Kings and Prophets:
One Morality for All
Now a transition. (This section is considered a unit, dealing as it does with kings and prophets.)
21:1–10. It seems inevitable—the high priests and Jeremiah perennially at odds. So we have yet another confrontation, with a different Pashur. The priest arrives on the scene, pacifically, as one presumes, to consult with the prophet. But the peace will hardly hold; this priest too will shortly show his colors in a splenetic burst of opposition (38:Iff.).
The episode reeks with the self-interest of altitudinous noses, sniffing the winds of chance. Which is to say, now and again it accrues to the advantage of those in power to make use of the likes of Jeremiah. As in the present episode.
Hardly to be thought of single mind, or devoted to the words of the prophet or the God he invokes, such eminences seek to bend the prophet to their advantage. (The gods of the likes of Pashur, whatever their official garbs or liturgies or protestations, are recognizably— other.)
Priest Pashur is above all prudent, and reasons thus: after all (Who