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Daniel 1

The Choice Young Men

1In the third year of the reign of [a]Jehoiakim king of Judah, [b]Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles of the house of God; and he brought them into the land of [c]Shinar, to the house of his god, and brought the articles into the treasury of his god.

And the [Babylonian] king told Ashpenaz, the chief of his [d]officials, to bring in some of the sons of Israel, including some from the royal family and from the nobles, young men without blemish and handsome in appearance, skillful in all wisdom, endowed with intelligence and discernment, and quick to understand, competent to stand [in the presence of the king] and able to serve in the king’s palace. He also ordered Ashpenaz to teach them the literature and language of the [e]Chaldeans. The king assigned a daily ration for them from his finest food and from the wine which he drank. They were to be educated and nourished this way for three years so that at the end of that time they were [prepared] to enter the king’s service. Among them from the sons of Judah were: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The commander of the officials gave them [Babylonian] names: Daniel he named Belteshazzar, Hananiah he named Shadrach, Mishael he named Meshach, and Azariah he named Abed-nego.

Daniel’s Resolve

But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile (taint, dishonor) himself with the [f]king’s finest food or with the wine which the king drank; so he asked the commander of the officials that he might [be excused so that he would] not defile himself. Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the commander of the officials, 10 and the commander of the officials said to Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has prearranged your food and your drink; for why should he see your faces looking more haggard than the young men who are your own age? Then you would make me forfeit my head to the king.” 11 But Daniel said to the overseer whom the commander of the officials had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Please, test your servants for ten days, and let us be given some vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the young men who eat the king’s finest food be observed and compared by you, and deal with your servants in accordance with what you see.”

14 So the man listened to them in this matter and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it seemed that they were looking better and [g]healthier than all the young men who ate the king’s finest food. 16 So the overseer continued to withhold their fine food and the wine they were to drink, and kept giving them vegetables.

17 As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all kinds of literature and wisdom; Daniel also understood all kinds of visions and dreams.

18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring all the young men in [before him], the commander of the officials presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king spoke with them, and among them all not one was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; so they were [selected and] assigned to stand before the king and enter his personal service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the [learned] magicians and enchanters (Magi) in his whole realm. 21 And Daniel remained there until the [h]first year of [the reign of] King Cyrus [over Babylon; now this was at the end of the seventy-year exile of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) in Babylonia, as foretold by Jeremiah].

Notas al pie

  1. Daniel 1:1 Pharaoh Neco had killed Josiah king of Judah and installed Eliakim (Josiah’s son) as a vassal ruler. Neco changed Eliakim’s name to Jehoiakim and he ruled for eleven years (2 Chr 36:4, 5).
  2. Daniel 1:1 Nebuchadnezzar II of the Chaldean Dynasty, more commonly known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, ruled Babylon from 605-562 b.c. He conquered Jerusalem in 597 b.c.
  3. Daniel 1:2 I.e. southern Babylonia.
  4. Daniel 1:3 Or eunuchs, and so throughout.
  5. Daniel 1:4 The Chaldeans dominated and ruled Babylonia from 625 b.c. until their empire fell in 539 b.c., but they were known as early as 1000 b.c. as an aggressive, tribal people in the southern region of Babylonia. They were highly skilled in both the science of astronomy and the pseudo-science of astrology. They kept meticulous records of celestial motion and correctly calculated the length of a year to within just a few minutes. Babylon, their capital city, was the center of trade and learning in the western part of Asia. The classical literature of the Chaldeans was written in cuneiform, but the common language, both written and spoken in Babylon, was Akkadian increasingly influenced by Aramaic.
  6. Daniel 1:8 The first portions of the food and wine would have been presented to idols before being served at the table.
  7. Daniel 1:15 Lit fat of flesh.
  8. Daniel 1:21 Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire, ruled from 559-529 b.c. He conquered the Median (549 b.c.), the Lydian (546 b.c.), and the Neo-Babylonian (539 b.c.) kingdoms and formed the greatest empire the world had ever known. He returned a remnant of the Jewish population from Babylon to Jerusalem along with an edict to rebuild the temple.

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ダニエル書 1


11-2 エホヤキム王がユダを治めるようになって三年後、バビロンの王ネブカデネザルが大軍を率いてエルサレムに攻めて来ました。主は、ネブカデネザル王に勝利を与えました。バビロンへ帰る時、王は、神殿から聖なる器具を持ち出し、シヌアルにある自分の神の宝物倉に納めました。 3-4 その後、ネブカデネザル王は、宮殿の人事担当者アシュペナズにこう命じました。「捕囚として連れて来たユダヤ人の中から、ユダの王族か貴族出身の若者を数人選び、われわれカルデヤ人のことばと文学を教えよ。いろいろの分野の知識に通じ、知恵にすぐれ、鋭敏なうえに良識を備え、宮廷に仕えるにふさわしく、身体剛健で容姿端麗な若者を選ぶのだ。」 王はこの若者たちに、三年間の訓練期間中、王が食べるのと同じ最上の食物とぶどう酒を与えました。訓練ののちにこの若者たちを、王の参議官に取り立てる計画だったのです。 こうして選ばれた若者の中に、ダニエル、ハナヌヤ、ミシャエル、アザルヤの四人がいました。四人ともユダ部族の出身でした。 ところで、彼らの監督官は、それぞれにバビロニヤ名をつけました。それで、ダニエルはベルテシャツァル、ハナヌヤはシャデラク、ミシャエルはメシャク、アザルヤはアベデ・ネゴと呼ばれました。

しかしダニエルは、王の支給する食物(ユダヤの法律で食べることが禁止されていた豚肉などが含まれていたと思われる)もぶどう酒も断じて口にしないと決心し、ほかの食事をとることができるよう、監督官に許可を願い出ました。 実は神は、この監督官に、ダニエルを特別に思いやる心を与えていました。 10 それでも監督官は、ダニエルの申し出に不安を覚え、こう言いました。「ほかの同じ年頃の若者と比べて、あなたがたの顔が青白く、やせ細ってしまったら、職務怠慢のかどで、私は王に首をはねられるだろう。」 11 そこでダニエルは、監督官が彼ら四人につけてくれた世話役と、このことについて話し合い、 12 ともかく十日間、野菜と水だけの食事で試してほしいと頼みました。 13 その期間が終わった段階で、王のごちそうを食べた者たちと比較し、野菜と水だけの食事を続けるかどうかを決めてはどうかと提案したのです。 14 世話役は、ついにこれを試してみることに同意しました。 15 そして、十日が過ぎました。ダニエルとその三人の友人は、王のごちそうを食べた若者たちよりも健康そうで、栄養がいきわたっているように見えます。 16 そこで世話役はそれからも、ごちそうやぶどう酒抜きの、野菜と水だけの食事をダニエルたちに与えました。

17 神はこの四人の若者に、すぐれた学習能力を与えました。それで四人はすぐに、当時の文学や科学を修得したのです。また、神はダニエルに、夢や幻の意味を知る特別の能力を与えました。 18-19 三年にわたる訓練期間が終わると監督官は、前もって命じられていたように、口頭試問を受けさせるため、若者たちを王の前に連れて来ました。王は一人一人と時間をかけて話しました。その時、ダニエル、ハナヌヤ、ミシャエル、アザルヤの四人は群を抜いて、王に感銘を与えたのです。そこで、この四人が王に仕える常任補佐官に取り立てられました。 20 知識やバランスのとれた判断を必要とする全分野で、この若者たちの意見は、国中のどの熟練した呪法師や知恵のある占星学者の意見よりも、十倍もまさっていることに王は気づきました。 21 ダニエルは、クロス王の治世の第一年まで、王の参議官の地位にありました。