The priest Pashhur punishes Jeremiah (Jer 20:1-20:2)

“Now the priest Pashhur,

The son of Immer,

Who was the chief officer

In the house of Yahweh,

Heard Jeremiah

Prophesying these things.

Then Pashhur struck

The prophet Jeremiah.

He put him in the stocks

That were in the upper Benjamin Gate

Of the house of Yahweh.”

This priest Pashhur seems to be a Temple official of some kind. His father Immer was the chief officer of the Temple. Pashhur had heard Jeremiah prophesying about various things. Thus this Temple priest then struck Jeremiah, as he publically punished him. He then put him into the stocks by the upper Benjamin Gate in the prison near the Temple area.