Daniel 6:22
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New International Version
My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty."

New Living Translation
My God sent his angel to shut the lions' mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty."

English Standard Version
My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”

New American Standard Bible
"My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime."

King James Bible
My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths. They haven't hurt me, for I was found innocent before Him. Also, I have not committed a crime against you my king."

International Standard Version
My God sent his angel and sealed the mouths of the lions. They have not harmed me, proving that I'm innocent before him. Also against you, your majesty, I've committed no offense."

NET Bible
My God sent his angel and closed the lions' mouths so that they have not harmed me, because I was found to be innocent before him. Nor have I done any harm to you, O king."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths so that they couldn't hurt me. He did this because he considered me innocent. Your Majesty, I haven't committed any crime."

Jubilee Bible 2000
My God has sent his angel, who shut the lions' mouths, that they do me no evil because before him righteousness was found in me; and even before thee, O king, I have done no corruption.

King James 2000 Bible
My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: because before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no wrong.

American King James Version
My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: for as much as before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no hurt.

American Standard Version
My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions mouths, and they have not hurt me; forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut up the mouths of the lions, and they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him justice hath been found in me: yea and before thee, O king, I have done no offence.

Darby Bible Translation
My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me; forasmuch as before him innocence was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

English Revised Version
My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, and they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

Webster's Bible Translation
My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocence was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

World English Bible
My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, and they have not hurt me; because as before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no hurt.

Young's Literal Translation
my God hath sent His messenger, and hath shut the lions' mouths, and they have not injured me: because that before Him purity hath been found in me; and also before thee, O king, injury I have not done.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:18-24 The best way to have a good night, is to keep a good conscience. We are sure of what the king doubted, that the servants of the living God have a Master well able to protect them. See the power of God over the fiercest creatures, and believe his power to restrain the roaring lion that goeth about continually seeking to devour. Daniel was kept perfectly safe, because he believed in his God. Those who boldly and cheerfully trust in God to protect them in the way of duty, shall always find him a present help. Thus the righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead. The short triumph of the wicked will end in their ruin.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My God hath sent his angel,.... Daniel takes up the king's expression, and confirms it; he asserts God to be his God, of which he had given him a proof in sending his angel to him that night; either one of the ministering spirits about him, or the Angel of the covenant, the same with him, said to be like the Son of God, that was seen in the fiery furnace, even the Messiah in human form:

and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me; by taking away hunger from them, or by striking terror into them; so that they had either no inclination to hurt him, or were afraid of him:

forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; either before God, or before his Angel, Daniel appeared to be an innocent and righteous person; therefore the Lord pleaded his cause, and made it to appear that he was just, and his cause good; for this is not to be understood of the merits of his works, and the causality of them to justify and save; for here he is speaking not of the righteousness of his person, but of his cause; and not of eternal, but temporal salvation:

and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt: either to his person or government; nothing that was criminal and sinful, but what was just and right, serving daily his God; and this was plain to the king, what he knew and owned; and though he had acted contrary to the decree the lords had craftily obtained, yet it was not out of disrespect to the king, but in obedience to his God; and in doing of which he had done nothing prejudicial to the king's interest.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. his angel—the instrument, not the author, of his deliverance (Ps 91:11; 34:7).

shut … lions' mouths—(Heb 11:33). So spiritually, God will shut the roaring lion's mouth (1Pe 5:8) for His servants.

forasmuch as before him innocency—not absolutely (in Da 9:7, 18 he disclaims such a plea), but relatively to this case. God has attested the justice of my cause in standing up for His worship, by delivering me. Therefore, the "forasmuch" does not justify Rome's doctrine of works meriting salvation.

before thee—Obedience to God is in strictest compatibility with loyalty to the king (Mt 22:21; 1Pe 2:17). Daniel's disobedience to the king was seeming, not real, because it was not from contempt of the king, but from regard to the King of kings (compare Ac 24:16).

Daniel 6:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Daniel in the Lions' Den
21Then Daniel spoke to the king, "O king, live forever! 22"My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime." 23Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
Cross References
Acts 12:11
Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen."

2 Timothy 4:17
But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.

Hebrews 1:14
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Hebrews 11:33
who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,

Numbers 20:16
but when we cried out to the LORD, he heard our cry and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt. "Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your territory.

Psalm 34:7
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

Psalm 91:11
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

Psalm 91:13
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

Isaiah 63:9
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

Jeremiah 37:18
Then Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, "What crime have I committed against you or your attendants or this people, that you have put me in prison?

Daniel 3:28
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

Daniel 6:4
At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.
Treasury of Scripture

My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: for as much as before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no hurt.

My God.

Daniel 6:20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice to …

2 Samuel 22:7 In my distress I called on the LORD, and cried to my God: and he …

Psalm 31:14 But I trusted in you, O LORD: I said, You are my God.

Psalm 38:21 Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.

Psalm 118:28 You are my God, and I will praise you: you are my God, I will exalt you.

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my …

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, …

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my …

John 20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the …

hath sent.

Daniel 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, …

Numbers 20:16 And when we cried to the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, …

2 Chronicles 32:21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valor, …

Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence …

Acts 12:11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, …

Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

hath shut.

1 Samuel 17:37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of …

Psalm 91:11-13 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways…

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that …

Hebrews 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained …

forasmuch.

Daniel 6:23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they …

Psalm 18:19-24 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because …

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and …

Isaiah 3:10 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they …

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

1 John 3:19-21 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our …

and also.

Genesis 40:15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and …

1 Samuel 24:9-11 And David said to Saul, Why hear you men's words, saying, Behold, …

1 Samuel 26:18 And he said, Why does my lord thus pursue after his servant? for …

Psalm 7:1-4 O LORD my God, in you do I put my trust: save me from all them that …

Acts 25:8-11 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, …

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