Imprisonment of Adoniram Judson – Henry Gouger

Imprisonment of Adoniram Judson – Henry Gouger



ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST HORRIBLE seventeen months of impris-
onment was endured by Adoniram Judson from 1824 to 1825 at
age 37. Little food was given to him. His feet were bound to
a large bamboo pole, his hands to another, and at night his
feet were lifted higher than his head. Thus he was to swing
suspended on the small of his back, his feet tied to a raised
pole. His heroic wife brought little bits of food to him, al-
though she and the baby were near death at times themselves
and eventually succumbed to the rigors of life in Burma. What
was Judson doing during these days in prison? Translating the
Bible, hiding his work in a hard pillow which nobody

Adoniram Judson (1788-1850)

Pioneer missionary to Burma. Adoniram Judson was the son of a
Congregational minister. He taught himself to read at the age
of three, and by his tenth year he knew Latin and Greek and
was a serious student of theology. At the age of 16 he en-
tered Brown University and was graduated three years later as
the valedictorian of his class.

At Andover Theological Seminary he could not get away
from the words of a missionary appeal, “Go ye into all the
world.” In 1810 he helped form the American Board of
Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and, two years later, he
and his new wife, Ann, sailed for India.

When the government refused to allow them to enter
the country, they went to Burma, where they worked for six
years before winning a convert. During those years they were
plagued with ill health, loneliness, and the death of their
baby son. Judson was imprisoned for nearly two years, during
which time Ann faithfully visited him, smuggling to him his
books, papers, and notes, which he used in translating the
Bible into the Burmese language. Soon after his release from
prison, Ann and their baby daughter, Maria, died of spotted

Judson withdrew into seclusion into the interior,
where he completed the translation of the whole Bible into

In 1845 he returned for a visit to America, but the
burning desire to win the Burmese people sent him back to the
Orient, where he soon died.

As a young man, he had cried out, “I will not leave
Burma, until the cross is planted here forever!” Thirty years
after his death, Burma had 63 Christian churches, 163 mis-
sionaries, and over 7,000 baptized converts.

About Rich Moore

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