Daniel 1
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Daniel’s Captivity in Babylon

1In the third year of the reign of King Jehoiakima of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzara b of Babylon came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it. 2The Lord handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with some of the vessels from the house of God.a Nebuchadnezzar carried them to the land of Babylon,a b to the house of his god,B and put the vessels in the treasury of his god.

3The king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the Israelites from the royal familya and from the nobility —  4young men without any physical defect, good-looking, suitable for instruction in all wisdom,a knowledgeable, perceptive, and capable of serving in the king’s palace.b He was to teach them the Chaldean languagec and literature. 5The king assigned them daily provisions from the royal food and from the wine that he drank.a They were to be trained for three years, and at the end of that time they were to attend the king.a b 6Among them, from the Judahites, were Daniel,a Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 7The chief eunuch gave them names; he gave the name Belteshazzar to Daniel, Shadrach to Hananiah, Meshach to Mishael, and Abednego to Azariah.a

Faithfulness in Babylon

8Daniel determined that he would not defile himself with the king’s fooda or with the wine he drank. So he asked permission from the chief eunuch not to defile himself.b 9God had granted Daniel kindness and compassion from the chief eunuch,a 10yet he said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and drink. What if he sees your faces looking thinner than the other young men your age? You would endanger my lifeA with the king.”

11So Daniel said to the guard whom the chief eunuch had assigned to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12“Please test your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13Then examine our appearance and the appearance of the young men who are eating the king’s food, and deal with your servants based on what you see.” 14He agreed with them about this and tested them for ten days. 15At the end of ten days they looked better and healthierA than all the young men who were eating the king’s food.a 16So the guard continued to remove their food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables.

Faithfulness Rewarded

17God gave these four young men knowledge and understandinga in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreamsb of every kind. 18At the end of the time that the king had said to present them, the chief eunuch presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19The king interviewed them, and among all of them, no one was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.a So they began to attend the king. 20In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them ten timesa a better than all the magicians and mediumsb in his entire kingdom. 21Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.a

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