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Daniel 6:22

ESV 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.”
NIV 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.'
NASB My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, since I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.'
CSB My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths; and they haven't harmed me, for I was found innocent before him. And also before you, Your Majesty, I have not done harm."
NLT 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.'
KJV 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.

What does Daniel 6:22 mean?

Daniel was unquestionably guilty of breaking the law. When Darius issued an edict prohibiting prayer to anyone but himself (Daniel 6:6–9), Daniel deliberately ignored it (Daniel 6:10). Yet he rightly says here that he was innocent before God and had done nothing to harm the king. The law which Daniel violated was a malicious conspiracy (Daniel 6:4–5) with no purpose other than to entrap him. Darius realized this too late and spent a night of anguished worry hoping that Daniel's God would provide rescue (Daniel 6:14–18). Hearing his trusted advisor's words is cause for celebration (Daniel 6:23).

Daniel affirmed that his safety was a miracle. The "angel" mentioned here is not identified. Some suggest it was a common angel, or perhaps Michael the archangel (Daniel 12:1). Others think this might have been a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ. Similar discussion surrounds the angelic figure who appeared to rescue Daniel's three friends from a fiery death (Daniel 3:24–26).

Clearly, Daniel exhibited strong trust in the Lord during a perilous situation. Hebrews 11:33 mentions faith as having "stopped the mouths of lions." When Jesus rules the earth, He will subdue the wild nature of lions and all savage beasts. Isaiah 11:7 predicts "the lion shall eat straw like the ox."
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