This prophet was a great interpreter of dreams.
weighted in the balances and found wanting--peres--your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and the Persians (Daniel 5:26–28)."
The king gave the promised gifts to Daniel. Later that night, Belshazzar was slain, and Darius the Median became the king of Babylon. Daniel was named one of the three top ministers of the new king.
Some officials were jealous and envious of Daniel but could not find a valid cause to discredit him. They managed to persuade the new ruler to decree that, for the next 30 days, anybody found making any petition to God or man, except to the king, would be put to death. Daniel was observed praying to God. His enemies did not waste any time reporting this to the king.
The king was reluctant to punish Daniel but, unable to change the decree, had him thrown into a lion's den. The next morning, the king, who had fasted the whole night, rushed to the lion's den and was happy to see Daniel coming out unhurt. He had the accusers thrown to the lions and decreed that everybody in the kingdom should revere God.
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