Bible: Dan 1:3-5

1:3 The king commanded 1  Ashpenaz, 2  who was in charge of his court officials, 3  to choose 4  some of the Israelites who were of royal and noble descent 5  1:4 young men in whom there was no physical defect and who were handsome, 6  well versed in all kinds of wisdom, well educated 7  and having keen insight, 8  and who were capable 9  of entering the king’s royal service 10 and to teach them the literature and language 11  of the Babylonians. 12  1:5 So the king assigned them a daily ration 13  from his royal delicacies 14  and from the wine he himself drank. They were to be trained 15  for the next three years. At the end of that time they were to enter the king’s service. 16 

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