Throughout the book, Daniel experiences a number of visions and is tasked with interpreting various signs and symbols, including dreams. After predicting the death of Belshazzar, Daniel is elevated even further in the eyes of his successor, Darius. Political opponents, however, envy Daniel’s new station and plot against him. When a law is passed denying anyone the right to pray to any God or man for a period of 30 days, Daniel ignores it and continues to pray to his God; he is arrested and thrown into the lion’s den. With God on his side, however, Daniel is not harmed, and the lions’ mouths remain closed. The next morning, Darius awakens to find a still-living Daniel, and realizes his importance. The opponents responsible for Daniel’s predicament are then cast into the pit themselves, showing a gradually-increasing respect for the God of Daniel and the rest of the Jews.
Government promotes marriage to make men and women responsible to each other and to any children they might have. Promoting marital norms serves these same ends. The norms of monogamy and sexual exclusivity encourage childbearing within a context that makes it most likely that children will be raised by their mother and father. These norms also help to ensure shared responsibility and commitment between spouses, provide sufficient attention from both a mother and a father to their children, and avoid the sexual and kinship jealousy that might otherwise be present.