Then said Daniel to Melzar
The prince of the eunuchs, having put off Daniel with the above answer, seems to have left him; or, however, Daniel, finding he could not obtain of him what he sought for, applies to Melzar, a subordinate officer, whom he hoped to find more pliable; and it may be that Ashpenaz might suggest it to him to apply to this person, and signify that if he could prevail upon him to give him other food instead of the king's; who might be under a temptation from profit, being a meaner officer; he for his part would wink at it, so be it he came not into any danger himself; however, be it as it will, Daniel did apply to this man, whose name was Melzar, for so most take it to be the proper name of a man; which, according to Hillerus F2, signifies one "in full splendour". Josephus calls F3 him Aschanes; though some think it is the name of an office, as a steward, or the like; but whether it is expressive of his name, or his office, he is described as one whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael,
to give them their food at proper time.
F2 Onomast. Sacr. p. 600.
F3 Antiqu. l. 10. c. 10. sect. 2.