Daniel 1:8-16 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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8 But Daniel made up his mind not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief official for permission to eat other things instead. 8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
9 Now God had given the chief official great respect for Daniel. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel,
10 But he was alarmed by Daniel's suggestion. "My lord the king has ordered that you eat this food and wine," he said. "If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded for neglecting my duties." 10 but the official told Daniel, "I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you."
11 Daniel talked it over with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief official to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,
12 "Test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water," Daniel said. 12 "Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.
13 "At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king's rich food. Then you can decide whether or not to let us continue eating our diet." 13 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."
14 So the attendant agreed to Daniel's suggestion and tested them for ten days. 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. 15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.
16 So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the rich foods and wines. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.