King James Version

Daniel 1:1-21

1In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. 2And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.

3¶ And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; 4Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. 5And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.1.5 the wine…: Heb. the wine of his drink 6Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: 7Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego.

8¶ But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. 10And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.1.10 worse…: Heb. sadder1.10 sort: or, term, or, continuance? 11Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,1.11 Melzar: or, the steward 12Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.1.12 pulse: Heb. of pulse1.12 to eat…: Heb. that we may eat, etc 13Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. 14So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. 15And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. 16Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.

17¶ As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.1.17 Daniel…: or, he made Daniel understand 18Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. 20And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.1.20 wisdom…: Heb. wisdom of understanding 21And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.

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.