1 Peter 3:20

“Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the dayes of Noah, while the Arke was a preparing: wherein few, that is, eight soules were saued by water.”

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Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
- King James Version

who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through {the} water.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who, in the days of Noah, went against God's orders; but God in his mercy kept back the punishment, while Noah got ready the ark, in which a small number, that is to say eight persons, got salvation through water:
- Basic English Bible

heretofore disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in [the] days of Noah while the ark was preparing, into which few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water:
- Darby Bible

Who formerly were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was preparing, in which few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.
- Webster's Bible

who in ancient times had been disobedient, while God's longsuffering was patiently waiting in the days of Noah during the building of the Ark, in which a few persons--eight in number--were brought safely through the water.
- Weymouth Bible

who before were disobedient, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, while the ship was being built. In it, few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
- World English Bible

whiche weren sum tyme vnbileueful, whanne thei abididen the pacience of God in the daies of Noe, whanne the schip was maad, in which a few, that is to seie, eiyte soulis weren maad saaf bi water.
- Wycliffe Bible

who sometime disbelieved, when once the long-suffering of God did wait, in days of Noah -- an ark being preparing -- in which few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 3:20


3:20 When the longsuffering of God waited - For an hundred and twenty years; all the time the ark was preparing: during which Noah warned them all to flee from the wrath to come.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 3:20


1Pe 3:20 The long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah. They had then refused to obey the call to repentance. It is stated in Ge 6:3 that the long suffering of God waited 120 years. This difficult passage has been given two interpretations. The more common view is that Jesus, after his suffering, during the interval before his resurrection, went without the body in a spirit form, to these antediluvians and preached to them. If this view is correct, it only teaches that an offer of salvation was then made to these disobedient ones who had never before heard of Christ before their final judgment. It furnishes no comfort to those that have an opportunity and reject it in this life. It only shows that one opportunity is given to all. The other view is that Christ went "in spirit" in the person of Noah and by him preached to those who were afterwards held in prison on account of their disobedience. The first view seems more in harmony with the context; the second furnishes fewer theological difficulties. Wherein few, that is, eight souls. Only eight souls out of a great multitude were saved; these were saved by water, since it bore up the ark. The Greek word "dia", rendered "by", means "by means of".

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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