1. The son of Immer (probably the same as Amariah,)
(Nehemiah 10:3; 12:2)
the head of one of the priestly courses, was "chief governor
[Heb. paqid nagid, meaning "deputy governor"] of the temple"
(Jeremiah 20:1,2) At this time the nagid, or "governor," of the
temple was Seraiah the high priest
(1 Chronicles 6:14) and Pashur was his
paqid, or "deputy." Enraged at the plainness with which
Jeremiah uttered his solemn warnings of coming judgements,
because of the abounding iniquity of the times, Pashur ordered
the temple police to seize him, and after inflicting on him
corporal punishment (forty stripes save one,)
(Deuteronomy 25:3) comp.
(2 Corinthians 11:24) to put him in the stocks in the high gate of
Benjamin, where he remained all night. On being set free in the
morning, Jeremiah went to Pashur
(Jeremiah 20:3,5) and announced to
him that God had changed his name to Magor-missabib, i.e.,
"terror on every side." The punishment that fell upon him was
probably remorse, when he saw the ruin he had brought upon his
country by advising a close alliance with Egypt in opposition to
the counsels of Jeremiah
(Jeremiah 20:4-6) He was carried captive to
Babylon, and died there.
2. A priest sent by king Zedekiah to Jeremiah to inquire of the
Lord (Jeremiah 21:1; 38:1-6) He advised that the prophet should be put to
3. The father of Gedaliah. He was probably the same as No. 1.