The book of Daniel, 1:1-21


Just read the Book of Daniel, it covers over 70 years of Daniel’s life and find out why he had faith. Daniel’s life covers 605BC-536BC

Daniel in Hebrew means: God is judge.

Taken to Babylon in the third year of King Jehoiakim as a young man. Daniel appears was of Royal or Noble descent.

Daniel was taken to a far country and served God faithfully for the rest of his life never being allowed to return to Israel.

Background Reading:

Daniel’s Training in Babylon

1:1 In the third year of the reign of King Jehoiakim of Judah [606BC], King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it. 2 Within a week, the Lord handed King Jehoiakim of Judah over to him, along with valuable objects from the house of God. Nebuchadnezzar brought them to the temple of his god in the land of Shinar and stored them in its treasure house.

3 Later, the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief officer, to bring in some Israelis of royal and noble descent. 4 They were to be young men without physical defect, handsome in appearance, skilled in all wisdom, quick to learn, prudent in how they used knowledge, and capable of serving in the king’s palace. They were to learn the literature and language of the Chaldeans.

5 The king assigned them fine food and choice wine on a daily basis, ordering them to be trained for three years, at the end of which time they would enter the king’s service. 6 Included among the people of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 7 The chief officer assigned the name “Belteshazzar” to Daniel, the name “Shadrach” to Hananiah, the name “Meshach” to Mishael, and the name “Abednego” to Azariah.

Daniel Chooses God’s Standard

8 Daniel determined within himself not to become defiled by the king’s menu of rich foods or by the king’s wine, so he requested permission from the chief officer not to defile himself. 9 God granted to Daniel grace and compassion on the part of the chief officer. 10 The chief officer told Daniel, “I fear his majesty the king, who has determined what you eat and drink. If he notices that your faces are more pale than the other young men in your group, I will forfeit my head to the king.”

11 But Daniel told the guard whom the chief officer had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days and let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare how we look with the young men who ate the king’s rich food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you observe.”

14 So he listened to what Daniel said and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days their appearance was better and their faces were well-nourished compared to the young men who ate the king’s rich food. 16 So the guard took away their rich food and wine, giving them vegetables. 17 As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge, aptitude for learning, and wisdom. Daniel also could understand all kinds of visions and dreams.

18 Then at the end of the training period that the king had established, the chief officer brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 When the king spoke to them, none of them compared to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, or Azariah as they stood before the king. 20 In every matter of wisdom or understanding that the king discussed with them, he found them ten times superior to all the astrologers and enchanters in his entire palace.

21 So Daniel remained there in service until the first year of King Cyrus [550BC].
Daniel 1:1-21 – also read the rest of The book of Daniel
Fall of Babylon 539BC
Death of Daniel 536BC,

Also Daniel prospered during the reigns of Darius 539—525BC and the reign of Cyrus the Persian 550—530BC.

More Information:

    The book of Daniel and background:

  • Daniel 3:1-30 Fire
  • 1st King Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon
  • Daniel 1:1-4:37
  • Daniel renamed Belteshazzar
  • Evil-Merdodach or Amei-Marduk 562-560
  • Neriglissar 560-55
  • Daniel 3:1-30 Tall idol
  • Labshi-Marduk 556
  • Nabonidus 566-539
  • Belshazzar 533 539
  • Daniel 5:1-30 The writing on the wall
  • Daniel 6:1-28 Daniel and the lions den
  • Daniel 7
  • Daniel 8
  • Fall Babylon 539 end of Neo-Babylonian Empire
  • Under 3rd King King Darius the Mede (Gubaru) 539-525
  • Daniel 6: Daniel in the Lions Den
  • Daniel 9
  • Cyrus
  • Daniel 10: 1- Vision of a Man
  • Daniel 11
  • Daniel 12:1-13 End times

Time frame:

More information on Daniel can be found in: Hebrews,  Prophets and Divided Kingdom, and  Timelines- 700BC-400BC.

King Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, came to Jerusalem three times.

1st time: Took about 10 thousand captives including Daniel, 606-605BC. Started The Servitude of the nations which ended 70 years later to the day.

2nd Time: King Nebuchadnezzar took more captives including Ezekiel.

3rd Time: King Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem in 587BC. Which started Desolation of Jerusalem which ended 70 years later.

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