Chapter 40

Daniel and His Friends

“Chapter 40: Daniel and His Friends,” Old Testament Stories (1980), 150–51

Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

The king of Babylon took the Jews to his land. He took some of their children to live in his house. Four of them were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. They learned to speak the king’s language.

Daniel and friends

The king sent food and wine to Daniel and his friends. God said they should not eat this food. It was not good for them. They would not eat the food or drink the wine. They asked the king’s servants to bring them good food. They asked for water, not wine.

Daniel and friends eating

The servant gave Daniel and his friends water to drink. He gave them good food for ten days. Daniel and his friends obeyed God. Daniel and his friends looked better than the other children.

king speaking to Daniel and friends

After three years, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were taken to the king. He talked to them. The king said they were wiser than his wise men. God had blessed Daniel and his friends. God had made then strong and wise.