This was not a regular punishment in Israel, but Pharaoh's butler and baker are said to have been imprisoned in Egypt together with Joseph (Gen. 40: 3). Jeremiah was once placed in the stocks (Jer. 20: 2) and later imprisoned (Jer. 37: 15). King Artaxerxes authorized Ezra to make use of this punishment (Ezra 7: 26). John the Baptist was imprisoned (Mark 6: 17), for Herod the Great had built great prisons to incarcerate any who threatened him. Peter was imprisoned by Herod Agrippa I (Acts 12: 4). It was a common punishment in the Roman Empire (Acts 16: 24); the epistles to the Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians are all written from prison.