1 H7969 In the third H8141 year H4438 of the reign H3079 of Jehoiakim H4428 king H3063 of Judah H935 came H5019 Nebuchadnezzar H4428 king H894 of Babylon H3389 to Jerusalem, H6696 and besieged it.
2 H136 And the Lord H5414 gave H3079 Jehoiakim H4428 king H3063 of Judah H3027 into his hand, H7117 with part H3627 of the vessels H1004 of the house H430 of God: H935 which he carried H776 into the land H8152 of Shinar H1004 to the house H430 of his god; H935 and he brought H3627 the vessels H214 into the treasure H1004 house H430 of his god.
3 H4428 And the king H559 spoke H828 to Ashpenaz H7227 the master H5631 of his eunuchs, H935 that he should bring H1121 certain of the children H3478 of Israel, H4410 and of the king’s H2233 seed, H6579 and of the princes;
4 H3206 Children H834 in whom H1992 H369 was no H3971 blemish, H2896 but well H4758 favored, H7919 and skillful H3605 in all H2451 wisdom, H3045 and cunning H1847 in knowledge, H995 and understanding H4093 science, H3581 and such as had ability H5975 in them to stand H4428 in the king’s H1964 palace, H3925 and whom they might teach H5612 the learning H3956 and the tongue H3779 of the Chaldeans.
5 H4428 And the king H4487 appointed H3117 them a daily H1697 provision H4428 of the king’s H6598 meat, H3196 and of the wine H4960 which he drank: H1431 so nourishing H7969 them three H8141 years, H7117 that at the end H5975 thereof they might stand H6440 before H4428 the king.
6 H1992 Now among these H1121 were of the children H3063 of Judah, H1840 Daniel, H2608 Hananiah, H4332 Mishael, H5838 and Azariah:
7 H1992 To whom H8269 the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H7760 gave H8034 names: H7760 for he gave H1840 to Daniel H8034 the name H1095 of Belteshazzar; H2608 and to Hananiah, H7714 of Shadrach; H4332 and to Mishael, H4335 of Meshach; H5838 and to Azariah, H5664 of Abednego.
8 H1840 But Daniel H7760 purposed H3820 in his heart H1351 that he would not defile H6598 himself with the portion H4428 of the king’s H6598 meat, H3196 nor with the wine H4960 which he drank: H1245 therefore he requested H8269 of the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H1351 that he might not defile himself.
9 H430 Now God H5414 had brought H1840 Daniel H2617 into favor H8269 and tender love with the prince H5631 of the eunuchs.
10 H8269 And the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H559 said H1840 to Daniel, H3373 I fear H113 my lord H4428 the king, H834 who H4487 has appointed H3978 your meat H4960 and your drink: H4100 for why H7200 should he see H6440 your faces H2196 worse H4480 liking than H3206 the children H834 which H1524 are of your sort? H2325 then shall you make me endanger H7218 my head H4428 to the king.
11 H559 Then said H1840 Daniel H4453 to Melzar, H834 whom H8269 the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H4487 had set H5921 over H1840 Daniel, H2608 Hananiah, H4332 Mishael, H5838 and Azariah,
12 H5254 Prove H5650 your servants, H4994 I beseech H6235 you, ten H3117 days; H5414 and let them give H2235 us vegetables H398 to eat, H4325 and water H8354 to drink.
13 H4758 Then let our countenances H7200 be looked H6440 on before H4758 you, and the countenance H3206 of the children H398 that eat H6598 of the portion H4428 of the king’s H6598 meat: H7200 and as you see, H6213 deal H5650 with your servants.
14 H8085 So he consented H2088 to them in this H1697 matter, H5254 and proved H6235 them ten H3117 days.
15 H7117 And at the end H6235 of ten H3117 days H4758 their countenances H7200 appeared H2896 fairer H1277 and fatter H1320 in flesh H4480 than H3605 all H3206 the children H398 which did eat H6598 the portion H4428 of the king’s H6598 meat.
16 H4453 Thus Melzar H5375 took H6598 away the portion H6598 of their meat, H3196 and the wine H4960 that they should drink; H5414 and gave H2235 them vegetables.
17 H428 As for these H702 four H3206 children, H430 God H5414 gave H4093 them knowledge H7919 and skill H3605 in all H5612 learning H2451 and wisdom: H1840 and Daniel H995 had understanding H3605 in all H2377 visions H2472 and dreams.
18 H7117 Now at the end H3117 of the days H4428 that the king H559 had said H935 he should bring H8269 them in, then the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H935 brought H6440 them in before H5019 Nebuchadnezzar.
19 H4428 And the king H1696 communed H3605 with them; and among them all H4672 was found H3808 none H1840 like Daniel, H2608 Hananiah, H4332 Mishael, H5838 and Azariah: H5975 therefore stood H6440 they before H4428 the king.
20 H3605 And in all H1697 matters H2451 of wisdom H998 and understanding, H4428 that the king H1245 inquired H4672 of them, he found H6235 them ten H3027 times better H5921 than H3605 all H2748 the magicians H825 and astrologers H3605 that were in all H4438 his realm.