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DANIEL IN THE LIONS'
Daniel, and that no man might come to
his help DEN.
So Daniel was thrown down amongst HERE are few stories in the the lions, and the king went to his palace, Holy Bible so well known and passed the night fasting, and sleepas that of Daniel cast into less, and sad.
! the den of lions. The Very early in the morning the king courtiers and princes of the arose and went in haste unto the den of King of Persia were jealous lions, and there be called out with a la
he of Daniel because of his mentable voice, ( Daniel, servant of the
influence with their master, living God, is thy God, whom thou servest who thought to set him over the whole continually, able to deliver thee from the realm. These men said one to another, lions ? We shall not find any occasion against Then said Daniel unto the king, 0 this Daniel, except we find it against king, live for ever. My God hath sent him concerning the law of his God. His angel,and hath shut the lions' mouths,
They went therefore to King Darius, and that they have not hurt me. persuaded him to make a decree that who- The king was exceeding glad, and orsoever should ask a petition of any God dered bis servants to take Daniel out of the or man, save of the king himself, for den ; and they did so, and no manner of
l thirty days, was to be cast into the den of hurt was found upon him, because he lions. Daniel knew of this, yet he did not believed in his God. shrink from his rule of life. He went into Then the king commanded, and they his house, and his windows being open brought those men which had accused in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he Daniel, and they cast them into the clen kneeled upon his knees three times a-day of lions, them, their children, and their and prayed, and gave thanks before his wives ; and the lions had the mastery of God, as he did aforetime.
them, and brake all their bones in pieces The envious courtiers saw this, and went before they even came to the bottom of the and told the king. The king was sore
den. displeased with himself, and set his heart Thus Daniel, brave, stedfast, and true, on Daniel to deliver him. But the princes was saved from a horrible death. And reminded him that the law of the Medes when he had seen the marvellous deliverand Persians was, that no decree which the ance, and the swift destruction of his eneking had once passed could be changed; mies, King Darius wrote unto all peoples, and so the king commanded, and they nations, and languages, that dwell in all brought I anid and cast him into the len the earth : I make (decree that in erery of lions, the king saying to him, Thy God, dominion of my kingdom men tremble whom thou servest continually, He will and fear before the God of Daniel: for deliver thee. And a stone was brought He is the living God, and stedfast for and luid upon the mouth of the den, and ever, and His kingdom that which shal! iho king sealed it with his own signet, not be destroyed, and His dominion shal! and with the signet of his lords; that the be even unto the end. He delivereth and purpose might not be changed concerning rescueth, and He worketh signs and won
ders in heaven and in earth, Who hath of Persia in those centuries, but perhaps delivered Daniel from the power of the the most wonderful of all changes is, that lions.
the King of Persia should leave his secluPerhaps some young readers of this Bible sion in Asia, and should come to London, story may have wondered that so great a the city in the far-off isle of the sea, and king was obliged, against his own wish, to let that from his room in Buckingham Palace Daniel be cast into the den of lions. But the Shah should be able to talk with his among the Medes and Persians the king's prince-governor at his own palace in Teheword was law. He was looked up to as ran, distant 3800 miles ! No wonder that something more than man (one of the the Grand Vizier was so amazed that he titles of the Shah,' as the present King remained five hours beside the telegraphic of Persia is called, is, “The Shadow of instrument, and forgot to go to dine in God'), and when a Persian king had once the palace. spoken, if he had changed his mind or Yet even in the ancient times Daniel purpose it would have shown that he had had experience of yet more wondrous combeen hasty or mistaken, which could not be munication-a swift reply from Heaven to allowed. So Darius was forced to let a earth- for he writes thus: Whiles I was deed be done which he viewed with grief speaking, and praying, and confessing and horror, because he had once spoken my sin and the sin of my people Israel, the word, without thinking what his com- and presenting my supplication befory mand involved.
the Lord my God for the holy mountain The same feeling remains in Persia in of my God; yea, whiles I was speaking modern times. In Sir John Malcolm's in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I History of Persia we are told how Aga had seen in the vision at the beginning, Mahomed Khan said that he would not being caused to fly swiftly, touched me move from his camp near Shiraz till the about the time of the evening oblation. snow was off a certain mountain which was And he informed me, and talked with within sight. The season proved severe ; me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come the snow remained longer than was forth to give thee skill and understanding. pected. The Persian army began to suffer At the beginning of thy supplications the distress and sickness, but the king said that commandment came forth, and I am come while the snow remained on the mountain to show thee; for thou art greatly beloved.' he could not move. His word was law and (Dan. ix. 20-23.) could not be broken. A multitude of labourers were sent to remove the snow; and
WHAT IS PRAYER ? their efforts, and a few fine days, cleared the snow, and then Aga Mahomed Khan RAYER is the souls sincere desira
Uttered or unexpressed; marched on his way, having thus shown
The motion of a hidden fire the sacred nature of a word once spoken by
That trembles in the breast. a king of Persia.
• The Shah' who has been visiting Eu- Prayer is the burden of a sigh, rope rules over the empire of Persia, over The falling of a tear, which Darius ruled some 2400 years ago. The upward glancing of the eye Many changes have befallen the dominions When none but God is near.
bend the knee, Pray, ere yet the dark hours be, Lift the leart
hours be, Lift the heart and
and bend the knee.
Captive, in whose narrow cell