1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came
to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand,
along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his
god in Babylonia  and put in the treasure house of his god.
3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites
from the royal family and the nobility- 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome,
showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to
serve in the king's palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.
 5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king's table. They were to
be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king's service.
6 Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official
gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael,
Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief
official for permission not to defile himself this way
. 9 Now God had caused the official to show
favor and sympathy to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, "I am afraid of my lord the king, who
has assigned your  food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young
men your age? The king would then have my head because of you."
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah,
Mishael and Azariah, 12
"Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables
to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat