Daniel 6: Daniel in the Lion's Den

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 178


Daniel 6 was written when Daniel was approximately eighty years old. Even though Daniel had been a counselor to the kings of Babylon, he also became a counselor to the kings of the Medo-Persian Empire who conquered Babylon. Look for how Daniel’s enemies tried to destroy him and how the Lord continued to bless him because of his faithfulness.
Daniel in lion’s den

Understanding the Scriptures

Daniel 6

Give accounts (v. 2)Report 
Sought to find occasion against Daniel (v. 4)Tried to catch him doing something wrong 
To establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree (v. 7)Get the king to make a law 
Ask a petition (vv. 7, 12)Ask for help 
Aforetime (v. 10)Before 
Making supplication (v. 11)Asking for help 
Signet (v. 17)Ring with an emblem of authority engraven on it 
Lamentable (v. 20)Voice of a person who is pained or grieving 
Innocency (v. 22)No wrongdoing 
Dominion (v. 26)King’s empire 
Stedfast (v. 26)Dependable 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Daniel 6.

Activity A iconRetell the Story

Write the story of Daniel 6 so a young child could understand it.

Activity B iconAnd Thus We See

Decisions in Daniel 6

What the king did

What other presidents and princes did

What Daniel did

  1. 1.

    Review all of Daniel 6 and look for what the king did, what the other presidents and princes did, and what Daniel did. Write about what happened to each of them because of their decisions.

  2. 2.

    Read 1 Nephi 1:20 and Alma 30:60. To whom and how would the principles in these scriptures apply to the story in Daniel 6?