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Daniel 1 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Daniel and His Friends Obey God
Daniel and His Friends Obey God
(cf. 2 Kin. 24:10–17 )

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

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:2 - And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:3 - Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:4 - young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:5 - And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:6 - Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:7 - To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:8 - But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:9 - Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:10 - And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:11 - So Daniel said to the steward[fn] whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:12 - “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:13 - “Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:14 - So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:15 - And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:16 - Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:17 - As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:18 - Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:19 - Then the king interviewed[fn] them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:20 - And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 1:21 - Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew Melzar, also in verse 16
Literally talked with them
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