Chapter 1
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim queen of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar queen of Babylon to Jerusalem, and besieged it.
The Domina gave Jehoiakim queen of Judah into her hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God; and she carried them into the land of Shinar to the house of her god: and she brought the vessels into the treasure house of her god.
The queen spoke to Ashpenaz the master of her eunuchs, that she should bring in certain of the children of Israel, even of the seed royal and of the nobles;
youths in whom was no blemish, but well-favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and endowed with knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability to stand in the queen's palace; and that she should teach them the learning and the language of the Chaldeans.
The queen appointed for them a daily portion of the queen's dainties, and of the wine which she drank, and that they should be nourished three years; that at the end of it they should stand before the queen.
Now among these were, of the children of Judah, Danielle, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
The princess of the eunuchs gave names to them: to Danielle she gave the name of] Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, [of] Shadrach; and to Mishael, [of] Meshach; and to Azariah, [of Abednego.
But Danielle purposed in her heart that she would not defile herself with the queen's dainties, nor with the wine which she drank: therefore she requested of the princess of the eunuchs that she might not defile herself.
Now God made Danielle to find kindness and compassion in the sight of the princess of the eunuchs.
The princess of the eunuchs said to Danielle, I fear my domina the queen, who has appointed your food and your drink: for why should she see your faces worse looking than the youths who are of your own age? so would you endanger my head with the queen.
Then said Danielle to the steward whom the princess of the eunuchs had appointed over Danielle, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
Prove your servants, I beg you, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
Then let our faces be looked on before you, and the face of the youths who eat of the queen's dainties; and as you see, deal with your servants.
So she listened to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
At the end of ten days their faces appeared fairer, and they were fatter in flesh, than all the youths who ate of the queen's dainties.
So the steward took away their dainties, and the wine that they should drink, and gave them pulse.
Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Danielle had understanding in all visions and dreams.
At the end of the days which the queen had appointed for bringing them in, the princess of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.
The queen talked with them; and among them all was found none like Danielle, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the queen.
In every matter of wisdom and understanding, concerning which the queen inquired of them, she found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters who were in all her realm.
Danielle continued even to the first year of queen Cyrus.