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

  • Wayne
    Jesus preached to the unsaved, some believed some didn't, and He just kept walking and preaching, healing. Same with Paul. And others. No matter how hard it was, when it seemed no one was listening, they kept on, in the joy of the Lord.
  • Bruce
    Aletha:Yes! Very! For The Time is here, that They won't endure Sound Doctrine:2Timothy 4:1-8 / The Night cometh,when no Man can Work. John9:4 /The Night is far Spent--- put on The Armour of Light. Romans 13:10-14./ They run from The Light: John 3:19. / Sometimes I sit in my room, Numb! Spiritually depressed: Eternity is coming They don't care.
  • Aletha McKenzie
    Vs. 11 especially speaks to me at a time when it is VERY difficult to find a place of worship that doesn't have a "subculture" of gossiping and backbiting. Many times the Pastor's are not aware that these "busy bodies" are eroding His Church. People ultimately leave the ministries. Sad to see this happening †
  • Bruce
    Put on The Whole Armour of God,that Ye may be able to stand against the wiles of The Devil.Ephesians 6:11 / Study to shew thyself approved unto God---Rightly dividing The Word of Truth. 2Timothy 2:15/and many False Prophets shall rise and shall deceive many.Matthew 24:11/You will know them by how they twist Scripture,deny others.Matthew 7:15-16.
  • Word
    Vs 5 don't be ignorant their was a first earth age. Destruction Jer. 4:20-27 Why? Ezekiel 28 Satans downfall where he wanted to be God but is only a man, pride, sin. Satan got one third of Gods children to follow him and they road that tail in Rev.12:4 and in Matt. 13:36 -40 it explains that Satan sends his tares, children to earth just like God does. 1st earth age spiritual bodies. 2nd age flesh.
  • Steve morrow
    2 peter 3:18 but grow in grace and in the knowledge of our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST to HIM be glory both now and forever proverbs 24:4 and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches 24:5 a wise man is strong yea a man of knowledge increaseth strength

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