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Prisoner (87 Occurrences)

Matthew 26:57 And those who had made Jesus prisoner took him away to the house of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and those in authority over the people had come together. (BBE)

Matthew 27:15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the multitude one prisoner, whom they desired. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Matthew 27:16 They had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Mark 15:6 Now at the feast he used to release to them one prisoner, whom they asked of him. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Luke 22:54 And they made him a prisoner and took him away to the house of the high priest. But Peter went after them at a distance. (BBE)

Luke 23:17 Now he had to release one prisoner to them at the feast. (WEB WEY YLT)

John 18:39 But you have a custom that I should release one prisoner to you at the Passover. So shall I release to you the King of the Jews?" (WEY BBE NIV)

Acts 16:26 when suddenly there was such a violent shock of earthquake that the prison shook to its foundations. Instantly the doors all flew open, and the chains fell off from every prisoner. (WEY)

Acts 20:22 And now, as you see, I am going to Jerusalem, a prisoner in spirit, having no knowledge of what will come to me there: (BBE)

Acts 21:13 Then Paul said, What are you doing, weeping and wounding my heart? for I am ready, not only to be a prisoner, but to be put to death at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. (BBE)

Acts 23:18 So he took him, and brought him to the commanding officer, and said, "Paul, the prisoner, summoned me and asked me to bring this young man to you, who has something to tell you." (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 25:14 As he stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul's case before the king, saying, "There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix; (WEB WEY ASV DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 25:27 For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to also specify the charges against him." (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Acts 28:17 It happened that after three days Paul called together those who were the leaders of the Jews. When they had come together, he said to them, "I, brothers, though I had done nothing against the people, or the customs of our fathers, still was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Romans 7:23 but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. (See NAS NIV)

Galatians 3:22 But Scripture has shown that all mankind are the prisoners of sin, in order that the promised blessing, which depends on faith in Jesus Christ, may be given to those who believe. (Root in WEY NIV)

Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Philippians 1:13 And thus it has become notorious among all the Imperial Guards, and everywhere, that it is for the sake of Christ that I am a prisoner; (WEY BBE)

Colossians 4:3 And pray at the same time for us also, that God may open for us a door for preaching, for us to tell the truth concerning Christ for the sake of which I am even a prisoner. (WEY)

Colossians 4:10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, greets you, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you received commandments, "if he comes to you, receive him"), (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Colossians 4:18 I, Paul, give you this word of love in my handwriting. Keep in memory that I am a prisoner. Grace be with you. (BBE)

2 Timothy 1:8 Therefore don't be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved fellow worker, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Philemon 1:9 yet for love's sake I rather beg, being such a one as Paul, the aged, but also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Philemon 1:23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Genesis 14:14 And Abram, hearing that his brother's son had been made a prisoner, took a band of his trained men, three hundred and eighteen of them, sons of his house, and went after them as far as Dan. (BBE)

Genesis 40:3 and giveth them in charge in the house of the chief of the executioners, unto the round-house, the place where Joseph 'is' a prisoner, (YLT)

Exodus 12:29 And in the middle of the night the Lord sent death on every first male child in the land of Egypt, from the child of Pharaoh on his seat of power to the child of the prisoner in the prison; and the first births of all the cattle. (BBE NIV)

Numbers 24:22 But still the Kenites will be wasted, till Asshur takes you away prisoner. (BBE)

Numbers 31:9 The women of Midian with their little ones the children of Israel took prisoner; and all their cattle and flocks and all their goods they took for themselves; (BBE)

Deuteronomy 21:13 And let her take off the dress in which she was made prisoner and go on living in your house and weeping for her father and mother for a full month: and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she will be your wife. (BBE)

Joshua 8:23 But the king of Ai they made prisoner, and took him to Joshua. (BBE)

Judges 5:12 Awake! awake! Deborah: awake! awake! give a song: Up! Barak, and take prisoner those who took you prisoner, O son of Abinoam. (BBE)

Judges 8:14 And taking prisoner a young man of the people of Succoth, he got from him, in answer to his questions, a list of the chiefs of Succoth and the responsible men, seventy-seven men. (BBE)

Judges 15:10 The men of Judah said, "Why have you come up against us?" They said, "We have come up to bind Samson, to do to him as he has done to us." (See NIV)

Judges 18:30 (And the children of Dan put up the pictured image for themselves; and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, and his sons were priests for the tribe of the Danites till the day when the ark was taken prisoner.) (BBE)

1 Samuel 15:8 He took Agag, king of the Amalekites, prisoner, and put all the people to the sword without mercy. (BBE)

2 Kings 5:2 Now the Aramaeans had gone out in bands, and taken prisoner from Israel a little girl, who became servant to Naaman's wife. (BBE)

2 Kings 6:22 But he said in answer, You are not to put them to death; have you any right to put to death those whom you have not taken prisoner with your sword and your bow? put bread and water before them, so that they may have food and drink and go to their master. (BBE)

2 Kings 14:13 And Jehoash, king of Israel, made Amaziah, king of Judah, the son of Jehoash, son of Ahaziah, prisoner at Beth-shemesh, and came to Jerusalem, and had the wall of Jerusalem pulled down from the doorway of Ephraim to the door in the angle, four hundred cubits. (BBE)

2 Kings 17:28 So one of the priests whom they had taken away as a prisoner from Samaria came back, and, living in Beth-el, became their teacher in the worship of the Lord. (BBE)

2 Kings 24:12 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers; and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign. (See RSV NIV)

2 Kings 24:15 He took Jehoiachin a prisoner to Babylon, with his mother and his wives and his unsexed servants and the great men of the land; he took them all as prisoners from Jerusalem to Babylon. (BBE)

2 Kings 25:6 And they made the king a prisoner and took him up to the king of Babylon at Riblah to be judged. (BBE)

2 Kings 25:21 And the king of Babylon put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was taken away prisoner from his land. (BBE)

2 Kings 25:27 And in the thirty-seventh year after Jehoiachin, king of Judah, had been taken prisoner, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, Evil-merodach, king of Babylon, in the first year of his rule, took Jehoiachin, king of Judah, out of prison; (BBE)

1 Chronicles 3:17 And the sons of Jeconiah, who was taken prisoner: Shealtiel his son, (BBE NAS)

1 Chronicles 5:6 Beerah his son, whom Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, took away as a prisoner: he was chief of the Reubenites. (BBE)

1 Chronicles 6:15 And Jehozadak went as a prisoner when the Lord took away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar. (BBE)

2 Chronicles 25:23 And Joash, king of Israel, made Amaziah, king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, prisoner at Beth-shemesh, and took him to Jerusalem; and he had the wall of Jerusalem pulled down from the doorway of Ephraim to the doorway in the angle, four hundred cubits. (BBE)

2 Chronicles 33:11 So the Lord sent against them the captains of the army of Assyria, who made Manasseh a prisoner and took him away in chains to Babylon. (BBE NIV)

Ezra 1:11 There were five thousand, four hundred gold and silver vessels. All these were taken back by Sheshbazzar, when those who had been taken prisoner went up from Babylon to Jerusalem. (BBE)

Esther 2:6 Who had been taken away from Jerusalem among those who had been made prisoner with Jeconiah, king of Judah, when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had taken him away. (BBE)

Psalms 78:61 And he let his strength be taken prisoner, and gave his glory into the hands of his hater. (BBE)

Psalms 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. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 102:20 to hear the groans of the prisoner; to free those who are condemned to death; (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Proverbs 6:25 Let not your heart's desire go after her fair body; let not her eyes take you prisoner. (BBE)

Song of Songs 7:5 Your head is like Carmel, and the hair of your head is like purple, in whose net the king is prisoner. (BBE)

Isaiah 3:24 And in the place of sweet spices will be an evil smell, and for a fair band a thick cord; for a well-dressed head there will be the cutting-off of the hair, and for a beautiful robe there will be the clothing of sorrow; the mark of the prisoner in place of the ornaments of the free. (BBE)

Isaiah 22:3 All thy rulers have fled together, they are taken prisoners without the bow: all that are found of thee are made prisoners together; they were fleeing far off. (Root in DBY NIV)

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. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV)

Isaiah 46:2 They are bent down, they are falling together: they were not able to keep their images safe, but they themselves have been taken prisoner. (BBE)

Isaiah 51:14 The prisoner, bent under his chain, will quickly be made free, and will not go down into the underworld, and his bread will not come to an end. (BBE NIV)

Jeremiah 22:12 But death will come to him in the place where they have taken him away prisoner, and he will never see this land again. (BBE)

Jeremiah 24:1 The Lord gave me a vision, and I saw two baskets full of figs put in front of the Temple of the Lord, after Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, had taken prisoner Jeconiah, the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the chiefs of Judah, and the expert workmen and metal-workers from Jerusalem, and had taken them to Babylon. (BBE)

Jeremiah 27:20 Which Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, did not take away, when he took Jeconiah, the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, a prisoner from Jerusalem to Babylon, with all the great men of Judah and Jerusalem; (BBE)

Jeremiah 37:14 Then Jeremiah said, That is not true; I am not going to the Chaldaeans. But he would not give ear to him: so Irijah made him prisoner and took him to the rulers. (BBE)

Jeremiah 39:5 But the Chaldaean army went after them and overtook Zedekiah in the lowlands of Jericho: and they made him a prisoner and took him up to Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, to Riblah in the land of Hamath, to be judged by him. (BBE)

Jeremiah 40:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after Nebuzaradan, the captain of the armed men, had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him; for he had been put in chains, among all the prisoners of Jerusalem and Judah who were taken away prisoners to Babylon. (Root in BBE YLT)

Jeremiah 46:19 O daughter living in Egypt, make ready the vessels of a prisoner: for Noph will become a waste, it will be burned up and become unpeopled. (BBE)

Jeremiah 48:7 For because you have put your faith in your strong places, you, even you, will be taken: and Chemosh will go out as a prisoner, his priests and his rulers together. (BBE)

Jeremiah 49:3 Make sounds of grief, O Heshbon, for Ai is wasted; give loud cries, O daughters of Rabbah, and put haircloth round you: give yourselves to weeping, running here and there and wounding yourselves; for Milcom will be taken prisoner together with his rulers and his priests. (BBE)

Jeremiah 50:33 This is what the Lord of armies has said: The children of Israel and the children of Judah are crushed down together: all those who took them prisoner keep them in a tight grip; they will not let them go. (BBE)

Jeremiah 52:9 Then they made the king a prisoner and took him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath to be judged. (BBE)

Jeremiah 52:27 And the king of Babylon put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was taken prisoner away from his land. (BBE)

Jeremiah 52:28 These are the people whom Nebuchadrezzar took away prisoner: in the seventh year, three thousand and twenty-three Jews: (BBE)

Jeremiah 52:31 And in the thirty-seventh year after Jehoiachin, king of Judah, had been taken prisoner, in the twelfth month, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, Evil-merodach, king of Babylon, in the first year after he became king, took Jehoiachin, king of Judah, out of prison. (BBE)

Lamentations 1:3 Judah has been taken away as a prisoner because of trouble and hard work; her living-place is among the nations, there is no rest for her: all her attackers have overtaken her in a narrow place. (BBE)

Lamentations 4:22 The punishment of your evil-doing is complete, O daughter of Zion; never again will he take you away as a prisoner: he will give you the reward of your evil-doing, O daughter of Edom; he will let your sin be uncovered. (BBE)

Ezekiel 1:2 On the fifth day of the month, in the fifth year after King Jehoiachin had been made a prisoner, (BBE)

Ezekiel 19:9 They made him a prisoner with hooks, and took him to the king of Babylon; they put him in the strong place so that his voice might be sounding no longer on the mountains of Israel. (BBE)

Amos 1:15 And their king will be made prisoner, he and his captains together, says the Lord. (BBE)

Amos 5:5 Do not be looking for help to Beth-el, and do not go to Gilgal, or make your way to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal will certainly be taken prisoner, and Beth-el will come to nothing. (BBE)

Amos 7:11 For Amos has said, Jeroboam will be put to the sword, and Israel will certainly be taken away as a prisoner out of his land. (BBE)

Amos 7:17 So this is what the Lord has said: Your wife will be a loose woman in the town, and your sons and your daughters will be put to the sword, and your land will be cut up into parts by a line; and you yourself will come to your end in an unclean land, and Israel will certainly be taken away a prisoner out of his land. (BBE)

Nahum 3:10 But even she has been taken away, she has gone away as a prisoner: even her young children are smashed to bits at the top of all the streets: the fate of her honoured men is put to the decision of chance, and all her great men are put in chains. (BBE)

Prisoner (87 Occurrences)
... 2. (n.) A person under arrest, or in custody, whether in prison or not; a person
held in involuntary restraint; a captive; as, a prisoner at the bar of a court ...
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Fellow-prisoner (2 Occurrences)
Fellow-prisoner. << Fellowprisoner, Fellow-prisoner. Fellow-prisoners >>.
Multi-Version Concordance Fellow-prisoner (2 Occurrences). ...
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Brother-prisoner (2 Occurrences)
Brother-prisoner. << Brother-man, Brother-prisoner. Brothers >>.
Multi-Version Concordance Brother-prisoner (2 Occurrences). ...
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Barabbas (10 Occurrences)
... Matthew calls him "a notable (ie notorious) prisoner" (Matthew 27:16). ... The custom
referred to of releasing a prisoner on the Passover is otherwise unknown. ...
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Captive (123 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary. 1. (n.) A prisoner taken by force or stratagem, esp.,
by an enemy, in war; one kept in bondage or in the power of another. ...
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Aristarchus (6 Occurrences)
... Best ruler, native of Thessalonica (Acts 20:4), a companion of Paul (Acts 19:29;
27:2). He was Paul's "fellow-prisoner" at Rome (Colossians 4:10; Philemon 1:24 ...
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Jehoiachin (20 Occurrences)
... successor of Jehoiakim; reigned three months and surrendered to Nebuchadnezzar;
was carried to Babylon, where, after being there 37 years a prisoner, he died. ...
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Festus (14 Occurrences)
... 24:27). A few weeks after he had entered on his office the case of Paul,
then a prisoner at Caesarea, was reported to him. The "next ...
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Release (61 Occurrences)
... Some would render "granted a holiday." (3) To set a prisoner or slave at liberty
(apoluo, "to let go free" (Matthew 27:15 parallel John 19:10), etc.). ...
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Chain (21 Occurrences)
... Sometimes, for the sake of greater security, the prisoner was attached by two
chains to two soldiers, as in the case of Peter (Acts 12:6). ...
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1202. desmotes -- a prisoner
... a prisoner. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: desmotes Phonetic Spelling:
(des-mo'-tace) Short Definition: a prisoner, captive Definition: a ...
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4869. sunaichmalotos -- a fellow prisoner
... a fellow prisoner. Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: sunaichmalotos Phonetic
Spelling: (soon-aheekh-mal'-o-tos) Short Definition: a fellow captive ...
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1198. desmios -- binding, bound
... bound. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: desmios Phonetic Spelling:
(des'-mee-os) Short Definition: one bound, a prisoner Definition: one bound ...
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164. aichmalotos -- captive
... captive. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: aichmalotos Phonetic Spelling:
(aheekh-mal-o-tos') Short Definition: a captive, prisoner Definition: a ...
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4887. sundeo -- to bind together
... be a fellow-prisoner. From sun and deo; to bind with, ie (passively) be a
fellow-prisoner (figuratively) -- be bound with. see GREEK sun. see GREEK deo. ...
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4912. sunecho -- to hold together, to hold fast, pass. to be ...
... From sun and echo; to hold together, ie To compress (the ears, with a crowd or siege)
or arrest (a prisoner); figuratively, to compel, perplex, afflict ...
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1199. desmos -- a band, bond
... Or desmos des-mos' neuter and masculine respectively from deo; a band, ie Ligament
(of the body) or shackle (of a prisoner); figuratively, an impediment or ...
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1195. desmeuo -- to bind together, to fetter
... bind together. From a (presumed) derivative of desmeo; to be a binder (captor),
ie To enchain (a prisoner), to tie on (a load) -- bind. see GREEK desmeo. ...
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163. aichmalotizo -- to take or lead captive
... Word Origin from aichmalotos Definition to take or lead captive NASB Word Usage
captivate (1), led captive (1), making...a prisoner (1), taking...captive (1). ...
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2358. thriambeuo -- to triumph
... thriambeuo Phonetic Spelling: (three-am-byoo'-o) Short Definition: I lead around,
make a spectacle of Definition: (properly: I lead one as my prisoner in a ...
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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

priz'-n, priz'-'-n-er, priz'-ner (there are various Hebrew words which are rendered "prison" in the King James Version, among them:

1. Hebrew Words:

(1) cohar, "round house," "fortress" (8 times in Genesis), (2) kele' "restraint," "confinement" (12 times: in historic books, Isaiah, Jeremiah, with "house"), (3) maTTarah, "guard," "sentry" (13 times in Jeremiah and Nehemiah), (4) mahaphekheth, "distorting," i.e. stocks or pillory (4 times), (5) 'ecur, "bond," "fetters" (Ecclesiastes 4:14 Jeremiah 37:15); "ward" in the King James Version is usually the rendering for mishmar):

2. In Early Times:

The earliest occurrence of the word "prison" in the King James Version is found in the narrative of Joseph's life in Egypt (the Jahwist). The term used, namely, cohar, means perhaps "round house" or "tower." It seems probable that among the Hebrews there were no special buildings erected as "jails" in the premonarchical period, and perhaps not before the post-exilic period, when the adoption of the civic institutions and customs of surrounding nations prevailed. In Egypt and Assyria, on the contrary, there were probably public buildings corresponding to our modern jails. Among the Hebrews, rooms in connection with the royal palace or the residence of prominent court officials would be used for the purpose.

3. Joseph in Egypt:

According to one narrative (Jahwist) in Genesis the prison in which Joseph was confined had a "keeper," while according to another narrative (the Elohist) the offending members of the royal household, namely, the royal butler and the royal baker, were placed "in ward" with the "captain of the guard" in charge, i.e. in some part of the royal palace. This is still more probable if, instead of "captain of the guard," we should translate "chief of the cooks" i.e. superintendent of the royal kitchen.

4. Causes of Imprisonment:

It was often necessary to restrict the liberty of individuals who for various causes were a menace to those in authority, without inflicting any corporal punishment, e.g. Joseph's brethren were kept "in ward" three days (Genesis 42:19); Shimei was forbidden to pass beyond the boundary of Jerusalem (1 Kings 2:36); the person who was caught gathering sticks on the Sabbath was put "in ward" pending his trial (Numbers 15:34). In the monarchical period, prophets who criticized the throne were put in prison, e.g. Micaiah by Ahab (1 Kings 22:27), Hanani by Asa (2 Chronicles 16:10). Hoshea, after his abortive effort to institute an alliance with So or Seve, king of Egypt, was shut up in prison by Shalmaneser (2 Kings 17:4); compare also 2 Kings 25:27 (Jehoiachin in Babylon); Jeremiah 52:11 (Zedekiah in Babylon).

5. Under the Monarchy:

The Book of Jeremiah throws considerable light on the prison system of Jerusalem in the later monarchical period. The prophet was put "in the stocks that were in the upper gate of Benjamin, which was in the house of Yahweh" (20:2). Mere imprisonment was not adequate punishment for the prophet's announcement of Judah's doom; it was necessary to have recourse to the pillory. During the siege of Jerusalem Jeremiah was confined in the "court of the guard, which was in the king of Judah's house" (32:2, etc.). The "court of the guard" was evidently the quarters of the sentry who guarded the royal palace. According to the narrative of Jeremiah 37, the prophet was arrested on a charge of treachery and put in prison "in the house of Jonathan the scribe" (37:15). This verse does not necessarily mean that a private house was used as a prison. The words are capable of another interpretation, namely, that a building known as the "house of Jonathan the scribe" had been taken over by the authorities and converted into a jail. We read in the following verse that the house had a "dungeon" (literally, "house of the pit") and "cabins" or "cells."

6. The Treatment of Prisoners:

The data are not sufficient to enable us to give any detailed description of the treatment of prisoners. This treatment varied according to the character of the offense which led to incarceration. Samson during the period of his imprisonment was compelled to do hard labor (Judges 16:21). Grinding was the occupation of women, and marked the depth of Samson's humiliation. Dangerous persons were subjected to various kinds of physical mutilation, e.g. Samson was deprived of his sight. This was a common practice in Assyria (2 Kings 25:7). The thumbs and great toes of Adonibezek were cut off to render him incapable of further resistance (Judges 1:6).

Various forms of torture were in vogue. Hanani the seer was put into the pillory by Asa (for "in a prison house" we should render "in the stocks"; see the Revised Version margin). In Jeremiah 29:26 for "prison," we should render "stocks" (so the Revised Version (British and American)) or "pillory," and for "stocks," "collar" (as in the Revised Version margin). the King James Version renders a different Hebrew word by "stocks" in Job (13:27; 33:11). There was a special prison diet (1 Kings 22:27), as well as a prison garb (2 Kings 25:29).

7. Other Hebrew Words:

There are other Hebrew words rendered "prison" (sometimes incorrectly) in the King James Version. In Psalm 142:7, the word which is translated "prison" means a "place of execution," and is derived from a root which denotes, for instance, the isolation of the leper (Leviticus 13:5; compare Isaiah 24:22; 42:7). In Isaiah 53:8 "oppression" not "prison" is the correct translation while in Isaiah 61:1 the Hebrew denotes "opening of the eyes," rather than "opening of the prison." Prisoners are promised "light after darkness, gleam after gloom."

8. In the New Testament:

In the New Testament "prison" generally occurs for the Greek word phulake, which corresponds to the Hebrew word mishmar, referred to above (Matthew 5:25 Mark 6:17 Luke 3:20 Acts 5:19 1 Peter 3:19). In Revelation 18:2, the King James Version renders this word by two different words, namely, "hold" and "cage"; the Revised Version (British and American) employs "hold" in each case (the Revised Version margin "prison"). In one passage "ward" is the rendering in the King James Version (Acts 12:10). In connection with the imprisonment of John the term used is desmoterion, "place of bonds" or "fetters" (Matthew 11:2); the same word is used in the case of Peter and John (Acts 5:21, 23), and of Paul and Silas (Acts 16:26). But the more common term is also found in these narratives. In Acts 12:17 "prison" renders a Greek word which means "dwelling." In Acts 5:18 the King James Version, "prison" is the rendering for another Greek word, namely, teresis, "watching" or "ward" (the Revised Version (British and American) "ward"). In Acts 4:3, the King James Version employs "hold" as the rendering for the same word. This would correspond to the modern "police station" or "lockup."


T. Lewis

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) One who is confined in a prison.

2. (n.) A person under arrest, or in custody, whether in prison or not; a person held in involuntary restraint; a captive; as, a prisoner at the bar of a court.

Strong's Hebrew
615. asir -- a bondman, prisoner
... << 614, 615. asir. 616 >>. a bondman, prisoner. Transliteration: asir Phonetic Spelling:
(aw-sere') Short Definition: prisoners. ... those which are bound, prisoner. ...
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616. assir -- prisoners
... Word Origin from asar Definition prisoners NASB Word Usage captives (1), prisoner
(1), prisoners (2). prisoner. For 'aciyr: prisoner. see HEBREW 'aciyr. ...
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2414. chataph -- to catch, seize
... catches (1). catch. A primitive root; to clutch; hence, to seize as a prisoner --
catch. << 2413, 2414. chataph. 2415 >>. Strong's Numbers.
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612. esur -- a band, bond
... band, prison. From 'acar; a bond (especially manacles of a prisoner) -- band, +
prison. see HEBREW 'acar. << 611, 612. esur. 613 >>. Strong's Numbers.
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617. Assir -- an Israelite name
... name NASB Word Usage Assir (4). Assir. The same as 'acciyr; prisoner; Assir, the
name of two Israelites -- Assir. see HEBREW 'acciyr. << 616, 617. Assir. 618 >> ...
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