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THE PRINCES OF JUDAH Into Captivity

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This is a story from a long time ago,
Concerning four Hebrew Princes, Daniel, Shadrack, Meshack and Abed-nego,
They were asked to renounce Jehovah, the God of Israel,
The one in whom they trusted, the one who had served them well.
 
When Judah had been ruled by Jehoiakim for just three years,
It was besieged by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon,
The vessels of the House of God were transported to Shinar,
With this defeat all the treasures of the temple had also gone.
 
King Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to the Master of the Eunuchs
That certain of the children of Israel and the Royal Princes should be brought to live
in the palace,
They must have no blemish, be skillful in wisdom and cunning in knowledge,
Skilled in science, and able to learn the language of the Babylonian race.
 
The chosen ones were allocated a daily portion of meat and wine,
For a period of three years they were to receive this allocation,
At the end of that time the King said he would inspect them all
To see if they came up to his expectation.
 
The four Princes of Judah were included in the chosen few,
They declined to eat the allocated portions of meat and wine,
They said to consume these was against their religion,
And that a diet of pulse and water would suit them fine.
 
Melzar, the Master of the Eunuchs was afraid of the King,
He knew that if the King was dissatisfied he would lose his head,
But, he agreed that, for a trial period of ten days,
That the Princes could live on the diet they had requested
 
At the end of the ten-day trial they looked remarkably fit,
Far better than the rest of the young men brought from Israel,
So Melzar the Master of the Eunuchs reluctantly agreed,
They could stay on a diet of pulse and water if they continued to look well.
 
When they were called by the King for his inspection,
In all matters of wisdom and understanding they were better than the rest,
Including all the magicians, astrologers and wise men,
Without a shadow of doubt they were the very best
.by Ron Martin
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