2 Peter 3:6
New International Version
By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.

New Living Translation
Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood.

English Standard Version
and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.

Berean Study Bible
through which the world of that time perished in the flood.

Berean Literal Bible
through which the world at that time perished, having been deluged with water.

King James Bible
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

New King James Version
by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

New American Standard Bible
through which the world at that time was destroyed by being flooded with water.

NASB 1995
through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.

NASB 1977
through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.

Amplified Bible
through which the world at that time was destroyed by being flooded with water.

Christian Standard Bible
Through these the world of that time perished when it was flooded.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Through these waters the world of that time perished when it was flooded.

American Standard Version
by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By which the world which then was, lay in water and was destroyed.

Contemporary English Version
Later it was destroyed by the waters of a mighty flood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.

English Revised Version
by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

Good News Translation
and it was also by water, the water of the flood, that the old world was destroyed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Water also flooded and destroyed that world.

International Standard Version
by which the world at that time was deluged with water and destroyed.

Literal Standard Version
through which the world then, having been flooded by water, was destroyed;

NET Bible
Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water.

New Heart English Bible
by which means the world that then was, being deluged with water, was destroyed.

Weymouth New Testament
and that, by means of these, the then existing race of men was overwhelmed with water and perished.

World English Bible
by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.

Young's Literal Translation
through which the then world, by water having been deluged, was destroyed;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Coming Judgment
5But they deliberately overlook the fact that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6through which the world of that time perished in the flood. 7And by that same word, the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.…

Cross References
Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

Genesis 7:12
And the rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.

2 Peter 2:5
if He did not spare the ancient world when He brought the flood on its ungodly people, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, among the eight;


Treasury of Scripture

Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

2 Peter 2:5
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

Genesis 7:10-23
And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth…

Genesis 9:15
And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.









(6) Whereby.--The meaning of this is much disputed. The original literally signifies, by means of which things. But what things? The context allows various alternatives: (1) These facts about the Creation; (2) the heavens and the earth; (3) the water out of which, and the water by means of which, the world was made; (4) any or all of these together with the word of God. There is good reason for preferring the second of these. Both the heavens and the earth contributed to the deluge; for then "all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened" (Genesis 7:11). The English "whereby" is as vague as the original.

The world that then was, . . . perished.--So that it is absurd to say that all things continue unchanged since the Creation. The world was so transformed by the deluge that the world previous to that catastrophe perished, chaos for the moment returned, and a new world issued from the crisis. "The world that then was, perished" is equivalent to "He spared not the old world" in 2Peter 2:5.

Verse 6. - Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. The Greek for" whereby" is δἰ ῶν, literally, "through which things." The plural here presents some difficulty. The most obvious antecedents are "the heavens and the earth" of the last verse; but many commentators refer the relative to the twice-repeated "water." The meaning will be the same whichever view we take. "The fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened;" that is, the Deluge was brought to pass by means of the heavens, i.e., the waters that were above the firmament, and the earth, i.e., the waters that were below the firmament, which came from the earth as the waters first mentioned came from the heavens. Another possible view is that of Huther, who refers δἱ ῶν to the water and the Word of God. By the world here must be meant the world of living creatures. This is St. Peter's answer to the mockers: there had been one great catastrophe; there will be another.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
through
δι’ (di’)
Preposition
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

which
ὧν (hōn)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

world
κόσμος (kosmos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2889: Probably from the base of komizo; orderly arrangement, i.e. Decoration; by implication, the world (morally).

of that time
τότε (tote)
Adverb
Strong's 5119: Then, at that time. From ho and hote; the when, i.e. At the time that.

perished
ἀπώλετο (apōleto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 622: From apo and the base of olethros; to destroy fully, literally or figuratively.

in the flood.
κατακλυσθεὶς (kataklystheis)
Verb - Aorist Participle Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2626: To flood over, overwhelm, inundate. From kata and the base of kludon; to dash down, i.e. to deluge.


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