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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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.
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".
Jigs Nep's comment on 2013-07-31 17:34:32:
I have written exegesis about this. The Spirits in Prison was Mankind. Peter is telling us that Jesus preached to them whom Isaiah referred as "the captives." They were disobedient even in the days of Noah. The man's spirit is willing but it is being withheld by the flesh that is weak. The Bible tells us that "all mankind" is a prisoner of the Sin of the flesh. You may google "Spirits in Prison Zambotimes" for further reference.
Siam's comment on 2013-01-29 02:06:55:
Inasmuch as the verse has some uncertainty in its interpretation, I believe on its own, it does not make a doctrine of the immortality of the soul. The bible is clear to the fact that there's no consciousness in death (Ecclesiastes 9:4-10) and many other scriptures. The verse must be supported by other verses (Isaiah 34:16; 28;10). Letís search more until God opens it up for us.
Doug Lamb's comment on 2011-04-29 09:16:01:
There is a lot of uncertainty around this verse...I can say for sure that Christ proclaimed His victory over death and sin,"but" the verses regarding "Taking captivity captive" (Eph.4:8) is troublesome. If He took people out of Hell(Psalm 68:18/Isa. 61:1)---who were they? One thing I know for sure..."The secret things belong unto the LORD our God." (Deut.29:29) Doug Lamb
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