Strong's Concordance, Greek Dictionary

Cage, hold, ward, watch, a guarding or (concretely, guard), the act, the person

Greek: φυλακή, phylakē (G5438)

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Here are cage, hold, prison, ward, watch and related words in the Bible. What does the source Greek word φυλακή mean and how is it used in the Bible? Below are the English definition details. Also below are examples within Bible verses highlighted in yellow (follow this link to go there). Tap or hover on blue, underlined words to see more original scripture and meanings. Information sourced from Strong's Concordance[1].

Definition Details

Strong's Number: G5438

Greek Base Word: φυλακή

Usage: Cage, hold, (im-)prison(-ment), ward, watch

Definition: A guarding or (concretely, guard), the act, the person; figuratively, the place, the condition, or (specially), the time (as a division of day or night), literally or figuratively.

Detailed definition:

  1. Guard, watch.
    1. A watching, keeping watch.
      1. To keep watch.
    2. Persons keeping watch, a guard, sentinels.
    3. Of the place where captives are kept, a prison.
    4. Of the time (of night) during which guard was kept, a watch i.e., a period of time during which part of the guard was on duty, and at the end of which others relieved them.

Derived terms: From G5442.

See also:

  1. G5442

Comments: As the earlier Greeks divided the night commonly into three parts, so, previous to the exile, the Israelites also had three watches in a night; subsequently, however, after they became subject to Rome, they adopted the Roman custom of dividing the night into four watches.


  1. Biblical International Phonetic Alphabet: fy.lɑˈke
  2. Modern International Phonetic Alphabet: fju.lɑˈke̞
  3. Transliteration: phylakē
  4. Biblical Pronunciation: foo-la-KAY
  5. Modern Pronunciation: fyoo-la-KAY

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