1 In the third year of the reign of Yahoyaqim, sovereign of Yahuḏah, Neḇuḵaḏnetstsar, sovereign of Baḇel came to Yerushalayim and besieged it.

2 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 gave Yahoyaqim sovereign of Yahuḏah into his hand, with some of the utensils of the House of Elohim, which he brought to the land of Shin’ar to the house of his mighty one. And he brought the utensils into the treasure house of his mighty one.

3 And the sovereign said to Ashpenaz, the chief of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Yisra’ĕl and some of the sovereign’s descendants and some of the nobles,

4 young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking having insight in all wisdom, having knowledge and understanding knowledge, capable to stand in the sovereign’s palace, and to teach them the writing and speech of the Kasdites.

5 And the sovereign appointed for them a daily ration of the sovereign’s food and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end thereof they should stand before the sovereign.

6 Now among them were from the sons of Yahuḏah: Dani’ĕl, Ḥananyah, Misha’ĕl, and Azaryah.

7 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names. For he called Dani’ĕl, Bĕlteshatstsar; and Ḥananyah, Shaḏraḵ; and Misha’ĕl, Mĕyshaḵ; and Azaryah, Aḇĕḏ-Neḡo.

8 But Dani’ĕl laid it upon his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the sovereign’s food, nor with the wine which he drank. So he asked of the chief of the eunuchs not to defile himself.

9 And Elohim granted Dani’ĕl kindness and compassion from the chief of the eunuchs,

10 but the chief of the eunuchs said to Dani’ĕl, “I fear my master the sovereign, 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 make my head guilty before the sovereign!”

11 And Dani’ĕl said to the overseer whom the chief of the eunuchs had put over Dani’ĕl, Ḥananyah, Misha’ĕl, and Azaryah,

12 “Please try your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.

13 “Then let our appearances be examined before you, and the appearances of the young men who eat the portion of the sovereign’s food. And do with your servants as you see fit.”

14 And he listened to them in this matter, and tried them ten days.

15 And at the end of ten days their appearances looked better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the sovereign’s food.

16 And it came to be that the overseer took away their portion of food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

17 As for these four young men, Elohim gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom. And Dani’ĕl had understanding in all visions and dreams.

18 And at the end of the days, when the sovereign had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Neḇuḵaḏnetstsar.

19 And the sovereign spoke with them, and none among them all were found like Dani’ĕl, Ḥananyah, Misha’ĕl, And Azaryah so they stood before the sovereign.

20 And in any word of wisdom and understanding about which the sovereign examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians, the astrologers, who were in all his reign.

21 And Dani’ĕl continued until the first year of Sovereign Koresh.