In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto
Jerusalem, and besieged it.
 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of
the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he
brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master
of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the
 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning
in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace,
and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
 And the king appointed
them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years,
that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
 Now among these were of the children of
Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for
he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and
to Azariah, of Abed-nego.
 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the
portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the
eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love
with the prince of the eunuchs.
 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the
king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than
the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.
said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and
 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to
 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children
that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
 So he consented
to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
 And at the end of ten days their countenances
appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.
Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them
 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and
Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
 Now at the end of the days that the king had
said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.
And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael,
and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.
 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding,
that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers
that were in all his realm.
 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.
 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith
his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
 Then the king commanded to call the magicians,
and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they
came and stood before the king.
 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit
was troubled to know the dream.
 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for
ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.
 The king answered and said
to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the
interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
 But if ye
shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore
shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
 They answered again and said, Let the king tell
his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.
 The king answered and said, I know
of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
 But if ye will not
make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt
words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye
can shew me the interpretation thereof.
 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There
is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler,
that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
 And it is a rare thing that the