The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
IMPRISONMENT. Imprisonment (Gr. phylakē, usually “watch” or “prison”) was one of the trials suffered by OT believers (Heb 11:36) and by Paul and other early Christians (2 Cor 6:5). Several long imprisonments those of Joseph (Gen 39:20–41:14), Jeremiah (Jer 32:2 ff.), and Paul at Caesarea (Acts 23:23–26:32)
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
Imprisonment Imagery
IMPRISONMENT IMAGERYImagery of imprisonment in the books of wisdom, poetry and writings is used to evoke a variety of responses, from sympathy for those who are prisoners, to an awareness that incarceration may be an appropriate state for some. Other portions of the Bible preserve narrative descriptions
Key passages
1 Ki 22:27

and say, ‘Thus says the king: “Put this fellow in the house of imprisonment and feed him reduced rations of food and water until I come in peace.” ’ ”

2 Ch 16:10

Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in the prison, for he was enraged with him concerning this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at that time.

Job 13:27

And you put my feet in the block, and you watch all my paths; you carve a mark on the soles of my feet.

3 Mac 4:11–13

And when these people were brought to the place being called Schedia, and the aimless voyage was finished, just as had been decreed by the king, he commanded them to encamp in the hippodrome, having established it outside the city with an immense circumference, and having …

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