Daniel resolved not to eat the food from the king’s table for either it was forbidden such as pork or was taken in an offering to an idol He convinced the king’s chief of staff to give him and his three friends nothing but vegetables and water to eat for 10 days and to see how they fared compared to those who ate delicacies from the king’s table. At the end of the 10 days Daniel and his friends looked healthier and better nourished than those who had eaten the kings meat. Daniel had found a solution that saved his life and the lives of his friends. Even then, the benefits of a vegetarian diet, were realized. Amen and amen says a vegetarian (me) of 26 years. 🙂
But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel. But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded.” Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.