1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged
(Never forget that God is in control. Nebuchadnezzar is king because God chose him to be. See Jeremiah 27:6-7 where God
gives all the lands into the hands of His servant, Nebuchadnezzar.)
2 And 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.
(Shinar is Babylon. The word translated means the land of two rivers which are the Tigress and the Euphrates. This is the flat
land in between these two rivers.)
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;
(Ashpenaz is a strange name in the Hebrew tongue. It means Horseface.)
4 Children 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.
(The tongue of the Chaldeans is the tongue of Babylon. Remember that Babylon means confusion. We can see in this that
Nebuchadnezzar chose only the very best and the sharpest. He appreciated education. His name itself means the god of learning.)
5 And 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.
(Three years should always create a point of interest. This was to give them time to learn the language and to be able to bring
the knowledge of Judah unto the Bablylonian king. The problem with this is that the food that the Babylonians ate was unclean.
They ate scavengers and also meat that had the blood still within.)
6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
7 Unto 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.
(Our character must always stand on what we know is right. Daniel stood by his morals.)
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
(Don’t read over this. The eunuch didn’t just merely take a liking to Daniel. It was because God desired it to be. God is always
10 And 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
11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
(Ten days is the same amount of time that each individual that is brought up before Anti-christ will be on trial. Basically, don’t
partake of any food other than God given food. Daniel is the Revelation of the Old Testament as Revelation is to the New
Testament. Pulse means a pod. What grows in a pod? Beans, peas, lentles, and so forth. It is protein.)
13 Then 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.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
15 And 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.
16 Thus 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