In the thirdyear of the reign of Jehoiakimking of JudahcameNebuchadnezzarking of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
And the LordgaveJehoiakimking of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasurehouse of his god.3
And the kingspake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king'sseed, and of the princes;4Children in whom was no blemish , but wellfavoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understandingscience, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king'spalace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.5
And the kingappointed them a dailyprovision of the king'smeat, and of the winea which he drank: so nourishing them threeyears, that at the end thereof they might standbefore the king.6
Now among these were of the children of Judah,Daniel,Hananiah,Mishael, and Azariah:7
Unto whom the prince of the eunuchsgavenames: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.8
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,b 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 pulsec 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.17
As for these fourchildren,Godgave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Danield had understanding in all visions and dreams.18
Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchsbrought them in beforeNebuchadnezzar.19
And the kingcommuned with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel,Hananiah,Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.20
And in all matters of wisdome and understanding, that the kingenquired of them, he found them ten timesbetter than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.21
And Daniel continued even unto the firstyear of kingCyrus.