Daniel and the Roman Guard-Daniel 1:1-20


Daniel and other young men were picked to train and be educated to serve in the king’s royal court. Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but the food I say to eat and water to drink.” The guard was reticent (note concerned look on his face) because the king could take his life if results were not satisfactory. Daniel asked him to let them stay on his diet for a ten day trial and see how they compared to the rest who ate royal food and wine.