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INTRODUCTION. In 605 B. C. during the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, came against Jerusalem for the first time and besieged the city. Nebuchadnezzar took young princes and nobles captive, carrying them back to Babylon along with temple treasures. One of the young Jewish men taken captive was Daniel. As a result, Daniel, a prophet of God, lived his entire adult life as a captive in a foreign country. He was courageous, deeply devoted to God, and a man of conviction and faith (Heb. 11:32-33).