14 “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave;(A)
    I will redeem them from death.(B)
Where, O death, are your plagues?
    Where, O grave, is your destruction?(C)

“I will have no compassion,
15     even though he thrives(D) among his brothers.
An east wind(E) from the Lord will come,
    blowing in from the desert;
his spring will fail
    and his well dry up.(F)
His storehouse will be plundered(G)
    of all its treasures.

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18 For Christ also suffered once(A) for sins,(B) the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.(C) He was put to death in the body(D) but made alive in the Spirit.(E) 19 After being made alive,[a] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits(F) 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently(G) in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.(H) In it only a few people, eight in all,(I) were saved(J) through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you(K) also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience(L) toward God.[b] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,(M) 22 who has gone into heaven(N) and is at God’s right hand(O)—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.(P)

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  1. 1 Peter 3:19 Or but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also
  2. 1 Peter 3:21 Or but an appeal to God for a clear conscience

23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge;(A) and you, with the help of wicked men,[a] put him to death by nailing him to the cross.(B) 24 But God raised him from the dead,(C) freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.(D) 25 David said about him:

“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
    Because he is at my right hand,
    I will not be shaken.

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  1. Acts 2:23 Or of those not having the law (that is, Gentiles)

Therefore my heart is glad(A) and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,(B)
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,(C)
    nor will you let your faithful[a] one(D) see decay.(E)

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  1. Psalm 16:10 Or holy

This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
    he took many captives(A)
    and gave gifts to his people.”[b](B)

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended(C) higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)(D)

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  1. Ephesians 4:8 Or God
  2. Ephesians 4:8 Psalm 68:18
  3. Ephesians 4:9 Or the depths of the earth

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