In the third year of the reign of aJehoiakim king of Judah came bNebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the avessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of bShinar to the house of his god; and he brought the cvessels into the treasure house of his god.
3 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz athe master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's bseed, and of the princes;
4 Children in whom was no blemish, but awell 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 aprovision of the king's bmeat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might cstand before the king.
6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, aDaniel, bHananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave anames: for he gave unto Daniel the bname of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego.
8 But Daniel apurposed in his heart that he would not bdefile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the cwine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
9 Now God had brought Daniel into afavour and btender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I afear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces bworse liking than the children which are of your csort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.
11 Then said Daniel to aMelzar, 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 apulse to eat, and water to drink.
13 Then let our acountenances 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 aknowledge and skill in all blearning and wisdom: and Daniel had cunderstanding in all dvisions 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 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 inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the amagicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.
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