AN EATING AND DRINKING CONTEST

 

Daniel 1:1-15

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; 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. 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. 6 Now among these

were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and

Azariah: 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.

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. 9 Now God had brought

Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

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. 11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the

eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12

Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us

pulse to eat, and water to drink. 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. 14 So he consented to them in this matter, and

proved them ten days. 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.


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