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 3:19

  • Isaac Niitan Cofie for verse 19
    In fact the Bible interpretation comes only from the Father our God Peter just want to state that that Jesus Christ preached also to the dead during the three days death before the resurrection those dead from the time of Adam till the day of crucification
  • 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.
  • Happy e david for verse 19
    spirits in prison are dead people spirit hed captive by Satan DAT Jesus death came 2 set free heb 11: 40
  • Charlie for verse 19
    The spirits in prison are the fallen angels sons of God that came in to the daughters of men, and giants were born to them. See Genesis 6:2-4. They are being held in chains of darkness 2 Peter 2:4 , because they kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation Jude v.6 These fallen angels are being held in prison because they crossed the line, and tried to corrupt the human bloodline to prevent the Messiah from coming. As far as the immortality of the soul, please read the Bible, as it states in 1 Corinthians 15:53 ' For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. ' 1 Thess. 4:17 'Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. ' 2 Cor. 5:8 'We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. "
  • 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 for verse 19
    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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