King James Bible

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Dungeon


Different from the ordinary prison in being more severe as a "place of punishment. Like the Roman inner prison (Acts 16:24)," it consisted of a deep cell or cistern (Jer. 38:6). To be shut "up in, a punishment common in Egypt (Gen. 39:20; 40:3; 41:10;" "42:19). It is not mentioned, however, in the law of Moses as a" mode of punishment. Under the later kings imprisonment was frequently used as a punishment (2 Chron. 16:10; Jer. 20:2; "32:2; 33:1; 37:15), and it was customary after the Exile (Matt." "11:2; Luke 3:20; Acts 5:18, 21; Matt. 18:30)."


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