|About the Book|
Daniels character is pre-eminently worthy of our attention. His life was not only conspicuous, but singular and difficult. A Hebrew, and yet prime minister at a heathen court which then governed the world- and yet never did he fail in his duties, either as a statesman or as a true disciple of Moses. Amid all the luxury, splendor, and honors of the Babylonish court, he preserved an incorruptible integrity and spirituality of character. The length of time that he acted as prime minister of state is proof of the ability and fidelity with which he discharged the duties of his high station. The whole of his life presents the fearlessness of his spirit and the fervor of his heart. He ever cherished humble views of himself, but the warmest emotions of patriotism toward his country. What is more powerful than his intercessions in behalf of his suffering countrymen! What more heroic than his ever life-long simple obedience to and trust in his God! Such is a summary of the life and character of Daniel, the prime minister, and the prophet of Jehovah.