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
    For by grace are you saved by faith. And that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God. Not of works. Lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
  • Edwin Stone
    I think Jesus did go and conquer hell. The devil had no power over him because he was sinless from day one
  • Pamjkirby
    Hope this helps Bill . The thief on the cross.
  • Wayne
    V. 18, He was put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Holy Spirit of God. Romans 6 says He was raised alive by the glory of God.
  • May willy
    In 18 we see that with deep love for his Father and for Adam’s descendants, Jesus gave up a perfect human life that corresponded to what Adam had lost. Thereafter, Jehovah restored his Son to life as a spirit.
  • Wayne
    Matt. 4:17, Jesus said repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. John 3:3, Jesus said except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom. 3:7, marvel not that I said ye must be born again.

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