"I was like Daniel in the den of lions"
Daniel is the protagonist of the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. Originally a slave to the Assyrian king Nebuchadnezzar, he rises in status as a result of his great skill in interpreting dreams. Jealous of his popularity with Cyrus the Great, various princes and officials in the royal administration hatch a plot to dispose of him. They contrive a royal decree sentencing anyone who prays to God within a 30 day period to be cast into a den of lions. Daniel refuses to abide by this and is punished accordingly. He is saved by God’s intervention : “God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me” (Daniel 6:22).