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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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Daniel 1:1-21

Daniel na Babilônia

1No terceiro ano do reinado de Jeoaquim, rei de Judá, Nabucodonosor, rei da Babilônia, veio a Jerusalém e a sitiou. 2E o Senhor entregou Jeoaquim, rei de Judá, nas suas mãos, e também alguns dos utensílios do templo de Deus. Ele levou os utensílios para o templo do seu deus na terra de Sinear1.2 Isto é, na região da Babilônia. e os colocou na casa do tesouro do seu deus.

3Depois o rei ordenou a Aspenaz, o chefe dos oficiais da sua corte, que trouxesse alguns dos israelitas da família real e da nobreza: 4jovens sem defeito físico, de boa aparência, cultos, inteligentes, que dominassem os vários campos do conhecimento e fossem capacitados para servir no palácio do rei. Ele deveria ensinar-lhes a língua e a literatura dos babilônios1.4 Hebraico: caldeus.. 5De sua própria mesa, o rei designou-lhes uma porção diária de comida e de vinho. Eles receberiam um treinamento durante três anos e depois disso passariam a servir o rei.

6Entre esses estavam alguns que vieram de Judá: Daniel, Hananias, Misael e Azarias. 7O chefe dos oficiais deu-lhes novos nomes: a Daniel deu o nome de Beltessazar; a Hananias, Sadraque; a Misael, Mesaque; e a Azarias, Abede-Nego.

8Daniel, contudo, decidiu não se tornar impuro com a comida e com o vinho do rei, e pediu ao chefe dos oficiais permissão para se abster deles. 9E Deus fez com que o homem fosse bondoso para com Daniel e tivesse simpatia por ele. 10Apesar disso, ele disse a Daniel: “Tenho medo do rei, o meu senhor, que determinou a comida e a bebida de vocês. E se ele os achar menos saudáveis que os outros jovens da mesma idade? O rei poderia pedir a minha cabeça por causa de vocês”.

11Daniel disse então ao homem que o chefe dos oficiais tinha encarregado de cuidar dele e de Hananias, Misael e Azarias: 12“Peço que faça uma experiência com os seus servos durante dez dias: Não nos dê nada além de vegetais para comer e água para beber. 13Depois compare a nossa aparência com a dos jovens que comem a comida do rei, e trate os seus servos de acordo com o que você concluir”. 14Ele concordou e fez a experiência com eles durante dez dias.

15Passados os dez dias, eles pareciam mais saudáveis e mais fortes do que todos os jovens que comiam a comida da mesa do rei. 16Assim o encarregado tirou a comida especial e o vinho que haviam sido designados e em lugar disso lhes dava vegetais.

17A esses quatro jovens Deus deu sabedoria e inteligência para conhecerem todos os aspectos da cultura e da ciência. E Daniel, além disso, sabia interpretar todo tipo de visões e sonhos.

18Ao final do tempo estabelecido pelo rei para que os jovens fossem trazidos à sua presença, o chefe dos oficiais os apresentou a Nabucodonosor. 19O rei conversou com eles, e não encontrou ninguém comparável a Daniel, Hananias, Misael e Azarias; de modo que eles passaram a servir o rei. 20O rei lhes fez perguntas sobre todos os assuntos que exigiam sabedoria e conhecimento e descobriu que eram dez vezes mais sábios do que todos os magos e encantadores de todo o seu reino.

21Daniel permaneceu ali até o primeiro ano do rei Ciro.