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Daniel In The Lions’ Den

Daniel In The Lions’ Den Resources

Free online resources based on the Biblical story of Daniel being thrown to the lions. Daniel’s encounter with the lions can be found in Daniel 6 of your Bible. See below for links to sermons, songs, stories and entertaining sites about Daniel in the lions’ den.

Very early the next morning, the king hurried out to the lions’ den. When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you worship continually, able to rescue you from the lions?” Daniel answered, “Long live the king! 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.” — Daniel 6:19-22 <NLT>


 Daniel In The Lions’ Den Summary

Throughout Daniel’s life, he sought God and was given great wisdom which led to continual promotion. Daniel honored God, his king and others. Because of this, God blessed him to the point that some officials were jealous.

The other princes knew that the only way to accuse Daniel was to find some way to attack his faith. They tricked King Darius into passing an unjust law that made it illegal to pray to anyone but the king. Daniel knew the law, but more importantly, he knew his God. He continued to pray openly to his source, even with the threat of death. As soon as King Darius heard the accusations, he knew he had messed up. Daniel faithfully served his God and the blessing that was on Daniel’s life brought favor to Darius’ entire kingdom.

King Darius desperately sought a way out, but he was trapped by his own foolish law. As Daniel was sent to the lions’ den, the king made a bold confession of faith when he declared, “May your God, whom you worship continually, rescue you.” (Daniel 6:16) The king retired and spent a sleepless night fasting. He knew Daniel was innocent and he set aside all logic and believed that Daniel’s God would protect such an honorable man from the lions.

The next morning the king rushed to the den to see that his and Daniel’s faith had been rewarded. The lions had not been hungry all night – the result of a God who honors those that put there trust in Him. King Darius made sure that the lions’ patience was rewarded. He arrested all the princes that had accused Daniel and tossed them into the lions’ den, giving the lions a mighty feast.

Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 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. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” — Daniel 6:3-5 <NIV>


Read the Daniel In The Lions’ Den Story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:

Daniel – Key Events Related to Daniel’s Encounter With the Lions

Daniel 1 – Daniel and his friends taken captive.
Daniel 2 – Daniel interprets the king’s dream and promotes his friends.
Daniel 6 – King Darius is tricked into throwing Daniel to the lions.

Why Weren’t the Lions Hungry While Daniel Was In Their Den?
The lions were kept near starvation to make sure they would immediately devour any prisoner unlucky enough to be condemned to death. This is why they were so quick to devour Daniel’s accusers when they were tossed into the den. God loved both Daniel and his accusers. The difference was that Daniel lived in love and obedience to God and his king. And more importantly, he had a covenant or fellowship with God that brought them into a divine partnership. God had to protect Daniel because Daniel continually kept his part of the covenant arrangement. It was simply Daniel’s faith in a loving God that stole the lions’ appetite that night.

Check out all the wonderful Christian content linked below and learn more about Daniel and the lions.


Children’s Bible Stories – Scriptures and Adaptations on the Daniel In The Lions’ Den Story

Daniel & the Lions’ Den – A simple paraphrase of the lions’ den story

Daniel and the Lions – Very brief version for little kids

Daniel & the Lions’ Den – Illustrated slide show with story

The Story of Daniel – Part VIII: The Lion’s Den – God saves Daniel from the lions.

Daniel in the Lion’s Den – Brief version with memory verse and rhyme
For Parent’s Guide, click here

Daniel in the Lion’s Den – A Bible story based on Daniel 6

Daniel in the Lions Den – A short version that is easy to read

Daniel and the Lions’ Den – Short story from Daniel 6

Daniel Trusts in God – Another very short version of the lions’ den story

Children’s Activities, Crafts, Coloring Pages, Music, Plays & Poetry for the Daniel and the Lions Story

Daniel in the Lion’s Den – Coloring and activity pages

Daniel in the Lions’ Den – Arrange lions and Daniel in the den.

Daniel Thrown Into the Lions’ Den – A coloring page

Daniel in the Lions’ Den – Crafts and online jigsaw puzzles

Daniel in the Lions’ Den – Online crossword puzzle

Daniel in the Lions’ Den – Daniel and the lions coloring page

Daniel and the Lions – Puzzles, crafts, take home and coloring pages

Daniel and the Lions Bible Story – Game and craft ideas

Daniel in the Lions’ Den Songs

Our Little Scheme

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

The Living God

God Is King Of You

Children’s Sermons & Lessons on Daniel and the Lions

Daniel in the Lions Den – Short illustration on Daniel

Daniel & the Lions – Lesson outline for Daniel in the lion’s den

Daniel in the Lions’ Den – Lesson outline, activity page and story from Daniel 6:1 – 24

Daniel in the Lion’s Den – Handout with questions on Daniel Chapter 6
For leader’s guide click here

Daniel in the Lion’s Den – Lesson outline with coloring page and stick puppet patterns

Daniel in the Lions’ Den – Story, questions and handout

Devotions, Discussions & Sermons and Other Resources About the Daniel and the Lions Story

Daniel in the Lions’ Den – Links to more Daniel resources

Daniel in the Lions’ Den – Activity pages, games and lesson ideas

Lunch with Lions – A discussion on Daniel 6

Daniel–Cold, Old, Bold! – A sermon based on Daniel in the lions’ den

The Plot Against Prayer – A sermon by Rev. Adrian Dieleman on Satan’s role in Daniel 6

Daniel In the Lions’ Den – Sermon outline

Ancient Empires – Persia – Brief overview of the Persian empire

Daniel 6 – Short commentary on Daniel and the lions

The Lion – Lion references in the Bible


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Suggested Search Terms: Daniel, King Darius, Daniel 6, Darius the Mede and lions den, Medo-Persian Empire

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