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13 Bible Verses about Prisons

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Genesis 40:3

that he locked them up in the prison dungeon operated by the captain of the guard, the very place where Joseph was imprisoned.

Numbers 15:34

Then they confined him until it could be declared what should be done to him.

Judges 16:21

Then the Philistines grabbed him, gouged out his eyes, brought him down to Gaza, tied him up in bronze chains, and made him grind grain in their prison.

2 Kings 17:4

But the king of Assyria uncovered a conspiracy involving Hoshea, who had sent envoys to King So of Egypt and stopped offering tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done annually. As a result, the king of Assyria placed him under arrest and sent him to prison.

Isaiah 42:22

But this is a people who have been robbed and plundered, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become prey, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, "Send them back!'

Jeremiah 52:11

He blinded Zedekiah and bound him in bronze shackles. Then the king of Babylon took him to Babylon and put him in prison until he died.

Acts 16:26

Suddenly, there was an earthquake so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken. All the doors immediately flew open, and everyone's chains were unfastened.

Genesis 41:14

Pharoah sent word to summon Joseph quickly from the dungeon, so they shaved his beard, changed his clothes, and then sent him straight to Pharaoh.

Acts 12:10

They passed the first guard, then the second, and came to the iron gate that led into the city. It opened by itself for them, and they went outside and proceeded one block when the angel suddenly left him.

Genesis 40:2-3

Pharaoh was so angry with his two officers his senior security advisor and his head chef that he locked them up in the prison dungeon operated by the captain of the guard, the very place where Joseph was imprisoned.

Genesis 39:20

arrested Joseph, and locked him up in the same prison where the king's prisoners were confined. So Joseph remained there in prison.

Jeremiah 37:21

So King Zedekiah gave the order, and they assigned Jeremiah to the courtyard of the guard. Each day they gave him a loaf of bread from the bakers' street until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.

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Gates » Made to » Prisons

Acts 12:10

They passed the first guard, then the second, and came to the iron gate that led into the city. It opened by itself for them, and they went outside and proceeded one block when the angel suddenly left him.

Prisons » General references to

2 Kings 17:4

But the king of Assyria uncovered a conspiracy involving Hoshea, who had sent envoys to King So of Egypt and stopped offering tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done annually. As a result, the king of Assyria placed him under arrest and sent him to prison.

Judges 16:21

Then the Philistines grabbed him, gouged out his eyes, brought him down to Gaza, tied him up in bronze chains, and made him grind grain in their prison.

Genesis 40:3

that he locked them up in the prison dungeon operated by the captain of the guard, the very place where Joseph was imprisoned.

Numbers 15:34

Then they confined him until it could be declared what should be done to him.

Isaiah 42:22

But this is a people who have been robbed and plundered, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become prey, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, "Send them back!'

More verses: Jeremiah 52:11 Acts 16:26

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

2 Chronicles 16:10

In response, Asa flew into a rage and locked up the seer in stocks in the palace prison because of what Hanani had told him. Asa also tortured some of the people of Israel at that time.

1 Kings 22:27

Give him this order: "Place him in prison on survival rations of bread and water only until I come back safely.'"

Mark 6:17

because Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him with chains, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom Herod had married.

Prisons » Used for confining » Enemies taken captive

2 Kings 17:4

But the king of Assyria uncovered a conspiracy involving Hoshea, who had sent envoys to King So of Egypt and stopped offering tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done annually. As a result, the king of Assyria placed him under arrest and sent him to prison.

Judges 16:21

Then the Philistines grabbed him, gouged out his eyes, brought him down to Gaza, tied him up in bronze chains, and made him grind grain in their prison.

Jeremiah 52:11

He blinded Zedekiah and bound him in bronze shackles. Then the king of Babylon took him to Babylon and put him in prison until he died.

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

Acts 28:16

When we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself with the soldier who was guarding him.

2 Timothy 1:16-18

May the Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, for he often took care of me and was not ashamed that I was a prisoner. Instead, when he arrived in Rome he searched diligently for me and found me. May the Lord grant that he finds mercy on the day he comes again. You know very well how much he assisted me in Ephesus.

Acts 28:30

For two whole years Paul lived in his own rented place and welcomed everyone who came to him.

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

Acts 24:23

He ordered the centurion to guard Paul but to let him have some freedom and not to keep any of his friends from caring for his needs.

Matthew 11:2

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

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often subjected to extreme suffering

Psalm 105:18

They bound his feet with fetters and placed an iron collar on his neck,

Psalm 79:11

Let the cries of the prisoners reach you. With the strength of your power, release those condemned to death.

Psalm 102:20

to listen to the groans of prisoners, to set free those condemned to death,

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often bound with fetters

Mark 6:17

because Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him with chains, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom Herod had married.

Genesis 42:19

If you're honest men, leave one of your brothers here in custody, then the rest of you can leave and take some grain with you to alleviate the famine that's affecting your households.

Ezekiel 19:9

They imprisoned him in a cage with hooks and brought him to the king of Babel. Then they placed him in their dungeon where his voice would no longer be heard on the mountains of Israel.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Bondage to sin and satan

Isaiah 42:7

to open blind eyes and to bring out those who are bound from their cells, and those sitting in darkness from prison.

Isaiah 49:9

saying to captives, "Come out!' and to those who are in darkness, "Be free!' "They will feed on all the mountains, and their pasture will be on all the barren hills.

Prisons » Keepers of » Often used severity

Jeremiah 37:16

So Jeremiah came into the cells in the dungeon and remained there for a long time.

Jeremiah 37:20

Now, please listen, your majesty, and pay attention to what I'm asking you. Don't make me go back to the house of Jonathan the scribe, so I don't die there."

Prisons » Kinds of, mentioned » State

Jeremiah 37:21

So King Zedekiah gave the order, and they assigned Jeremiah to the courtyard of the guard. Each day they gave him a loaf of bread from the bakers' street until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.

Genesis 39:20

arrested Joseph, and locked him up in the same prison where the king's prisoners were confined. So Joseph remained there in prison.

Prisons » Used for confining » Persons accused of heresy

Acts 8:3

But Saul kept trying to destroy the church. Going into one house after another, he began dragging off men and women and throwing them in prison.

Acts 4:3

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

Prisons » Dungeons attached to

Jeremiah 38:6

So they threw Jeremiah into a cistern that belonged to the king's son Malchijah and was located in the courtyard of the guard. When they let Jeremiah down with ropes, because there was no water in the cistern only mud Jeremiah sank into the mud.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often executed in

Genesis 40:22

but he beheaded and hanged the head chef, just as Joseph had interpreted for them.

Prisons » Used for confining » Condemned criminals till executed

Acts 12:4-5

When he arrested Peter, Herod put him in prison and turned him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, planning to bring him out to the people after Passover season. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer to God for him was being offered by the assembly.

Leviticus 24:12

They placed him in custody until a decision would be made to them according to the word of the LORD.

Prisons » Keepers of » Sometimes acted kindly

Acts 16:33-34

At that hour of the night, he took them and washed their wounds. Then he and his entire family were baptized immediately. He brought Paul and Silas upstairs into his house and set food before them. He was thrilled, as was his household, to believe in God.

Genesis 39:21

But the LORD was with Joseph. He extended gracious love to him, causing the prison warden to be pleased with Joseph.

Prisons » Used for confining » Debtors till they paid

Matthew 5:26

I tell you with certainty, you will not get out of there until you pay back the last dollar!"

Matthew 18:30

But he refused and had him thrown into prison until he could repay the debt.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often fastened in stocks

Jeremiah 29:26

The LORD made you a priest instead of Jehoiada the priest to serve in the LORD's Temple as an official against every crazy prophet, and to put him in stocks and restraints.

Acts 16:24

Having received these orders, he put them into the inner cell and fastened their feet in leg irons.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often placed in dungeons

Acts 16:24

Having received these orders, he put them into the inner cell and fastened their feet in leg irons.

Jeremiah 39:6

At Riblah, the king of Babylon executed Zedekiah's sons right before his eyes. He also executed all the nobles of Judah.

Prisons » Keepers of » Responsible for the prisoners

Acts 16:23

After giving them a severe beating, they threw them in jail and ordered the jailer to keep them under tight security.

Acts 16:27

When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about 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

Now, please listen, your majesty, and pay attention to what I'm asking you. Don't make me go back to the house of Jonathan the scribe, so I don't die there." So King Zedekiah gave the order, and they assigned Jeremiah to the courtyard of the guard. Each day they gave him a loaf of bread from the bakers' street until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.

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

Genesis 39:22-23

So the prison warden entrusted into Joseph's care all the prisoners who were confined in prison. Whatever they did, Joseph was in charge of the work detail. The prison warden did not have to worry about anything under Joseph's care, because the LORD was with him. That's why Joseph prospered in everything he did.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Said to be in ward

Leviticus 24:12

They placed him in custody until a decision would be made to them according to the word of the LORD.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Hell

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

Jeremiah 37:15

The officials were angry with Jeremiah and beat him. They put him in jail in the house of Jonathan the scribe because they had made it into a prison.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Clothed in prison dress

2 Kings 25:29

Jehoiachin changed out of his prison clothes and had regular meals in the king's presence every day for the rest of his life,

Prisons » Persons confined in » Fed on bread and water

1 Kings 22:27

Give him this order: "Place him in prison on survival rations of bread and water only until I come back safely.'"

Prisons » Used for confining » Suspected persons

Genesis 42:19

If you're honest men, leave one of your brothers here in custody, then the rest of you can leave and take some grain with you to alleviate the famine that's affecting your households.

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

Jeremiah 32:2

The army of the king of Babylon was then besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was confined in the courtyard of the guard at the palace of the king of Judah

Prisons » Opened » Joseph's

Genesis 41:14

Pharoah sent word to summon Joseph quickly from the dungeon, so they shaved his beard, changed his clothes, and then sent him straight to Pharaoh.

Prisons » Magistrates had power to release from

Acts 16:35-36

When day came, the magistrates sent guards, who commanded, "Release those men." The jailer reported these words to Paul, and added, "The magistrates have sent word to release you. So come out now and go in peace."

Prisons » The king had power to release from

Genesis 40:21

that is, he restored his senior security advisor to his former responsibilities, including attending to Pharaoh's personal wine cup,

Prisons » The king had power to commit to

1 Kings 22:27

Give him this order: "Place him in prison on survival rations of bread and water only until I come back safely.'"

Prisons » Were under the care of a keeper

Genesis 39:21

But the LORD was with Joseph. He extended gracious love to him, causing the prison warden to be pleased with Joseph.

Prisons » Antiquity of

Genesis 39:20

arrested Joseph, and locked him up in the same prison where the king's prisoners were confined. So Joseph remained there in prison.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often kept to hard labor

Judges 16:21

Then the Philistines grabbed him, gouged out his eyes, brought him down to Gaza, tied him up in bronze chains, and made him grind grain in their prison.

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

Genesis 40:3

that he locked them up in the prison dungeon operated by the captain of the guard, the very place where Joseph was imprisoned.

Prisons » Magistrates had power to commit to

Matthew 5:25

Come to terms quickly with your opponent while you are on the way to court, or your opponent may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Deep afflictions

Psalm 142:7

Break me out of this prison, so I can give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will deal generously with me. A Davidic Song

Prisons » Used for confining » Persons accused of crimes

Luke 23:19

(This man had been put in prison for murder and for a revolt that had taken place in the city.)

Prisons » Keepers of » Put to death if prisoners escaped

Acts 12:19

Herod searched for him but didn't find him, so he questioned the guards and ordered them to be executed. Then he left Judea, went down to Caesarea, and stayed there for a while.

Prisons » Opened » Paul and silas

Acts 16:26

Suddenly, there was an earthquake so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken. All the doors immediately flew open, and everyone's chains were unfastened.

Prisons » Opened » Peter's

Acts 12:10

They passed the first guard, then the second, and came to the iron gate that led into the city. It opened by itself for them, and they went outside and proceeded one block when the angel suddenly left him.

Prisons » Confinement

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often chained to two soldiers

Acts 12:6

That very night, before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, and guards in front of the door were watching the prisoners.

Prisons » Kinds of, mentioned » Common

Prisons » Keepers of » Strictly guarded the doors

Acts 12:6

That very night, before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, and guards in front of the door were watching the prisoners.

Prisons » Opened » The apostles'

Prisons » Punishment » Confinement

Ezra 7:26

Whoever refuses to practice the law of your God and the law of the king is to see judgment executed quickly, whether to death, banishment, confiscation of goods, or imprisonment.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Said to be in hold

Acts 4:3

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

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