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Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. Dan 1:9 (KJV)

The prince of the eunuchs is the guy Daniel asks for permission to eat the pulse and water instead of the king's meat. This seems to indicate that Daniel was a eunuch, because the prince of the eunuchs was the person that he asks. This is an important question because how we translate it gives credibility to how hard it would be if not impossible to be as great and for God as Daniel was.

Think about it. Guys are distracted by lots of things that wouldn't be as distracting, if distracting at all, if one was a eunuch. If Daniel was indeed a eunuch then in a sense he would have had a head start at being a man of God.

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So... what do you want us to do? Are you searching for biblical support or contrary evidence to your claims? Are you searching for denominational refutation or support to your claims? –  Anonymous Apr 5 at 20:45
    
I am looking for nothing but the truth. Was Daniel made a eunuch? –  Hand of Don Apr 5 at 20:46
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Better on Biblical Hermeneutics? –  DJClayworth Apr 6 at 2:54

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While the Bible does not say it, it can certainly be implied. It would be strange for him to not be. Unfortunately, since the Bible is silent about it, then that is about as close as we can get to it. But, I say definitely yes, he was a eunuch.

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Could you cite a source on that? What you say is not helpful, what do authoritative sources say? –  wax eagle Apr 7 at 20:11
    
Well, I suppose the only source I could list would be my bible (KJV). It does not say if he was a eunuch or not specifically. Because there is no information available, all you are going to get from people are their opinions and assumptions. –  user10712 Apr 7 at 20:46

2Ki 20:17 Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the LORD. :18 And some of your own sons, who shall be born to you, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon

Dan 1:2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. Dan 1:3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, Dan 1:4 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.

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Yes, verses without an explanation doesn't really count as an answer. Please edit this to add some original content. –  fredsbend 2 days ago

The word eunuch and its plural, eunuchs are used 27 times in the bible. None of these entries indicate that Daniel was a eunuch.

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I disagree with your interpretation. The verse quoted in the OP refers to the man placed in authority over Daniel as the prince of eunuchs - there is a strong implication from this verse that Daniel is in fact a eunuch. You may say it doesn't constitute definitive proof, but you can't logically say that it doesn't indicate such a state of affairs –  bruised reed Apr 6 at 16:18
    
Wouldn't the prince of eunuchs have authority over all the household slaves, not just the other eunuchs? I don't think this fact is determinative for this question. –  SDGator Apr 6 at 23:38
    
The 27 passages listed, do not indicate that Daniel was a eunuch. this is not my interpretation. If there is a verse that states Daniel is a eunuch Ok. I don't see it in my bible. I could make the assumption that Daniel was a eunuch, but I don't. If there were other verses to support the assumption,then I may reconsider. I try to base my answers on what is actually written. –  V. Rollins Apr 7 at 17:00

Daniel wasn't eunuch based in Dan 1:4v. It says he was blameless. The state of eunuch is not perfection, rather it is blame. Kings in the early days they use to appoint eunuchs for security purpose- especially to queens. Since they are eunuchs, they more focused on their jobs and also physically stronger.

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Eunuchs are not physically stronger. In fact, they suffer many abnormalities because of their state, and among them is decreased muscle mass. –  fredsbend 2 days ago
    
I +1 fredsbend, maybe the answerer intending mental strength from temptation? I mean, I do not understand how they couldn't break by their temptation. –  The Freemason 2 days ago

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