Daniel Taken to Babylon1In the third year of athe reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of bthe vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to cthe land of Shinar, to the house of his god, dand placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, ehis chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family ▼
▼Hebrew of the seed of the kingdomand of gthe nobility, 4youths without hblemish, of good appearance and iskillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to jteach them the literature and language of the kChaldeans. 5The king assigned them a daily portion of lthe food that the king ate, and of mthe wine that he drank. They were to be educated for nthree years, and at the end of that time they were to ostand before the king. 6Among these were pDaniel, qHananiah, rMishael, and sAzariah of the tribe of Judah. 7And tthe chief of the eunuchs ugave them names: vDaniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.
Daniel’s Faithfulness8But Daniel wresolved that he would not xdefile himself with ythe king’s food, or with zthe wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to aadefile himself. 9 abAnd God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.” 11Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12“Test your servants for acten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat adthe king’s food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” 14So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate aethe king’s food. 16 afSo the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them agvegetables.
17As for these four youths, ahGod gave them learning and aiskill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had ajunderstanding in all visions and dreams. 18At the end of akthe time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore althey stood before the king. 20And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all amthe magicians and anenchanters that were in all his kingdom. 21And Daniel aowas there until the first year of apKing Cyrus.
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