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Daniel 1:15

ESV At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food.
NIV At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.
NASB And at the end of ten days their appearance seemed better, and they were fatter than all the youths who had been eating the king’s choice food.
CSB At the end of ten days they looked better and healthier than all the young men who were eating the king's food.
NLT 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.
KJV And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.

What does Daniel 1:15 mean?

The ten-day test (Daniel 1:8–14) proved successful. Daniel and his three friends appeared healthier and more muscular than the other youths. Scripture does not intend this to endorse a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle (Genesis 9:3). The point is that God always honors those who honor Him by adhering to His Word. This reflects God's sovereign guidance, honoring Daniel's choice to avoid the unclean food prepared for a pagan king.

Psalm 1 promises blessing to the person who shuns the way of the wicked and delights in God's will. Verse 3 promises: "He is like a tree planted by the streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." Daniel and his friends prospered by obeying God. Although obedience to the Lord may not cause believers to look physically different, it certainly will make their lifestyle differ from that of unbelievers.
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