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The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL
DANIEL, whose name signifies THE JUDGMENT OF GOD, was of the royal blood
of the kings of Juda: and one of those that were first of all carried
away into captivity. He was so renowned for wisdom and knowledge, that
it became a proverb among the Babylonians, AS WISE AS DANIEL (Ezech.
28.3). And his holiness was so great from his very childhood, that at
the time when he was as yet but a young man, he is joined by the SPIRIT
of GOD with NOE and JOB, as three persons most eminent for virtue and
sanctity, Ezech. 14. He is not commonly numbered by the Hebrews among
THE PROPHETS: because he lived at court, and in high station in the
world: but if we consider his many clear predictions of things to come,
we shall find that no one better deserves the name and title of A
PROPHET: which also has been given him by the SON of GOD himself, Matt.
24, Mark 13., Luke 21.
Daniel Chapter 1
Daniel and his companions are taken into the palace of the king of
Babylon: they abstain from his meat and wine, and succeed better with
pulse and water. Their excellence and wisdom.
1:1. In the third year of the reign of Joakim, king of Juda,
Nabuchodonosor, king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem, and beseiged it.
1:2. And the Lord delivered into his hands Joakim, the king of Juda, and
part of the vessels of the house of God: and he carried them away into
the land of Sennaar, to the house of his god, and the vessels he brought
into the treasure house of his god.
His god... Bel or Belus, the principal idol of the Chaldeans.
1:3. And the king spoke to Asphenez, the master of the eunuchs, that he
should bring in some of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed,
and of the princes,
1:4. Children in whom there was no blemish, well favoured, and skilful
in all wisdom, acute in knowledge, and instructed in science, and such
as might stand in the king's palace, that he might teach them the
learning, and tongue of the Chaldeans.
1:5. And the king appointed them a daily provision, of his own meat, and
of the wine of which he drank himself, that being nourished three years,
afterwards they might stand before the king.
1:6. Now there was among them of the children of Juda, Daniel, Ananias,
Misael, and Azarias.
1:7. And the master of the eunuchs gave them names: to Daniel,
Baltassar: to Ananias, Sidrach: to Misael, Misach: and to Azarias,
1:8. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not be defiled with
the king's table, nor with the wine which he drank: and he requested the
master of the eunuchs that he might not be defiled.
Be defiled, etc... Viz., either by eating meat forbidden by the law, or
which had before been offered to idols.
1:9. And God gave to Daniel grace and mercy in the sight of the prince
of the eunuchs.
1:10. And the prince of the eunuchs said to Daniel: I fear my lord, the
king, who hath appointed you meat and drink: who if he should see your
faces leaner than those of the other youths, your equals, you shall
endanger my head to the king.
1:11. And Daniel said to Malasar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had
appointed over Daniel, Ananias, Misael, and Azarias:
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