Jeremiah 20:3
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3  The next day, Pashhur released Yirmiyahu from the cell. But Yirmiyahu said to him, “Hashem has named you not Pashhur, but Magor-missabib.

vai-HEE mi-ma-kho-RAT va-yo-TZAY fash-KHUR et yir-m’-YA-hu min ha-mah-PA-khet va-YO-mer ay-LAV yir-m’-YA-hu LO fash-KHUR ka-RA a-do-NAI sh’-ME-kha KEE im ma-GOR mi-sa-VEEV

ג  וַיְהִי מִמָּחֳרָת וַיֹּצֵא פַשְׁחוּר אֶת־יִרְמְיָהוּ מִן־הַמַּהְפָּכֶת וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו יִרְמְיָהוּ לֹא פַשְׁחוּר קָרָא יְהֹוָה שְׁמֶךָ כִּי אִם־מָגוֹר מִסָּבִיב׃

 20:3 Hashem has named you not Pashhur, but Magor-missabib

In a failed attempt to silence Yirmiyahu, Pashhur, an official in the Beit Hamikdash, places the prophet in jail. Yirmiyahu is not deterred, and defiantly tells Pashhur that his name is magor-misaviv (מגור מסביב), ‘terror from all sides’ (verse 3). This insult has two layers of meaning. It describes the fate that awaits Pashhur, his family and the entire corrupt bureaucracy as described in this verse. But it also describes the tragedy of the situation. The Beit Hamikdash is Hashem’s home, where peace and tranquility are to dwell. Yet they have turned it into a place of terror, where disagreement is stifled and people live in fear of offending the authorities.

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