Daniel 1:15 Index
"And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat."

"And at the end of ten days"

  • At the end of the ten days the result was found to be quite the opposite of Melzar's expectations. Not only in personal appearance, but in physical activity and mental vigor, those who had been temperate in their habits exhibited a marked superiority over their companions who had indulged appetite. As a result of this trial, Daniel and his associates were permitted to continue their simple diet during the whole course of their training for the duties of the kingdom. (The Review and Herald, January 25, 1881)
  • Melzar, though fearful that by complying with this request he would incur the displeasure of the king, nevertheless consented; and Daniel knew that his case was won. At the end of the ten days’ trial the result was found to be the opposite of the prince's fears. “Their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.” In personal appearance the Hebrew youth showed a marked superiority over their companions. As a result, Daniel and his associates were permitted to continue their simple diet during their entire course of training. (PK 484)

"their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat."

  • God approved of their course... The clear sparkle of the eye, the ruddy, healthy glow of the countenance, bespoke physical soundness and moral purity. The Hebrew captives were thereafter allowed to have their chosen food.... The pulse and water which they then desired was not always the exclusive diet of Daniel, for on another occasion in his later life he said: "I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine to my mouth." (Daniel 10:3). But when entering upon the king's course of study and becoming connected with the royal court, he and his brethren voluntarily chose this simple, nourishing food. Likewise, when brought face to face with any difficult problem, or when desiring especially to know the mind of God, the record speaks of Daniel's abstinence from flesh food, wine, and food which tempt the appetite.... The character of Daniel is referred to by Ezekiel, who was a contemporaneous prophet, as representing those who will live just before the second coming of Christ. People will be called to pass through experiences which require the keenest spiritual eyesight; therefore god asks them to give up all things which will in any way check the flow of the Holy spirit through the mind. Herein lies the reason for strict adherence to the principles of heath reform. Daniel and his companions grained the victory on the point of appetite. This was the avenue, and the only one, through which Satan was permitted to tempt Adam; and, had Adam proved true in the garden of Eden, and not eaten of the forbidden fruit, sin and suffering would never have been known. Appetite was the open door through which came all the results of sin, which, for six thousand years, have been so manifest in the human family. - (SNH 26, 27)
  • It was actually a case of clinical nutrition... Their countenances were fairer; they were well nourished and alert. But it was not only the radiance of good health; it was the outshining of God's presence. Their bodies were, indeed, the temples of the Holy Spirit. (RAA)
  • Instead of deteriorating, the young men's physical and intellectual condition improved. [Here is given] a foretaste of the.... complete triumph of [God over Marduk] in Babylon. (ZS 66)