Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

但以理书 1


1犹大王约雅敬执政第三年,巴比伦王尼布甲尼撒前来围攻耶路撒冷。 主将犹大王约雅敬及上帝殿中的部分器具交在他手中。他把器具掳到巴比伦[a]的神庙,放在他神明的库房里。

王吩咐太监长亚施毗拿从以色列的王室贵族中选一些人, 即毫无残疾、相貌英俊、学问渊博、知识丰富、聪慧善学、能在王宫服侍的青年,教他们迦勒底的语言和文字。 王安排他们每日享用一份御用的膳食和酒。他们要受教养三年,期满后好在王身边供职。 被选的人中有犹大族的但以理、哈拿尼雅、米沙利、亚撒利雅。 太监长给他们起了名字:称但以理为伯提沙撒,哈拿尼雅为沙得拉,米沙利为米煞,亚撒利雅为亚伯尼歌。

然而,但以理决心不用王的膳食和酒,以免玷污自己。他请求太监长准许他不玷污自己。 上帝使但以理得到太监长的恩待和同情。 10 不过,太监长对但以理说:“我惧怕我主我王,因为这是他安排给你们的饮食。如果他看见你们比同龄的青年瘦弱,如何是好?你们会使我在王面前人头难保。” 11 但以理便对太监长派来监管他、哈拿尼雅、米沙利和亚撒利雅的人说: 12 “求你试试看,十天内只让仆人们吃素菜、喝清水, 13 然后比较一下我们的面貌和那些用御膳的青年的面貌,看了之后再作决定。” 14 监管同意试他们十天。 15 十天后,但以理和他三个朋友看上去比那些用御膳的青年更俊美健康。 16 于是,监管撤去了安排给他们的膳食和酒,只给他们素菜。

17 上帝使这四个青年精通各样学问和知识。但以理能明白各种异象和梦兆。 18 到了尼布甲尼撒王规定青年们进宫的日子,太监长便带他们去见王。 19 王与他们谈话,发现无人比得上但以理、哈拿尼雅、米沙利和亚撒利雅,便把他们留在身边供职。 20 王询问他们各样的事,发现他们的智慧和聪明比全国的术士和巫师高十倍。 21 直到塞鲁士王元年,但以理仍在那里供职。

Notas al pie

  1. 1:2 巴比伦”希伯来文是“示拿”,巴比伦的别称。

The Message

Daniel 1

Daniel Was Gifted by God

11-2 It was the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon declared war on Jerusalem and besieged the city. The Master handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with some of the furnishings from the Temple of God. Nebuchadnezzar took king and furnishings to the country of Babylon, the ancient Shinar. He put the furnishings in the sacred treasury.

3-5 The king told Ashpenaz, head of the palace staff, to get some Israelites from the royal family and nobility—young men who were healthy and handsome, intelligent and well-educated, good prospects for leadership positions in the government, perfect specimens!—and indoctrinate them in the Babylonian language and the lore of magic and fortunetelling. The king then ordered that they be served from the same menu as the royal table—the best food, the finest wine. After three years of training they would be given positions in the king’s court.

6-7 Four young men from Judah—Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah—were among those selected. The head of the palace staff gave them Babylonian names: Daniel was named Belteshazzar, Hananiah was named Shadrach, Mishael was named Meshach, Azariah was named Abednego.

8-10 But Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the king’s food or drinking his wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet. The head of the palace staff, by God’s grace, liked Daniel, but he warned him, “I’m afraid of what my master the king will do. He is the one who assigned this diet and if he sees that you are not as healthy as the rest, he’ll have my head!”

11-13 But Daniel appealed to a steward who had been assigned by the head of the palace staff to be in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: “Try us out for ten days on a simple diet of vegetables and water. Then compare us with the young men who eat from the royal menu. Make your decision on the basis of what you see.”

14-16 The steward agreed to do it and fed them vegetables and water for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked better and more robust than all the others who had been eating from the royal menu. So the steward continued to exempt them from the royal menu of food and drink and served them only vegetables.

17-19 God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams. At the end of the time set by the king for their training, the head of the royal staff brought them in to Nebuchadnezzar. When the king interviewed them, he found them far superior to all the other young men. None were a match for Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

19-20 And so they took their place in the king’s service. Whenever the king consulted them on anything, on books or on life, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom put together.

21 Daniel continued in the king’s service until the first year in the reign of King Cyrus.