What is a eunuch?


For this is what the Lord says:
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    
who choose what pleases me
    
and hold fast to my covenant—
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    
a memorial and a name
    
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    
that will endure forever.” Isaiah 56:4-5
            A eunuch has two meanings that were sometimes separate and sometimes the same thing.  A eunuch was a castrated man whose testicles were removed.  This lowered their sexual drive and made it impossible for them to reproduce.  A eunuch was also an officer or a high official for a king.  Many kings castrated their officials so they didn’t mess with the king’s women.  At those times the eunuch was both castrated and an officer.