1 Peter 3:19

“By which also he went and preached vnto the spirits in prison,”

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Other Translations

By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
- King James Version

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

  • BSP
    Verse 12~If we are righteous we can be assured that we have Jehovah God's eyes and ears on us so to speak.
  • BSP
    Verse 6~We do not want to give into fear. We must continue doing good and build love for Jehovah God and he will give us the courage we need to face any circumstance.
  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 3:1 likewise you wives be in subjection to your own husbands that if any obey not the word they also may without the word be won over by the conversations of the wives 1 TIMOTHY 2:12 but I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man but to be in silence
  • Emma Elder
    1 Peter 9:24 states that he went and preached to the spirits. I believe he went into hell? Is that true? Please show cross references. Please and thank you. Emma
  • D W L
    The day Jesus was crucified, there was 2 thieves also crucified. (Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.) But the one on the right said (Luke 23:And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

    43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
  • Mrs. Lindsey
    I really love verse 7 because it lets us know that GOD is some-kind-of serious about His marriage covenant and we need to be as well. A man's prayers are literally stopped once he leaves his wife meaning he can no longer ask forgiveness. Something to think about.

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