Daniel 1: Faithful Young Israelites

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 175–176


The Babylonians believed that magicians and fortune-tellers had the power to know the future. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, decided to see if he could train young captive Israelites to see the future. As you read, look for how the faithfulness of some of these young men brought the blessings of the Lord and amazed the king.

Understanding the Scriptures

Daniel 1

Besieged (v. 1)Attacked 
Eunuchs (vv. 3, 9–11)Trusted household servants 
Defile himself (v. 8)Eat or drink what God had forbidden 
Endanger my head (v. 10)Risk my life 
Prove thy servants, I beseech thee (v. 12)Please test us 
Countenances (v. 13)Appearances, the way they looked 
Consented to (v. 14)Agreed with 
Communed (v. 19)Talked 
Stood before the king (v. 19)Became servants to the king 
Astrologers (v. 20)People who pretend to predict the future by watching the stars 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Daniel 1.

Activity A iconApply Their Example

Daniel and the other young men provide a great example of being true to the faith and of how the Lord blesses those who are faithful to Him. Consider the following situations and suggest a solution based on what you read in Daniel 1:

  1. 1.

    You and your classmates have important exams coming up. Some of them take pills to keep awake so they can study longer. They offer you some. What do you do or say?

  2. 2.

    You just got your first job. You want to make a good impression. At an important office party everyone is expected to toast the boss with an alcoholic drink. What do you do?

Activity B iconPhysical and Spiritual Blessings

Ways Daniel and His Friends Were Blessed

  1. 1.

    List the ways Daniel and his friends were blessed because of their faithfulness to the Lord.

  2. 2.

    How are the blessings these young men received like the blessings promised to those who obey the Word of Wisdom in our day? (see D&C 89:18–21).