(mehl' zahr) KJV transliteration of what is likely an Assyrian loanword meaning “guard” (NIV), “overseer” (NAS), or “steward” (RSV) at
Daniel 1:11,Daniel 1:16. The KJV follows some early versions (Theodotian, Lucian, the Syriac, the Vulgate) in taking Melzar as a proper name. Modern translators point to the use of the article as evidence of a title.
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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'MELZAR'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".