Cage - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Cage

[ 1,,G5438, phulake ]
from phulasso, to guard," denotes
(a) "a watching, keeping watch," Luke 2:8;
(b) "persons keeping watch, a guard," Acts 12:10;
(c) "a period during which watch is kept," e.g., Matthew 24:43;
(d) "a prison, a hold." In Revelation 18:2, AV, Babylon is described figuratively, first as a "hold" and then as a "cage" of every unclean and hateful bird (RV, "hold" in both clauses; marg., "prison"). The word is almost invariably translated "prison." See HOLD, IMPRISONMENT, PRISON, WARD, WATCH.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words