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.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Danyeri 1

Okutendekebwa kwa Danyeri mu Babulooni

1Mu mwaka ogwokusatu ogw’obufuzi bwa Yekoyakimu kabaka wa Yuda, Nebukadduneeza kabaka w’e Babulooni n’alumba Yerusaalemi. Mukama n’awaayo Yekoyakimu kabaka wa Yuda, mu mukono gwa Nebukadduneeza, era n’ebintu ebimu eby’omu yeekaalu ya Katonda, Nebukadduneeza n’abiggyamu n’abitwala e Babulooni n’abiteeka mu ggwanika ery’omu ssabo lya lubaale we.

Nebukadduneeza n’alagira Asupenaazi omukulu w’abalaawe be alonde mu Bayisirayiri ab’omu lulyo olulangira, ne mu bakungu, abavubuka abataliiko kamogo, abalabika obulungi mu maaso, nga bategeevu mu nsonga zonna ne mu by’amagezi byonna, era abakalabakalaba mu kutegeera, era abasaanira okuweereza mu lubiri lwa kabaka. Asupenaazi yalina obuvunaanyizibwa obw’okubayigirizanga amagezi g’Abakaludaaya, n’olulimi lwabwe. Kabaka n’alagira baweebwenga ku mmere ne ku wayini ebyagabulwanga ku mmeeza ya kabaka. Baali baakutendekebwa okumala emyaka esatu, n’oluvannyuma bagende baweereze kabaka.

Mu abo abaalondebwa mwe mwali abaava mu Yuda, era n’amannya gaabwe baali Danyeri, ne Kananiya, ne Misayeri, ne Azaliya. Asupenaazi n’abawa amannya amaggya: Danyeri n’amutuuma Berutesazza, Kananiya n’amutuuma Saddulaaki, Misayeri n’amutuuma Mesaki, ne Azaliya n’amutuuma Abeduneego.

Naye Danyeri n’amalirira mu mutima gwe obuteeyonoonyesa na mmere na wayini ebyavanga ku mmeeza ya kabaka, n’asaba Asupenaazi amukkirize aleme kweyonoonyesa. Mu biro ebyo Katonda n’akozesa Asupenaazi okulaga ekisa n’okusaasira eri Danyeri. 10 Asupenaazi n’agamba Danyeri nti, “Ntidde mukama wange kabaka, eyalagidde mulye emmere eyo n’ebyokunywa ebyo. Singa anaabalaba nga mukozze okusinga abavubuka abalala ab’emyaka gyammwe, kabaka ajja kunzita.” 11 Awo Danyeri n’agamba omusigire wa Asupenaazi, Asupenaazi gwe yassaawo okulabiriranga Danyeri, ne Kananiya, ne Misayeri ne Azaliya nti, 12 “Nkwegayiridde ogezese abaddu bo okumala ennaku kkumi, oleme kubawa kintu kirala kyonna okuggyako enva endiirwa n’amazzi ag’okunywa. 13 N’oluvannyuma otugeraageranye n’abavubuka abalala abalya ku mmere ya kabaka, olyoke okole nga bw’onoolaba.” 14 N’akkiriziganya nabo ku nsonga eyo, n’abagezesa okumala ennaku kkumi. 15 Awo ennaku ekkumi bwe zaggwaako, bo baali banyiridde era nga bafaanana bulungi okusinga abavubuka abaalyanga ku mmere ya kabaka. 16 Awo omusigire n’alekayo okubawa emmere yaabwe ey’enjawulo ne wayini gwe baali bateekwa okunywa, n’abawa enva endiirwa.

17 Abavubuka abo abana, Katonda n’abawa amagezi n’okutegeera eby’okuyiga eby’engeri zonna; Danyeri n’asukkirira mu kutegeera okw’okuvvuunula okwolesebwa okw’engeri zonna, n’ebirooto.

18 Awo ekiseera kabaka kye yalagira abavubuka bonna baleetebwe, bwe kyatuuka, Asupenaazi n’abaleeta n’abalaga eri Nebukadduneeza. 19 Kabaka n’ayogera nabo, ne mutalabika mu bo bonna eyenkanaankana nga Danyeri, ne Kananiya, ne Misayeri ne Azaliya mu kutegeera; kyebaava baweebwa emirimu egy’obuvunaanyizibwa mu lubiri lwa kabaka. 20 Buli nsonga ey’amagezi n’ey’okutegeera kabaka gye yababuuzanga, baali bagitegeera emirundi kkumi okusinga abasawo n’abafumu bonna, mu bwakabaka bwe bwonna.

21 Awo Danyeri n’aba muweereza mukulu mu bwakabaka okutuusa ku mwaka ogw’olubereberye ogwa Kabaka Kuulo.