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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words
from phulasso, "to guard," denotes (a) "a watching, keeping watch," Luke 2:8; (b) "persons keeping watch, a guard," Acts 12:10; (c) "a period during which watch is kept," e.g., Matthew 24:43; (d) "a prison, a hold." In Revelation 18:2 , AV, Babylon is described figuratively, first as a "hold" and then as a "cage" of every unclean and hateful bird (RV, "hold" in both clauses; marg., "prison"). The word is almost invariably translated "prison." See HOLD , IMPRISONMENT, PRISON , WARD , WATCH.
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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Cage'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/c/cage.html. 1940.