Daniel 1:10 Index
"And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king."
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"the prince of the eunuchs"

  • The prince of the eunuchs feared to grant Daniel's request, since the king himself had appointed the food for Daniel and his companions. This shows the great personal interest the king took in these captives. It appears that his sincere object was to secure in them the best mental and physical development that could be attained. How different is this from the bigotry and tyranny which usually hold supreme control over the hearts of those who are clothed with absolute power. In the character of Nebuchadnezzar we shall find many things worthy of our highest admiration. (US)
  • But the prince of the eunuchs hesitated to grant the request of Daniel, fearing that such rigid abstinence as he proposed would cause the Hebrews to become less ruddy in health than those who ate of the king's dainties. (Youth Instructor article "With Full Purpose of Heart" November 12, 1907)
  • Daniel first formed his purpose and then tactfully and courteously made his request to Ashpenaz, the prince of the eunuchs. Here is a splendid example of Christian conduct in a difficult and embarrassing situation. When men resolve in their hearts to do right the Lord goes before them and opens the way. Daniel had so conducted himself that the High Chamberlain fell in love with him. Ashpenaz told Daniel that he was afraid the abstinence from the food dedicated to and blessed by the gods would cause them to grow pale and thin and that he would be accused of starving them and perhaps selling the food for his own profit. While he loved Daniel the request was impossible because it would endanger his own position and perhaps his head. (TGB 12-13)
  • Daniel's life was characterized by active involvement combined with distinctiveness... He demonstrated a definite sense of direction in life but was extremely prudent. When Ashpenaz expressed his feelings of fear, Daniel did not exert any pressure on him. He believed that his Lord was more powerful than the lord of the chief official. (ZS 65)

"...ye shall make me endanger my head to the king."

  • Nebuchadnezzar's brainwashing techniques 6 of 6: 6th, Only when a person has changed the way he lives has the brainwashing technique worked. Twice in Scripture we are told of efforts made to cause Daniel to change his lifestyle. Here he was being asked to change his eating habits. In Daniel 6 was was asked to stop praying to his God each day. (KC 26)