6:27 hath delivered Daniel. A large basalt statue of a lion standing over a prone man was found on the palace grounds in Babylon in 1784, dating from the time of Darius’ reign there. However, the lion seemed not to be attacking the man, but protecting him. It has been suggested by some archaeologists that the statue was commissioned by Darius to commemorate Daniel’s deliverance in the lions’ den (note Daniel 6:26). The inscription originally on the statue had been hacked off, possibly by men who did not like its testimony.