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In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah
came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of
the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his
god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain
of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes;
in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and
cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability
in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning
and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
5 And the king appointed them a daily
provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing
them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and
7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave
unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and
to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.
8 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
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with
the prince of the eunuchs.
10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto
Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink:
for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are
of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.
said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel,
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee,
ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the
children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal
with thy servants.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and
proved them ten days.
15 And at the end of ten days their countenances
appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the
portion of the king’s meat.
16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of
their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and
skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions
18 Now at the end of the days that the king had said he
should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before
19 And the king communed with them; and among them all
was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they
before the king.
20 And in all matters of wisdom and
understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better
than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.
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