1 H7969 In the third H8141 year H4438 of the reign H3079 of Jehoiakim H4428 king H3063 of Judah H935 came [H8804] H5019 Nebuchadnezzar H4428 king H894 of Babylon H3389 unto Jerusalem H6696 , and besieged [H8799] it.
2 H136 And the Lord H5414 gave [H8799] 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 [H8686] H776 into the land H8152 of Shinar H1004 to the house H430 of his god H935 ; and he brought [H8689] H3627 the vessels H214 into the treasure H1004 house H430 of his god.
3 H4428 And the king H559 spake [H8799] H828 unto Ashpenaz H7227 the master H5631 of his eunuchs H935 , that he should bring [H8687] 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 in whom was no blemish [H8675] H3971 H2896 , but well H4758 favoured H7919 , and skilful [H8688] H2451 in all wisdom H3045 , and cunning [H8802] H1847 in knowledge H995 , and understanding [H8688] H4093 science H3581 , and such as had ability H5975 in them to stand [H8800] H4428 in the king's H1964 palace H3925 , and whom they might teach [H8763] H5612 the learning H3956 and the tongue H3778 of the Chaldeans.
5 H4428 And the king H4487 appointed [H8762] H3117 them a daily H3117 H1697 provision H4428 of the king's H6598 meat H3196 , and of the wine H4960 which he drank H1431 : so nourishing [H8763] H7969 them three H8141 years H7117 , that at the end H5975 thereof they might stand [H8799] 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 Unto whom the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H7760 gave [H8799] H8034 names H7760 : for he gave [H8799] H1840 unto 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 purposed [H8799] H3820 in his heart H1351 that he would not defile [H8691] 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 [H8762] H8269 of the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H1351 that he might not defile [H8691] himself.
9 H430 Now God H5414 had brought [H8799] H1840 Daniel H2617 into favour H7356 and tender love H6440 with H8269 the prince H5631 of the eunuchs.
10 H8269 And the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H559 said [H8799] H1840 unto Daniel H3373 , I fear H113 my lord H4428 the king H4487 , who hath appointed [H8765] H3978 your meat H4960 and your drink H7200 : for why should he see [H8799] H6440 your faces H2196 worse liking [H8802] H3206 than the children H1524 which are of your sort H2325 ? then shall ye make me endanger [H8765] H7218 my head H4428 to the king.
11 H559 Then said [H8799] H1840 Daniel H4453 to Melzar H8269 , whom the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H4487 had set [H8765] H1840 over Daniel H2608 , Hananiah H4332 , Mishael H5838 , and Azariah,
12 H5254 Prove [H8761] H5650 thy servants H6235 , I beseech thee, ten H3117 days H5414 ; and let them give [H8799] H2235 us pulse H398 to eat [H8799] H4325 , and water H8354 to drink [H8799] .
13 H4758 Then let our countenances H7200 be looked upon [H8735] H6440 before H4758 thee, and the countenance H3206 of the children H398 that eat [H8802] H6598 of the portion H4428 of the king's H6598 meat H7200 : and as thou seest [H8799] H6213 , deal [H8798] H5650 with thy servants.
14 H8085 So he consented [H8799] H1697 to them in this matter H5254 , and proved [H8762] H6235 them ten H3117 days.
15 H7117 And at the end H6235 of ten H3117 days H4758 their countenances H7200 appeared [H8738] H2896 fairer H1277 and fatter H1320 in flesh H3206 than all the children H398 which did eat [H8802] H6598 the portion H4428 of the king's H6598 meat.
16 H4453 Thus Melzar H5375 took away [H8802] H6598 the portion of their meat H3196 , and the wine H4960 that they should drink H5414 ; and gave [H8802] H2235 them pulse.
17 H702 As for these four H3206 children H430 , God H5414 gave [H8804] H4093 them knowledge H7919 and skill [H8687] H5612 in all learning H2451 and wisdom H1840 : and Daniel H995 had understanding [H8689] H2377 in all visions H2472 and dreams.
18 H7117 Now at the end H3117 of the days H4428 that the king H559 had said [H8804] H935 he should bring [H8687] H8269 them in, then the prince H5631 of the eunuchs H935 brought [H8686] H6440 them in before H5019 Nebuchadnezzar.
19 H4428 And the king H1696 communed [H8762] H4672 with them; and among them all was found [H8738] H1840 none like Daniel H2608 , Hananiah H4332 , Mishael H5838 , and Azariah H5975 : therefore stood [H8799] H6440 they before H4428 the king.
20 H1697 And in all matters H2451 of wisdom H998 and understanding H4428 , that the king H1245 enquired [H8765] H4672 of them, he found [H8799] H6235 them ten times H3027 better H2748 than all the magicians H825 and astrologers H4438 that were in all his realm.