Daniel Taken to Babylon1 In the third year of a the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of b the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to c the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, d and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, e his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family ▼
▼ Hebrew of the seed of the kingdomand of g the nobility, 4 youths without h blemish, of good appearance and i skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to j teach them the literature and language of the k Chaldeans. 5 The king assigned them a daily portion of l the food that the king ate, and of m the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for n three years, and at the end of that time they were to o stand before the king. 6 Among these were p Daniel, q Hananiah, r Mishael, and s Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7 And t the chief of the eunuchs u gave them names: v Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.
Daniel’s Faithfulness8 But Daniel w resolved that he would not x defile himself with y the king’s food, or with z the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to aa defile himself. 9 ab And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10 and 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.” 11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Test your servants for ac ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat ad the king’s food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” 14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate ae the king’s food. 16 af So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them ag vegetables. 17 As for these four youths, ah God gave them learning and ai skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had aj understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 At the end of ak the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore al they stood before the king. 20 And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all am the magicians and an enchanters that were in all his kingdom. 21 And Daniel ao was there until the first year of ap King Cyrus.
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