Magor-missabib

MAGOR-MISSABIB (mā'gôr-mĭs'a-bĭb, terror on every side). The symbolic name that Jeremiah gave to Pashhur, the son of the priest Immer, who struck him (Jer.20.3).


MAGOR-MISSABIB mā’ gôr mĭs’ ə bĭb (מָגֹ֖ור מִסָּבִֽיב meaning terror all around). A phrase used extensively by Jeremiah.

Jeremiah in describing the coming of the Chaldean army used this phrase on a number of occasions to press home the terrible truth. In a sermon (Jer 6:25) he says “Go not forth into the field, nor walk on the road; for the enemy has a sword, terror is on every side.” Later Jeremiah named Pashur, the priest who beat him and put him in stocks, Magor-Missabib (20:3, 4). It is the phrase which expresses the theme of Jeremiah’s preaching (cf. Jer 20:10; 46:5; 49:29; Lam 2:22). The phrase appears also in Psalm 31:13.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

A name given by Jeremiah to Pashhur ben Immer, the governor of the temple, who had caused the prophet to be beaten and set in the stocks (Jer 20:3). The same expression is used (not as a proper name) in several other passages (Ps 31:13; Jer 6:25; 20:10; 46:5; 49:29; La 2:22).