The issue of the degradation of God's elect — the captivity to Babylon
the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim the king of Judah aNebuchadnezzar
the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.
the Lord gave Jehoiakim the king of Judah into his hand with some of the avessels
of the house of God; and he brought them into the land of 1bShinar
to the house of his god, and he brought the 2vessels
into the treasury of his god.
The victory, in their captivity, of the young descendants (including Daniel) of God's degraded elect over Satan's further devices
Over the demonic diet
the king told Ashpenaz, the chief of his eunuchs, to abring
some of the sons of Israel, including some from the royal seed and from the nobility,
in whom was no defect, who were
good in appearance, who showed insight in all awisdom
, understanding in knowledge, and apprehension in thought, and in whom was the ability to stand in the king’s palace. And he told him
to teach them the learning and 1language
of the Chaldeans.
the king appointed to them a daily portion from the king’s 1choice
provision and from the wine that he drank, and appointed
that they should be brought up for three years so that at the end 2of
the time they might astand
before the king.
among these from the sons of Judah were 1aDaniel
, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
the leader of the eunuchs gave them names: he gave Daniel the name aBelteshazzar
; Hananiah, the name bShadrach
; Mishael, the name
Meshach; and Azariah, the name
his heart not to adefile
himself with the king’s choice provision and with the wine that 2the
king drank, so he requested of the leader of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
God granted Daniel afavor
and compassion in the sight of the leader of the eunuchs;
the leader of the eunuchs said to Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink; for why should he see your faces being more morose than those of
the children who are of your own age? Then you would bring guilt upon my head before the king.
Daniel said to the steward whom the leader of the eunuchs had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
test your servants for aten
days, and let vegetables be given to us to eat and water to drink.
let our countenances be watched in your presence, as well as the countenances of the children who eat the king’s choice provision; and do with your servants according to what you see.
he listened to them in this matter and tested them for ten days.
at the end of ten days their countenances appeared better, and they were more fully fleshed than all the children who ate the king’s choice provision.
the steward withheld their portion of
the choice provision and the wine that they were to drink and gave them vegetables.
as for these four children, God gave them knowledge and insight in all learning and awisdom
; and Daniel had understanding in all bvisions
at the end of the days when the king had said that the children
should be brought in, the leader of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar;
the king spoke with them. And among them all none were found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they stood in the presence of the king.
in every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and conjurers who were in all his realm.
Daniel continued until the 1first
year of aCyrus