20 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:

References for 1 Peter 3:20

    • m 3:20 - Or 'disbelieving:' see John 3.36 and ch. 2.7,8.
    • n 3:20 - Makrothumia: see Note.f, Jas. 5.7.
    • o 3:20 - The Greek means 'arrive safe into a place of security through difficulty or danger,' as Acts 27.44.
    • p 3:20 - This does not mean, I think, that they went through the water to get in, i.e. through the course of the flood. The apostle's mind does not turn to the flood, but to the water as an instrument. Water was ruin and death, and they were saved through it.