Prison, Prison-house - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Prison, Prison-house

[ 1,,G1201, desmoterion ]
a place of bonds" (from desmos, "a bond," deo, "to bind"), "a prison," occurs in Matthew 11:2; in Acts 5:21, Acts 5:23; Acts 16:26, RV, "prison house" (AV, "prison").

[ 2,,G5438, phulake ]
for the various meanings of which See CAGE, denotes a "prison," e.g., Matthew 14:10; Mark 6:17; Acts 5:19; 2 Corinthians 11:23; in 2 Corinthians 6:5; Hebrews 11:36 it stands for the condition of imprisonment; in Revelation 2:10; Revelation 18:2, "hold" (twice, RV, marg., "prison;" in the 2nd case, AV, "cage"); Revelation 20:7.

[ 3,,G5084, teresis ]
"a watching, keeping," then "a place of keeping" is translated "prison" in Acts 5:18 AV (RV "ward"). See KEEPING, B.


(1) For oikema in Acts 12:7, AV, "prison," See CELL.

(2) In Matthew 4:12, AV, paradidomi, "to betray, deliver up," is translated "was cast into prison" (RV, "was delivered up"); See BETRAY. In Mark 1:14, AV, "was put in prison," RV, as in Matthew 4:12; See PUT, No. 12.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words