Daniel 1:18 Index
Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.

"Now at the end of the days"

  • The young apprentices were to be trained three years in order to "stand before the king" (Daniel 1:5); and it was "at the end of the days" specified that they were brought before the king for examination.... The logical sequence, as well as the narrative order, requires that Daniel's three-year course end before Nebuchadnezzar's dream in his 2nd year. (4BC 761-762)
  • The Babylonians planned the educational process to last three years, after which the young men's progress would be evaluated through a final test, a part of which was an interview with King Nebuchadnezzar. (Daniel 1:18, 19). Upon successfully passing that examination, the young men would be qualified to "stand before the king," a term for royal service that had both secular (1 Kings 10:8; 12:8) and religious (2 Chronicles 29:11) connotations. (ZS 55)