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The New King James Version

Daniel 1:1–21

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Daniel and His Friends Obey God

1 In the third year of the reign of aJehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with bsome of the articles of 1the house of God, which he carried cinto the land of Shinar to the house of his god; dand he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god.

Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring esome of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men fin whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and gwhom they might teach the language and 2literature of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might hserve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. iTo them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: jhe gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego.

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself kwith the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now lGod had brought Daniel into the favor and 3goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. 10 And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.”

11 So Daniel said to 4the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” 14 So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.

15 And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. 16 Thus 5the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

17 As for these four young men, mGod gave them nknowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had ounderstanding in all visions and dreams.

18 Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 Then the king 6interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore pthey served before the king. 20 qAnd in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. 21 rThus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.

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