But Danielpurposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king'smeat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Now God had broughtDaniel into favour and tender lovewith the prince of the eunuchs.10
And the prince of the eunuchssaid unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.11
Then saidDaniel to Melzar,a whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel,Hananiah,Mishael, and Azariah,12Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, tendays; and let them give us pulseb to eat , and water to drink .
Then let our countenances be looked uponbefore thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king'smeat: and as thou seest , deal with thy servants.14
So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them tendays.15
And at the end of tendays their countenancesappearedfairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king'smeat.16
Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.