The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleDaniel 6:1
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and
This is the same Darius mentioned
in the latter part of the preceding chapter; who, as soon as he
took the kingdom of Babylon, divided it into a hundred and twenty
provinces, as Jacchiades observes; as was the manner of the Medes and
Persians. So Darius the son of Hystaspes divided the kingdom of Persia
into twenty provinces, and set governors over each, according to
Herodotus F18; to these hundred and twenty provinces seven more were
afterwards added, through the victories of Cyrus and Cambyses, and
Darius Itystaspes, (Esther 1:1) . Josephus F19, through forgetfulness, makes
these princes and provinces three hundred and sixty:
which should be over the whole kingdom;
or, "in the whole kingdom" F20;
in the several parts of it, and take care of all things relative to the
civil government of it, both for the honour and advantage of the king,
and the good of the subjects.
F18 Thalia, sive l. 3. c. 89.
F19 Antiqu. l. 10. c. 11. sect. 4.
F20 (atwklm lkb) "in toto regno", Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator,
Cocceius; "toti regno", Junius & Tremellius.