But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank…
In the case of Daniel early piety, prepared for ripe excellence in old age. Daniel lived to be eighty; was prime minister of Babylon; and died full of honours.
I. HIS EARLY DECISION. He purposed (resolved) not to defile himself with the king's meat. He put a restraint on his self-indulgence. It was the evident intention of Babylonians to wean Daniel and his companions from their patriotic and religious principles. The new names given to them suggest this. Great advantages attend early decision. It is half the battle. It was not his learning that gave Daniel this wisdom or decision. It was God's grace.
II. ABIDING CONSISTENCY OF LIFE. This sprang from the early decision. What firmness, fidelity, and piety! Note the testimony of his enemies. Incorruptible in duty, blameless in life. This is the way to honour religion.
III. HELPS TOWARDS THIS CONSISTENCY. The source of it was Divine. There is no other safe or abiding course. But gracious helps are provided.
1. The Word of God. Daniel a student of it (Daniel 9:12). We need a chart for life's voyage, a lamp for life's path.
2. Prayer. Daniel eminent for this. He prayed alone (Daniel 9:3). He prayed with his companions (Daniel 2:17, 18). It was his custom, and was not given up, nor concealed, when a decree issued against it. How can We hope to walk wisely or safely without asking Divine help and guidance?
3. Godly companionship. The four children of the captivity were helps to one another.
(W. Pakenham Walsh, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
WEB: But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king's dainties, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.