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 ( Jeremiah 38:6 ). To be shut up in, a punishment common in Egypt ( Genesis 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 Chronicles 16:10 ; Jeremiah 20:2 ; 32:2 ; 33:1 ; 37:15 ), and it was customary after the Exile ( Matthew 11:2 ; Luke 3:20 ; Acts 5:18 Acts 5:21 ; Matthew 18:30 ).
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Dungeon". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".