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The door burst open.
Arioch, captain of the king’s guard, filled the doorway with his powerful frame.
“It is hereby decreed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon that all wise men, enchanters, magicians, and astrologers of Babylon are to be taken into custody and destroyed.” Arioch’s voice resonated in the room where Daniel sat studying a roll of parchment with his friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The friends all looked at each other, startled.
Daniel slowly rose. “What has brought about this decree?” he asked. Arioch sighed. He did not relish the task given to him.