These were sharp young guys. No doubt about it.
17 -19 God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams. At the end of the time set by the king for their training, the head of the royal staff brought them in to Nebuchadnezzar. When the king interviewed them, he found them far superior to all the other young men. None were a match for Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
Natural gifts. Talent. Plus God's favor. What a great combination. They were about to become the elite government servants.
19 -20 And so they took their place in the king's service. Whenever the king consulted them on anything, on books or on life, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom put together.
Daniel became a career statesman. Serving in the government for the rest of his life.
21 Daniel continued in the king's service until the first year in the reign of King Cyrus.