This occurs in 539-537 as the new government is just being set up.
Daniel is about 85 years old.
Ezra 1:2 (and all of chapter 1 and 2) is occurring and Jews have began to return under the leadership of Zerubbabel.
Cyrus is the emperor of the
Darius is under Cyrus and is
the king of
According to Daniel 5:31, Darius began to rule at the age of 62.
Darius may be Gubaru (or, Gobryas) who is the
Others consider Darius to be
another title for Cyrus himself. Cyrus was related to both the Medes and the
Persians. Daniel would have used the Mede title to stress the fulfillment of
Isaiah 13:17 and Jeremiah 51:11, 28 that predict that
Satrap means "protector of the kingdom".
Satraps were territories in this
Over the 120 were 3 administrators or commissioners.
Daniel was one of the three.
"might not suffer loss" indicates the administrators oversaw the integrity
of the Satraps
"distinguished himself" is a verb form that indicates that Daniel "was continually" distinguishing himself."
The administrators and satraps began to double check Daniel's integrity to prevent him from being promoted.
1> The very thing a political party will condemn one day when held by their opponents, will be supported (or, claim as their own) by themselves when it is their advantage.
Use religious persecution to achieve political aspirations caused by jealousy
Daniel was known as a religious man and as one that would not compromise.
They planned to use these two character traits against Daniel.
2 > Pure and simple this is politics at its worst. Take a man's noble character traits and his personal strength and integrity and make it illegal
The group sells their idea and law to the king using false motives of devotion and concern
3> Beware of people who advance political agenda's "for the children", or "for the homeless", or "for the disadvantaged", or "for the honor of the country", or "for patriotism" when the whole idea is unnecessary, lacking common sense, or puts the country at a disadvantage.
"Went as a group"
- is another sign that evil is brewing. It is the first signs of democracy
breaking out (which is the last age of the church =
"went as a group" is an Aramaic verb "regas" that mainly signifies "to be in tumult" . The verb form used means "to show tumultuousness". This verb denotes a mob scene rather than a diplomatic meeting before the king. This group is acting in conspiracy.
"prays" means "makes a request". This would indicate a request to a god and no one can approach a god through any priest other than Darius for this period. The priesthood would be monopolized by Darius. Politically this would unify the country and the people. Anyone who was not unified would be destroyed
4> Beware of the use of unity and tolerance to drive and deliver evil legislation