1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched on Jerusalem and besieged it.
2Chr 36:5-7 2Kgs 24:1-2 2Kgs 24:13
2 The Lord let Jehoiakim king of Judah fall into his power, as well as some of the vessels belonging to the Temple of God. These he took away to Shinar, putting the vessels into the treasury of his own gods.
2Chr 36:7 Jer 27:19-20 Zech 5:11 Deut 28:49-52 Deut 32:30 Gen 10:10 Gen 11:2
3 From the Israelites, the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring a certain number of boys of royal or noble descent;
Isa 39:7 2Kgs 20:17-18 2Kgs 24:15 Jer 41:1
4 they had to be without any physical defect, of good appearance, versed in every branch of wisdom, well-informed, discerning, suitable for service at the royal court. Ashpenaz was to teach them to speak and write the language of the Chaldaeans.
2Sam 14:25 Acts 7:22 Dan 5:11 Dan 1:17-20 Dan 2:2 Dan 2:20-21 Lev 21:18-21
5 The king assigned them a daily allowance of food and wine from the royal table. They were to receive an education lasting for three years, after which they would enter the royal service.
Dan 1:19 1Kgs 10:8 1Sam 16:22 Dan 1:8 Gen 41:46 1Kgs 4:22-23 2Chr 9:7
6 Among them were the Judaeans Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
Ezek 14:14 Ezek 14:20 Dan 2:17 Matt 24:15 Ezek 28:3 Mark 13:14
7 The chief eunuch gave them other names, calling Daniel Belteshazzar, Hananiah Shadrach, Mishael Meshach, and Azariah Abed-Nego.
Dan 2:49 Dan 4:8 Dan 5:12 2Kgs 23:34 2Kgs 24:17 Dan 1:3 Dan 1:10-11
8 Daniel, who was determined not to incur pollution by food and wine from the royal table, begged the chief eunuch to spare him this defilement.
Ps 141:4 Ezek 4:13-14 1Cor 10:18-21 1Cor 7:37 Hos 9:3-4 Lev 11:45-47 Deut 32:38
9 God allowed Daniel to receive faithful love and sympathy from the chief eunuch.
Gen 39:21 Prov 16:7 Ps 106:46 1Kgs 8:50 Neh 2:4 Acts 7:10 Ps 4:3
10 But the eunuch warned Daniel, 'I am afraid of my lord the king: he has assigned you food and drink, and if he sees you looking thinner in the face than the other boys of your age, my head will be in danger with the king because of you.'
John 12:42-43 Matt 6:16-18 Prov 29:25
11 To the guard assigned to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah by the chief eunuch, Daniel then said,
12 'Please allow your servants a ten days' trial, during which we are given only vegetables to eat and water to drink.
Dan 1:16 Deut 8:3 Gen 1:29-30 Rom 14:2
13 You can then compare our looks with those of the boys who eat the king's food; go by what you see, and treat your servants accordingly.'
14 The man agreed to do what they asked and put them on ten days' trial.
15 When the ten days were over, they looked better and fatter than any of the boys who had eaten their allowance from the royal table;
Exod 23:25 Ps 37:16 Prov 10:22 2Kgs 4:42-44 Deut 28:1-14 Hag 1:6 Hag 1:9
16 so the guard withdrew their allowance of food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
17 To these four boys God gave knowledge and skill in every aspect of literature and learning; Daniel also had the gift of interpreting every kind of vision and dream.
1Kgs 3:12 Job 32:8 Jas 1:5 Dan 2:21 Dan 2:23 Prov 2:6 Col 1:9
18 When the time stipulated by the king for the boys to be presented to him came round, the chief eunuch presented them to Nebuchadnezzar.
19 The king conversed with them, and among all the boys found none to equal Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. So they became members of the king's court,
Gen 41:46 Dan 1:5 Prov 22:29 1Kgs 17:1 Jer 15:19
20 and on whatever point of wisdom or understanding he might question them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and soothsayers in his entire kingdom. Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.
1Kgs 4:29-34 Exod 8:19 Gen 41:8 1Kgs 10:23-24 Dan 2:13 Exod 7:22 Exod 8:7