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What was involved in being cupbearer to the king?


Asked by dgall3 at 7:45 PM on Oct. 4, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • "An official of the royal court who served wine or other drinks to the king. (Ge 40:1, 2, 11; Ne 1:11; 2:1) The duties of the chief cupbearer sometimes included testing wine by tasting it before giving it to the king. This was because the possibility always existed that an attempt might be made on the king’s life by poisoning his wine.Thorough trustworthiness was a chief qualification for the office, since the life of the king was at stake. The position was one of the most honorable in the court. The chief cupbearer was often present at royal conferences and discussions. Being in a close and usually confidential relationship with the king, he often had considerable influence with the monarch." Quote from Insight on The Scriptures V. I

    Answer by 69humblepie at 7:48 PM on Oct. 4, 2010