17 God gave knowledge and understanding to those four young men. So they understood all kinds of writings and subjects. And Daniel could understand all kinds of visions and dreams.
18 The three years the king had set for their training ended. So the chief official brought them to Nebuchadnezzar.
19 The king talked with them. He didn't find anyone equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. So they began to serve the king.
20 He asked them for advice in matters that required wisdom and understanding. He always found their answers to be the best. In fact, the men were ten times better than anyone in his kingdom who claimed to get knowledge by using magic.
21 Daniel served in Babylon until the first year Cyrus ruled over Babylonia. Cyrus was king of Persia.