1 Anno tertio regni Ioachim regis Iudae venit Nabuchodonosor rex Babylonis Ierusalem et obsedit eam;
2 et tradidit Dominus in manu eius Ioachim regem Iudae et partem vasorum domus Dei, et asportavit ea in terram Sennaar in domum deorum suorum et vasa intulit in domum thesauri deorum suorum.
3 Et ait rex Asfanaz praeposito eunuchorum suorum, ut introduceret de filiis Israel et de semine regio et tyrannorum
4 pueros, in quibus nulla esset macula, decoros forma et eruditos omni sapientia, cautos scientia et doctos disciplina, et qui possent stare in palatio regis, et ut docerent eos litteras et linguam Chaldaeorum.
5 Et constituit eis rex annonam per singulos dies de cibis suis et de vino, unde bibebat ipse, ut enutriti tribus annis postea starent in conspectu regis.
6 Fuerunt ergo inter eos de filiis Iudae Daniel, Ananias, Misael et Azarias.
7 Et imposuit eis praepositus eunuchorum nomina: Danieli Baltassar et Ananiae Sedrac, Misaeli Misac et Azariae Abdenago.
8 Proposuit autem Daniel in corde suo, ne pollueretur de mensa regis neque de vino potus eius, et rogavit eunuchorum praepositum, ne contaminaretur.
9 Dedit autem Deus Danieli gratiam et misericordiam in conspectu principis eunuchorum;
10 et ait princeps eunuchorum ad Daniel: "Timeo ego dominum meum regem, qui constituit vobis cibum et potum; qui si viderit vultus vestros macilentiores prae ceteris adulescentibus coaevis vestris, condemnabitis caput meum regi".
11 Et dixit Daniel ad custodem, quem constituerat princeps eunuchorum super Daniel, Ananiam, Misael et Azariam:
12 "Tenta nos, obsecro, servos tuos diebus decem, et dentur nobis legumina ad vescendum et aqua ad bibendum;
13 et videantur in conspectu tuo vultus nostri et vultus puerorum, qui vescuntur cibo regio, et, sicut videris, facies cum servis tuis".
14 Qui, audito sermone huiuscemodi, tentavit eos diebus decem.
15 Post dies autem decem apparuerunt vultus eorum meliores et corpulentiores prae omnibus pueris, qui vescebantur cibo regio.
16 Porro custos tollebat cibaria et vinum potus eorum dabatque eis legumina.
17 Quattuor autem pueris his dedit Deus scientiam et disciplinam in omni scriptura et sapientia, Danieli autem intellegentiam omnium visionum et somniorum.
18 Completis itaque diebus, post quos dixerat rex, ut introducerentur, introduxit eos praepositus eunuchorum in conspectu Nabuchodonosor.
19 Cumque locutus eis fuisset rex, non sunt inventi de universis tales ut Daniel, Ananias, Misael et Azarias; et steterunt in conspectu regis.
20 Et omne verbum sapientiae et intellectus, quod sciscitatus est ab eis, rex invenit in eis decuplum super cunctos hariolos et magos, qui erant in universo regno eius.
21 Fuit autem Daniel usque ad annum primum Cyri regis.
King James Version
1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
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 the king.
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.
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 all visions and dreams.
18 Now 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.
19 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.
20 And 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.
21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.