Daniel and the King’s Food

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Daniel 1:1-16, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

A long time ago, there was a man named Daniel. He lived in a place called Judah, but one day, some bad people from a place called Babylon came and took Daniel and some of his friends away from their home. They took them to Babylon, and the king of Babylon wanted to teach them all about their language and their way of life.

The king of Babylon took some of the best and brightest people from Judah, including Daniel’s friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The king wanted them to learn about his way of life and serve him in his palace.

But Daniel and his friends loved God very much, and they didn’t want to eat the same food as the king or do anything that would go against God’s laws. So Daniel asked the king’s helper if they could just eat vegetables and drink water instead of the king’s food. The helper was worried that the king would be angry if they did that, but Daniel convinced him to let them try it for ten days.

After ten days of eating only vegetables and drinking only water, Daniel and his friends looked healthier and stronger than all the other people who were eating the king’s food! They were not only healthy, but also wise, knowledgeable, and skillful. God had blessed them and given them favor with the king’s helper.

So the helper agreed to let them keep eating the way they wanted to. And because God had given them so much wisdom and knowledge, they became very important in Babylon. Even the king noticed how special they were and how much they loved God.

Biblical Lessons

  • Even when we are far from home and in a new place, we can still love and follow God.
  • It’s important to stand up for what we believe is right, even when it’s hard.
  • God will always take care of us and bless us when we do what is right.

Related Stories

Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Joseph’s Dreams

Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners’ Dreams

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of a Statue