Thematic Bible

Daniel 1:1 (show verse)

In the third year of the reign of King Jehoiakim of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it.

Daniel 1:2 (show verse)

Within a week, the Lord handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with valuable objects from the house of God. Nebuchadnezzar brought them to the temple of his god in the land of Shinar and stored them in its treasure house.

Daniel 1:3 (show verse)

Later, the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief officer, to bring in some Israelis of royal and noble descent.

Daniel 1:4 (show verse)

They were to be young men without physical defect, handsome in appearance, skilled in all wisdom, quick to learn, prudent in how they used knowledge, and capable of serving in the king's palace. They were to learn the literature and language of the Chaldeans.

Daniel 1:5 (show verse)

The king assigned them fine food and choice wine on a daily basis, ordering them to be trained for three years, at the end of which time they would enter the king's service.

Daniel 1:6 (show verse)

Included among the people of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

Daniel 1:7 (show verse)

The chief officer assigned the name "Belteshazzar" to Daniel, the name "Shadrach" to Hananiah, the name "Meshach" to Mishael, and the name "Abednego" to Azariah.

Daniel 1:8 (show verse)

Daniel determined within himself not to become defiled by the king's menu of rich foods or by the king's wine, so he requested permission from the chief officer not to defile himself.

Daniel 1:9 (show verse)

God granted to Daniel grace and compassion on the part of the chief officer.

Daniel 1:10 (show verse)

The chief officer told Daniel, "I fear his majesty the king, who has determined what you eat and drink. If he notices that your faces are more pale than the other young men in your group, I will forfeit my head to the king."

Daniel 1:11 (show verse)

But Daniel told the guard whom the chief officer had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,

Daniel 1:12 (show verse)

"Please test your servants for ten days and let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.

Daniel 1:13 (show verse)

Then compare how we look with the young men who ate the king's rich food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you observe."

Daniel 1:14 (show verse)

So he listened to what Daniel said and tested them for ten days.

Daniel 1:15 (show verse)

At the end of ten days their appearance was better and their faces were well-nourished compared to the young men who ate the king's rich food.

Daniel 1:16 (show verse)

So the guard took away their rich food and wine, giving them vegetables.

Daniel 1:17 (show verse)

As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge, aptitude for learning, and wisdom. Daniel also could understand all kinds of visions and dreams.

Daniel 1:18 (show verse)

Then at the end of the training period that the king had established, the chief officer brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel 1:19 (show verse)

When the king spoke to them, none of them compared to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, or Azariah as they stood before the king.

Daniel 1:20 (show verse)

In every matter of wisdom or understanding that the king discussed with them, he found them ten times superior to all the astrologers and enchanters in his entire palace.

Daniel 1:21 (show verse)

So Daniel remained there in service until the first year of King Cyrus.