Bible: Daniel 1:8-21

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. 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, 21  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 22  anyone like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, or Azariah. So they entered the king’s service. 23  1:20 In every matter of wisdom and 24  insight the king asked them about, he found them to be ten times 25  better than any of the magicians and astrologers that were in his entire empire. 1:21 Now Daniel lived on until the first 26  year of Cyrus the king.

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