BODYGUARD bod’ i gärd (רַב־טַבָּחִ֛ים). The term bodyguard suggests both the nature of the person and his duties. He was one who guarded the bodily person of the superior to whom he was assigned, usually one of royalty. David has the distinction of being the first one mentioned in Scripture to hold such office. Priest Ahimelech, in his defense to Saul, described “David, who is the king’s son-in-law, and captain over your bodyguard” (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
bod’-i-gard: The expression occurs in Apocrypha (1 Esdras 3:4), "the body-guard that kept the king’s person."