1 In the third year of the reign of a Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with b some of the articles of 1 the house of God, which he carried c into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; d and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god. 3 Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring e some of the children of Israel and some of the king's descendants and some of the nobles, 4 young men f in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king's palace, and g whom they might teach the language and 2 literature of the Chaldeans. 5 And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king's delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might h serve before the king. 6 Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 7 i To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: j he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, AbedNego'.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.