Daniel 1:4

“Children in whom was no blemish, but well fauoured, and skilfull in all wisedome, and cunning in knowledge, and vnderstanding science, and such as had abilitie in them to stand in the Kings palace, and whom they might teach the learning, and the tongue of the Caldeans.”

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Other Translations

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.
- King James Version

youths in whom was no defect, who were good-looking, showing intelligence in every {branch of} wisdom, endowed with understanding and discerning knowledge, and who had ability for serving in the king's court; and {he ordered him} to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

youths in whom was no blemish, but well-favored, and skilful in all wisdom, and endued with knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability to stand in the king's palace; and that he should teach them the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Young men who were strong and healthy, good-looking, and trained in all wisdom, having a good education and much knowledge, and able to take positions in the king's house; and to have them trained in the writing and language of the Chaldaeans.
- Basic English Bible

youths in whom was no blemish, and of goodly countenance, and skilful in all wisdom, and acquainted with 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 language of the Chaldeans.
- Darby Bible

Children in whom was no blemish, but of good appearance, and skillful in all wisdom, and intelligent 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 language of the Chaldeans.
- Webster's Bible

youths in whom was no blemish, but well-favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and endowed with knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability to stand in the king's palace; and that he should teach them the learning and the language of the Chaldeans.
- World English Bible

lads in whom there is no blemish, and of good appearance, and skilful in all wisdom, and possessing knowledge, and teaching thought, and who have ability to stand in the palace of the king, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.
- Youngs Literal Bible

youths in whom was no blemish, but fair to look on, and skilful in all wisdom, and skilful in knowledge, and discerning in thought, and such as had ability to stand in the king's palace; and that he should teach them the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Daniel 1:4


1:4 The learning and the tongue - The Chaldeans were skilled above any other nation, in natural philosophy. Their tongue differed from the Hebrew in dialect and in pronunciation, which they learned that they might be the more acceptable to the king, and court.


Discussion for Daniel 1

  • Irene123
    Joshua, Caleb - only 2 out of the THOUSANDS that left Egypt. These 2 are the 'type' of remnant for today that will be saved at the rapture. Out of billions - only a Joshua/Caleb remnant.
  • Irene123
    Since the day God br't Israel from Egypt, they have been rebellious. But - there was always a 'remnant', albeit only at one time only Joshua 'n Caleb. The church today is the same way. There are people attending faithfully, but - they are lifted up with pride - over their tithing, how long they've been in the church, the offc. they hold, whatever. God has to open their eyes thru the preaching.
  • Bropittman
    It had nothing to do with what they ate.but what they didn't eat
  • Lilian
    God imparted his faith to Daniel to stand still and know that He is God. Daniel received the gift of Faith as He knows that God has appointed time to eat the meat and drink wine that comes from God and not from a man. Man does not live by bread alone but by every word of God. Thank you Jesus for giving us the living water so that we all must have life in abundance. Amen
  • Dorothy Tillis
    The reference to pulse: are fruits, vegetables, grain, that which is grown or harvested of the ground., no meat is involved.
  • Linda Newton
    What is this 'pulse' which Daniel says to eat?

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