The Babylonians want Daniel killed (Dan 14:29-14:30)

“Going to the king,

They said.

‘Hand Daniel

Over to us!

Otherwise,

We will kill you!

We will kill

Your household!’

The king saw

That they were

Pressing him hard.

Under compulsion,

He handed Daniel

Over to them.”

These conspirators against the king wanted Daniel put to death. His influence was seen as the main reason for the king’s actions. In fact, they told the king, either hand over Daniel or they would kill him and his household. Given that simple choice of his death or that of Daniel, the king handed Daniel over to them.

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Enforce the edict against Daniel (Dan 6:11-6:13)

“The conspirators came.

They found Daniel praying,

Seeking mercy

Before his God.

Then they approached the king.

They said

Concerning the interdict.

‘O king!

Did you not sign

An interdict,

That anyone

Who prays to anyone,

Divine or human,

Within thirty days,

Except to you,

O king!

Shall be thrown

Into a den of lions?’

The king answered.

‘The thing stands fast,

According to the law

Of the Medes,

Of the Persians,

That cannot be revoked.’

Then they responded

To the king.

‘Daniel,

One of the exiles

From Judah,

Pays no attention

To you!

O king!

Or the interdict

You have signed.

But he is saying his prayers

Three times a day.’”

These conspirators, once they had the decree signed, found Daniel praying and seeking mercy from his God. They went to the king to remind him that he had signed this interdiction about no one being allowed to pray to any human or divine person for 30 days, except to the king. The punishment was to be thrown into a den of lions. The king said that he understood that this was the law according to the Medes and the Persians. Then they said that Daniel, one of the Judean exiles, was not paying attention to him and his decree, since he was praying 3 times a day to his God in his house.