Daniel 1:8

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But Daniel purposed in his heart, that he would not defile himselfe with the portion of the kings meat, nor with the wine which he dranke: therefore hee requested of the Prince of the Eunuches, that hee might not defile himselfe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought {permission} from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king's dainties, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Daniel had come to the decision that he would not make himself unclean with the king's food or wine; so he made a request to the captain of the unsexed servants that he might not make himself unclean.
- Basic English Bible

And Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not pollute himself with the king's delicate food, nor with the wine which he drank; and he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not have to pollute himself.
- Darby Bible

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's food, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
- Webster's Bible

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king's dainties, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
- World English Bible

And Daniel purposeth in his heart that he will not pollute himself with the king's portion of food, and with the wine of his drinking, and he seeketh of the chief of the eunuchs that he may not pollute himself.
- Youngs Literal Bible

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king's food, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the officers that he might not defile himself.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Daniel 1:8


1:8 But Daniel purposed - There may be several weighty reasons assigned why Daniel did this. Because many of those meats provided for the king's table, were forbidden by the Jewish law. Daniel knew these delicates would too much gratify the flesh. He did not dare to eat and drink things consecrated to idols. He was sensible, how unsuitable delicate fare would be to the afflicted state of God's people. Therefore he was herein a rare pattern of avoiding all the occasions of evil.


Discussion for Daniel 1:8

  • Emmanuel Ikpegbu for verse 8
    Integrity, faith and courage stood as the bedrocks for Daniel. He could not imagine himself betraying his heritage and person he knew his God and could not give an inch to cowardice because of "cares ". That 's the true spirit of religious sportsmanship.
  • Sunny Nelson for verse 8
    The faith of these youths was made instrumental in overrulling the evil foretold against the Jews Ezekiel 4:13 to the glory of God. Like Moses, Daniel chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season ' ' Heb. 11 :25 To stand alone in your piety among this perverse generation, Beloveth, you really need faith which is unflinching. A faith which is solidly rooted in God 's word a faith like that of Daniel when he refuse the delicacies from the royal kitchen, I quit admit that he was sure that his health was obviously at stake. We shouldn 't place our walk with God by people 's opinion. Bible said ' 'But Daniel made up his mind not to... ' ' it being proposed to him to be brought up in the manner before described, he revolved it in his mind he well weighed it, and considered it with himself, and came to a resolution about it. As heir of God, we shouldn 't in any sense try to pamper nor accommodate it. Great Matthew Henry, in his concise commentary to this verse, he said ' '...it is easier to keep temptation at a distance, than to resist it when near ' '. You may be Holy Ghost filled, but I must tell you, sin can break resistance. This is the more reason why you shouldn 't give place to the devil Ephisians 4:27 . The same reason was why Joseph had to flee ' ' for is dear spiritual life, because he knew that it was sin and he can 't stand before it. Everyday, we must make this prayer of David as our devotional prayer: take away my lust for evil things don 't let me want to be with sinners, doing what they do, sharing their dainties - Psalm 141:4 Blessings and Peace!
  • The Bible says after 10 days,these men were filled with wisdom and understanding.Can we keep ourselves from defiling for 10 days?
  • Stephen K. Smith for verse 8
    This bible verse contains the mystery of standing for godliness and sanctity, "but Daniel " this means someother youths were there who obliged the offer and went on to be defiled. Daniel didn 't just make the decision from his lips, he settled it in His heart, he thought about it, just like joseph who thought how he would do a wicked thing against his master aNd sin against God. He carefully weighed the consequences of the offer been laid on the table. It was a clear strategy by the devil to rid the young lads daniel and the other fellows of the glory they had attained in the training, because they were said to have been trained in wisdom sciences etc. Imagine the devil giving you a ticket to defile your estate. Daniel had to boldly tell the eunuch, " I am not going to defile myself ". He chose to say NO, we must ask for the grace to walk away from sin and defilement, because Sin stinks and sinks destinies. Peace
  • Netty gentles for verse 8
    David was a man of Gods own heart He dedicated himself to God in a very special way .He prays to God that he would deliver him he was delivered by God through the power of the Holy Spirit thanks be to God.All this can happen to us also if we do the same God always there to answer all our problems.
  • Joan mathews for verse 8
    'dare to be a daniel' should be told again and again to the youths in today's generation. Dare to standout and live a life worthy of God's pleasing

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