2:5 and if he did not spare the ancient world, but did protect Noah, a herald of righteousness, along with seven others, 1 when God 2 brought a flood on an ungodly world, 3 2:6 and if he turned to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when he condemned them to destruction, 4 having appointed 5 them to serve as an example 6 to future generations of the ungodly, 7
1 tn “Along with seven others” is implied in the cryptic, “the eighth, Noah.” A more literal translation thus would be, “he did protect Noah [as] the eighth…”
3 tn Grk “a world of the ungodly.”
4 tc Several important witnesses omit καταστροφῇ (katastrofh, “destruction”; such as Ì72* B C* 1241 1739 1881 pc), but this is probably best explained as an accidental omission due to homoioarcton (the word following is κατέκρινεν [katekrinen, “he condemned”]).
tn Or “ruin,” or “extinction.” The first part of this verse more literally reads “And [if] he condemned to annihilation the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, by turning them to ashes.”
5 tn The perfect participle τεθεικώς (teqeikw") suggests an antecedent act. More idiomatically, the idea seems to be, “because he had already appointed them to serve as an example.”
6 tn “To serve as” is not in Greek but is implied in the object-complement construction.
7 tn Grk “an example of the things coming to the ungodly,” or perhaps “an example to the ungodly of coming [ages].”