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August 8 - Evening

"When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the official in charge of the temple of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the Lord’s temple.

The next day, when Pashhur released him from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him,

'The Lord’s name for you is not Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side. For this is what the Lord says:
"I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; with your own eyes you will see them fall by the sword of their enemies. I will give all Judah into the hands of the king of Babylon, who will carry them away to Babylon or put them to the sword… And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into exile to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied lies." '

- Jeremiah 20:1-6

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The Name of the Priest Pashhur is Changed to Terror-on-Every-Side    

Pashhur, the chief officer in the temple, was the second in rank after the high priest. An ostracon found at the high place sanctuary in Arad from this time period has Pashhur’s name on it. (See Arad High Place HERE. See ostracon HERE and details HERE, HERE and HERE.) The message Jeremiah had received and proclaim to the government leaders and the priest in the Hinnom Valley (Jeremiah 19) was now proclaimed on the Temple Mount in the hearing of Pashhur. The chief officer of the temple reacted to Jeremiah’s message with violence since Jeremiah’s teaching was contrary to Pashhur’s own prophetic messages he gave to the people of Judah. Because of this Jeremiah was beaten and imprisoned in stocks near an entrance to the Temple Mount on the north side of the Temple Mount. The Upper Gate on the Temple Mount refers a north gate that also served as an entrance to the city that led to the land of Benjamin on the north side of Jerusalem. Jeremiah’s arrest left him beaten and on display for public humiliation.

When Pashhur came to release Jeremiah the next day, Jeremiah announced a name change for Pashhur. Usually in the Bible a name change indicates a change of circumstances in the person’s life. Pashhur’s new name is Terror-on-Every-Side because Pashhur’s future is now going to be a future that involves extensive and intensive terror.

Pashhur, or Terror-on-Every-Side, will be the target and source of terror. He will see terrifying things and what others see happen to him will bring them terror.

  • Passhur will see his friends killed by Babylonian swords
  • Passhur will see Nebuchadnezzar take the whole land
  • Passhur will see his people taken in chains to Babylon
  • Passhur will see his priestly family taken to Babylon
  • Passhur will see Babylon in chains himself
  • Passhur will see his death in Babylon

It appears Pashhur’s anger with Jeremiah was because Jeremiah’s message of judgment was in conflict with Passhur’s message of hope, peace and security since Jeremiah tells Pashhur that he had prophesied lies to all his friends:

There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied lies.

The mention of Babylon in Jeremiah 20:4 is Jeremiah’s first mention of the Babylon. This is the year 603 BC and with General Nebuchadnezzar’s victory over Assyria at Carchemish in 605 Babylon has suddenly become a major power in the Middle East. Jeremiah has been talking about an invasion from the north since chapter one (648 BC), but now 45 years later that power from the north, that will serve as God’s hand of judgment, has manifested as Babylon.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"But when I'd reached the bottom of a hill
it rose along the boundary of the valley
that had harassed my heart with so much fear
I looked on high and saw its shoulders clothed
already by the rays of that same planet
which serves to lead men straight along all roads.
At this my fear was somewhat quieted;
for through the night of sorrow I had spent,
the lake within my heart felt terror present.
And just as he who, with exhausted breath,
having escaped from sea to shore, turns back
to watch the dangerous waters he has quit,
so did my spirit, still a fugitive,
turn back to look intently at the pass
that never has let any man survive."

- Dante in his book/poem "The Divine Comedy"
written 1308-1321 AD
(read it here or here)
Something to Ponder??
In 332 Alexander the Great approached Jerusalem after conqueroring Egypt. Jaddua is the high priest in Israel at the time (371-320) and mentioned in Nehemiah 12:10-11. Jaddua believes the young Macedonian, Alexander, could be the goat or the four-winged leopard of Daniel’s prophecy (Dan. 8:5-9 and 7:6).  So, as Alexander approached Jerusalem Jaddua did not lead Jerusalem to meet Alexander with military resistance, but instead put on his high priestly garments, took the Scriptures in his hands, opened the gates and went out to meet Alexander. The other priests went with him dressed in white robes. Alexander got off his horse and bowed in front of  Jaddua. Alexander then said that he had seen Jaddua in a vision and that Jaddua was a representative of heaven. Alexander told Jaddua that what he had to say would be of great advantage to Alexander. Jaddua then opened the scroll to Daniel and read to Alexander the prophecies of himself. Alexander then promised Jaddua that Jerusalem would never be touched nor its temple polluted. Alexander entered Jerusalem and worshipped as a Gentile at the temple. Before leaving in peace Alexander gave gifts to Jerusalem and to Jaddua.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Hupakeo (Gr) – obedience (Eng) – the Greek word hupakoe is a compound word from
meaning “under” and akouo meaning “to hear.”
Together hupo-akouo mean “under-hearing” and is translated
as “obedience”, “obey” and “obedient.”
Hupakoe is used in Romans 6:16; 2 Corinthians 7:15; Philemon 21


Zarephath has been located and identified. Elijah stayed in Zarephath in 1 Kings 17:9.
(See HERE and HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will consider the cares, concerns and worries of another person today, before
I consider all the things I think about concerning myself.
  "I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning,
before the world began."

- Proverbs 8:23
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Flowers in a field in June in the Hill Country of Benjamin.

Salem or Jebus in 2000-1000 BC.

Salem or Jebus in 2000-1000 BC.

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Flowers in a field in June in the Hill Country of Benjamin. (click on images for larger size)
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