Proverbs 8:23
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New International Version
I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.

New Living Translation
I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began.

English Standard Version
Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.

New American Standard Bible
"From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.

King James Bible
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was formed before ancient times, from the beginning, before the earth began.

International Standard Version
From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before there was land.

NET Bible
From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before the world existed.

New Heart English Bible
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And before the world he was possessed by me, and from the beginning, before he would establish the Earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was appointed from everlasting from the first, before the earth began.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Or ever the earth was.

New American Standard 1977
“From everlasting I was established,
            From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I was set up with eternal dominion, from the beginning, before the earth was.

King James 2000 Bible
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth was.

American King James Version
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

American Standard Version
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Before the earth was.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I was set up from eternity, and of old before the earth was made.

Darby Bible Translation
I was set up from eternity, from the beginning, before the earth was.

English Revised Version
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

Webster's Bible Translation
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

World English Bible
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed.

Young's Literal Translation
From the age I was anointed, from the first, From former states of the earth.
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
22"The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. 23"From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. 24"When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water.…
Cross References
John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 17:5
And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world existed.

Proverbs 4:7
"The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

Micah 5:2
"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity."
Treasury of Scripture

I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and …

Psalm 2:6 Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion.

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me …

Ephesians 1:10,11 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather …

1 John 1:1,2 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

(23) I was set up.--An unusual word; also applied to our Lord in Psalm 2:6 when "set" as King on Zion.

Verse 23. - I was set up from everlasting. The verb used here is remarkable. It is נָסַך(nasak), in niph.; and it is found in Psalm 2:6, "I have set my King upon my holy hill." Both here and there it has been translated "anointed," which would make a noteworthy reference to Christ. But there seems no proof that the word has this meaning. It signifies properly "to pour forth" (as of molten metal), then "to put down," "to appoint or establish." The versions recognize this. Thus the Septuagint, "he established (ἐθεμελίωσε) me;" Vulgate, ordinata sum; Aquila, κατεστάθην; Symmachus, προεχείρισμαι; Venetian, κέχυμαι (comp. Ecclus. 1:9). So what is here said is that Wisdom was from everlasting exalted as ruler and disposer of all things. To express eternal relation, three synonymous terms are used. From everlasting; πρὸ τοῦ αἰῶνος, Septuagint, as Delitzsch notes, points back to infinite distance. From the beginning; i.e. before the world was begun to be made; as St. John says (John 1:1), "In the beginning was the Word;" and Christ prays, "Glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was" (John 17:5). Or ever the earth was. This looks to the most remote time after the actual creation, while the earth was being formed and adapted. I was set up from everlasting,.... I, a person, and not a quality; a person, and not a nature; the person of Christ as the Son of God, and not the human nature of Christ, which then did not exist; this phrase designs the ordination and constitution of Christ in his office as Mediator. So the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "I was ordained"; Christ was foreordained to be the Redeemer and Saviour of men, to be the propitiation for their sins, to be the head of the church, and the Judge of the world. It intends likewise his inauguration into his office, and his investiture with it; and because anointing with oil was used in installing persons into the offices of prophet, priest, and king; hence Christ's instalment into his office as Mediator is here expressed by an anointing; for the words may be rendered, "I was anointed" (i); it takes in all that goes to his constitution as Mediator, his call, appointment, and investiture; and the whole of his office, every part and branch of it; and chiefly his kingly office, with reference to which the same word is used Psalm 2:6; and so Gersom paraphrases it,

"and there were given to me power, dominion, and greatness;''

all which suppose the eternity of his person; for had he not existed from everlasting, he could not have been set up, and anointed as Mediator, or invested with his office as such;

from the beginning, or ever the earth was; or from the first of the earth, or the original of it; that is, before all time, before the earth or anything was created; this further confirms the eternal existence of Christ's person, the antiquity of his office, the early provision of grace in him as Mediator for his people, and may lead to entertain high and honourable thoughts of him.

(i) "uncta sum", Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens; "inuncta fui", Gejerus. 23. I was set up—ordained, or inaugurated (Ps 2:6). The other terms carry out the idea of the earliest antiquity, and illustrate it by the details of creation [Pr 8:24-29].8:22-31 The Son of God declares himself to have been engaged in the creation of the world. How able, how fit is the Son of God to be the Saviour of the world, who was the Creator of it! The Son of God was ordained, before the world, to that great work. Does he delight in saving wretched sinners, and shall not we delight in his salvation?
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