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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, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

Numbers 15:34

They put him in custody, because it had not been declared what should be done to him.

Judges 16:21

The Philistines laid hold on him, and put out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he ground at the mill in the prison.

2 Kings 17:4

The king of Assyria found conspiracy 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 robbed and plundered people. All of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in prisons. They have become a prey, and no one delivers; and a spoil, and no one says, 'Restore them!'

Jeremiah 52:11

He put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in fetters, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison until the day of his death.

Acts 16:26

Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were loosened.

Genesis 41:14

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. He shaved himself, changed his clothing, and came in to Pharaoh.

Acts 12:10

When they were past the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went out, and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

Genesis 40:2-3

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

Genesis 39:20

Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were bound, and he was there in custody.

Jeremiah 37:21

Then Zedekiah the king commanded, and they committed Jeremiah into the court of the guard; and they gave him daily a loaf of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city was spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

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Acts 12:10

When they were past the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went out, and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

Prisons » General references to

2 Kings 17:4

The king of Assyria found conspiracy 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

The Philistines laid hold on him, and put out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; 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, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

Numbers 15:34

They put him in custody, because it had not been declared what should be done to him.

Isaiah 42:22

But this is a robbed and plundered people. All of them are snared in holes, and they are hidden in prisons. They have become a prey, and no one delivers; and a spoil, and no one says, 'Restore them!'

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 the prison; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.

1 Kings 22:27

Say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace."'"

Mark 6:17

For Herod himself had sent out and arrested John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, for he had married her.

Prisons » Used for confining » Enemies taken captive

2 Kings 17:4

The king of Assyria found conspiracy 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

The Philistines laid hold on him, and put out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he ground at the mill in the prison.

Jeremiah 52:11

He put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in fetters, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison until 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 entered into Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard, but Paul was allowed to stay by himself with the soldier who guarded him.

2 Timothy 1:16-18

May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain, but when he was in Rome, he sought me diligently, and found me (the Lord grant to him to find the Lord's mercy in that day); and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well.

Acts 28:30

Paul stayed two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who were coming to him,

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

Acts 24:23

He ordered the centurion that Paul should be kept in custody, and should have some privileges, and not to forbid any of his friends to serve him or to visit him.

Matthew 11:2

Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often subjected to extreme suffering

Psalm 105:18

They bruised his feet with shackles. His neck was locked in irons,

Psalm 79:11

Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you. According to the greatness of your power, preserve those who are sentenced to death.

Psalm 102:20

to hear the groans of the prisoner; to free those who are condemned to death;

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often bound with fetters

Mark 6:17

For Herod himself had sent out and arrested John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, for he had married her.

Genesis 42:19

If you are honest men, then let one of your brothers be bound in your prison; but you go, carry grain for the famine of your houses.

Ezekiel 19:9

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

Prisons » Illustrative of » Bondage to sin and satan

Isaiah 42:7

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

Isaiah 49:9

saying to those who are bound, 'Come out!'; to those who are in darkness, 'Show yourselves!' "They shall feed in the ways, and on all bare heights shall be their pasture.

Prisons » Keepers of » Often used severity

Jeremiah 37:16

When Jeremiah was come into the dungeon house, and into the cells, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;

Jeremiah 37:20

Now please hear, my lord the king: please let my supplication be presented before you, that you 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 into the court of the guard; and they gave him daily a loaf of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city was spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

Genesis 39:20

Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were bound, and he was there in custody.

Prisons » Used for confining » Persons accused of heresy

Acts 8:3

But Saul ravaged the assembly, entering into every house, and dragged both men and women off to prison.

Acts 4:3

They laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was now evening.

Prisons » Dungeons attached to

Zechariah 9:11

As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I have set free your prisoners from the pit in which is no water.

Jeremiah 38:6

Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchijah the king's son, that was in the court of the guard: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. In the dungeon there was no water, but mire; and Jeremiah sank in the mire.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often executed in

Genesis 40:22

but he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.

Prisons » Used for confining » Condemned criminals till executed

Acts 12:4-5

When he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of four soldiers each to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. Peter therefore was kept in the prison, but constant prayer was made by the assembly to God for him.

Leviticus 24:12

They put him in custody, until the will of Yahweh should be declared to them.

Prisons » Keepers of » Sometimes acted kindly

Acts 16:33-34

He took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was immediately baptized, he and all his household. He brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his household, having believed in God.

Genesis 39:21

But Yahweh was with Joseph, and showed kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Prisons » Used for confining » Debtors till they paid

Matthew 5:26

Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny.

Matthew 18:30

He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often fastened in stocks

Jeremiah 29:26

Yahweh has made you priest in the place of Jehoiada the priest, that there may be officers in the house of Yahweh, for every man who is mad, and makes himself a prophet, that you should put him in the stocks and in shackles.

Acts 16:24

who, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and secured their feet in the stocks.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often placed in dungeons

Acts 16:24

who, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and secured their feet in the stocks.

Jeremiah 39:6

Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon killed all the nobles of Judah.

Prisons » Keepers of » Responsible for the prisoners

Acts 16:23

When they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely,

Acts 16:27

The jailer, being roused out of sleep and seeing the prison doors open, drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.

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

Jeremiah 37:20-21

Now please hear, my lord the king: please let my supplication be presented before you, that you 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 into the court of the guard; and they gave him daily a loaf of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city was spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

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

Genesis 39:22-23

The keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever they did there, he was responsible for it. The keeper of the prison didn't look after anything that was under his hand, because Yahweh was with him; and that which he did, Yahweh made it prosper.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Said to be in ward

Leviticus 24:12

They put him in custody, until the will of Yahweh should be declared to them.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Hell

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

Jeremiah 37:15

The princes were angry with Jeremiah, and struck 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

and changed his prison garments. [Jehoiachin] ate bread before him continually all the days of his life:

Prisons » Persons confined in » Fed on bread and water

1 Kings 22:27

Say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace."'"

Prisons » Used for confining » Suspected persons

Genesis 42:19

If you are honest men, then let one of your brothers be bound in your prison; but you go, carry grain for the famine of your houses.

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

Jeremiah 32:2

Now at that time the king of Babylon's army was besieging Jerusalem; and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the king of Judah's house.

Prisons » Opened » Joseph's

Genesis 41:14

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. He shaved himself, changed his clothing, and came in to Pharaoh.

Prisons » Magistrates had power to release from

Acts 16:35-36

But when it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, "Let those men go." The jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, "The magistrates have sent to let you go; now therefore come out, and go in peace."

Prisons » The king had power to release from

Genesis 40:21

He restored the chief cupbearer to his position again, and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand;

Prisons » The king had power to commit to

1 Kings 22:27

Say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace."'"

Prisons » Were under the care of a keeper

Genesis 39:21

But Yahweh was with Joseph, and showed kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Prisons » Antiquity of

Genesis 39:20

Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were bound, and he was there in custody.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often kept to hard labor

Judges 16:21

The Philistines laid hold on him, and put out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; 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, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

Prisons » Magistrates had power to commit to

Matthew 5:25

Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him in the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.

Prisons » Illustrative of » Deep afflictions

Psalm 142:7

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will be good to me. A Psalm by David.

Prisons » Used for confining » Persons accused of crimes

Luke 23:19

one who was thrown into prison for a certain revolt in the city, and for murder.

Prisons » Keepers of » Put to death if prisoners escaped

Acts 12:19

When Herod had sought for him, and didn't find him, he examined the guards, and commanded that they should be put to death. He went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.

Prisons » Opened » Paul and silas

Acts 16:26

Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were loosened.

Prisons » Opened » Peter's

Acts 12:10

When they were past the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went out, and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

Prisons » Confinement

Prisons » Persons confined in » Often chained to two soldiers

Acts 12:6

The same night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Guards in front of the door kept the prison.

Prisons » Kinds of, mentioned » Common

Prisons » Keepers of » Strictly guarded the doors

Acts 12:6

The same night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains. Guards in front of the door kept the prison.

Prisons » Opened » The apostles'

Prisons » Punishment » Confinement

Ezra 7:26

Whoever will not do the law of your God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed on him with all diligence, whether it be to death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.

Prisons » Persons confined in » Said to be in hold

Acts 4:3

They laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was now evening.