Tagalog Contemporary Bible

Daniel 1:1-21

Si Daniel at ang Kanyang mga Kaibigan sa Babilonia

1Nang ikatlong taon ng paghahari ni Jehoyakim sa Juda, sinalakay ni Haring Nebucadnezar ng Babilonia at ng kanyang mga kawal ang Jerusalem. 2Binihag niya si Haring Jehoyakim ayon sa kalooban ng Panginoon. Kinuha niya ang ilang mga kagamitan sa templo ng Dios at dinala sa Babilonia.1:2 Babilonia: sa Hebreo, Shinar. Itoʼy isa sa mga pangalan ng Babilonia. Inilagay niya ang mga ito sa taguan ng kayamanan doon sa templo ng kanyang dios.

3Nag-utos si Haring Nebucadnezar kay Ashpenaz na pinuno ng mga tauhan niya na pumili sa mga bihag na Israelita ng ilang kabataang mula sa angkan ng mga hari at angkan ng mararangal na pamilya. 4Kinakailangan na ang mga ito ay gwapo, malusog, matalino, mabilis kumilos at madaling turuan para maging karapat-dapat maglingkod sa hari. Inutusan din niya si Ashpenaz na turuan sila ng wika at mga panitikan ng mga taga-Babilonia.1:4 taga-Babilonia: sa literal, taga-Caldeo. 5Iniutos din ng hari na mula sa kanyang sariling pagkain at inumin ang ibibigay sa kanila araw-araw. At pagkatapos ng tatlong taong pagsasanay, maglilingkod na sila sa kanya.

6Kabilang sa mga napili ay sina Daniel, Hanania, Mishael, at Azaria na pawang mula sa lahi ni Juda. 7Pinalitan ni Ashpenaz ang kanilang mga pangalan. Si Daniel ay pinangalanang Belteshazar, si Hanania ay Shadrac, si Mishael ay Meshac, at si Azaria ay Abednego.

8Pero ipinasya ni Daniel na hindi siya kakain ng pagkain ng hari o iinom ng kanyang inumin para hindi siya marumihan.1:8 marumihan: May mga pagkain na bawal kainin ng mga Judio ayon sa kanilang tuntunin. Kaya nakiusap siya kay Ashpenaz na huwag siyang bigyan ng pagkain at inuming iyon. 9Niloob naman ng Dios na siyaʼy kalugdan ni Ashpenaz. 10Pero sinabi ni Ashpenaz kay Daniel, “Natatakot ako sa hari. Siya ang pumili kung ano ang kakainin at iinumin ninyo, at kung makita niyang hindi kayo malusog gaya ng ibang mga kabataan, baka ipapatay niya ako.”

11Dahil dito, sinabi ni Daniel sa itinalaga ni Ashpenaz na mangangalaga sa kanila, 12“Subukan nʼyo kaming pakainin lang ng gulay at painumin ng tubig sa loob ng sampung araw. 13Pagkatapos, ihambing ninyo kami sa mga kabataang kumakain ng pagkain ng hari, at tingnan ninyo kung ano ang magiging resulta. At bahala na kayo kung ano ang gagawin ninyo sa amin.” 14Pumayag naman ito at sinubukan nga sila sa loob ng sampung araw.

15Pagkatapos ng sampung araw, nakita ng tagapagbantay na mas malusog sila kaysa sa mga kabataang kumakain ng pagkain ng hari. 16Kaya ipinagpatuloy na lang ang pagbibigay sa kanila ng gulay at tubig sa halip na pagkain at inumin ng hari.

17Binigyan ng Dios ang apat na kabataang ito ng karunungan at pang-unawa, pati na ang kaalaman sa ibaʼt ibang literatura. Bukod pa rito, binigyan ng Dios si Daniel ng karunungan sa pagpapaliwanag ng kahulugan ng mga pangitain at mga panaginip.

18Pagkalipas ng tatlong taon na pagtuturo sa kanila ayon sa utos ni Haring Nebucadnezar, dinala sila ni Ashpenaz sa kanya. 19Nakipag-usap ang hari sa kanila, at napansin ng hari na wala ni isa man sa mga kabataan doon ang makahihigit kina Daniel, Hanania, Mishael, at Azaria. Kaya sila ang piniling maglingkod sa kanya. 20Sa lahat ng itinanong ng hari sa kanila, nakita niya na ang kanilang kaalaman ay sampung ulit na mas mahusay kaysa sa kaalaman ng mga salamangkero at engkantador1:20 engkantador: sa Ingles, “enchanter.” sa buong kaharian niya. 21Patuloy na naglingkod si Daniel kay Nebucadnezar hanggang sa unang taon ng paghahari ni Cyrus.1:21 Cyrus: hari ng Persia na sumakop sa Babilonia.

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.