1 H7969 In the third H8141 year H4438 of the reign H3079 of Jehoiakim H4428 king H3063 of Judah H935 [H8804] came H5019 Nebuchadnezzar H4428 king H894 of Babylon H3389 to Jerusalem, H6696 [H8799] and besieged it.
2 H136 And the Lord H5414 [H8799] 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 [H8686] which he carried H776 into the land H8152 of Shinar H1004 to the house H430 of his god; H935 [H8689] and he brought H3627 the vessels H214 into the treasure H1004 house H430 of his god.
3 H4428 And the king H559 [H8799] spoke H828 to Ashpenaz H7227 the master H5631 of his eunuchs, H935 [H8687] 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 H3971 H3971 [H8675] in whom was no blemish, H2896 but of good H4758 appearance, H7919 [H8688] and skilful H2451 in all wisdom, H3045 [H8802] and possessing H1847 knowledge, H995 [H8688] and understanding H4093 science, H3581 and such as had ability H5975 [H8800] in them to stand H4428 in the king's H1964 palace, H3925 [H8763] and whom they might teach H5612 the learning H3956 and the language H3778 of the Chaldeans.
5 H4428 And the king H4487 [H8762] appointed H3117 them a daily H1697 provision H4428 of the king's H6598 food, H3196 and of the wine H4960 which he drank: H1431 [H8763] so nourishing H7969 them three H8141 years, H7117 that at the end H5975 [H8799] of which they might stand H6440 before H4428 the king.
6 H1121 Now among these were of the children H3063 of Judah, H1840 Daniel, H2608 Hananiah, H4332 Mishael, H5838 and Azariah:
7 H8269 To whom the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H7760 [H8799] gave H8034 names: H7760 [H8799] for he gave H1840 to Daniel H1095 the name 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 [H8799] purposed H3820 in his heart H1351 [H8691] that he would not defile H6598 0 himself with the portion H4428 of the king's H6598 food, H3196 nor with the wine H4960 which he drank: H1245 [H8762] therefore he requested H8269 of the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H1351 [H8691] that he might not defile himself.
9 H430 Now God H5414 [H8799] had brought H1840 Daniel H2617 into mercy H7356 and compassions H6440 with H8269 the prince H5631 of the eunuchs.
10 H8269 And the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H559 [H8799] said H1840 to Daniel, H3373 I fear H113 my lord H4428 the king, H4487 [H8765] who hath appointed H3978 your food H4960 and your drink: H7200 [H8799] for why should he see H6440 your faces H2196 [H8802] worse looking H3206 than the children H1524 who are of your age? H2325 [H8765] then shall ye make me endanger H7218 my head H4428 to the king.
11 H559 [H8799] Then said H1840 Daniel H4453 to Melzar, H8269 whom the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H4487 [H8765] had set H1840 over Daniel, H2608 Hananiah, H4332 Mishael, H5838 and Azariah,
12 H5254 [H8761] Test H5650 thy servants, H6235 I beseech thee, ten H3117 days; H5414 [H8799] and let them give H2235 us vegetables H398 [H8799] to eat, H4325 and water H8354 [H8799] to drink.
13 H4758 Then let our countenances H7200 [H8735] be looked upon H6440 before H4758 thee, and the countenance H3206 of the children H398 [H8802] that eat H6598 0 of the portion H4428 of the king's H6598 food: H7200 [H8799] and as thou seest, H6213 [H8798] deal H5650 with thy servants.
14 H8085 [H8799] So he consented H1697 to them in this matter, H5254 [H8762] and tried H6235 them ten H3117 days.
15 H7117 And at the end H6235 of ten H3117 days H4758 their countenances H7200 [H8738] appeared H2896 fairer H1277 and fatter H1320 in flesh H3206 than all the children H398 [H8802] who ate H6598 0 the portion H4428 of the king's H6598 food.
16 H4453 Thus Melzar H5375 [H8802] took away H6598 the portion of their food, H3196 and the wine H4960 that they should drink; H5414 [H8802] and gave H2235 them vegetables.
17 H702 As for these four H3206 children, H430 God H5414 [H8804] gave H4093 them knowledge H7919 [H8687] and skill H5612 in all learning H2451 and wisdom: H1840 and Daniel H995 [H8689] had understanding H2377 in all visions H2472 and dreams.
18 H7117 Now at the end H3117 of the days H4428 that the king H559 [H8804] had said H935 [H8687] he should bring H8269 them in, then the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H935 [H8686] brought H6440 them in before H5019 Nebuchadnezzar.
19 H4428 And the king H1696 [H8762] talked H4672 [H8738] with them; and among them all was found H1840 none like Daniel, H2608 Hananiah, H4332 Mishael, H5838 and Azariah: H5975 [H8799] therefore they stood H6440 before H4428 the king.
20 H1697 And in all matters H2451 of wisdom H998 and understanding, H4428 that the king H1245 [H8765] enquired H4672 [H8799] of them, he found H6235 them ten times H3027 better H2748 than all the magicians H825 and astrologers H4438 that were in all his realm.