hapter 13: In
Babylon there lived a man named Joakim, who married a very beautiful
and God-fearing woman, Susanna, the daughter of Hilkiah; her parents
were righteous and had trained their daughter according to the law of
Two newly appointed judges frequented the home of Joakim and they
greatly desired his beautiful wife, Susanna. They didn't mention their
lust for her, but one day when they both were spying on her, they
discovered eachother and decided to work together to get her alone.
day Susanna decided to bathe in the garden and unknown to her, the two
elders were hiding there. She sent her servents to fetch soap and oil
and after they shut the garden doors, the two men revealed themselves.
They demanded that Susanna lie with them or they would accuse her of
meeting a man in the garden after she sent her servents away. She
screams and the household rushes out to see what is wrong.
The two elders accused Susanna of adultry and the next day she was
brought before them and the other judges. The two elders say that after
she sent the servents away and shut the gates, they saw her lover was
hidden there. They said the man was too strong and escaped. They said
Susanna refused to reveal who the man was and she was sentenced to
She calls to God for justice and as they were leading her to be
executed, Daniel cries out, "I
am innocent of this woman’s blood...Are you such fools, you Israelites,
to condemn a daughter of Israel without investigation and without clear
The people returned to court and the two judges were questioned
separately. Daniel asks the first what tree he saw the lovers under,
and he answered "under a mastic tree". The second was questioned and
said he had seen them together under an oak tree. So their lie was
exposed and they were put to death. And from that day onward Daniel was
greatly esteemed by the people.
Following the death of King Astyages, Cyrus the Persian became king. He
held Daniel in great esteem and was a companion of the king.
Babylonians worshiped an idol called Bel and every day they provided it
with piles of fine flour, sheep and wine. The king greatly revered Bel
and worshiped it every day. One day he asked Daniel why he did not
worship Bel and Daniel replied, "Because
I do not revere idols made with hands, but only the living God who made
heaven and earth and has dominion over all flesh."
The king insisted that Bel too was a living god and he pointed out how
much he eats and drinks every day. Daniel laughs at this and tells the
king that it is only clay and bronze and has never eaten or drunk
anything. The king is furious and calls in his priests. He demands to
know who is eating and drinking the offerings to Bel. The king decrees
that the unless they can show that Bel is consuming the provisions they
will die. If they prove Daniel is wrong, then he will be put to death
for blaspheming Bel. Daniel agrees.
The priests left the king to put out the offerings and seal the door,
impressed with the king's ring. The priests were not worried because
they had made a secret entrance under the table which they used to
enter and eat the food at night.
After the priests left, the king set out the food and wine and Daniel
ordered his servants to bring some ashes which they scattered on the
floor throughout the temple. Then they sealed the door and left. The priests entered that night as usual,
with their wives and children, and they ate and drank everything.
When the king and Daniel returned the next morning, the seals were
unbroken and the food had been consumed. At first the king believes Bel
has eaten the offerings, until Daniel shows him the footprints of the
priests, their wives and children in the ashes.
The king was furious and brought in his priests. They admitted they had
been eating the food and showed him the secret door under the table.
The king put them all to death and handed the idol Bel over to Daniel
who destroyed it and its temple.
There was a great dragon which
the Babylonians revered.
The king asks Daniel to worship it as it is obviously a living god.
Daniel asks permission to kill the dragon without sword or club. The
king gives permission and Daniel made some cakes out of pitch, fat and
hair. He fed them to the dragon, which causes him to burst.
The Babylonians were very angry and said the king had
become a Jew. "He has destroyed Bel,
killed the dragon, and put the priests to death." They demanded
the king hand Daniel over to them and the king was afraid, so he did as
Daniel was thrown into a lions den with seven lions. He remained there
for six days. The lions were given nothing to eat so they would devour
Far away in Judea, the prophet Habakkuk was making some food for the
reapers in the fields. Suddenly, an angel appeared to him and
instructed him to take the food he had prepared to Daniel in the lions
den in Babylon. But Habakkuk
answered, “Sir, I have never seen Babylon, and I do not know the den!”
The angel of the Lord seized him by the crown of his head and carried
him by the hair; with the speed of the wind, he set him down in Babylon
above the den. Habakkuk delivers the meal to Daniel and the
angel returns him to his home.
On the seventh day the king comes to the lions den to mourn Daniel but
finds him alive and well. The king cried aloud, “You are great, O Lord, the God of Daniel,
and there is no other besides you!” Those who had tried to
destroy Daniel were thrown into the lions den and quickly devoured by
the hungry lions.
More Biblical Prophesy: See Book of Revelation Summary
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