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The Bible refers to Noah as a preacher of righteousness at 2 Peter 2:5 (underline ours):

...and he did not hold back from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a deluge upon a world of ungodly people...

Many people believe this to mean that Noah preached to the people before the flood came. And yet others believe that Matthew 24:37-39 implies the population was unaware of the imminent flood (meaning Noah didn't preach). So which is it?

Taking a look at Biblical example, we see that God never takes action against the wicked without first giving ample warning. For example, God warned Adam what would happen if he ate from the tree of knowledge (Genesis 2:16-17). He warned Cain to control his inner wickedness before he committed the first murder (Genesis 4:6-15). He warned king Nebuchadnezzar, a full year in advance, that He would humble him if he didn't keep his pride in check (Daniel 4:20-34). And it wasn't always singular individuals who were warned; remember, God warned the entire nation of Israel against committing child sacrifice (Leviticus 20:2), and He sent Jonah to warn the entire city of Nineveh about His upcoming judgment (Jonah Chapter 3). Even in the case of the city of Sodom, God looked for any righteous ones before destroying it, and sent two angels to warn those ones of the impending judgment (Genesis 18:20-32 and 19:1-3, 12-17 ).

God requires His servants to warn the wicked before He takes action; our failure to do so will result in our own condemnation if our inaction causes the deaths of such ones (Ezekiel 3:18-19). Remember, according to Scripture, God takes no delight in the death of wicked ones but instead takes delight in their repentance (Ezekiel 33:11, 2 Peter 3:9). This is the primary reason for Christ coming to Save us. (John 3:16).

Because Scripture shows that God generally sends a warning before He acts, it is reasonable to suppose that Noah did try to warn his contemporaries about God's imminent judgment because it fits God's method of operation. If this is true, then what about the Scripture at Matthew 24:39, which states (Holman Christian Standard Bible) “They didn't know until the flood came and swept them all away” ?

Since Scripture clearly shows God's standard is to warn the wicked before executing His judgment, this doesn't mean that they didn't get a warning. Instead, it is more likely that they received the warning but didn't take it seriously, possibly believing such warnings to be some kind of a joke, similar to what happened with Lot's sons-in-law (Genesis 19:14).