Acts 2:31

“He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He seeing this before, spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soule was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that HE WAS NEITHER ABANDONED TO HADES, NOR DID His flesh SUFFER DECAY.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

he foreseeing `this' spake of the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he left unto Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He, having knowledge of the future, was talking of the coming again of Christ from the dead, that he was not kept in hell and his body did not see destruction.
- Basic English Bible

he, seeing [it] before, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that neither has he been left in hades nor his flesh seen corruption.
- Darby Bible

He seeing this before, spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption.
- Webster's Bible

with prophetic foresight he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, to the effect that He was not left forsaken in the Unseen World, nor did His body undergo decay.
- Weymouth Bible

he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay.
- World English Bible

he seynge afer spak of the resurreccioun of Crist, for nether he was left in helle, nether his fleisch saiy corrupcioun.
- Wycliffe Bible

having foreseen, he did speak concerning the rising again of the Christ, that his soul was not left to hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
- Youngs Literal Bible

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Discussion for Acts 2:31

  • Thinking about this logically answered the question for me. The penalty for sin is separation from God and eternal death. If Jesus was indeed the "firstborn from the dead" as the Bible says, and paid the price for our sin, it almost seems a heresy to preach that Jesus DIDN'T go into hell. We are told in Revelation that He has the keys to death and Hades. Where did He go to get them? But because He was MADE sin and did not commit them, He was there illegally, preached to the dead imprisoned there, and let them know He was out of there, rose from the dead, and THEN ascended to His Father. To say that He spent three days in only the Paradise half of Hades can't be right.
  • Pioneer1958 for verse 31
    This verse is strictly saying that Jesus was in hell true but the word hell does not mean a firey pit of torment it simply means grave of mankind which in this that Jesus and like others are in a deep sleep Jesus was in a deep sleep and then he was ressurected and anyone who has died will not remain there forever Anyone who think that Jehovah God would let his Son Jesus Christ and all mankind suffer in torment then they do not know our Grand Creator For he is a God of love
  • This text agrees perfectly other texts and references even in the preface an old version of American Standard Bible: THAT SHEOL AND HADES MEAN SIMPLY GRAVE, PIT, HELL all being synonymous words. It does not mean a place of fire torment. Even Jesus the son of Jehovah was there, as all human when we die, but did not remain there. How sad to believe that hell which means grave means a fire eternal home of torment.

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