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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.

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word(A) the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.(B) By these waters also the world of that time(C) was deluged and destroyed.(D)

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