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Daniel 1 - NIV

Daniel’s Training in Babylon

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[a] and put in the treasure house of his god.

3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service 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.[b]

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 those who were chosen 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.

8 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 compassion to Daniel,

10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] 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 the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”

14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.

16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.

18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar.

19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service.

20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.


a. Daniel 1:2 Hebrew Shinar
b. Daniel 1:4 Or Chaldeans
c. Daniel 1:10 The Hebrew for your and you in this verse is plural.

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Shared by: Dave McFadden on Nov, 2016
Summary: Daniel passed both the peer test and the privacy test. He was a man of integrity.
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Shared by: Rodney Fry on Nov, 2016
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Shared by: Dennis Lee on Sep, 2016
Summary: This sermon is part of the "A Christian's Heart" series and deals with having a purposeful heart. It's taken from the life of Daniel. A purposeful heart is a sincere heart, a committed heart, and a heart of self-denial.
Scripture: Daniel 1:1-20
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Shared by: Derek Geldart on Jul, 2016
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Shared by: Derek Geldart on Jul, 2016
Summary: Instead of collapsing in terror of our circumstances, like Daniel, Christ’s ambassadors need to stand firm on the cross and empty tomb as being evidence that not even the gates of hell can stop God and His plans!
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Shared by: Charles La Porte on May, 2016
Summary: How can your resolution help you thru times of adversity and put you on a path toward revival? Daniel was caught in a world system and culture that forgot God. God repeatedly sent prophets to warn the people of but they continued to rebel and live in sin.
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Shared by: Paul Barreca on Apr, 2016
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Shared by: Chris Jordan on Mar, 2016
Summary: If we want to honour God, and make a difference in our world today, we must make a good decision, refuse to compromise, and put God first.
Scripture: Daniel 1:1-6:26
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Shared by: Paul Carlson on Dec, 2015
Summary: PROPOSITION: Since Christ was faithful to His Father while living in a pagan culture, you must be faithful to Christ while living in a pagan culture.
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Shared by: Brandon Park on Oct, 2015
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Shared by: John Gaston on Sep, 2015
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Shared by: Buddy Cook on Jul, 2015
Summary: Daniel and his three Hebrew friends were thrust into the pagan environment of Babylon. How they served God in this pagan land is an example of how we can serve God in our secular culture.
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Shared by: Rick Pendleton on Jan, 2015
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Shared by: Billy Ricks on Jan, 2015
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Shared by: John McCormack on Nov, 2014
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Shared by: Davon Huss on May, 2014
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Shared by: Paul Norwood on Oct, 2013
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Shared by: C. Philip Green on Aug, 2013
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Shared by: Gordon Curley on Aug, 2013
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Shared by: Wayne Cordeiro on May, 2013
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Shared by: John Gaston on Apr, 2013
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Shared by: Damian Phillips on Oct, 2012
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Shared by: Rick Boyne on Jul, 2012
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