1 Peter 3:20
Good News Translation
These were the spirits of those who had not obeyed God when he waited patiently during the days that Noah was building his boat. The few people in the boat--eight in all--were saved by the water,

Contemporary English Version
They had disobeyed God while Noah was building the boat, but God had been patient with them. Eight people went into that boat and were brought safely through the flood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.

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Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.

sometime.

Genesis 6:3,5,13 And God said: My spirit shall not remain in man for ever, because he is flesh, and his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. . . .

the longsuffering.

Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the Lord waiteth that he may have mercy on you: and therefore shall he be exalted sparing you: because the Lord is the God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

Romans 2:4,5 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and patience and longsuffering? Knowest thou not that the benignity of God leadeth thee to penance? . . .

Romans 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath, fitted for destruction,

2 Peter 3:15 And account the longsuffering of our Lord, salvation: as also our most dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, hath written to you:

the days.

Matthew 24:37-39 And as in the days of Noe, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. . . .

Luke 17:26-30 And as it came to pass in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. . . .

while.

Genesis 6:14-22 Make thee an ark of timber planks: thou shalt make little rooms in the ark, and thou shalt pitch it within and without. . . .

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noe, having received an answer concerning those things which as yet were not seen, moved with fear, framed the ark for the saving of his house: by the which he condemned the world and was instituted heir of the justice which is by faith.

wherein.

Genesis 7:1-7,13,23 And the Lord said to him: Go in, thou and all thy house, into the ark: for thee I have seen just before me in this generation. . . .

Genesis 8:1,18 And God remembered Noe, and all the living creatures, and all the cattle which were with him in the ark, and brought a wind upon the earth, and the waters were abated: . . .

Matthew 7:14 How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom.

Luke 13:24,25 Strive to enter by the narrow gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter and shall not be able. . . .

2 Peter 2:5 And spared not the original world, but preserved Noe, the eighth person, the preacher of justice, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

by.

Genesis 7:17-23 And the flood was forty days upon the earth: and the waters increased, and lifted up the ark on high from the earth. . . .

2 Corinthians 2:15,16 For we are the good odour of Christ unto God, in them that are saved and in them that perish. . . .

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life:

Context
Suffering for Righteousness
19In which also coming he preached to those spirits that were in prison: 20Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water. 21Whereunto baptism, being of the like form, now saveth you also: not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but, the examination of a good conscience towards God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.…
Cross References
Genesis 6:3
And God said: My spirit shall not remain in man for ever, because he is flesh, and his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.

Genesis 6:5
And God seeing that the wickedness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times,

Genesis 6:8
But Noe found grace before the Lord.

Genesis 7:23
And he destroyed all the substance that was upon the earth, from man even to beast, and the creeping things and fowls of the air: and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noe only remained, and they that were with him in the ark.

Genesis 8:18
So Noe went out, he and his sons: his wife, and the wives of his sons with him.

Acts 2:41
They therefore that received his word were baptized: and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.

Romans 2:4
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and patience and longsuffering? Knowest thou not that the benignity of God leadeth thee to penance?

Hebrews 11:7
By faith Noe, having received an answer concerning those things which as yet were not seen, moved with fear, framed the ark for the saving of his house: by the which he condemned the world and was instituted heir of the justice which is by faith.

1 Peter 1:9
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:22
Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly:

1 Peter 2:25
For you were as sheep going astray: but you are now converted to the shepherd and bishop of your souls.

1 Peter 3:19
In which also coming he preached to those spirits that were in prison:

1 Peter 4:19
Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.

2 Peter 2:5
And spared not the original world, but preserved Noe, the eighth person, the preacher of justice, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

Additional Translations
who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, while the ark was being built. In the ark a few people, only eight souls, were saved through water.

at one time having disobeyed, when the longsuffering of God was waiting in the days of Noah, of the ark being prepared, in which a few--that is, eight souls--were saved through water,

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

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:

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:

which 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:

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.

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.

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.

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;
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