properly a servant in charge of the wine ( Genesis 40:1-13 ; 41:9 ). The Hebrew word, mashkeh , thus translated is rendered also (plural) "cup-bearers" ( 1 Kings 10:5 ; 2 Chr 9:4 ). ( Nehemiah 1:11 ) was cup-bearer to king Artaxerxes. It was a position of great responsibility and honour in royal households.
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
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[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Butler". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".