Daniel 1:1-7

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.
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