2 Peter 3:3-7

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BibleNew Testament2 Peter

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
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:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
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.


5 They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water,
6 through which the world of that time was deluged with water and perished.

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A Creation Record

Verse 5 refers to the theme of God's creation by saying his "word", and to the waters above and below. Peter also concurs with a plain reading of Genesis 1:1-3, understanding the waters to be already existing, and the earth and heaven created within them.

Literal Reading

This passage is cited here as "accepting" events of early Genesis as literally true. See comment here. —BP

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