Here is one of the best Bluegrass tunes ever, “Daniel Prayed” as performed by Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless and Carmella Ramsey.
Now, here’s a Bible quiz for you. The first verse goes:
Bel - Protestant - Chapter - Book - Daniel
Who or what is “Bel”? Well, if you are a modern Protestant, you probably don’t know, because the 14th chapter of the book of Daniel was torn out of the Bible by Luther and the revolters because… reasons. Now, you might be asking yourself, why does an old-school American Bluegrass song have a reference to something only found in complete, that is, Catholic Bibles? Because up until the late 19th to early 20th century, all of the books and bits that Luther tore out of the Bible were included in most printed Protestant Bibles as an appendix, so people were still aware of things like the story of Daniel and Bel. So, it really isn’t surprising that an American Protestant folk song like this would have a reference from Daniel 14.
So you have context, here is the story of Daniel and Bel, Daniel 14: 1-21. Daniel was awesome. Cool as a cucumber. Someone should make a movie about Daniel. Seriously.
Daniel - King - Guest - Friends - Babylonians
And Daniel was the king’s guest, and was honoured above all his friends. Now the Babylonians had an idol called Bel: and there were spent upon him every day twelve great measures of fine flour, and forty sheep, and sixty vessels of wine. The king also worshipped him, and went every day to adore him: but Daniel adored his God. And the king said to him: Why dost thou not adore Bel? And he answered, and said to him: Because I do not worship idols made with hands, but the living God, that created heaven and earth, and hath power over all flesh. And the king said to him: Doth not...
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