2 Peter 3:5

“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:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heauens were of olde, and the earth standing out of the water, and in the water,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God {the} heavens existed long ago and {the} earth was formed out of water and by water,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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;
- American Standard Version (1901)

But in taking this view they put out of their minds the memory that in the old days there was a heaven, and an earth lifted out of the water and circled by water, by the word of God;
- Basic English Bible

For this is hidden from them through their own wilfulness, that heavens were of old, and an earth, having its subsistence out of water and in water, by the word of God,
- Darby 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:
- Webster's Bible

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;
- Weymouth Bible

For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth formed out of water and amid water, by the word of God;
- World English Bible

But it is hid fro hem willynge this thing, that heuenes were bifore, and the erthe of water was stondynge bi watir, of Goddis word;
- Wycliffe Bible

for this is unobserved by them willingly, that the heavens were of old, and the earth out of water and through water standing together by the word of God,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 3:5


3:5 For this they are willingly ignorant of - They do not care to know or consider. That by the almighty word of God - Which bounds the duration of all things, so that it cannot be either longer or shorter. Of old - Before the flood. The aerial heavens were, and the earth - Not as it is now, but standing out of the water and in the water - Perhaps the interior globe of earth was fixed in the midst of the great deep, the abyss of water; the shell or exterior globe standing out of the water, covering the great deep. This, or some other great and manifest difference between the original and present constitution of the terraqueous globe, seems then to have been so generally known, that St. Peter charges their ignorance of it totally upon their wilfulness.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 3:5


2Pe 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of. Their ignorance which causes them to speak thus is willful. They obstinately forget all the lessons taught by the deluge. There the fixed order was interrupted. That by the word of God. See Ge 1:6,9. The heavens were of old. This alludes to the beginning of creation. See Ge 1:1,2. And the earth standing out of the water. "Compacted out of water" (Revised Version). That is, water is a principal element in its formation, a fact seen in three-fourths of its surface being sea, and water being found in the depths of the earth everywhere, and being found largely in earthly combinations.

Discussion for 2 Peter 3

  • Paul
    One thing to note is that verse 8 is not in the context of creation. It's simply pointing out that as Wayne said, God Is timeless, and a thousand years are not a significant length of time to him. Genesis 1 points out that the evening and the morning were the first day, the evening and the morning were the second day, etc.
  • Wayne
    God, simply put, does not dwell in "time". Time, and spans of time, are for us on this earth. God is timeless, having neither beginning nor ending. Timeless. As stated in the word of God. We must think in the spiritual, not the physical.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 8-9
    These verses really give glimpse into how God views time. Vs. 8 can help us understand that the creative days were not literal 24 hour periods, but the term "day" can refer to a span of years. Vs. 9 highlights God's mercy and shows that he is being patient allowing as much time as possible to elapse for us to come to an approved standing with Him.
  • Bill
    im sure that means only that which is evel will burn up
  • Wayne
    Vv. 12 and 13 state the heavens and the earth will be burned up, dissolved. So we look for NEW heavens and a NEW earth. Jesus, in Matt. 24:35, states Heaven and earth shall pass away. Not a renovation, new. Wherein dwelleth righteousness.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 13
    Had to come back! As we are living in the last days in the Bible, this scripture helps me not to become discouraged Jehovah God has made a promise, and that is to give us a cleansed earth. Cleaned from all wickedness and suffering. This encourages me to keep living in a bay that christian should so I can receive that promise.

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