “Deliver us Daniel, or else we will destroy thee and thine house.”
Now when the king saw that they pressed him sore, being constrained, he delivered Daniel unto them: Who cast him into the lions' den: where he was six days.
And in the den there were seven lions, and they had given them every day two car cases, and two sheep: which then were not given to them, to the intent they might devour Daniel.
|Tomb of Daniel, Susa, Iran.|
And Habbakuk said, “Lord, I never saw Babylon; neither do I know where the den is.”
Then the angel of the Lord took him by the crown, and bare him by the hair of his head, and through the vehemency of his spirit set him in Babylon over the den.
And Habbakuk cried, saying, “O Daniel, Daniel, take the dinner which God hath sent thee.”
And Daniel said, “Thou hast remembered me, O God: neither hast thou forsaken them that seek thee and love thee.”
So Daniel arose, and did eat: and the angel of the Lord set Habbakuk in his own place again immediately.
Upon the seventh day the king went to bewail Daniel: and when he came to the den, he looked in, and behold, Daniel was sitting. Then cried the king with a loud voice, saying, “Great art Lord God of Daniel, and there is none other beside thee.”
And he drew him out, and cast those that were the cause of his destruction into the den: and they were devoured in a moment before his face.-(Baal 1:42)
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