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.

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Daniẹli 1

Ẹ̀kọ́ Daniẹli ní Babeli

1Ní ọdún kẹta tí Jehoiakimu jẹ ọba Juda, Nebukadnessari ọba Babeli wá sí Jerusalẹmu, ó sì kọlù ú pẹ̀lú àwọn ọmọ-ogun rẹ̀. Olúwa sì fa Jehoiakimu ọba Juda lé e lọ́wọ́, pẹ̀lú àwọn ohun èlò ilé Ọlọ́run. Àwọn nǹkan wọ̀nyí ni ó kó lọ sí ilé òrìṣà ní Babeli, sí inú ilé ìṣúra òrìṣà rẹ̀.

Nígbà náà ni ọba pàṣẹ fún Aṣipenasi, olórí àwọn ìwẹ̀fà ààfin rẹ̀ pé, kí ó mú nínú àwọn ọmọ Israẹli tí wọ́n wá láti ìdílé ọba àti lára àwọn tí ó wá láti ilé ọlá. Àwọn ọ̀dọ́mọkùnrin tí kò ní àbùkù ara, tí wọ́n rẹwà, tí wọ́n sì fi ìfẹ́ sí ẹ̀kọ́ hàn, tí wọ́n sì ní ìmọ̀, tí òye tètè ń yé àti àwọn tí ó kún ojú òṣùwọ̀n láti ṣiṣẹ́ ní ààfin ọba kí ó kọ́ wọ́n ní èdè àti onírúurú ẹ̀kọ́ ìwé ti àwọn Babeli. Ọba pèsè oúnjẹ ojoojúmọ́ àti wáìnì láti orí tábìlì i rẹ̀ fún wọn, ó sì kọ́ wọn fún ọdún mẹ́ta. Lẹ́yìn náà ni wọn yóò bẹ̀rẹ̀ sí í ṣiṣẹ́ fún ọba.

Lára àwọn wọ̀nyí ni àwọn tó wá láti Juda: Daniẹli, Hananiah, Miṣaeli àti Asariah. Olórí àwọn ìwẹ̀fà fún wọn ní orúkọ tuntun: Ó fún Daniẹli ní Belteṣassari, ó fún Hananiah ní Ṣadraki, ó fún Miṣaeli ní Meṣaki àti Asariah ní Abednego.

Ṣùgbọ́n Daniẹli pinnu ní ọkàn ara rẹ̀ pé òun kò ní ba ara òun jẹ́ pẹ̀lú oúnjẹ àti wáìnì ọba, nígbà náà ni ó gba ààyè lọ́wọ́ olórí àwọn ìwẹ̀fà wí pé òun kò fẹ́ ba ara òun jẹ́ ní ọ̀nà yìí. Ọlọ́run mú kí Daniẹli rí ojúrere àti àánú gbà láti ọwọ́ olórí àwọn ìwẹ̀fà, 10 Ṣùgbọ́n olórí àwọn ìwẹ̀fà sọ fún Daniẹli pé, “Mo bẹ̀rù olúwa mi, ẹni tí o ti pèsè oúnjẹ àti ohun mímu rẹ. Báwo ni ìrísí rẹ yóò ṣe burú jù ti àwọn ọ̀dọ́mọkùnrin ẹlẹgbẹ́ ẹ̀ rẹ lọ? Nígbà náà ni èmi yóò fi orí mi wéwu lọ́dọ̀ ọba.”

11 Nígbà náà ni Daniẹli sọ fún olùṣọ́ tí olórí àwọn ìwẹ̀fà yàn lórí i Daniẹli, Hananiah, Miṣaeli àti Asariah pé, 12 Jọ̀wọ́ dán àwa ìránṣẹ́ rẹ wò fún ọjọ́ mẹ́wàá: Má ṣe fún wa ní ohun kankan, àfi ewébẹ̀ láti jẹ àti omi láti mu. 13 Nígbà náà ni kí o fi ìrísí i wa wé ti àwọn ọ̀dọ́mọkùnrin tí wọ́n ń jẹ oúnjẹ ọba, kí o sì ṣe àwa ìránṣẹ́ rẹ ní ìbámu pẹ̀lú u bí o bá ṣe rí i sí. 14 Bẹ́ẹ̀ ni ó sì gbà láti dán wọn wò fún ọjọ́ mẹ́wàá.

15 Lẹ́yìn ọjọ́ kẹwàá ara wọn le, wọ́n sì sanra ju àwọn ọ̀dọ́mọkùnrin tí wọ́n ń jẹ oúnjẹ ọba lọ. 16 Bẹ́ẹ̀ ni olùṣọ́ mú oúnjẹ àdídùn àti wáìnì tí ó yẹ kí wọ́n mu kúrò, ó sì fún wọn ní ewébẹ̀ dípò rẹ̀.

17 Ọlọ́run fún àwọn ọ̀dọ́mọkùnrin mẹ́rẹ̀ẹ̀rin wọ̀nyí ní ìmọ̀ àti òye nínú gbogbo onírúurú ìwé àti ẹ̀kọ́ ọ wọn: Daniẹli sì ní òye ìran àti àlá ní oríṣìíríṣìí.

18 Ní òpin ìgbà tí ọba dá, pé kí a mú wọn wá sínú ààfin, olórí àwọn ìwẹ̀fà mú wọn wá síwájú ọba Nebukadnessari. 19 Ọba sì bá wọn sọ̀rọ̀, ó sì rí i pé kò sí ẹni tí ó dàbí i Daniẹli, Hananiah, Miṣaeli àti Asariah; Nítorí náà wọ́n bẹ̀rẹ̀ sí ní ṣe iṣẹ́ ọba. 20 Nínú gbogbo ọ̀ràn ọgbọ́n àti òye tí ọba ń béèrè lọ́wọ́ wọn, ó rí i pé wọ́n sàn ní ìlọ́po mẹ́wàá ju gbogbo àwọn amòye àti ọlọ́gbọ́n tí ó wà ní gbogbo ìjọba rẹ̀.

21 Daniẹli sì wà níbẹ̀ títí di ọdún kìn-ín-ní ọba Kirusi.