100 Bible Verses about Prisoners

Hebrews 13:3 ESV / 423 helpful votes

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.

Matthew 25:35-46 ESV / 330 helpful votes

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ ...

Psalm 69:33 ESV / 309 helpful votes

For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.

Isaiah 61:1 ESV / 205 helpful votes

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

Psalm 146:7 ESV / 163 helpful votes

Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free;

Psalm 102:20 ESV / 140 helpful votes

To hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die,

Isaiah 42:7 ESV / 130 helpful votes

To open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.

Genesis 39:20-23 ESV / 106 helpful votes

And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph's charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.

Luke 4:18 ESV / 94 helpful votes

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

Psalm 79:11 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Let the groans of the prisoners come before you; according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!

1 John 1:9 ESV / 82 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Matthew 25:36 ESV / 64 helpful votes

I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

Proverbs 3:1-35 ESV / 55 helpful votes

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. ...

Acts 16:25 ESV / 53 helpful votes

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV / 47 helpful votes

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Acts 12:7 ESV / 46 helpful votes

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands.

1 Kings 22:27 ESV / 43 helpful votes

And say, ‘Thus says the king, “Put this fellow in prison and feed him meager rations of bread and water, until I come in peace.”’”

Mark 6:17 ESV / 42 helpful votes

For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her.

Acts 16:24 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

Genesis 40:3 ESV / 40 helpful votes

And he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined.

Judges 16:21 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes and brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze shackles. And he ground at the mill in the prison.

James 5:13 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Mark 11:25 ESV / 33 helpful votes

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 33 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Genesis 39:21 ESV / 33 helpful votes

But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Acts 16:23 ESV / 32 helpful votes

And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely.

Luke 3:20 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

Matthew 11:2 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples

Acts 16:26 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened.

Acts 12:5 ESV / 31 helpful votes

So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

Genesis 39:20 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison.

Acts 12:6 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.

Jeremiah 37:15 ESV / 30 helpful votes

And the officials were enraged at Jeremiah, and they beat him and imprisoned him in the house of Jonathan the secretary, for it had been made a prison.

Jeremiah 37:21 ESV / 29 helpful votes

So King Zedekiah gave orders, and they committed Jeremiah to the court of the guard. And a loaf of bread was given him daily from the bakers' street, until all the bread of the city was gone. So Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

Acts 16:19-40 ESV / 28 helpful votes

But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. They advocate customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to accept or practice.” The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. ...

2 Timothy 4:16 ESV / 27 helpful votes

At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them!

2 Corinthians 11:23 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.

Acts 12:19 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And after Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and spent time there.

Jeremiah 38:6 ESV / 27 helpful votes

So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king's son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. And there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.

Leviticus 24:12 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And they put him in custody, till the will of the Lord should be clear to them.

Hebrews 10:34 ESV / 26 helpful votes

For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.

Acts 28:16 ESV / 26 helpful votes

And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier that guarded him.

Acts 5:19 ESV / 26 helpful votes

But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,

Proverbs 3:6 ESV / 26 helpful votes

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Jude 1:6 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—

1 Peter 3:19 ESV / 24 helpful votes

In which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,

Acts 12:3-19 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. ...

Acts 5:18 ESV / 24 helpful votes

They arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison.

Isaiah 42:22 ESV / 24 helpful votes

But this is a people plundered and looted; they are all of them trapped in holes and hidden in prisons; they have become plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say, “Restore!”

Psalm 107:14 ESV / 24 helpful votes

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 24 helpful votes

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Exodus 23:7 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.

2 Timothy 1:16-18 ESV / 23 helpful votes

May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me— may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day!—and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.

2 Corinthians 6:5 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger;

2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Acts 8:3 ESV / 23 helpful votes

But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

Jeremiah 52:11 ESV / 23 helpful votes

He put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him in chains, and the king of Babylon took him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Acts 12:10 ESV / 22 helpful votes

When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him.

Acts 12:4 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.

Matthew 14:10 ESV / 22 helpful votes

He sent and had John beheaded in the prison,

Isaiah 24:22 ESV / 22 helpful votes

They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit; they will be shut up in a prison, and after many days they will be punished.

Psalm 103:1-22 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. ...

1 Peter 3:1-22 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, ...

Acts 28:30 ESV / 21 helpful votes

He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,

Matthew 18:30 ESV / 21 helpful votes

He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.

Psalm 142:7 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name! The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.

Ezra 7:26 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Whoever will not obey the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be strictly executed on him, whether for death or for banishment or for confiscation of his goods or for imprisonment.”

Genesis 39:22 ESV / 21 helpful votes

And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it.

Acts 24:23 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Then he gave orders to the centurion that he should be kept in custody but have some liberty, and that none of his friends should be prevented from attending to his needs.

1 Kings 1:1-53 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Now King David was old and advanced in years. And although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm. Therefore his servants said to him, “Let a young woman be sought for my lord the king, and let her wait on the king and be in his service. Let her lie in your arms, that my lord the king may be warm.” So they sought for a beautiful young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king and attended to him, but the king knew her not. Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.” And he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. ...

Colossians 4:10 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him),

Ephesians 4:1 ESV / 19 helpful votes

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

Matthew 25:43 ESV / 19 helpful votes

I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’

Isaiah 49:9 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’ They shall feed along the ways; on all bare heights shall be their pasture;

2 Chronicles 16:10 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in the stocks in prison, for he was in a rage with him because of this. And Asa inflicted cruelties upon some of the people at the same time.

2 Kings 17:4 ESV / 19 helpful votes

But the king of Assyria found treachery in Hoshea, for he had sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, and offered no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year. Therefore the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison.

Genesis 42:16 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, while you remain confined, that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you. Or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies.”

Genesis 41:14 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh.

Galatians 6:1-2 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Acts 21:24 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses, so that they may shave their heads. Thus all will know that there is nothing in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also live in observance of the law.

Acts 16:27 ESV / 18 helpful votes

When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.

Genesis 42:19 ESV / 18 helpful votes

If you are honest men, let one of your brothers remain confined where you are in custody, and let the rest go and carry grain for the famine of your households,

Genesis 39:23 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph's charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Acts 27:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius.

Romans 13:1-7 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. ...

Romans 10:9 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Acts 12:7-25 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel left him. When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.” ...

Acts 5:17-42 ESV / 15 helpful votes

But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council and all the senate of the people of Israel and sent to the prison to have them brought. ...

Matthew 16:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Acts 25:16 ESV / 14 helpful votes

I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up anyone before the accused met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him.

Micah 7:8 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.

Acts 12:15 ESV / 13 helpful votes

They said to her, “You are out of your mind.” But she kept insisting that it was so, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!”

Jeremiah 32:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes

At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah.

Isaiah 42:6-7 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.

Numbers 15:34 ESV / 13 helpful votes

They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him.

Revelation 20:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

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