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                         "THE BOOK OF DANIEL"

                             Chapter One

The book opens with the first deportation of Jews to Babylonian captivity
(605 B.C.), and the selection  of Daniel and his three friends for
special training (1-7).  Daniel is commitment to remain undefiled is
blessed by God, and he along with his friends are given wisdom that is
acknowledged and rewarded by the king of Babylon (8-21).


   *  Young Daniel's commitment to God in pagan environment

   *  How Daniel was able to keep both his faith to God and service to 
      the king


1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - Daniel and his friends selected for special training - Dan 1:1-7
   - Daniel's faithfulness to God rewarded - Dan 1:8-21

2) When did Nebuchadnezzar besiege Jerusalem, and who gave him victory?
   - In the third year of Jehoiakim king of Judah (605 B.C.); the Lord

3) Who were to be taught the language and literature of the Chaldeans?
   - Some of the children of Israel, some of the descendants of the king
     and nobles
   - Young men who were good-looking, wise, quick to learn and able to

4) How long was their training to last?  What did it include? (5)
   - Three years; daily provisions of the king's delicacies and wine

5) What four young men were selected?  What names were they given?
   - Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah
   - Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-Nego

6) What did Daniel purpose in his heart? (8)
   - Not to defile himself with the king's delicacies and wine

7) How was Daniel able to keep his commitment? (8-16)
   - With politeness (he requested, not demanded)
   - With God's help (God brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of
     the chief eunuch)
   - With persistence (rebuffed by the chief eunuch, he appealed to the
   - With willingness to test his faith (asking for ten day trial)

8) What did God give the four young men? (17)
   - Knowledge, skill in literature, wisdom; Daniel understanding in
     visions and dreams

9) How did Nebuchadnezzar find these four young men after their
   training? (18-20)
   - Ten times better in wisdom and understanding than his magicians and
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