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“Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.” - Jeremiah 20:1, 2.


Because Jeremiah the prophet condemned the idolatrous practices of the Jews, they reported him to Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD. This man ordered that Jeremiah be arrested and beaten and put in the stocks, which were wooden beams with holes in them in which the feet and sometimes the arms were confined. It was not until the following morning that Jeremiah was brought out of the stocks. Consequently, God changed the name of this priest's son from Pashur (which means freedom) to Magormissabib (terror on every side), in that the land would suffer desolation in the hands of the king of Babylon, they would be carried away as captives and he would die in exile. (Jeremiah 20:3-6)The servants of God would suffer humiliation and persecution but should not, and indeed, cannot, be deterred  from pronouncing the judgments of God against evil. (Isaiah 58:1; Ezekiel 33:7-9) Those who oppose the servants of God do so to their own detriment but blessings will always be on those who support them and the cause of righteousness generally. “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.” (Obadiah verse 10)  “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” - Matthew 10:42.

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