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13 Bible Verses about Prisons

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Genesis 40:3

He put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined.

Numbers 15:34

They put him in custody, because it was not certain or clear what should be done to him.

Judges 16:21

But the Philistines laid hold of him, bored out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with [two] bronze fetters; and he ground at the mill in the prison.

2 Kings 17:4

But the king of Assyria found treachery in Hoshea, for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt and offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year; therefore the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison.

Isaiah 42:22

But this is a people robbed and plundered; they are all of them snared in holes and hidden in houses of bondage. They have become a prey, with no one to deliver them, a spoil, with no one to say, Restore them! [This shows the condition that will ensue as Israel's punishment for not recognizing the Servant of the Lord and the day of His visit among them.] [Luke19:41-44.]

Jeremiah 52:11

Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him with shackles and carried him to Babylon and put him in prison [mill] till the day of his death.

Acts 16:26

Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone's shackles were unfastened.

Genesis 41:14

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. But Joseph [first] shaved himself, changed his clothes, and made himself presentable; then he came into Pharaoh's presence.

Acts 12:10

When they had passed through the first guard and the second, they came to the iron gate which leads into the city. Of its own accord [the gate] swung open, and they went out and passed on through one street; and at once the angel left him.

Genesis 40:2-3

And Pharaoh was angry with his officers, the chief of the butlers and the chief of the bakers. He put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined.

Genesis 39:20

And Joseph's master took him and put him in the prison, a place where the state prisoners were confined; so he was there in the prison.

Jeremiah 37:21

Then Zedekiah the king commanded, and they committed Jeremiah to the court of the guard, and a round loaf of bread from the bakers' street was given to him daily until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained [imprisoned] in the court of the guard.

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Acts 12:10

When they had passed through the first guard and the second, they came to the iron gate which leads into the city. Of its own accord [the gate] swung open, and they went out and passed on through one street; and at once the angel left him.

Prisons » General references to

2 Kings 17:4

But the king of Assyria found treachery in Hoshea, for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt and offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year; therefore the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison.

Judges 16:21

But the Philistines laid hold of him, bored out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with [two] bronze fetters; and he ground at the mill in the prison.

Genesis 40:3

He put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined.

Numbers 15:34

They put him in custody, because it was not certain or clear what should be done to him.

Isaiah 42:22

But this is a people robbed and plundered; they are all of them snared in holes and hidden in houses of bondage. They have become a prey, with no one to deliver them, a spoil, with no one to say, Restore them! [This shows the condition that will ensue as Israel's punishment for not recognizing the Servant of the Lord and the day of His visit among them.] [Luke19:41-44.]

More verses: Jeremiah 52:11 Acts 16:26

Prisons » Used for confining » Persons under the king's displeasure

2 Chronicles 16:10

Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in prison [in the stocks], for he was enraged with him because of this. Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.

1 Kings 22:27

And say, The king says, Put this fellow in prison and feed him with bread and water of affliction until I come in peace.

Mark 6:17

For [this] Herod himself had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he [Herod] had married her.

Prisons » Used for confining » Enemies taken captive

2 Kings 17:4

But the king of Assyria found treachery in Hoshea, for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt and offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year; therefore the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison.

Judges 16:21

But the Philistines laid hold of him, bored out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with [two] bronze fetters; and he ground at the mill in the prison.

Jeremiah 52:11

Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him with shackles and carried him to Babylon and put him in prison [mill] till the day of his death.

Prisons » Places used as » Prisoner's own house, where he was kept bound to a soldier

Acts 28:16

When we arrived at Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, but Paul was permitted to live by himself with the soldier who guarded him.

2 Timothy 1:16-18

May the Lord grant [His] mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, for he often showed me kindness and ministered to my needs [comforting and reviving and bracing me like fresh air]! He was not ashamed of my chains and imprisonment [for Christ's sake]. No, rather when he reached Rome, he searched diligently and eagerly for me and found me. May the Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord on that [great] day! And you know how many things he did for me and what a help he was at Ephesus [you know better than I can tell you].

Acts 28:30

After this Paul lived there for two entire years [at his own expense] in his own rented lodging, and he welcomed all who came to him,

Prisons » Persons confined in » Sometimes allowed to be visited by their friends

Acts 24:23

Then he ordered the centurion to keep [Paul] in custody, but to treat him with indulgence [giving him some liberty] and not to hinder his friends from ministering to his needs and serving him.

Matthew 11:2

Now when John in prison heard about the activities of Christ, he sent a message by his disciples

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often subjected to extreme suffering

Psalm 105:18

His feet they hurt with fetters; he was laid in chains of iron and his soul entered into the iron,

Psalm 79:11

Let the groaning and sighing of the prisoner come before You; according to the greatness of Your power and Your arm spare those who are appointed to die!

Psalm 102:20

To hear the sighing and groaning of the prisoner, to loose those who are appointed to death,

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often bound with fetters

Mark 6:17

For [this] Herod himself had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he [Herod] had married her.

Genesis 42:19

If you are true men, let one of your brothers be bound in your prison, but [the rest of] you go and carry grain for those weakened with hunger in your households.

Ezekiel 19:9

With hooks they put him in a cage and brought him to the king of Babylon; they brought him into custody and put him in strongholds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Bondage to sin and satan

Isaiah 42:7

To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison.

Isaiah 49:9

Saying to those who are bound, Come forth, and to those who are in [spiritual] darkness, Show yourselves [come into the light of the Sun of righteousness]. They shall feed in all the ways [in which they go], and their pastures shall be [not in deserts, but] on all the bare [grass-covered] hills.

Prisons » Keepers of » Often used severity

Jeremiah 37:16

When Jeremiah had come into the cells in the dungeon and had remained there many days,

Jeremiah 37:20

Therefore hear now, I pray you, O my lord the king. Let my supplication, I pray you, come before you and be acceptable, that you do not cause me to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there.

Prisons » Kinds of, mentioned » State

Jeremiah 37:21

Then Zedekiah the king commanded, and they committed Jeremiah to the court of the guard, and a round loaf of bread from the bakers' street was given to him daily until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained [imprisoned] in the court of the guard.

Genesis 39:20

And Joseph's master took him and put him in the prison, a place where the state prisoners were confined; so he was there in the prison.

Prisons » Used for confining » Persons accused of heresy

Acts 8:3

But Saul shamefully treated and laid waste the church continuously [with cruelty and violence]; and entering house after house, he dragged out men and women and committed them to prison.

Acts 4:3

So they laid hands on them (arrested them) and put them in prison until the following day, for it was already evening.

Prisons » Dungeons attached to

Zechariah 9:11

As for you also, because of and for the sake of the [covenant of the Lord with His people, which was sealed with sprinkled] covenant blood, I have released and sent forth your imprisoned people out of the waterless pit.

Jeremiah 38:6

So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the dungeon or cistern pit [in the charge] of Malchiah the king's son, which was in the court of the guard; and they let Jeremiah down [into the pit] with ropes. And in the dungeon or cistern pit there was no water, but only mire, and Jeremiah sank in the mire.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often executed in

Genesis 40:22

But [Pharaoh] hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.

Prisons » Used for confining » Condemned criminals till executed

Acts 12:4-5

And when he had seized [Peter], he put him in prison and delivered him to four squads of soldiers of four each to guard him, purposing after the Passover to bring him forth to the people. So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent prayer for him was persistently made to God by the church (assembly).

Leviticus 24:12

And they put him in custody until the will of the Lord might be declared to them.

Prisons » Keepers of » Sometimes acted kindly

Acts 16:33-34

And he took them the same hour of the night and bathed [them because of their bloody] wounds, and he was baptized immediately and all [the members of] his [household]. Then he took them up into his house and set food before them; and he leaped much for joy and exulted with all his family that he believed in God [accepting and joyously welcoming what He had made known through Christ].

Genesis 39:21

But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy and loving-kindness and gave him favor in the sight of the warden of the prison.

Prisons » Used for confining » Debtors till they paid

Matthew 5:26

Truly I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last fraction of a penny.

Matthew 18:30

But he was unwilling, and he went out and had him put in prison till he should pay the debt.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often fastened in stocks

Jeremiah 29:26

The Lord has made you [Zephaniah] priest instead of Jehoiada the [deputy] priest, that you should have oversight in the house of the Lord over every madman who makes himself a prophet, that you should put him in the stocks and collar.

Acts 16:24

He, having received [so strict a] charge, put them into the inner prison (the dungeon) and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often placed in dungeons

Acts 16:24

He, having received [so strict a] charge, put them into the inner prison (the dungeon) and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Jeremiah 39:6

Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah at Riblah before his eyes; also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah.

Prisons » Keepers of » Responsible for the prisoners

Acts 16:23

And when they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely.

Acts 16:27

When the jailer, startled out of his sleep, saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was on the point of killing himself, because he supposed that the prisoners had escaped.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Might have their condition ameliorated by the king

Jeremiah 37:20-21

Therefore hear now, I pray you, O my lord the king. Let my supplication, I pray you, come before you and be acceptable, that you do not cause me to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there. Then Zedekiah the king commanded, and they committed Jeremiah to the court of the guard, and a round loaf of bread from the bakers' street was given to him daily until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained [imprisoned] in the court of the guard.

Prisons » Keepers of » Sometimes entrusted the care of the prison to well-conducted prisoners

Genesis 39:22-23

And the warden of the prison committed to Joseph's care all the prisoners who were in the prison; and whatsoever was done there, he was in charge of it. The prison warden paid no attention to anything that was in [Joseph's] charge, for the Lord was with him and made whatever he did to prosper.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Said to be in ward

Leviticus 24:12

And they put him in custody until the will of the Lord might be declared to them.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Hell

Prisons » Places used as » House of the king's scribe

Jeremiah 37:15

Therefore the princes were enraged with Jeremiah and beat him and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe -- "for they had made that the prison.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Clothed in prison dress

2 Kings 25:29

Jehoiachin put off his prison garments, and he dined regularly at the king's table the remainder of his life.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Fed on bread and water

1 Kings 22:27

And say, The king says, Put this fellow in prison and feed him with bread and water of affliction until I come in peace.

Prisons » Used for confining » Suspected persons

Genesis 42:19

If you are true men, let one of your brothers be bound in your prison, but [the rest of] you go and carry grain for those weakened with hunger in your households.

Prisons » Places used as » Court of the king's house

Jeremiah 32:2

For the king of Babylon's army was then besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the house of the king of Judah.

Prisons » Opened » Joseph's

Genesis 41:14

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. But Joseph [first] shaved himself, changed his clothes, and made himself presentable; then he came into Pharaoh's presence.

Prisons » Magistrates had power to release from

Acts 16:35-36

But when it was day, the magistrates sent policemen, saying, Release those fellows and let them go. And the jailer repeated the words to Paul, saying, The magistrates have sent to release you and let you go; now therefore come out and go in peace.

Prisons » The king had power to release from

Genesis 40:21

And he restored the chief butler to his butlership, and the butler gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand;

Prisons » The king had power to commit to

1 Kings 22:27

And say, The king says, Put this fellow in prison and feed him with bread and water of affliction until I come in peace.

Prisons » Were under the care of a keeper

Genesis 39:21

But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy and loving-kindness and gave him favor in the sight of the warden of the prison.

Prisons » Antiquity of

Genesis 39:20

And Joseph's master took him and put him in the prison, a place where the state prisoners were confined; so he was there in the prison.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often kept to hard labor

Judges 16:21

But the Philistines laid hold of him, bored out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with [two] bronze fetters; and he ground at the mill in the prison.

Prisons » Places used as » House of the captain of the guard

Genesis 40:3

He put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined.

Prisons » Magistrates had power to commit to

Matthew 5:25

Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way traveling with him, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Deep afflictions

Psalm 142:7

Bring my life out of prison, that I may confess, praise, and give thanks to Your name; the righteous will surround me and crown themselves because of me, for You will deal bountifully with me.

Prisons » Used for confining » Persons accused of crimes

Luke 23:19

He was a man who had been thrown into prison for raising a riot in the city, and for murder.

Prisons » Keepers of » Put to death if prisoners escaped

Acts 12:19

And when Herod had looked for him and could not find him, he placed the guards on trial and commanded that they should be led away [to execution]. Then [Herod] went down from Judea to Caesarea and stayed on there.

Prisons » Opened » Paul and silas

Acts 16:26

Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone's shackles were unfastened.

Prisons » Opened » Peter's

Acts 12:10

When they had passed through the first guard and the second, they came to the iron gate which leads into the city. Of its own accord [the gate] swung open, and they went out and passed on through one street; and at once the angel left him.

Prisons » Confinement

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often chained to two soldiers

Acts 12:6

The very night before Herod was about to bring him forth, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, fastened with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.

Prisons » Kinds of, mentioned » Common

Prisons » Keepers of » Strictly guarded the doors

Acts 12:6

The very night before Herod was about to bring him forth, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, fastened with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.

Prisons » Opened » The apostles'

Prisons » Punishment » Confinement

Ezra 7:26

And whoever will not do the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be executed upon him exactly and speedily, whether it be unto death or banishment or confiscation of goods or imprisonment.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Said to be in hold

Acts 4:3

So they laid hands on them (arrested them) and put them in prison until the following day, for it was already evening.