The response of the palace master (Dan 1:10-1:10)

“The palace master

Said to Daniel.

‘I am afraid

Of my lord,

The king.

He has appointed

Your food,

As well as your drink.

If he should see you

In poorer conditions

Than the other young men

Of your own age,

You would endanger

My head

With the king.’”

The palace master responded to Daniel. The king had decided what food and drink that they should have. If they did not eat and drink these items, then he, the palace master, would be in trouble with his boss, the king, especially if Daniel and his friends were in worse shape than the other young men. This would place the palace master in trouble with the king, and might even lead to his death.