complete verse (1 Peter 3:20)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Peter 3:20:

  • Uma: “They were put in prison because of their rebelling against God long ago when the prophet Nuh was still living. At that time long ago, the love of God was patient [lit., long] waiting for men to change their hearts, while Nuh was making his boat. But when the water destroyed the world, there were only eight people who entered into the boat and were saved [lit., received goodness].” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “They are the spirits/souls of the people who did not follow/obey God’s commandment at the time of Nu deceased (ley). God waited that perhaps they would follow/obey him while Nu built the big ship. But when the flood came only eight people rode in the ship and were saved from the water.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “These were the people long ago who would not listen to God at the time when He was just being patient with evil behaviour until Noah finished building the ark. There were only eight people who went into the ark to be saved from the water.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “These-aforementioned who were imprisoned, they are those who didn’t believe/obey God in the time of Noe long ago. At that time when Noe was making the ark (daong), God patiently waited for people to believe koma in him, but few there were who weren’t drowned when the earth was flooded, because only eight entered the ark and were saved from/by/in the water.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Through this Espiritu Santo, he went to the people of long ago, in the time of Noe. They really were taught/shown the will of God, but well, they didn’t obey it. That’s why now, their spirits are imprisoned. Because all the time Noe-and-co were still making the boat which was like a big chest, God just did-nothing-about those rebellious ones. He was waiting for them to repent/be-sorry for their sin. But since they didn’t repent, he caused it to flood, that being his punishment for them. Very few people were like rescued by him from that water, only eight, only Noe’s family who were in the boat.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “These did not believe the word at the time Noah lived. God put up with them during the time Noah built the boat. And only eight people were saved, because they were aboard the boat while the flood occurred.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)