Daniel 1

The Choice Young Men

2 The 3Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some * of the 4vessels of the house of God; and he brought them to the land of 5Shinar, to the house of his agod, and he brought the vessels into the treasury * of his b6god.
3 Then the king cordered Ashpenaz, the chief of his dofficials, to bring in some of the sons of Israel, including some of the eroyal 7family and of the nobles,
4 youths in whom was 8no * defect, who were good-looking *, showing 9intelligence in every branch of wisdom, endowed with understanding and discerning knowledge, and who had ability for fserving in the king's gcourt; and he ordered him to teach them the hliterature and 10language of the 11Chaldeans.
5 The king appointed for them a daily ration from the 12king's choice food and from the wine which he drank, and appointed that they should be ieducated three years, at the end of which they were to j13enter the king's personal service *.
6 Now among them from the sons of Judah were 14Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
7 Then the commander of the officials assigned new names to them; and to Daniel he assigned the name 15Belteshazzar, to Hananiah 16Shadrach, to Mishael 17Meshach and to Azariah 18Abed-nego.

Daniel's Resolve

8 But Daniel kmade up his mind that he would not 19defile himself with the 20king's choice food or with the 21wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.
9 Now God granted Daniel l22favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials,
10 and the commander of the officials said to Daniel, "I am afraid of my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink; for why should he see your faces looking more haggard than the youths who are your own age? Then you would mmake me forfeit my head to the king."
12 "Please test your servants for ten days, and let us be 23given some vegetables to eat and water to drink.
13 "Then let our appearance be nobserved in your presence and the appearance of the youths who are eating the king's choice food; and deal with your servants according to what you see."
14 So he listened to them in this matter and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of ten days their appearance seemed 24better and othey were fatter * than all the youths who had been eating the king's choice food.
16 So the overseer continued to pwithhold their choice food and the wine they were to drink, and kept 25giving them vegetables.
17 As for these four youths, 26God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of qliterature and wisdom; Daniel even understood all kinds of 27visions and dreams.
18 Then at the end of the days which the king had rspecified sfor presenting them, the commander of the officials tpresented them before Nebuchadnezzar.
19 The king talked with them, and out of them all not one was found like 28Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they u29entered the king's personal service *.
20 As for every matter of 30wisdom vand understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them 31ten times 32better than all the w33magicians and conjurers who were in all his realm.
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