Daniel's Faithfulness

Daniel 1

8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself k with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 Now l God had brought Daniel into the favor and 1 goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. 10 And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, "I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king." 11 So Daniel said to 2 the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 "Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 "Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king's delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants." 14 So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. 15 And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king's delicacies. 16 Thus 3 the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

17 As for these four young men, m God gave them n knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had o understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 Then the king 4 interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore p they served before the king. 20 q And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. 21 r Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.

  1. Cross References
    Leviticus 11:47
    'to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, and between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not be eaten.'"
    Deuteronomy 32:38
    Who ate the fat of their sacrifices, And drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise and help you, And be your refuge.
    Ezekiel 4:13
    Then the LORD said, "So shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, where I will drive them.
    Hosea 9:3
    They shall not dwell in the LORD's land, But Ephraim shall return to Egypt, And shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 39:21
    But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mer...
    1 Kings 8:50
    And forgive Your people who have sinned against...
    Job 5:15
    But He saves the needy from the sword, From the...
    Job 5:16
    So the poor have hope, And injustice shuts her ...
    Psalms 106:46
    He also made them to be pitied By all those who...
    Proverbs 16:7
    When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes eve...
    Acts 7:10
    And delivered him out of all his troubles, and ...
    Acts 27:3
    And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius...
  3. Cross References
    1 Kings 3:12
    Behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.
    1 Kings 3:28
    And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice.
    2 Chronicles 1:10 - 12
    "Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?"
    Luke 21:15
    For I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.
    James 1:5 - 7
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
  4. Cross References
    Acts 7:22
    And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.
  5. Cross References
    Numbers 12:6
    Then He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a...
    2 Chronicles 26:5
    He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had...
    Daniel 5:11
    There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the S...
    Daniel 5:12
    "Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, un...
    Daniel 5:14
    I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is ...
    Daniel 10:1
    In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a mes...
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 41:46
    Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.
    Proverbs 22:29
    Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.
    Daniel 1:5
    And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king's delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king.
  7. Cross References
    1 Kings 10:1
    Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with hard questions.
  8. Cross References
    Daniel 6:28
    So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
    Daniel 10:1
    In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision.
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