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They deliberately ignore the fact that the heavens existed of old and earth was formed out of water and through water[a] by the word of God;(A) through these the world that then existed was destroyed,(B) deluged with water.[b]

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  1. 3:5 Formed out of water and through water: Gn 1:2, 6–8 is reflected as well as Greek views that water was the basic element from which all is derived.
  2. 3:6 Destroyed, deluged with water: cf. 2 Pt 2:5; Gn 7:11–8:2.

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