One who tests ore for its silver and gold content. According to modern versions of
Jeremiah 6:27, the calling of Jeremiah was to be an assayer of the people. He did not find them to be a precious metal. The KJV takes the word from the Hebrew root for tower, which is spelled the same as the root word for assayer. Modern versions, however, seem to make the best sense of the Hebrew text (see the entire context;
Jeremiah 6:27-30).See Bellows.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'ASSAYER'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".