God Gave Them Knowledge and Skill in All Wisdom
1:1 In the third year of the reign of (Cepheus) Jehoiakim king of Judah came (Leo) Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
2 And the Lord gave (Cepheus) Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand (604 B.C.), with part of the (lunar and solar) vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the (red radius) house of his god; and he brought the (lunar and solar) vessels into the treasure house of his god.
3 And the (Cepheus) king (red radius) spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs (Canis Major), that he should bring certain of the (Gemini) children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;
4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the (Gemini) Chaldeans.
5 And the (Leo) king appointed them a daily provision of the king's (solar pink ham) meat, and of the (red radius) wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the (Leo) king.
6 Now among these were of the (Gemini) children of Judah, Daniel (Orion), Hananiah (Auriga), Mishael (Castor), and Azariah (Pollux):
7 Unto whom the (Canis Major) prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's (solar pink ham) meat , nor with the (red radius) wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the (Canis Major) prince of the (Gemini) eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the (Canis Major) prince of the eunuchs.
10 And the (Canis Major) prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the (Leo) king, who hath appointed your (solar pink ham) meat and your (lunar red radius) drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the (Gemini) children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the (Leo) king.
11 Then said (Orion) Daniel to (Auriga) Melzar, whom the (Canis Major) prince of the (Gemini) eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten (10°) days; and let them give us pulse (vegetables) to eat, and water to drink.
13 Then let our (Argo) countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the (Gemini) children that eat of the portion of the king's (pink solar ham) meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy (Gemini) servants.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten (10°) days.
15 And at the end of ten (10°) days their (Argo) countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the (Gemini) children which did eat the portion of the king's (pink solar ham) meat.
16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their (pink solar ham) meat, and the (lunar red radius) wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse (vegetables).
17 As for these four children (Orion, Auriga, Pollux and Castor), God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
18 Now at the end of the days that the (Leo) king had said he should bring them in, then the (Canis Major) prince of the eunuchs brought them in before (Leo) Nebuchadnezzar.
19 And the (Leo) king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the (Leo) king.
20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king (lunar open mouth) enquired of them, he found them (lunar open mouth) ten times better (10°) than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.