Then the king commanded his palace master Ashpenaz to bring some of the Israelites of the royal family and of the nobility,
young men without physical defect and handsome, versed in every branch of wisdom, endowed with knowledge and insight, and competent to serve in the king's palace; they were to be taught the literature and language of the Chaldeans.
The king assigned them a daily portion of the royal rations of food and wine. They were to be educated for three years, so that at the end of that time they could be stationed in the king's court.
Among them were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, from the tribe of Judah.