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13 Bible Verses about Prisons

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Genesis 40:3

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

Numbers 15:34

They placed him in custody because it had not been decided what should be done to him.

Judges 16:21

The Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes. They brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles, and he was forced to grind grain in the prison.

2 Kings 17:4

But the king of Assyria discovered Hoshea’s conspiracy. He had sent envoys to So king of Egypt and had not paid tribute money to the king of Assyria as in previous years. Therefore the king of Assyria arrested him and put him in prison.

Isaiah 42:22

But this is a people plundered and looted,
all of them trapped in holes
or imprisoned in dungeons.
They have become plunder
with no one to rescue them
and loot, with no one saying, “Give it back!”

Jeremiah 52:11

Then he blinded Zedekiah and bound him with bronze chains. The king of Babylon brought Zedekiah to Babylon, where he kept him in custody until his dying day.

Acts 16:26

Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose.

Genesis 41:14

Then Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and they quickly brought him from the dungeon. He shaved, changed his clothes, and went to Pharaoh.

Acts 12:10

After they passed the first and second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went outside and passed one street, and immediately the angel left him.

Genesis 40:2-3

Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard in the prison where Joseph was confined.

Genesis 39:20

and had him thrown into prison, where the king’s prisoners were confined. So Joseph was there in prison.

Jeremiah 37:21

So King Zedekiah gave orders, and Jeremiah was placed in the guard’s courtyard. He was given a loaf of bread each day from the baker’s street until all the bread was gone from the city. So Jeremiah remained in the guard’s courtyard.

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Gates » Made to » Prisons

Acts 12:10

After they passed the first and second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went outside and passed one street, and immediately the angel left him.

Prisons » General references to

2 Kings 17:4

But the king of Assyria discovered Hoshea’s conspiracy. He had sent envoys to So king of Egypt and had not paid tribute money to the king of Assyria as in previous years. Therefore the king of Assyria arrested him and put him in prison.

Judges 16:21

The Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes. They brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles, and he was forced to grind grain in the prison.

Genesis 40:3

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

Numbers 15:34

They placed him in custody because it had not been decided what should be done to him.

Isaiah 42:22

But this is a people plundered and looted,
all of them trapped in holes
or imprisoned in dungeons.
They have become plunder
with no one to rescue them
and loot, with no one saying, “Give it back!”

More verses: Jeremiah 52:11 Acts 16:26

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

2 Chronicles 16:10

Asa was angry with the seer and put him in prison because of his anger over this. And Asa mistreated some of the people at that time.

1 Kings 22:27

and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this guy in prison and feed him only bread and water until I come back safely.’”

Mark 6:17

For Herod himself had given orders to arrest John and to chain him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married.

Prisons » Used for confining » Enemies taken captive

2 Kings 17:4

But the king of Assyria discovered Hoshea’s conspiracy. He had sent envoys to So king of Egypt and had not paid tribute money to the king of Assyria as in previous years. Therefore the king of Assyria arrested him and put him in prison.

Judges 16:21

The Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes. They brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles, and he was forced to grind grain in the prison.

Jeremiah 52:11

Then he blinded Zedekiah and bound him with bronze chains. The king of Babylon brought Zedekiah to Babylon, where he kept him in custody until his dying day.

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

Acts 28:16

When we entered Rome, Paul was permitted to stay by himself with the soldier who guarded him.

2 Timothy 1:16-18

May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he diligently searched for me and found me. May the Lord grant that he obtain mercy from the Lord on that day. And you know how much he ministered at Ephesus.

Acts 28:30

Then he stayed two whole years in his own rented house. And he welcomed all who visited him,

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

Acts 24:23

He ordered that the centurion keep Paul under guard, though he could have some freedom, and that he should not prevent any of his friends from serving him.

Matthew 11:2

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent a message by his disciples

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often subjected to extreme suffering

Psalm 105:18

They hurt his feet with shackles;
his neck was put in an iron collar.

Psalm 79:11

Let the groans of the prisoners reach You;
according to Your great power,
preserve those condemned to die.

Psalm 102:20

to hear a prisoner’s groaning,
to set free those condemned to die,

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often bound with fetters

Mark 6:17

For Herod himself had given orders to arrest John and to chain him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married.

Genesis 42:19

If you are honest, let one of you be confined to the guardhouse, while the rest of you go and take grain to relieve the hunger of your households.

Ezekiel 19:9

They put a wooden yoke on him with hooks
and led him away to the king of Babylon.
They brought him into the fortresses
so his roar could no longer be heard
on the mountains of Israel.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Bondage to sin and satan

Isaiah 42:7

in order to open blind eyes,
to bring out prisoners from the dungeon,
and those sitting in darkness from the prison house.

Isaiah 49:9

saying to the prisoners: Come out,
and to those who are in darkness: Show yourselves.
They will feed along the pathways,
and their pastures will be on all the barren heights.

Prisons » Keepers of » Often used severity

Jeremiah 37:16

So Jeremiah went into a cell in the dungeon and stayed there many days.

Jeremiah 37:20

So now please listen, my lord the king. May my petition come before you. Don’t send me back to the house of Jonathan the scribe, or I will die there.”

Prisons » Kinds of, mentioned » State

Jeremiah 37:21

So King Zedekiah gave orders, and Jeremiah was placed in the guard’s courtyard. He was given a loaf of bread each day from the baker’s street until all the bread was gone from the city. So Jeremiah remained in the guard’s courtyard.

Genesis 39:20

and had him thrown into prison, where the king’s prisoners were confined. So Joseph was there in prison.

Prisons » Used for confining » Persons accused of heresy

Acts 8:3

Saul, however, was ravaging the church. He would enter house after house, drag off men and women, and put them in prison.

Acts 4:3

So they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening.

Prisons » Dungeons attached to

Jeremiah 38:6

So they took Jeremiah and dropped him into the cistern of Malchiah the king’s son, which was in the guard’s courtyard, lowering Jeremiah with ropes. There was no water in the cistern, only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often executed in

Genesis 40:22

But Pharaoh hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had explained to them.

Prisons » Used for confining » Condemned criminals till executed

Acts 12:4-5

After the arrest, he put him in prison and assigned four squads of four soldiers each to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. So Peter was kept in prison, but prayer was being made earnestly to God for him by the church.

Leviticus 24:12

They put him in custody until the Lord’s decision could be made clear to them.

Prisons » Keepers of » Sometimes acted kindly

Acts 16:33-34

He took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds. Right away he and all his family were baptized. He brought them up into his house, set a meal before them, and rejoiced because he had believed God with his entire household.

Genesis 39:21

But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.

Prisons » Used for confining » Debtors till they paid

Matthew 5:26

I assure you: You will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny!

Matthew 18:30

But he wasn’t willing. On the contrary, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often fastened in stocks

Jeremiah 29:26

‘The Lord has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada the priest to be the chief officer in the temple of the Lord, responsible for every madman who acts like a prophet. You must confine him in the stocks and an iron collar.

Acts 16:24

Receiving such an order, he put them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the stocks.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often placed in dungeons

Acts 16:24

Receiving such an order, he put them into the inner prison and secured their feet in the stocks.

Jeremiah 39:6

At Riblah the king of Babylon slaughtered Zedekiah’s sons before his eyes, and he also slaughtered all Judah’s nobles.

Prisons » Keepers of » Responsible for the prisoners

Acts 16:23

After they had inflicted many blows on them, they threw them in jail, ordering the jailer to keep them securely guarded.

Acts 16:27

When the jailer woke up and saw the doors of the prison open, he drew his sword and was going to kill himself, since he thought the prisoners had escaped.

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

Jeremiah 37:20-21

So now please listen, my lord the king. May my petition come before you. Don't send me back to the house of Jonathan the scribe, or I will die there." So King Zedekiah gave orders, and Jeremiah was placed in the guard's courtyard. He was given a loaf of bread each day from the baker's street until all the bread was gone from the city. So Jeremiah remained in the guard's courtyard.

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

Genesis 39:22-23

The warden put all the prisoners who were in the prison under Joseph's authority, and he was responsible for everything that was done there. The warden did not bother with anything under Joseph's authority, because the Lord was with him, and the Lord made everything that he did successful.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Said to be in ward

Leviticus 24:12

They put him in custody until the Lord’s decision could be made clear to them.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Hell

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

Jeremiah 37:15

The officials were angry at Jeremiah and beat him and placed him in jail in the house of Jonathan the scribe, for it had been made into a prison.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Clothed in prison dress

2 Kings 25:29

So Jehoiachin changed his prison clothes, and he dined regularly in the presence of the king of Babylon for the rest of his life.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Fed on bread and water

1 Kings 22:27

and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this guy in prison and feed him only bread and water until I come back safely.’”

Prisons » Used for confining » Suspected persons

Genesis 42:19

If you are honest, let one of you be confined to the guardhouse, while the rest of you go and take grain to relieve the hunger of your households.

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

Jeremiah 32:2

At that time, the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was imprisoned in the guard’s courtyard in the palace of the king of Judah.

Prisons » Opened » Joseph's

Genesis 41:14

Then Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and they quickly brought him from the dungeon. He shaved, changed his clothes, and went to Pharaoh.

Prisons » Magistrates had power to release from

Acts 16:35-36

When daylight came, the chief magistrates sent the police to say, "Release those men!" The jailer reported these words to Paul: "The magistrates have sent orders for you to be released. So come out now and go in peace."

Prisons » The king had power to release from

Genesis 40:21

Pharaoh restored the chief cupbearer to his position as cupbearer, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.

Prisons » The king had power to commit to

1 Kings 22:27

and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this guy in prison and feed him only bread and water until I come back safely.’”

Prisons » Were under the care of a keeper

Genesis 39:21

But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.

Prisons » Antiquity of

Genesis 39:20

and had him thrown into prison, where the king’s prisoners were confined. So Joseph was there in prison.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often kept to hard labor

Judges 16:21

The Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes. They brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles, and he was forced to grind grain in the prison.

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

Genesis 40:3

and 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

Reach a settlement quickly with your adversary while you’re on the way with him, or your adversary will hand you over to the judge, the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Deep afflictions

Psalm 142:7

Free me from prison
so that I can praise Your name.
The righteous will gather around me
because You deal generously with me.

Prisons » Used for confining » Persons accused of crimes

Luke 23:19

(He had been thrown into prison for a rebellion that had taken place in the city, and for murder.)

Prisons » Keepers of » Put to death if prisoners escaped

Acts 12:19

After Herod had searched and did not find him, he interrogated the guards and ordered their execution. Then Herod went down from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there.

Prisons » Opened » Paul and silas

Acts 16:26

Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose.

Prisons » Opened » Peter's

Acts 12:10

After they passed the first and second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went outside and passed one street, and immediately the angel left him.

Prisons » Confinement

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often chained to two soldiers

Acts 12:6

On the night before Herod was to bring him out for execution, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while the sentries in front of the door guarded the prison.

Prisons » Kinds of, mentioned » Common

Prisons » Keepers of » Strictly guarded the doors

Acts 12:6

On the night before Herod was to bring him out for execution, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while the sentries in front of the door guarded the prison.

Prisons » Opened » The apostles'

Prisons » Punishment » Confinement

Ezra 7:26

Anyone who does not keep the law of your God and the law of the king, let a fair judgment be executed against him, whether death, banishment, confiscation of property, or imprisonment.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Said to be in hold

Acts 4:3

So they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening.

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