D A N I E L.
This chapter gives us a more particular account of
the beginning of Daniel's life, his original and education, than we
have of any other of the prophets. Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel,
began immediately with divine visions; but Daniel began with the
study of human learning, and was afterwards honoured with divine
visions; such variety of methods has God taken in training up men
for the service of his church. We have here, I. Jehoiakim's first
captivity (ver. 1, 2), in
which Daniel, with others of the seed-royal, was carried to
Babylon. II. The choice made of Daniel, and some other young men,
to be brought up in the Chaldean literature, that they might be
fitted to serve the government, and the provision made for them,
ver. 3-7. III. Their pious
refusal to eat the portion of the king's meat, and their
determining to live upon pulse and water, which, having tried it,
the master of the eunuchs allowed them to do, finding that it
agreed very well with them, ver.
8-16. IV. Their wonderful improvement, above all their
fellows, in wisdom and knowledge, ver. 17-21.