1 Peter 3:19

“By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

By which also he went and preached vnto the spirits in prison,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits {now} in prison,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison,
- American Standard Version (1901)

By whom he went to the spirits in prison, preaching to those
- Basic English Bible

in which also going he preached to the spirits [which are] in prison,
- Darby Bible

By which also he went and preached to the spirits in prison;
- Webster's Bible

in which He also went and proclaimed His Message to the spirits that were in prison,
- Weymouth Bible

in which he also went and preached to the spirits in prison,
- World English Bible

For which thing he cam in spirit, and also to hem that weren closid togidre in prisoun prechide;
- Wycliffe Bible

in which also to the spirits in prison having gone he did preach,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 3:19

3:19 By which Spirit he preached - Through the ministry of Noah. To the spirits in prison - The unholy men before the flood, who were then reserved by the justice of God, as in a prison, till he executed the sentence upon them all; and are now also reserved to the judgment of the great day.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 3:19

1Pe 3:19,20 By which also he went and preached to the spirits in prison. The facts stated are (1) That Christ, put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, went and preached. (2) This preaching of Christ in the spirit was to spirits. (3) Those spirits were in prison. The Greek word, "phulake", used for "prison", denotes a place of custody, not a place of punishment. These spirits (4) "at one time were disobedient". This states why they were held in prison. (5) The time of their disobedience is stated. It was while the "longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah".

Discussion for 1 Peter 3

  • Wayne
    V. 21 tells us that baptism is an answer of a good conscience toward God. Not a putting away of the filth of the flesh.
  • Edwin Stone
    I think Jesus did go and conquer hell. The devil had no power over him because he was sinless from day one
  • Lu2677
    Bill, believe God's word. He says "Baptism saves"
  • Bill
    I am going to very soon be a Bible study assistant(and sometimes) teacher, and in our class we are going to be discussing our denominations catechism and they interpret v.21 to mean we are saved by baptism. I cant in good conscience say that,because after a careful study of Scripture and greek concordances I dont believe that is the correct context. does anyone have any insight or offer advice.
  • Godwin Ebitu
    Comment*It talks about being moderate in our dressings and outward appearances
  • Lu2677
    2 Peter 3:1-6 Ladies, do you know verse 1 commands us to never speak (without a word) about God's word to our husbands if they are not believers? I remember being taught it means "don't nag him about scripture."

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