New International Reader's Version

Daniel 1:1-21

Daniel Is Trained in Babylon

1It was the third year that Jehoiakim was king of Judah. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. His armies surrounded the city and attacked it. 2The Lord handed Jehoiakim, the king of Judah, over to him. Nebuchadnezzar also took some of the objects from God’s temple. He carried them off to the temple of his god in Babylon. He put them among the treasures of his god.

3The king gave Ashpenaz an order. Ashpenaz was the chief of Nebuchadnezzar’s court officials. The king told him to bring him some of the Israelites. The king wanted them to serve him in his court. He wanted nobles and men from the royal family. 4He was looking for young men who were healthy and handsome. They had to be able to learn anything. They had to be well educated. They had to have the ability to understand new things quickly and easily. The king wanted men who could serve in his palace. Ashpenaz was supposed to teach them the Babylonian language and writings. 5The king had his servants give them food and wine from his own table. They received a certain amount every day. The young men had to be trained for three years. After that, they could begin to serve the king.

6Some of the men chosen were from Judah. Their names were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7The chief official gave them new names. He gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar. He gave Hananiah the name Shadrach. He gave Mishael the name Meshach. And he gave Azariah the name Abednego.

8Daniel decided not to make himself “unclean” by eating the king’s food and drinking his wine. So he asked the chief official for a favor. He wanted permission not to make himself “unclean” with the king’s food and wine. 9God had caused the official to be kind and friendly to Daniel. 10But the official refused to do what Daniel asked for. He said, “I’m afraid of the king. He is my master. He has decided what you and your three friends must eat and drink. Other young men are the same age as you. Why should he see you looking worse than them? When he sees how you look, he might kill me.”

11So Daniel spoke to one of the guards. The chief official had appointed him over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 12Daniel said to him, “Please test us for ten days. Give us nothing but vegetables to eat. And give us only water to drink. 13Then compare us with the young men who eat the king’s food. See how we look. After that, do what you want to.” 14So the guard agreed. He tested them for ten days.

15After the ten days Daniel and his friends looked healthy and well fed. In fact, they looked better than any of the young men who ate the king’s food. 16So the guard didn’t require them to eat the king’s special food. He didn’t require them to drink the king’s wine either. He gave them vegetables instead.

17God gave knowledge and understanding to these four young men. So they understood all kinds of writings and subjects. And Daniel could understand all kinds of visions and dreams.

18The three years the king had set for their training ended. So the chief official brought them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19The king talked with them. He didn’t find anyone equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. So they began to serve the king. 20He asked them for advice in matters that required wisdom and understanding. The king always found their answers to be the best. Other men in his kingdom claimed to get knowledge by using magic. But the answers of Daniel and his friends were ten times better than theirs.

21Daniel served in Babylon until the first year Cyrus ruled over the land of Babylon. Cyrus was king of Persia.

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Ved kong Nebukadnezars hof

1I kong Jojakim af Judas tredje regeringsår kom Babylons konge, Nebukadnezar, med sin hær og belejrede Jerusalem, 2-4og Herren hjalp ham, så Jojakim måtte overgive sig. Derefter tog Nebukadnezar de hellige kar fra Herrens hus med hjem til Babylon, hvor han anbragte dem i sin guds skatkammer. Han tog også en del unge mænd fra kongehuset og de fornemste familier i Israel med sig til Babylon.

Da han var kommet hjem, befalede han sin hofmarskal, Ashpenaz, at udvælge nogle af de unge mænd og undervise dem i tre år i kaldæisk sprog og kultur. De skulle være velskabte, se godt ud, være veluddannede, lærenemme og egnede til at gøre tjeneste i kongens palads.

5I de tre år deres uddannelse varede, fik de unge mænd samme slags mad og vin som kongen selv. Hans plan var at gøre dem til sine personlige rådgivere.

6Blandt de udvalgte var der fire unge mænd fra Judas stamme, som hed Daniel, Hananja, Mishael og Azarja. 7Hofmarskalen gav dem babyloniske navne.1,7 Deres hebraiske navne henviser til den Gud, de troede på. Daniel betyder „Gud er min dommer”, Hananja betyder „Jahve viser nåde”, Mishael betyder „Hvem er som Gud” og Azarja betyder „Jahve hjælper”. De nye babyloniske navne henviser til nogle babyloniske afguder, Bel, Ak og Nego. Daniel kom til at hedde Belteshazzar, Hananja blev kaldt Shadrak, Mishael blev kaldt Meshak, og Azarja blev kaldt Abed-Nego.

8Daniel besluttede af religiøse grunde,1,8 Kongens mad var enten ikke kosher dvs. tilberedt efter kravene i Toraen, og derfor „uren”, eller også havde den først været ofret til afguderne. at han ikke ville spise den mad og drikke den vin, som blev serveret, så han bad hofmarskalen om, at de måtte få noget andet at spise. 9Gud gjorde det sådan, at hofmarskalen blev venligt stemt over for Daniel, 10men han var alligevel meget betænkelig ved sagen. „Hvis I ikke spiser den kongelige mad,” indvendte han, „er jeg bange for, at I bliver blege og tynde i sammenligning med de andre unge mænd, og i sidste ende bliver det mig, det går ud over. Kongen vil hugge hovedet af mig, fordi jeg har forsømt mine pligter.”

11Daniel henvendte sig nu til den opsynsmand, som Ashpenaz havde udpeget til at tage sig af de fire unge mænd. 12„Prøv i ti dage at give os grønsager og vand,” foreslog han. 13„Derefter kan du sammenligne os med de unge mænd, som spiser kongens mad, og så afgøre, om du vil tillade, at vi fortsætter med at spise grønsager.”

14Opsynsmanden gik med på det, 15og da prøvetiden var overstået, så Daniel og hans tre venner både bedre og sundere ud end de andre, der havde spist kongens mad. 16Derfor lod han dem fortsætte med at spise grønsager, og gav dem ikke mad og vin fra kongens køkken.

17Gud gjorde disse fire unge mænd usædvanligt lærenemme, så de snart var godt kendt med datidens videnskab, og Gud gav Daniel en særlig evne til at tyde drømme og syner.

18-19Da den treårige uddannelse var afsluttet, førte hofmarskalen alle de unge mænd frem for kongen, som stillede dem en række spørgsmål. Ingen kunne måle sig med Daniel, Hananja, Mishael og Azarja i visdom, så kongen tog dem straks i sin tjeneste. 20Hver gang der kom et problem, som krævede særlig visdom og dømmekraft, var det kongens erfaring, at disse fire unge mænd var ti gange dygtigere end alle hans øvrige rådgivere, astrologer og drømmetydere. 21På den måde blev Daniel kongelig rådgiver i Babylon, indtil perserrigets kong Kyros erobrede byen.