knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come 1in the last days with scoffing, 2following their own sinful desires.
43They will say, "Where is the promise of 4his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation."
For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth 5was formed out of water and through water 6by the word of God,
and that by means of these the world that then existed 7was deluged with water and 8perished.
But by the same word 9the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and 10destruction of the ungodly.