Daniel 1:9
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New American Standard Bible
Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials,

King James Bible
Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

Darby Bible Translation
And God granted Daniel favour and mercy before the prince of the eunuchs.

World English Bible
Now God made Daniel to find kindness and compassion in the sight of the prince of the eunuchs.

Young's Literal Translation
And God giveth Daniel for kindness and for mercies before the chief of the eunuchs;

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Now God had brought Daniel into favor - Compare Genesis 39:21; Proverbs 16:7. By what means this had been done is not mentioned. It may be presumed, however, that it was by the attractiveness of his person and manners, and by the evidence of promising talent which he had evinced. Whatever were the means, however, two things are worthy of notice:

(1) The effect of this on the subsequent fortunes of Daniel. It was to him a great advantage, that by the friendship of this man he was enabled to carry out the purposes of temperance and religion which he had formed, without coming in conflict with those who were in power.

(2) God was the author of the favor which was thus shown to Daniel. It was by a controlling influence which he exerted, that this result had been secured, and Daniel traced it directly to him. We may hence learn that the favor of others toward us is to be traced to the hand of God, and if we are prospered in the world, and are permitted to enjoy the friendship of those who have it in their power to benefit us, though it may be on account of our personal qualifications, we should learn to attribute it all to God. There would have been great reason to apprehend beforehand, that the refusal of Daniel and his companions to partake of the food prepared for them would have been construed as an affront offered to the king, especially if it was understood to be on the ground that they regarded it as "defilement" or "pollution" to partake of it; but God overruled it all so as to secure the favor of those in power.

Daniel 1:9 Parallel Commentaries

Whether Curiosity Can be About Intellective Knowledge?
Objection 1: It would seem that curiosity cannot be about intellective knowledge. Because, according to the Philosopher (Ethic. ii, 6), there can be no mean and extremes in things which are essentially good. Now intellective knowledge is essentially good: because man's perfection would seem to consist in his intellect being reduced from potentiality to act, and this is done by the knowledge of truth. For Dionysius says (Div. Nom. iv) that "the good of the human soul is to be in accordance with reason,"
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Genesis 39:21
But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.

1 Kings 8:50
and forgive Your people who have sinned against You and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You, and make them objects of compassion before those who have taken them captive, that they may have compassion on them

Job 5:15
"But He saves from the sword of their mouth, And the poor from the hand of the mighty.

Job 5:16
"So the helpless has hope, And unrighteousness must shut its mouth.

Psalm 106:46
He also made them objects of compassion In the presence of all their captors.

Proverbs 16:7
When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Daniel 1:10
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 make me forfeit my head to the king."

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