2 Peter 3:5
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English Standard Version
For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,

King James Bible
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

American Standard Version
For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the word of God;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this they are wilfully ignorant of, that the heavens were before, and the earth out of water, and through water, consisting by the word of God.

English Revised Version
For this they wilfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the word of God;

Webster's Bible Translation
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

Weymouth New Testament
For they are wilfully blind to the fact that there were heavens which existed of old, and an earth, the latter arising out of water and extending continuously through water, by the command of God;

2 Peter 3:5 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

This they willingly are ignorant of (λανθάνει αὐτους τοῦτο θέλοντας)

Lit., this escapes them of their own will. Rev., this they wilfully forget.

The heavens were

But the Greek has no article. Render, there were heavens. So, too, not the earth, but an earth, as Rev.

Standing (συνεστῶσα)

Incorrect; for the word is, literally, standing together; i.e., compacted or formed. Compare Colossians 1:17, consist. Rev., compacted.

Out of the water

Again no article. Render out of water; denoting not the position of the earth, but the material or mediating element in the creation; the waters being gathered together in one place, and the dry land appearing. Or, possibly, with reference to the original liquid condition of the earth - without form and void.

In the water (δὶ ὕδατος)

Omit the article. Διά has its usual sense here, not as Rev., amidst, but by means of. Bengel: "The water served that the earth should consist." Expositors are much divided as to the meaning. This is the view of Huther, Salmond, and, substantially, Alford.

2 Peter 3:5 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

they willingly.

Proverbs 17:16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?

John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light...

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind...

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth...

by the word.

Genesis 1:6,9 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters...

Psalm 24:2 For he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the floods.

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Psalm 136:6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endures for ever.

Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God...

standing. Gr. consisting.

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Cross References
Genesis 1:6
And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."

Genesis 1:9
And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so.

Psalm 24:2
for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

Psalm 136:6
to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;

Hebrews 11:3
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

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