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Daniel 1

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 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem and besieged it.

 2 And 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 Nebuchadnezzar brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.

 3 And the king spoke to 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;

 4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favored, 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 food, and of the wine which he drank, nourishing them for three years, so that at the end of that time they might stand before the king.

 6 Now among these were of the children of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah;

 7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave to 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 food nor with the wine that he drank. Therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

 9 Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

 10 And the prince of the eunuchs said to Daniel, "I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and your drink for why should he see your faces looking worse than the other children of your kind? If so, then you will have put my head in danger from the king.

 11 Then Daniel said to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,

 12 "Please, let your servants perform a test for ten days by letting them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.

 13 Then let our appearances be compared by you to the appearances of the children who eat the portion of the king's food, and then as you see, deal with your servants.

 14 So he consented to them in this matter, and tested them ten days.

 15 And at the end of ten days their appearances were fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children who ate the portion of the king's food.

 16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their food, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them vegetables.

 17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

 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 Nebuchadnezzar.

 19 And the king interviewed them all; and among them all there were none found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king.

 20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.

 21 And Daniel continued [standing before the king] even to the first year of king Cyrus.

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