A person or group of persons whose duty it is to protect another from physical harm. In the Old Testament, soldiers were included among the king's bodyguard because of acts of bravery. Members of a king's bodyguard mentioned in the Bible include: David (1 Samuel 22:14;
1 Samuel 28:2), Benaiah ben Jehoiada (2 Samuel 23:23), Potiphar (Genesis 37:36), Nebuzaradan (2 Kings 25:8;
Jeremiah 52:12-16), and Arioch (Daniel 2:14).
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 'BODYGUARD'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".