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

  • 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."
  • Maria-kampala
    it is so good that i have learnt more about the love of GOD.
  • Bonyah Isaac
    Verse.18 20:The passage does not teach that Christ went and preach to some imprisoned spirit in hades.It is saying that Christ was put to death in the flesh he died like all humans die ,but made alive by the Spirit.This means he died and was raise do life by the Holy Spirit, Rom.8:11 .Through whom that same Spirit he Jesus went and preach to the spirit in prison.So it was the Holy Spirit that did the preaching.But who are this spirit in prison?? They are simply the sinners who disobeyed God in Noah's day.In the Bible sinners are seen to be in Prison. Isaiah 42:7,61:1 . The Holy Spirit also the Spirit of Christ preached through Noah to those disobedient spirit.It shoul b noted that the Holy Spirit had been preaching in the past,present and will continue to preach through Holy Men of God. 2nd Peter 1:20 21 .Eph.2:17 says "Jesus came and preached peace to the Jews and gentiles".Jesus personaly ddnt preach to the gentiles.Rather the Holy Spirit which is His Spirit spoke through holy men of God.So the entire pasage simply means that Christ,through the His Spirit in Noah preached to those peoples who were under the bondage of Sin.Again it has a connection with His ascension and the pouring of the Spirit when He through His Spirit in Holy men preached to both the Jews and Gentiles.The passage can never mean Christ preached while He was dead to dead spirit in Noah's time.For it would contradict with what the Hebrew writer wrote"After death comes Judgement".There is no 2nd chance.
  • PST Harold
    Modesty and mode of dressing
  • Betty Navratil for verse 19
    Between the time of Christ 's death and resurrection, Christ 's spirit was in the heart of the earth,to get the key of Hades,and to preach to the spirits of men in there. Since the devil never repent,the preaching was for men. I hope and pray that view 2 is right.I hope that those who have not heard of the Gospel or have not understand it will still receive a second chance to understand and accept salvation from God. Hell was made for the devils.

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