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Prisons


1. Antiquity of. Ge 39:20.

2. Kinds of, mentioned

a. State. Jer 37:21; Ge 39:20.

b. Common. Ac 5:18.

3. Dungeons attached to. Jer 38:6; Zec 9:11.

4. Were under the care of a keeper. Ge 39:21.

5. Used for confining

a. Persons accused of crimes. Lu 23:19.

b. Persons accused of heresy. Ac 4:3; 5:18; 8:3.

c. Suspected persons. Ge 42:19.

d. Condemned persons till executed. Le 24:12; Ac 12:4,5.

e. Enemies taken captive. Jdj 16:21; 2Ki 17:4; Jer 52:11.

f. Debtors till they paid. Mt 5:26; 18:30.

g. Persons under the king’s displeasure. 1Ki 22:27; 2Ch 16:10; Mr 6:17.

6. Confinement in, often awarded as a punishment. Ezr 7:26.

7. Confinement in, considered a severe punishment. Lu 22:33.

8. Places used as

a. Court of the king’s house. Jer 32:2.

b. House of the king’s scribe. Jer 37:15.

c. House of the captain of the guard. Ge 40:3.

d. Prisoner’s own house, where he was kept bound to a soldier. Ac 28:16,30; 2Ti 1:16-18.

9. The king had power to commit to. 1Ki 22:27.

10. Magistrates had power to commit to. Mt 5:25.

11. Persons confined in

a. Said to be in ward. Le 24:12.

b. Said to be in hold. Ac 4:3.

c. Often placed in dungeons. Jer 39:6; Ac 16:24.

d. Often bound with fetters. Ge 42:19; Eze 19:9; Mr 6:17.

e. Often chained to two soldiers. Ac 12:6.

f. Often fastened in stocks. Jer 29:26; Ac 16:24.

g. Often kept to hard labour. Jdj 16:21.

h. Often subjected to extreme suffering. Ps 79:11; 102:20; 105:18.

i. Fed on bread and water. 1Ki 22:27.

j. Clothed in prison dress. 2Ki 25:29.

k. Sometimes allowed to be visited by their friends. Mt 11:2; 25:36; Ac 24:23.

l. Might have their condition ameliorated by the king. Jer 37:20,21.

m. Often executed in. Ge 40:22; Mt 14:10.

12. The king had power to release from. Ge 40:21.

13. Magistrates had power to release from. Ac 16:35,36.

14. Keepers of

a. Strictly guarded the doors. Ac 12:6.

b. Responsible for the prisoners. Ac 16:23,27.

c. Put to death if prisoners escaped. Ac 12:19.

d. Often used severity. Jer 37:16,20; Ac 16:24.

e. Sometimes acted kindly. Ge 39:21; Ac 16:33,34.

f. Sometimes entrusted the care of the prison to well-conducted prisoners. Ge 39:22,23.

15. Illustrative of

a. Deep afflictions. Ps 142:7.

b. Hell. Re 20:7.

c. Bondage to sin and Satan. Isa 42:7; 49:9; 61:1.