In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, and a part of the vessels of the house of God; and he carried them into the land of Shinar, to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure-house of his god.
And the king spoke unto Ashpenaz the chief of his eunuchs, a that he should bring of the children of Israel, both of the royal seed and of the nobles,
youths in whom was no blemish, and of goodly countenance, and skilful in all wisdom, and acquainted with 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 b and the language of the Chaldeans.
And the king appointed unto them a daily provision of the king's delicate food, and of the wine that he drank, to nourish them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
And the prince of the eunuchs gave them names: to Daniel he gave [the name] Belteshazzar, c and to Hananiah, Shadrach, and to Mishael, Meshach, and to Azariah, Abed-nego.