Daniel 1:6
"Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:"

"Now among these"

  • This expression shows that other young men were selected for training in addition to the four mentioned by name. These four are doubtless mentioned because of the uniqueness of their experience. Their unwavering loyalty to God earned for them great rewards in worldly honor and spiritual blessing. (4BC)
  • Great significance was attached to the names given by Hebrew parents to their children. Often these stood for traits of character that the parent desired to see developed in the child. (PK 481)

"were... Daniel"

  • Meaning "God is my judge." (4BC; JBD 18; DBS 11; TGB 9; ZS 59, 60; GB 19)
  • "Judged by God" (US)
  • The Bible presents only two individuals as being without fault, other than Jesus Christ. They are Joseph and Daniel. Ezekiel, a contemporary of Daniel, referred to him as bring righteous. (Ezekiel 14:14). (KC)
  • "God's Judge" (TGB 9)
  • or "Justice of God" (TGB 9)
  • "God is Judge" (KC 13)

"were... Hananiah"

  • Meaning "Jehovah is gracious." (4BC)
  • "Gift of the Lord" (US)
  • "grace of God" (JBD 18)
  • "The Lord shows grace" (DBS 12)
  • "The Lord is gracious to me" (TGB 9)
  • or "He to whom the Lord is gracious" (TGB 9)
  • "Yahweh is gracious/merciful" (ZS 57, 60)
  • "God is Gracious" (GB 19)
  • "The Lord is gracious" (KC)

"were... Mishael"

  • Meaning "Who belongs to God?" (4BC)
  • "God has no equal" (RAA, GB 19)
  • "Who is what God is" (US; DBS 12; ZS 56)
  • "Who is like God" (JBD 18, ZS 60)
  • "He who comes from God" (TGB 9)
  • or "He who is like God" (TGB 9)
  • "Who is what the Lord is" (KC 16)

"were... Azariah"

  • Meaning "Jehovah helps." (4BC)
  • "Whom Jehovah helps" (US)
  • "YHWH has helped" (JBD 18; ZS 56, 60)
  • "The Lord helps" (DBS 12)
  • "The Lord is a helper" (TGB 9)
  • "The Lord is my Helper" (KC 16)