Daniel 1:12
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New International Version
"Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.

King James Bible
Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

Darby Bible Translation
Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink;

World English Bible
Test your servants, I beg you, ten days; and let them give us vegetables to eat, and water to drink.

Young's Literal Translation
'Try, I pray thee, thy servants, ten days; and they give to us of the vegetables, and we eat, and water, and we drink;

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Give us pulse to eat - הזרעים hazzeraim, seeds or grain, such as barley, wheat, rye, and peas, etc. Though a vegetable diet might have produced that healthiness of the system in general, and of the countenance particularly, as mentioned here; yet we are to understand that there was an especial blessing of God in this, because this spare diet was taken on a religious account.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

pulse to eat. Heb. of pulse that we may eat, etc. Pulse, {zer?im,} denotes all leguminous plants, which are not reaped but pulled or plucked; which, however wholesome, was not naturally calculated to render them fatter in flesh than the others.

Daniel 1:16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them vegetables.

Genesis 1:29,30 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree...

Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know...

Romans 14:2 For one believes that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eats herbs.

Library
Youthful Confessors
'But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. 10. 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
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

In the Lions' Den
[This chapter is based on Daniel 6.] When Darius the Median took the throne formerly occupied by the Babylonian rulers, he at once proceeded to reorganize the government. He "set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes; . . . and over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Revelation 2:10
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor's crown.

Daniel 1:11
Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,

Daniel 1:13
Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see."

Daniel 1:16
So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

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