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Book of Daniel
Chapter 1

THEME: Decline of Judah and fall of Jerusalem. Daniel chooses to be true to God. Pleasure of Nebuchadnezzar in the progress of Daniel and his three friends.

Decline of Judah and Fall of Jerusalem (1:1-5)

Daniel 1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. (KJV)
This all took place in the court of Nebuchadnezzar after he had besieged Jerusalem. At the close of the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the beginning of the fourth, which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar (Jer.25:1). Jerusalem seems to have been taken twice in his time, and two captivities in it: the first was in the third or fourth year of his reign; when humbling himself, he was restored to his kingdom, though he became a branch to the king of Babylon; Daniel and his companions, who were carried captive with him, were taken as hostages; but after three years he rebelled, but it was not until his eleventh year that Nebuchadnezzar came against him again, took him, and bound him, in order to carry him to Babylon, but he died by the way (2 Ki.24:1-2; 2 Chron.36:5-6), some commentators make this to be the third year of his rebellion, and the last of his reign, supposing that he was conquered by the king of Babylon, and became subject to him in the fifth year of his reign; that he served him three years, and rebelled against him three years: at the end of which came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it with his army, and took it.

Jehoiakim was placed on the throne of Judah by Pharaoh Nechoh to succeed his brother, Jehoahaz. Both of these evil men were sons of the godly king, Josiah, who led in the last revival in Judah (2 Ki.23:31-37). Jehoiakim's name was actually Eliakim. During his reign, Nebuchadnezzar first came against Jerusalem. The year was about 606 B.C.; he took the city in about 604 B.C. The city was not destroyed, but the first group of captives were taken to Babylon. Among these were Daniel, his three friends, and thousands of others.
When Jehoiakim died, his son Jehoiachin came to the throne. He rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar who, in 598 B.C., again besieged Jerusalem. Once more Jerusalem was not destroyed, but the king, his mother, and all the vessels of the House of the Lord were taken away to Babylon, along with an even larger group of captives. It seems that among this latter group was Ezekiel (2 Ki.24:6-16).
Zedekiah, the uncle of Jehoiachin, was then made king and also rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar. This time Nebuchadnezzar came against the city, destroyed the temple, and burned Jerusalem. The sons of Zedekiah were slain in his presence, and then his own eyes were put out. He, along with the final deportation, went into captivity about 588 or 587 B.C. All this was in fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy (Jer.25:8:13). Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel had told the people that the false prophets were wrong and that Jerusalem would be destroyed. Both these men were right.

Daniel 1:2 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. (KJV)
The Lord gave Jehoiakim, king of Judah into Nebuchadnezzar’s hand, along with the city of Jerusalem. This was from the Lord, because of his sins, and the sins of his ancestors, and of his people; or else the king of Babylon could not have taken the city, nor him, because of the great power of the Jews, and as we see: with part of the vessels of the house of God. Not all the vessels (utensils of the Temple), for some were possibly hidden by Josiah and Jeremiah, which cannot  be confirmed, but it is certain that NOT all were carried away, because we read of some of the vessels of the temple being carried away afterwards, in Jeconiah's time (2 Ki.24:13), and still there were some left, as the pillars, sea, bases and other vessels, which were to be carried away, and were carried away by the king of Babylon, in Zedekiah's time (Jer.27:19-22; 52:17-20), which he carried into the land of Shinar, to the house of his god. This idol structure was of an extraordinary height, where the Chaldeans made observations on the stars, and could take an exact view of the rise and setting of them. The building was made of brick and tar (pitch Gen.6:14), at great cost and expense. It was there in that idol temple, that the vessels of the Temple sanctuary were brought by Nebuchadnezzar, to the praise and glory of his idols.
It seems that there were three golden statues in that temple, of Jupiter, Juno and Rhea. The one of Jupiter was as one standing on his feet, as if it were walking, was 40 feet in length, and weighed a thousand Babylonian talents. The one of Rhea was of the same weight, sitting on a throne of gold, and two lions standing at her knees; and near to them serpents of a extraordinary size, made of silver, which weighed 30 talents. The one of Juno was a standing statue, weighing 800 talents; in her right hand she held the head of a serpent, and in her left a scepter set with precious stones. There was a golden table, shared by them all, 40 feet long, 15 feet broad, and of the weight of 50 talents.
There were two bowls of 30 talents, and as many censers of 300 talents, and 3 cups of gold; that was dedicated to Jupiter weighed a 1200 Babylonian talents, and the other 600. It was here all the rich things dedicated to their ‘god’ was laid up, and it was here that the king of Babylon brought the treasures and rich vessels he took out of the Jewish Temple of Jerusalem. The riches of this idol temple was incredible.

Daniel 1:3 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; (KJV)
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon told Ashpenaz, that some captives should be selected and brought to his court, those of the king's seed, and of the princes, those of blood royal, or of the king of Judah's family, the children of people of the first rank.
Nebuchadnezzar always took the best for himself of the captives from any nation. Quite possibly they were given tests to determine their IQ's, and those selected were trained to be wise men to advise the king of Babylon. We will find that Daniel was included in this group and that the king did consult them.
Some old-school scholars think that Daniel was taken captive when he was about seventeen years old, and that he was made a eunuch (castrated). If they were right, you can see why Daniel never married or had any children. Some people think that Daniel was sort of strange. I must disagree. Being made a eunuch was something the king did, and it in NO way destroyed the mental development of Daniel or his friends. It served the purpose of making them more obedient to the king, and also enabled them to give all their time to the studies that were given to them. The king wanted these boys to spend their time studying, and his way of doing that was to make them eunuchs. Here was fulfilled what the prophet Isaiah had foretold King Hezekiah. Isaiah 39:7 And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. (KJV)  
Eunuchs were the main ones among the king’s servants (Jer.52:25; Esther 4:5; 6:2; 7:9; Dan.1:11). Eunuchs are mentioned in the New Testament (Mat.19:12; Acts 8). 

Daniel 1:4 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. (KJV)
Children in whom was no blemish . . . not little children, but young men between 15 and 20 years old, about the age Daniel probably was when he was carried away captive. Younger than this cannot be thought to be, because in just a few years he was put into places of the great prominence and importance. Those selected by Ashpenaz had no deformity or defect in any part of their body, as an eye or a hand; nor in whom was not anything that was vicious, immoral or scandalous in their character. The chosen ones were to be well favored, of a good complexion (handsome) and a healthy-looking countenance.
And skillful in all wisdom (the wisdom of the Jews), and capable of being instructed, and of improving themselves in all kind of wisdom, having a large share of the knowledge of their own country, customs and laws, civil and religious and understanding science, and whom they might teach the language of the Chaldeans.
Consider: the Bible was not written by men who were ignorant. Moses was educated in all the wisdom of Egypt. The Egyptians were quite advanced; they knew the distance to the sun, and they knew that the Earth was round. It was a few Greeks who came along later and flattened out the earth. They were the "scientists" in that day, and science taught that the Earth was flat. The Bible never did teach that; in fact, it said it was a circle.
Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: (KJV)  
Daniel, as a young man was outstanding. He most likely rated ‘A+’ on the tests in the court of Nebuchadnezzar, given to the young captives. I also believe that the apostle Paul, who wrote so much of the New Testament, was very intelligent too. Today, there have been so many nuts who think they can “better” the Bible . . . and they come up with garbage and call it a BETTER translation! May God have mercy on their souls! New versions are dangerous! BEWARE!!!
http://www.hisservants.org/bible_1_bible_corruptions_h_s.htm
http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_1_bibles_corrupt1.htm

Daniel 1:5 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. (KJV)
The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine that he himself ate. This was food of the finest and richest goodies. This was done not only as an act of royal kindness and generosity, and in respect of their birth and breeding; but also to lure and entice them, to make them love the country and condition in which they were, and to forget their misery of being captured; but also to preserve their good looks and good complexion. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.
Meat could be translated food. This was the diet of pagans, and it would include what the Jewish Law considered unclean animals. Because Daniel was a Jew and under the Mosaic Law, he could not do this. Jews were not to eat certain meats, certain fowl and certain fish. 

Daniel Decides To Be True To God (1:6-14)

Daniel 1:6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: (KJV)
Among those youths that were selected from the rest of the captives, and brought up in the above manner, and for the above purposes, who were of the tribe of Judah, and very likely of the house of David, and of royal descent, were the four young men: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. These are specifically mentioned, because they were the most famous and well-known of them, and are concerned in the following history and account of facts. Their names are significant: Daniel means "God is my Judge"; Hananiah may be interpreted "God is gracious to me"; Mishael is by some thought to be the same as Michael, "he who is God", or "as God"; and by others, "asked of God", by his mother, as Samuel was by Hannah, and Azariah may be explained, "God is my help" or "helps me".

Daniel 1:7  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 Abednego. (KJV)
It is Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs (vs.3), that actually changes their Hebrew names and gives them pagan names. He gave Daniel the name of Belteshazzar which means "worshiper of Baal," a heathen god. He named Hananiah Shadrach, and Mishael Meshach, and Azariah Abed-nego.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego are the names with which we are well acquainted, and they are their heathen names. It seems possible that these four boys registered the highest IQ's of the whole group. Nebuchadnezzar wanted the smartest ones as well as good looking and good physical specimens. These four young men from Judah are singled out and made known to us, because they shall soon take a FIRM stand for their God! I do not know if these four boys were about the same age or not, I would want to say it was close. Some guess their ages to be between 14 and 17. Does it really matter? They were old enough!

Daniel 1:8 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. (KJV)
But Daniel purposed in his heart to abstain from the king’s food . . . There may be several big reasons why Daniel did this.
(1.) Because many of those meats provided for the king’s table were forbidden by the Jews’ law, thus bothering Daniel’s conscience,
(2.) Daniel knew these delicacies would please and pamper the flesh, so he would not accept the defilements which too often arise from rich, delicious food (Deut.8:12-14; 32:13-15; Eze.16:49-50; Hos.13:6; Rom.13:13).  
(3.) Daniel knew if he submitted to this bait, that the hook which lay hidden, would try to pull him away from his God to a false religion, by eating and drinking things sacrificed to heathen idols.
(4.) Daniel knew that his people were under God’s wrath by their captivity, so he must use common sense as to how unsuitable a courtly life would be to him (Heb.11:24-26). As a result, Daniel was in an exceptional pattern of avoiding all the instances of evil, which he did with purpose of heart (Acts 11:23).
Daniel did NOT, in a gruff and stubborn manner, refuse the meat and drink offered to him. Instead, he wisely made it a request, and humbly his request to the prince of the eunuchs, that was in charge of him and his companions . . . who also joined with Daniel in this humble request.
This youngster takes a FIRM stand for God, and he does it in a heathen court. Under normal circumstances, this would have meant death. Clearly, Daniel was not trying to win a popularity contest. He was not trying to please Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was not conformed to this world, but he certainly was transformed by the renewing of his mind. The will of God seemed to be all that was in his mind.
These boys do not want to eat the king's food; they are going to rebel against a Babylonian diet. In reality, an attempt will be made to brainwash them, to make them Babylonians inwardly and outwardly. They were supposed to eat like Babylonians, dress like Babylonians and think like Babylonians.
But, Daniel and his friends were under the Mosaic system, and God made what they were to eat very clear to His people in the Old Testament.
Leviticus 11:44-47 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 45  For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. 46  This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: 47  To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten. (KJV)

Certain meats were definitely forbidden, and they are listed in the Book of Leviticus; also, meats offered to heathen idols were repulsive to godly Israelites.
Was Daniel and these other Hebrew children Nazarites? The Bible does not tell us they were, but it does not tell us they were not.  Numbers 6:3 He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. (KJV)

These young men were following the command of Isaiah: Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD. (KJV)  

Daniel 1:9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. (KJV)
Even before Daniel’s request was made; just as the Lord gave Joseph favor in the sight of Potiphar, and of the keeper of the prison; for whatever favor is shown to good men by bad men is from the Lord. It is a special act of God, to favor to His afflicted people, to give them any kindness in the eyes of them that do afflict them (Ps.106:46; Pro.16:7). He made them to be pitied by those that carried them captive. Daniel is already a favorite, and that is no accident. God was working on Daniel's behalf, just as He worked in the life of Joseph in the land of Egypt.

Daniel 1:10 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. (KJV)
The king had given orders that Daniel and his friends were to be given the same food and wine as the members of the royal court. He was afraid they would betray him, and because the king had appointed it, he dared not disobey, for his life was at stake.
The prince of the eunuchs did not want to force the diet upon them, but he was really in a bad predicament. He really liked Daniel . . . what should he do?

Daniel 1:11Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, (KJV)
Daniel went to the guard that Ashpenaz had placed in charge of him and his three friends.

Daniel 1:12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. (KJV)
Daniel clearly includes his companions, and makes his request for himself and them; asking that they might try for ten days with something other than the king’s food and drink. And after the ten days, see what happened. So instead of the king's meat, they would eat pulse (some say grain, others say vegetables), beans, peas, vetches, lentils, rice, millet, etc. It seems to mean anything grown: grain, roots, herbs and fruits; and, instead of wine, plain water.

Daniel 1:13 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. (KJV)
Daniel eases Melzar’s mind against fear and danger, saying a trial of only by ten days’ trial; which was a fair and reasonable request.
The Bible tells us that Daniel's decision to refuse the Babylonian diet was something he "purposed in his heart" (vs.8). Living for God and separation from the world is a matter of a few small rules that deal with eating and conduct. It all began in the heart of Daniel. He was human, he had a heart, and his beliefs and opinions came from his heart. That should be how we should be. We, like Daniel, are captives in this world in which we live. The Lord Jesus said that we are in the world, but not of the world (John 15:19). And He said: Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (KJV)
We cannot serve God by following rules; we must like Daniel, have a purpose in our hearts. We must be determined to do right by Him. It is out of the heart that the issues of life proceed; the things which we put into our bodies are not the most important (Acts 10). Daniel reasoned in his heart that he would obey God's law given to God's people Israel. 
In today’s world it is "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Tit.3:5). If we expect to live a life of holiness, we must first receive new life from God . . . we must be born again, spiritually, into God’s family (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8).

Daniel 1:14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. (KJV)
The prince of the eunuchs was at first reluctant to go along with Daniel's suggestion because he had been brought up in Babylonian culture and believed that this diet was the thing which produced geniuses. But he liked Daniel and allowed them the ten days to test it out.

Nebuchadnezzar Development of Daniel
And His Three Friends (1:15-21)

Daniel 1:15 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. (KJV)
At the time fixed for the boys to be checked over, they looked to be of a better complexion, more healthy and even heavier and fatter, with good solid flesh. No undesired effects at all.
Daniel's diet worked in their behalf. God wanted His people Israel to be different from the surrounding nations, but He did not give them a special diet just to make them different . . . there was also a health issue involved. I believe that if we followed the diet outlined in Leviticus, we would be healthier than our neighbor who eats any and all things. But we can eat anything we want. We are not under the Jewish law. Israel's God-given diet was very meaningful health wise, and it had more than just a ceremonial basis.
Consider three things in Daniel’s situation:  
(1.) The hand of God, in persuading Melzar to incline to Daniel’s request.
(2.) The grace of God, to make good Daniel’s words.
(3.) The blessing of God upon plain, ordinary food often gives more beneficial nourishment and strength, than rich, costly food to them that eat fancy delicacies and drink wine.

Daniel 1:16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. (KJV)
From then on, Melzar let them continue to eat vegetables instead of what the king provided.

Daniel 1:17 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. (KJV)
As they prospered in their bodies, they succeeded in their studies, improving their minds, and became greatly proficient in all kind of lawful and useful knowledge.
Just as God blessed Solomon, God is blessing these Hebrew children who were in a foreign court. Daniel will in the end become prime minister to two great world empires.
Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Daniel lived in the time of revelation, the time in which God still used dreams and visions. I do not believe that God uses this method today. I think that God speaks to us today through His Word, and through the Holy Spirit who abides within each and every TRUE believer (Rom.8:9). Do NOT quench the Holy Spirit! (1 Thes.5:19). Let Him work in your life!
God spoke audibly and clearly to Daniel and other prophets in the Old Testament, in visions and dreams. And Daniel will write what God told him. In spite of what doubters say, Daniel wrote the Book of Daniel. It was not written three or four hundred years later!
Knowledge, skill and wisdom come from God (Jam.1:5). They are beams of light shining in us from the Father of lights, and a man can receive nothing in these things unless it be given to him from above (John 3:27).
The Chaldeans used lawful and unlawful arts and sciences. But these four young men, Daniel and his companions, used only those that were lawful; rejecting all that wisdom which is sensual, carnal, and devilish (Jam.3:15-17). Daniel’s wisdom came from visions and dreams from God, but in such as were sent of God, such as the prophets had (Num.12:6), not in idle, vain and lying predictions of things to come.

Daniel 1:18  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. (KJV)
Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in . . . meaning at the end of three years (vs.5); which was the time appointed for their education, and when they were to be brought before the king for him to examine and approve them. This was supposedly done by Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, not the guard, Melzar. Nebuchadnezzar is going to look at the training which was given to them to see if it has been the proper training.

Daniel 1:19 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. (KJV)
The king spoke with the four young men, asking them several questions about several articles of literature in which they had been educated, to see what progress they had made. He spoke with them on many different topics of learning, that he might be able to form a judgment of them, and their capacities, and what services under him they would be most fit for, and capable of. This shows that Nebuchadnezzar was a man of learning and good sense, as well as practicality, to be capable of taking such a step as this. And among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah for their learning and knowledge. After the king had examined of all the youths (no number is given as to how many there were in all), these four appeared to be the greatest in skill. They were then chosen to stand before the king; minister unto him, became his servants, and they even came to be of his private council, especially Daniel (Pro.22:29). Nebuchadnezzar found they were geniuses, and so he gave them good positions in his kingdom. The king took great care whom he chose to be in offices of trust.
Daniel 1:20 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. (KJV)
At the time of their examination before him, they gave ready, pertinent and solid answers, and when he had occasion to consult them on any affair, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm; better than all the magicians, the enchanters, diviners, soothsayers and those who pretended to judge and foretell things by the position of the stars. They were able to give more significant answers to questions put to them, and better advice and counsel when asked of them, than all the persons throughout the king's dominions. Daniel is moved to the head of the class.

Daniel 1:21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus. (KJV)
Daniel continued in Babylon, in the court of Babylon until Cyrus, and then he was in the Persian court, and he lived in honor and high employment all that time, even after Cyrus began to reign; for he had visions and revelations in the third year of Cyrus (Dan.10:1).  

With verse 1, and this verse we can learn Daniel's life span. Coming to Babylon at about the age of seventeen, he died when he was about ninety years of age. He spanned the entire 70 years of captivity. He did not return to Israel but apparently died before the people left Babylon, although there is no record of that.

Special Comments for Daniel Chapter 1

Qualifications demanded by the king, that Daniel and his companions were to fulfill:
1. They must be princes (Dan.1:3).
2. They must be youths (Dan.1:4).
3. They must be without blemish physically (Dan.1:4).
4. They must be handsome; good in appearance (Dan.1:4).
5. They must be well educated, skillful in wisdom.
6. They must be skillful in knowledge (Dan.1:4).
7. They must be proficient in the sciences (Dan.1:4).
8. They must be refined and polished so as to be able to stand before kings (Dan.1:4).

Boys Names are Changed:
Among those being trained were four Jewish youths just brought from conquered Judah.  
#1. Daniel, meaning God is judge, is renamed Belteshazzar, preserve thou (O Bel) his life, or prince of Bel . . . the chief deity of Babylon (Dan.1:6-7; Isa.46:1; Jer.50:2; 51:44). It is explained 6 times in 12 chapters that Daniel's name was changed (Dan.1:7; 2:26; 4:8-9;=, 18-19; 5:12; 10:1). This clearly indicates that Daniel did NOT like his new name. He uses his own name, Daniel 65 times in his book. It is used 5 other times in Scripture (Eze.14:14, 20; 28:3; Mat.24:15; Mk.13:14).
#2. Hananiah, meaning gift of the Lord, renamed Shadrach, command of Aku, the moon god.
#3. Mishael, meaning who is what God is, renamed Meshach, who is as Aku (Dan.1:6-7).
#4. Azariah, meaning whom Jehovah helps, renamed Abed-nego, servant of Nego, or Nebo, the god of science and literature (Dan.1:6-7. Isa.46:1).

Daniel's life similar to that of Joseph in some respects:
1. In being a captive from his own people (Gen.37).
2. Received favor from his captors (Gen.39:21; Dan.1:9).
3. In interpreting dreams (Gen.37:5-11; 41:1-45; Dan.1:17).
4. Was exalted by rulers (Gen.41; Dan.2:46-49; 5:29; 6:26).
5. Stayed true to God (Gen.39:12; Dan.1:8).

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