Daniel 1:4

Overview - Daniel 1
Jehoiakim's captivity.
Ashpenaz takes Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
They refusing the king's portion do prosper with pulse and water.
17 Their proficiency in wisdom.
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Daniel 1:4  (King James Version)
Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

The word {yeladim,} rendered children, is frequently used for lads, or young men. (see Genesis 21:8 ,14-16,) [neaniskous,] as the LXX. render; and Daniel must have been at this time at least seventeen or eighteen years of age.

in whom
Leviticus 21:18-21 ; Leviticus 24:19 Leviticus 24:20 Judges 8:18 ; 2 Samuel 14:25 ; Acts 7:20 ; Ephesians 5:27

and skilful
Rather, as Houbigant renders, "apt to understand wisdom, to acquire knowledge, and to attain science;" for it was not a knowledge of the sciences, but merely a capacity to learn them, that was required.
Daniel 2:20 Daniel 2:21 5:11 Ecclesiastes 7:19 ; Acts 7:22

17-20 ; Proverbs 22:29