Bible: Daniel 1:8-16

1:8 But Daniel made up his mind 1  that he would not defile 2  himself with the royal delicacies or the royal wine. 3  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. 4  1:10 But he 5  responded to Daniel, “I fear my master the king. He is the one who has decided 6  your food and drink. What would happen if he saw that you looked malnourished in comparison to the other young men your age? 7  If that happened, 8  you would endanger my life 9  with the king! 1:11 Daniel then spoke to the warden 10  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 11  with that of 12  the young men who are eating the royal delicacies; 13  deal with us 14  in light of what you see.” 1:14 So the warden 15  agreed to their proposal 16  and tested them for ten 17  days.

1:15 At the end of the ten days their appearance was better and their bodies were healthier 18  than all the young men who had been eating the royal delicacies. 1:16 So the warden removed the delicacies and the wine 19  from their diet 20  and gave them a diet of vegetables instead.

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