2 Peter 3:6

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Whereby the world that then was, being ouerflowed with water, perished.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And that the world which then was came to an end through the overflowing of the waters.
- Basic English Bible

through which [waters] the then world, deluged with water, perished.
- Darby Bible

By which the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
- Webster's Bible

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

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

bi which that ilke world clensid, thanne bi watir perischide.
- Wycliffe Bible

through which the then world, by water having been deluged, was destroyed;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 3:6


3:6 Through which - Heaven and earth, the windows of heaven being opened, and the fountains of the great deep broken up. The world that then was - The whole antediluvian race. Being overflowed with water, perished - And the heavens and earth themselves, though they did not perish, yet underwent a great change. So little ground have these scoffers for saying that all things continue as they were from the creation.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 3:6


2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world . . . perished. By means of the waters of heaven and earth; "the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened", the old world was overflowed and perished (Ge 7:11).

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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