but the official told Daniel, "I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned youra food and drink.1 Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you."
Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,
"Please test2 your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.
Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see."314
So he agreed to this and tested4 them for ten days.
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.516
So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.617
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding7 of all kinds of literature and learning.8 And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.918
At the end of the time10 set by the king to bring them in, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar.
The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king's service.1120
In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians12 and enchanters in his whole kingdom.13