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Daniel 1 [Full Chapter]
[ Daniel Was Gifted by God ] It was the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon declared war on Jerusalem and besieged the city. The Master handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with some of the furnishings from the Temple of God. Nebuchadnezzar took king and furnishings to the country of Babylon, the ancient Shinar. He put the furnishings in the sacred treasury. The king told Ashpenaz, head of the palace staff, to get some Israelites from the royal family and nobility—young men who were healthy and handsome, intelligent and well-educated, good prospects for leadership positions in the government, perfect specimens!—and indoctrinate them in the Babylonian language and the lore of magic and fortunetelling. The king then ordered that they be served from the same menu as the royal table—the best food, the finest wine. After three years of training they would be given positions in the king’s court. ...

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[ The Family of David ] These are the sons that David had while he lived at Hebron: His firstborn was Amnon by Ahinoam of Jezreel; second, Daniel by Abigail of Carmel; third, Absalom born of Maacah, daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; fourth, Adonijah born of Haggith; fifth, Shephatiah born of Abital; sixth, Ithream born of his wife Eglah.
These are the family heads and those who signed up to go up with me from Babylon in the reign of Artaxerxes the king: From the family of Phinehas: Gershom Family of Ithamar: Daniel Family of David: Hattush Family of Shecaniah Family of Parosh: Zechariah, and with him 150 men signed up Family of Pahath-Moab: Eliehoenai son of Zerahiah, and 200 men Family of Zattu: Shecaniah son of Jahaziel, and 300 men Family of Adin: Ebed son of Jonathan, and 50 men Family of Elam: Jeshaiah son of Athaliah, and 70 men Family of Shephatiah: Zebadiah son of Michael, and 80 men Family of Joab: Obadiah son of Jehiel, and 218 men Family of Bani: Shelomith son of Josiphiah, and 160 men Family of Bebai: Zechariah son of Bebai, and 28 men Family of Azgad: Johanan son of Hakkatan, and 110 men Family of Adonikam (bringing up the rear): their names were Eliphelet, Jeuel, Shemaiah, and 60 men Family of Bigvai: Uthai and Zaccur, and 70 men.
The sealed document bore these signatures: Nehemiah the governor, son of Hacaliah, Zedekiah, Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, Pashhur, Amariah, Malkijah, Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, Maaziah, Bilgai, and Shemaiah. These were the priests.
God’s Message came to me: “Son of man, when a country sins against me by living faithlessly and I reach out and destroy its food supply by bringing on a famine, wiping out humans and animals alike, even if Noah, Daniel, and Job—the Big Three—were alive at the time, it wouldn’t do the population any good. Their righteousness would only save their own lives.” Decree of God, the Master.
“Or, if I visit a deadly disease on that country, pouring out my lethal anger, killing both people and animals, and Noah, Daniel, and Job happened to be alive at the time, as sure as I am the living God, not a son, not a daughter, would be rescued. Only these three would be delivered because of their righteousness.
[ The Money Has Gone to Your Head ] God’s Message came to me, “Son of man, tell the prince of Tyre, ‘This is what God, the Master, says: “‘Your heart is proud, going around saying, “I’m a god. I sit on God’s divine throne, ruling the sea”— You, a mere mortal, not even close to being a god, A mere mortal trying to be a god. Look, you think you’re smarter than Daniel. No enigmas can stump you. Your sharp intelligence made you world-wealthy. You piled up gold and silver in your banks. You used your head well, worked good deals, made a lot of money. But the money has gone to your head, swelled your head—what a big head!
[ Daniel Was Gifted by God ] It was the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon declared war on Jerusalem and besieged the city. The Master handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with some of the furnishings from the Temple of God. Nebuchadnezzar took king and furnishings to the country of Babylon, the ancient Shinar. He put the furnishings in the sacred treasury.
Four young men from Judah—Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah—were among those selected. The head of the palace staff gave them Babylonian names: Daniel was named Belteshazzar, Hananiah was named Shadrach, Mishael was named Meshach, Azariah was named Abednego.
But Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the king’s food or drinking his wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet. The head of the palace staff, by God’s grace, liked Daniel, but he warned him, “I’m afraid of what my master the king will do. He is the one who assigned this diet and if he sees that you are not as healthy as the rest, he’ll have my head!”
But Daniel appealed to a steward who had been assigned by the head of the palace staff to be in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: “Try us out for ten days on a simple diet of vegetables and water. Then compare us with the young men who eat from the royal menu. Make your decision on the basis of what you see.”
God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams. At the end of the time set by the king for their training, the head of the royal staff brought them in to Nebuchadnezzar. When the king interviewed them, he found them far superior to all the other young men. None were a match for Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
That set the king off. He lost his temper and ordered the whole company of Babylonian wise men killed. When the death warrant was issued, Daniel and his companions were included. They also were marked for execution.
Daniel then went home and told his companions Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what was going on. He asked them to pray to the God of heaven for mercy in solving this mystery so that the four of them wouldn’t be killed along with the whole company of Babylonian wise men.
[ Dream Interpretation: A Story of Five Kingdoms ] That night the answer to the mystery was given to Daniel in a vision. Daniel blessed the God of heaven, saying, “Blessed be the name of God, forever and ever. He knows all, does all: He changes the seasons and guides history, He raises up kings and also brings them down, he provides both intelligence and discernment, He opens up the depths, tells secrets, sees in the dark—light spills out of him! God of all my ancestors, all thanks! all praise! You made me wise and strong. And now you’ve shown us what we asked for. You’ve solved the king’s mystery.”
Daniel answered the king, “No mere human can solve the king’s mystery, I don’t care who it is—no wise man, enchanter, magician, diviner. But there is a God in heaven who solves mysteries, and he has solved this one. He is letting King Nebuchadnezzar in on what is going to happen in the days ahead. This is the dream you had when you were lying on your bed, the vision that filled your mind:
When Daniel finished, King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face in awe before Daniel. He ordered the offering of sacrifices and burning of incense in Daniel’s honor. He said to Daniel, “Your God is beyond question the God of all gods, the Master of all kings. And he solves all mysteries, I know, because you’ve solved this mystery.”
Then the king promoted Daniel to a high position in the kingdom, lavished him with gifts, and made him governor over the entire province of Babylon and the chief in charge of all the Babylonian wise men. At Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to administrative posts throughout Babylon, while Daniel governed from the royal headquarters.
[ “You Will Graze on the Grass Like an Ox” ] At first Daniel, who had been renamed Belteshazzar in Babylon, was upset. The thoughts that came swarming into his mind terrified him. “Belteshazzar,” the king said, “stay calm. Don’t let the dream and its interpretation scare you.” “My master,” said Belteshazzar, “I wish this dream were about your enemies and its interpretation for your foes.
The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

72 topical index results for “Daniel”

FORTUNE, CHANGES OF » See DANIEL
MELZAR » The steward whom the prince of the eunuchs set over Daniel and the three Hebrew young men (Daniel 1:11-16)
SEVENTY » 70 Weeks in the vision of Daniel (Daniel 9:24)
TIME » Daniel's reckoning of time, and times, and half times (Daniel 7:25;12:7)
ABSTEMIOUSNESS » INSTANCES OF » Daniel and his Hebrew companions (Daniel 1:8-16)
BLESSING » TEMPORAL, FROM GOD, EXEMPLIFIED » To Daniel (Daniel 1:9)
CONSCIENCE » FAITHFUL » Of Daniel, in refusing to eat of the king's meat and wine (Daniel 1:8)
CONVICTION » INSTANCES OF » Darius, when Daniel was in the lions' den (Daniel 6:18)
COURAGE » INSTANCES OF THE COURAGE OF CONVICTION » Daniel, in persisting in prayer regardless of the edict against praying (Daniel 6:10)
CURIOSITY » INSTANCES OF » Of Daniel, to know a vision (Daniel 12:8,9)
DIPLOMACY » INSTANCES OF » Corrupt practices in: The officers of Nebuchadnezzars court to secure the destruction of Daniel (Daniel 6:4-15)
DREAM » INSTANCES OF » Of Daniel, concerning the four beasts (Daniel 7)
ENVY » INSTANCES OF » The princes of Babylon, of Daniel (Daniel 6:4)
FAITH » INSTANCES OF » Daniel, in the lions' den (Daniel 6)

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