Baals priests, in the temple.
Now there were
seventy priests of Bel, besides their wives and children.
And the king went with Daniel into the temple of Bel. And
the priests of Bel said, "Behold, we are going outside; you
yourself, O king, shall set forth the food and mix and place
the wine, and shut the door and seal it with your signet.
And when you return in the morning, if you do not find that
Bel has eaten it all, we will die; or else Daniel will, who
is telling lies about us." They were unconcerned, for beneath
the table they had made a hidden entrance, through which they
used to go in regularly and consume the provisions. When they
had gone out, the king set forth the food for Bel. Then Daniel
ordered his servants to bring ashes and they sifted them throughout
the whole temple in the presence of the king alone. Then they
went out, shut the door and sealed it with the king's signet,
and departed. In the night the priests came with their wives
and children, as they were accustomed to do, and ate and drank
de la Bible (1728)
Illustrated by Gerard
Hoet (1648-1733), and others.