Bible: Dan 1

Daniel Finds Favor in Babylon

1:1 In the third 1  year of the reign of King Jehoiakim of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar 2  of Babylon advanced against Jerusalem 3  and laid it under siege. 4  1:2 Now the Lord 5  delivered 6  King Jehoiakim of Judah into his power, 7  along with some of the vessels 8  of the temple of God. 9  He brought them to the land of Babylonia 10  to the temple of his god 11  and put 12  the vessels in the treasury of his god.

1:3 The king commanded 13  Ashpenaz, 14  who was in charge of his court officials, 15  to choose 16  some of the Israelites who were of royal and noble descent 17  1:4 young men in whom there was no physical defect and who were handsome, 18  well versed in all kinds of wisdom, well educated 19  and having keen insight, 20  and who were capable 21  of entering the king’s royal service 22 and to teach them the literature and language 23  of the Babylonians. 24  1:5 So the king assigned them a daily ration 25  from his royal delicacies 26  and from the wine he himself drank. They were to be trained 27  for the next three years. At the end of that time they were to enter the king’s service. 28  1:6 As it turned out, 29  among these young men 30  were some from Judah: 31  Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 32  1:7 But the overseer of the court officials renamed them. He gave 33  Daniel the name Belteshazzar, Hananiah he named Shadrach, Mishael he named Meshach, and Azariah he named Abednego. 34 

1:8 But Daniel made up his mind 35  that he would not defile 36  himself with the royal delicacies or the royal wine. 37  He therefore asked the overseer of the court officials for permission not to defile himself. 1:9 Then God made the overseer of the court officials sympathetic to Daniel. 38  1:10 But he 39  responded to Daniel, “I fear my master the king. He is the one who has decided 40  your food and drink. What would happen if he saw that you looked malnourished in comparison to the other young men your age? 41  If that happened, 42  you would endanger my life 43  with the king! 1:11 Daniel then spoke to the warden 44  whom the overseer of the court officials had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: 1:12 Please test your servants for ten days by providing us with some vegetables to eat and water to drink. 1:13 Then compare our appearance 45  with that of 46  the young men who are eating the royal delicacies; 47  deal with us 48  in light of what you see.” 1:14 So the warden 49  agreed to their proposal 50  and tested them for ten 51  days.

1:15 At the end of the ten days their appearance was better and their bodies were healthier 52  than all the young men who had been eating the royal delicacies. 1:16 So the warden removed the delicacies and the wine 53  from their diet 54  and gave them a diet of vegetables instead. 1:17 Now as for these four young men, God endowed them with knowledge and skill in all sorts of literature and wisdom – and Daniel had insight into all kinds of visions and dreams.

1:18 When the time appointed by the king arrived, 55  the overseer of the court officials brought them into Nebuchadnezzar’s presence. 1:19 When the king spoke with them, he did not find among the entire group 56  anyone like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, or Azariah. So they entered the king’s service. 57  1:20 In every matter of wisdom and 58  insight the king asked them about, he found them to be ten times 59  better than any of the magicians and astrologers that were in his entire empire. 1:21 Now Daniel lived on until the first 60  year of Cyrus the king.

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