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

  • BSP
    Verse 13: We are in desperate need of a new heavens and earth. This is in a figurative sense because we look forward to a new and perfect government and a cleansed earth full of righteous ones.
  • Servant of God
    The message from Peter is the same as that of Jesus: Watch and pray. Obviously, we can't control the elements, but we can hear into understanding and watch into faith, that God is just and his reward is in his hand. This is certain in my life of devotion to God, the King of kings, the Lord of Lords, who has no partners but many Sons, which are those that remain faithful under all conditions!
  • JP
    we find the BIG BANG not a theory in 3:10
  • A disciple
    Alex, dear brother; whether we like to think that "God could never want to destroy the earth, etc." is simply a lack of knowledge of the Word, and of the true character of God, and the condition of this present evil world. All that we see is one day going to be burned up with fervent heat, and all the elements dissolved. He made the world in the beginning out of nothing, and will make a new one!
  • Alex
    Imo God is not gonna destroy this beautiful earth with all her oceans and etc. THE new earth and new heaven is TH new CREATURE.The old earth is our evil Adamic nature, thats what he wants to destroy by his JUDGEMENT WHICH IS THE H.G N FIRE BAPTISM, THERE IN NOTHIN WRONG WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL EARTH,Jesus said out of the HEARTS of man proceeds all manner of EVIL.Thus the need for his baptism of FIRE.
  • John O'Neill
    A Disciple touches on the important overall message from God regarding 2 Peter 3:7:

    3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

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