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Scripture Reading: Daniel 1 (ESV)
1 In the third year of the reign of 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 some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god.
3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility,
4 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.
5 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king.
6 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah.
7 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.
8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.
9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs,
10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.”
11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.
13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.”
14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's food.
16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
17 As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
18 At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.
19 And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king.
20 And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.
21 And Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus.
A. Know that God put you in the situation (vv. 1-7)
B. Trust that God has your future in his hand (vv. 8-16)
C. Utilize what God has given you and excel (vv. 17-21)
1 : 1 起初， 神創造天地。
1 : 2 地是空虛混沌，深淵上面一片黑暗； 神的靈 運行在水面上。
1 : 3 神說：「要有光」，就有了光。
1 : 4 神看光是好的，於是 神就把光和暗分開。
1 : 5 神稱光為「晝」，稱暗為「夜」。有晚上，有早晨，這是第一日。
1 : 6 神說：「眾水之間要有穹蒼，把水和水分開。」
1 : 7 神就造了穹蒼，把穹蒼以下的水和穹蒼以上的水分開。事就這樣成了。
1 : 8 神稱穹蒼為「天」。有晚上，有早晨，這是第二日。
1 : 9 神說：「天下面的水要聚集在一處，使乾地露出來。」事就這樣成了。
1 : 10 神稱乾地為「地」，稱聚集在一起的水為「海」。 神看為好的。
1 : 11 神說：「地要長出植物，就是含種子的五穀菜蔬，和會結果子、果子裏有種子的樹，在地上各從其類。」事就這樣成了。
1 : 12 於是地長出了植物：含種子的五穀菜蔬，各從其類；會結果子、果子裏有種子的樹，各從其類。 神看為好的。
1 : 13 有晚上，有早晨，這是第三日。
1 : 14 神說：「天上要有光體來分晝夜，讓它們作記號，定季節、日子、年份，
1 : 15 它們要在天空發光，照在地上。」事就這樣成了。
1 : 16 於是 神造了兩個大光體，大的管晝，小的管夜，又造了星辰。
1 : 17 神把這些光體擺列在天空，照在地上，
1 : 18 管理晝夜，分別光暗。 神看為好的。
1 : 19 有晚上，有早晨，這是第四日。
1 : 20 神說：「水要滋生眾多有生命之物；要有鳥飛在地面以上，天空之中。」
1 : 21 神就創造了大魚和在水裏滋生的各樣活動的生物，各從其類，以及各樣有翅膀的鳥，各從其類。 神看為好的。
1 : 22 神就賜福給這一切，說：「要繁殖增多，充滿在海的水裏；飛鳥也要在地上增多。」
1 : 23 有晚上，有早晨，這是第五日。
1 : 24 神說：「地要生出有生命之物，各從其類，就是牲畜、爬行動物、地上的走獸，各從其類。」事就這樣成了。
1 : 25 於是 神造了地上的走獸，各從其類；牲畜，各從其類；和地上一切的爬行動物，各從其類。 神看為好的。
1 : 26 神說：「我們要照着我們的形像，按着我們的樣式造人，使他們管理海裏的魚、天空的鳥、地上的牲畜和全地，以及地上爬的一切爬行動物。」
1 : 27 神就照着他的形像創造人，照着 神的形像創造他們；他創造了他們，有男有女。
1 : 28 神賜福給他們， 神對他們說：「要生養眾多，遍滿這地，治理它；要管理海裏的魚、天空的鳥和地上各樣活動的生物。」
1 : 29 神說：「看哪，我把全地一切含種子的五穀菜蔬和一切會結果子、果子裏有種子的樹，都賜給你們；這些都可作食物。
1 : 30 至於地上一切的走獸、天空一切的飛鳥，並一切在地上爬行的，有生命的動物，我把綠色植物賜給牠們作食物。」事就這樣成了。
1 : 31 神看一切所造的，看哪，都非常好。有晚上，有早晨，這是第六日。