|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
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, 21; Matthew 18:30).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) A close, dark prison, common/, under ground, as if the lower apartments of the donjon or keep of a castle, these being used as prisons.
2. (v. t.) To shut up in a dungeon.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
dun'-jun. See PRISON.
Dungeon (15 Occurrences)
Genesis 40:15 For indeed, I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. He shaved himself, changed his clothing, and came in to Pharaoh. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 12:29 It happened at midnight, that Yahweh struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of livestock. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 24:22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison; and after many days shall they be visited. (See JPS NAS NIV)
Isaiah 42:7 to open the blind eyes, to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness out of the prison. (WEB JPS ASV NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 51:14 The prisoner, bent under his chain, will quickly be made free, and will not go down into the underworld, and his bread will not come to an end. (See NAS NIV)
Jeremiah 37:16 When Jeremiah was come into the dungeon house, and into the cells, and Jeremiah had remained there many days; (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Jeremiah 38:6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchijah the king's son, that was in the court of the guard: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. In the dungeon there was no water, but mire; and Jeremiah sank in the mire. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 38:7 Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, a eunuch, who was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon (the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin), (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 38:9 My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is likely to die in the place where he is, because of the famine; for there is no more bread in the city. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 38:10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with you, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he dies. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 38:11 So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took there rags and worn-out garments, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Jeremiah 38:13 So they drew up Jeremiah with the cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS)
Lamentations 3:53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and have cast a stone on me. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS)
Lamentations 3:55 I called on your name, Yahweh, out of the lowest dungeon. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS)