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IMMER (ĭm'ẽr, Heb. ’immēr)

The ancestral head of the sixteenth course of priests. He lived in David’s time (1Chr.24.14). Descendants of his are mentioned in Ezra.2.37; Ezra.10.20; Neh.3.29; Neh.7.40; Neh.11.13.A priest in Jeremiah’s time; he was the father of Pashhur (Jer.20.1). It is possible that he was a descendant of the Immer mentioned in no. 1.A place in Babylonia, the home of a priestly family (Ezra.2.59)

IMMER ĭm’ mər (אִמֵּ֖ר, lamb). 1. A priest, in the time of David, to whom was allotted the sixteenth course in the organization of the priests into twenty-four courses. He thus became the ancestral head of that course and gave his name to an extensive family of descendants (1 Chron 24:14; 9:12). In the chronicles of the returnees from the Exile in Ezra and Nehemiah, the sections that record the priests cite the clan of Immer as the second largest (Ezra 2:37; Neh 7:40).

Hanani and Zebadiah, of the family of Immer, were found guilty of having taken foreign wives. The reform initiated by Ezra at this time required that they divorce the foreign wives and offer a sacrifice for their wrong (Ezra 10:19, 20).

Pashur, a priest in the time of Jeremiah, was of the ancestral line of Immer (Jer 20:1). He is called the son of Immer. The relationship of Immer to Pashur is ancestral rather than paternal, however, and identifies Pashur with the 16th course of priests. His association with Immer also serves to distinguish him from another Pashur (21:1) who was of the fifth course, of which Malchijah (Melchiah) was the ancestral head (1 Chron 24:9).

2. An otherwise unknown Babylonian city from which certain Jewish exiles returned (Ezra 2:59; Neh 7:61).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)


(1) A priest of David’s time (1Ch 24:14), whose descendants are mentioned in Ezr 2:37; 10:20; Ne 3:29; 7:40; 11:13.

(2) A priest of Jeremiah’s time (Jer 20:1).

(3) A place in Babylonia (Ezr 2:59; Ne 7:61).