Daniel 1:19 Index
"And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king."

"And the king communed with them"

  • When, at the end of the training period, the chief eunuch presented his graduates to the king, an examination conducted personally by Nebuchadnezzar proved the four young Hebrews to be superior to all the others.... The manner of examination is not indicated. From a later description of Daniel's abilities given by Belshazzar's mother, who was probably a daughter of Nebuchadnezzar, we learn that Daniel was known to her as a man able to "explain riddles, and solve problems" (Daniel 5:12, RSV). The questions asked may have have required the explanation of riddles, which has always been a favored sport in the court life of Oriental countries. The examination also may have included the solving of mathematical and astronomical problems, in which the Babylonians were masters, as their documents reveal, or a demonstration of ability to read and write the difficult cuneiform script. (4BC 762)
  • The superior wisdom of Daniel and his youthful companions was not the result of chance or destiny, or even of a miracle, as that word is usually understood. The young men applied themselves diligently and conscientiously to their studies and God blessed their endeavors. True success in any undertaking is assured when divine and human effort are combined. Human effort alone avails nothing; likewise divine power does not render human cooperation unnecessary. (see PK 486, 487; and PP 214). (4BC 762)
  • The same personal interest in these individuals heretofore manifested by the king, he still continued to maintain. At the end of the three years, he called them to a personal interview. He must have know himself how they had fared, and to what proficiency they had attained. This interview also shows the king to have been a man well versed in all the arts and sciences of the Chaldeans, else he would not have been qualified to examine others in them. Recognizing merit wherever he say it without respect to religion or nationality, he acknowledged them to be ten times superior to any in his own land. (US 27)
  • The king himself presided over the final examination of the young trainees. In this way he cold personally witness the extraordinary wisdom demonstrated by the four Hebrews. This observation prepares the way [for the events stated] in Daniel 2 in which the king personally addresses his wise men, demanding that they answer his questions. (ZS 67)
  • If Daniel was about eighteen when brought into this heathen court, in service to the king of Babylon, he lived to be nearly ninety years of age. After the course of special training in what might be called the royal college, Daniel and his three companions graduated with honors, with the final examination given by Nebuchadnezzar himself. Thenceforth they were employed in the service of the government. (Froom 37)

"among them all"

  • This may refer to the other Israelite youths (Daniel 1:5) brought to Babylon along with Daniel and his friends, but doubtless also to the young noble captives from other lands who had received the same training as the Hebrews.
  • Daniel and his companions had been faithfully instructed in the principles of the word of God. They had learned to sacrifice the earthly to the spiritual, to seek the highest good. And they reaped the reward. Their habits of temperance and their sense of responsibility as representatives of God called to noblest development the powers of body, mind, and soul. At the end of their training, in their examination with other candidates for the honors of the kingdom, there was “found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.” (Daniel 1:19). (Ed 55)
  • During their three years of training, Daniel and his associates maintained their abstemious habits, their allegiance to God, and their constant dependence upon His power. When the time came for their abilities and acquirements to be tested by the king, they were examined with other candidates for the service of the kingdom.... Their keen apprehension, their choice and exact language, their extensive knowledge, testified to the unimpaired strength and vigor of their mental power.... God always honors the right. The most promising youths from all the lands subdued by the great conqueror had been gathered at Babylon, yet amid them all the Hebrew captives were without a rival. The erect form, the firm, elastic step, the fair countenance, the undimmed senses, the untainted breath—all these were insignia of the nobility with which nature honors those who are obedient to her laws.... Amid the seductive influences of the luxurious courts of Babylon they stood firm. The youth of today are surrounded with allurements to self-indulgence. Especially in our large cities, every form of sensual gratification is made easy and inviting. Those who, like Daniel, refuse to defile themselves will reap the reward of temperate habits.... Daniel's clearness of mind and firmness of purpose, his power in acquiring knowledge and in resisting temptation, were due in a great degree to the plainness of his diet, in connection with his life of prayer.... Stand forth in your God-given manhood and womanhood.... God will reward you with calm nerves, a clear brain, an unimpaired judgment, keen perceptions. The youth of today whose principles are firm and unwavering will be blessed with health of body, mind, and soul. (ML 147)
  • 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 Lord regarded with approval the firmness and self-denial of these Hebrew youth, and His blessing attended them. He “gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” (Daniel 1:17). At the expiration of the three years of training, when their ability and acquirements were tested by the king, he “found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore stood they before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.” (Daniel 1: 19, 20) (FE 80)
  • When their ability and acquirements were tested by the king, at the close of the three years of training, none were found “like unto Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.” Their keen apprehension, their choice and exact language, their extensive and varied knowledge, testified to the unimpaired strength and vigor of the mental powers. Would that youth of today would emulate the example of these Hebrew children. All who will, may, like them enjoy the favor and blessing of God. (The Signs of the Times article "Daniel a Temperance Reformer," March 2, 1882)

"therefore stood they before the king." (Daniel 1:5; 2:2; Genesis 41:46; 1 Samuel 16:21, 22; 2 Chronicles 9:7; 10:6, 8; Numbers 16:9; 27:21; Deuteronomy 10:8; 2 Chronicles 29:11)

  • That is, they entered the royal service.