Butler an honorable officer in the household of Pharaoh, king of Egypt (Ge 40:1,13). The original word מִשׁקֶה, mashkeh', properly signifies cup-bearer, as it is elsewhere translated (1Ki 10:5; 2Ch 9:4). The Sept. renders it ἀρχιοινόχοος, "chief wine-pourer," implying him who had the charge of the rest, which, as appears from ver. 2, is the true meaning. It was his duty to fill and bear the cup or drinking-
vessel to the king. Nehemiah was cup-bearer (q.v.) to King Artaxerxes (Ne 1:11; Ne 2:1). SEE BANQUET.