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.

Ang Pulong Sang Dios

Daniel 1:1-21

Ang Pagtuon ni Daniel kag sang iya mga Abyan sa Babilonia

1Sang ikatatlo nga tuig sang paghari ni Jehoyakim sa Juda, ginsalakay ni Haring Nebucadnezar sang Babilonia kag sang iya mga soldado ang Jerusalem. 2Ginbihag niya si Haring Jehoyakim suno sa kabubut-on sang Ginoo. Ginpanguha man niya ang iban nga mga butang sa templo sang Dios kag gindala sa Babilonia.1:2 Babilonia: sa Hebreo, Shinar. Amo ini ang isa pa ka ngalan sang Babilonia. Dayon ginbutang niya ini sa talaguan sang manggad didto sa templo sang iya dios.

3Karon, nagsugo si Nebucadnezar kay Ashpenaz nga pangulo sang iya mga opisyal nga magpili sang pila ka pamatan-on halin sa mga bihag nga Israelinhon, nga naghalin sa harianon kag dungganon nga mga pamilya. 4Ini sila kinahanglan gid nga mga guwapo, maayo sing lawas, maalam, maabtik kag madali lang tudluan, agod bagay sila nga mag-alagad sa hari. Ginsugo man niya si Ashpenaz nga tudluan sila sang lingguahe kag balasahon sang taga-Babilonia.1:4 taga-Babilonia: sa literal, Kaldeanhon. Amo ini kon kaisa ang tawag sa mga taga-Babilonia. 5Nagsugo pa gid ang hari nga hatagan sila kada adlaw sang iya mismo pagkaon kag ilimnon. Pagkatapos sang tatlo ka tuig, magaalagad na sila sa iya.

6Upod sa mga ginpili nga halin sa tribo ni Juda amo sila ni Daniel, Hanania, Mishael, kag Azaria. 7Gin-ilisan ni Ashpenaz ang ila mga ngalan. Si Daniel amo na si Belteshazar, si Hanania amo na si Shadrac, si Mishael amo na si Meshac, kag si Azaria amo na si Abednego.

8Pero nagdesisyon si Daniel nga indi siya magkaon sang pagkaon sang hari ukon mag-inom sang iya ilimnon, agod indi siya mahigkuan.1:8 mahigkuan: may mga pagkaon nga ginadilian sang mga Judio nga kaunon suno sa ila pagsulundan. Gani nagpangabay siya kay Ashpenaz nga kon mahimo indi lang siya paghatagan sinang makapahigko sa iya. 9Ginbuot sang Dios nga magmaayo si Ashpenaz kay Daniel kag magsugot sa iya pangabay. 10Pero nagsiling si Ashpenaz sa iya, “Nahadlok ako sa hari. Siya ang nagsiling kon ano ang ipakaon kag ipainom sa inyo, kag kon makita niya nga indi maayo ang inyo lawas kon ikomparar sa iban nga mga pamatan-on basi ipapatay niya ako.”

11Nagsiling dayon si Daniel sa guwardya nga ginbutang ni Ashpenaz nga mag-atipan sa iya kag sa ila ni Hanania, Mishael, kag Azaria, 12“Abi, testingi kami nga pakan-on lang sang utan kag paimnon lang sang tubig sa sulod sang napulo ka adlaw, 13kag ipaanggid dayon kami sa iban nga mga pamatan-on nga nagakaon sang pagkaon sang hari. Kon ano ang imo makita nga resulta, bahala ka na kon ano ang gusto mo nga himuon sa amon.” 14Gani nagsugot siya kag gintestingan sila sa sulod sang napulo ka adlaw.

15Pagkatapos sang napulo ka adlaw, nakita nga mas maayo pa ang ila lawas kon ikomparar sa mga pamatan-on nga nagakaon sang pagkaon sang hari. 16Gani ginpadayon na lang sang guwardya ang pagpakaon sa ila sang utan sa baylo sang pagkaon kag ilimnon sang hari.

17Ginhatagan sang Dios ining apat ka pamatan-on sang kaalam labi na gid sa nagkalain-lain nga mga balasahon kag mga pagtulun-an. Wala labot sini, ginhatagan niya si Daniel sang kaalam sa pagsaysay sang mga palanan-awon kag mga damgo.

18Pagkatapos sang tatlo ka tuig nga pagtudlo sa ila suno sa ginsiling ni Haring Nebucadnezar, gindala sila ni Ashpenaz sa iya. 19Nagpakighambal ang hari sa ila, kag nakita sang hari nga sa tanan sa ila nga mga pamatan-on wala sing may makapareho sa ila ni Daniel, Hanania, Mishael, kag Azaria. Gani sila ang ginpili nga mag-alagad sa iya. 20Sa tanan nga ginpamangkot sang hari sa ila, nakita niya nga ang ila kaalam napulo ka pilo sang sa kaalam sang mga madyikero ukon babaylan sa bug-os niya nga ginharian. 21Nagpadayon sa pag-alagad si Daniel kay Nebucadnezar hasta sa nahauna nga tuig sang paghari ni Cyrus.1:21 Cyrus: hari sang Persia nga nag-agaw sa Babilonia.