Daniel went to Arioch (Dan 2:24-2:24)

“Therefore,

Daniel went to Arioch.

The king

Had appointed him

To destroy

The wise men

Of Babylon.

Daniel said to him.

‘Do not destroy

The wise men

Of Babylon.

Bring me in

Before the king.

I will give

The king

The interpretation.’”

Daniel then went to Arioch, the man in charge of the execution of the Babylonian wise men. He told Arioch not to destroy these wise men. He wanted Arioch to bring him to the king, so that he could give the king an interpretation of his dream.

The response of Daniel (Dan 2:14-2:16)

“Then Daniel responded

With prudence,

As well as discretion,

To Arioch,

The king’s chief executor.

Arioch had gone out

To execute

The wise men

Of Babylon.

Daniel asked Arioch,

The royal official.

‘Why is the decree

Of the king

So severe?’

Then Arioch explained

The matter

To Daniel.

Thus,

Daniel went in

To see the king.

He requested

That the king

Give him time.

He would tell the king

The interpretation.”

Daniel was less confrontational, since he was prudent and discrete. He met the king’s chief executor, Arioch, the royal official in charge of the execution of these wise men. Daniel wanted to know what was going on. Why was the king so severe to these wise men of Babylon? After Arioch explained the situation to Daniel, Daniel decided to go to see the king himself. He told the king that he needed more time, but that he would provide an interpretation for the king’s dream.

Queen Esther asks for the revocation of the Haman decree (Esth 8:3-8:6)

“Then Queen Esther spoke again to the king. She fell at his feet, weeping. She pleaded with him to avert the evil design of Haman the Agagite and the plot which he had devised against the Jews. The king held out the golden scepter to Esther. Esther rose and stood before the king. She said.

‘If it pleases the king,

If I have won his favor,

If the thing seem right before the king,

If I have his approval,

Let an order be written to revoke the letters

Devised by Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha,

Which he wrote giving orders to destroy the Jews

Who are in all the provinces of the king.

How can I bear to see the calamity that is coming on my people?

How can I bear to see the destruction of my kindred?’”

Queen Esther again pleaded with the king. She wanted him to rescind the order that Haman had sent out about the execution of all the Jews in the provinces of Persia. Once again, she recognized the authority of the king as he placed his golden scepter on her. She wanted orders sent out to revoke the letter of Haman. She wondered how she could bear to see all this bloodshed on her people and relatives. You have to remember that the king had agreed with the letter of Haman.