Proverbs 8:27
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New International Version
I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,

New Living Translation
I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans.

English Standard Version
When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

New American Standard Bible
"When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,

King James Bible
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was there when He established the heavens, when He laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean,

International Standard Version
when he crafted the heavens, I was there— when he marked out a circle on the face of the deep,

NET Bible
When he established the heavens, I was there; when he marked out the horizon over the face of the deep,

New Heart English Bible
When he established the heavens, I was there; when he set a circle on the surface of the deep,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When the Heavens were established, I was with him, and when he made a circle over the face of the depths.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"When he set up the heavens, I was there. When he traced the horizon on the surface of the ocean,

JPS Tanakh 1917
When He established the heavens, I was there; When He set a circle upon the face of the deep,

New American Standard 1977
“When He established the heavens, I was there,
            When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,

Jubilee Bible 2000
when he composed the heavens, I was there. When he set a compass upon the face of the depth,

King James 2000 Bible
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he drew a circle upon the face of the depth:

American King James Version
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass on the face of the depth:

American Standard Version
When he established the heavens, I was there: When he set a circle upon the face of the deep,

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he prepared the heavens, I was present: when with a certain law and compass he enclosed the depths:

Darby Bible Translation
When he prepared the heavens I was there; when he ordained the circle upon the face of the deep;

English Revised Version
When he established the heavens, I was there: when he set a circle upon the face of the deep:

Webster's Bible Translation
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

World English Bible
When he established the heavens, I was there; when he set a circle on the surface of the deep,

Young's Literal Translation
In His preparing the heavens I am there, In His decreeing a circle on the face of the deep,
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
26While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world. 27"When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, 28When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed,…
Cross References
Job 26:10
"He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters At the boundary of light and darkness.

Proverbs 3:19
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens.

Proverbs 8:26
While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world.

Proverbs 8:28
When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed,

Isaiah 40:22
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
Treasury of Scripture

When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass on the face of the depth:

he prepared

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of …

Psalm 103:19 The LORD has prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom rules over all.

Psalm 136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endures for ever.

Jeremiah 10:12 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world …

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that …

Hebrews 1:2 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed …

compass or encircle

Isaiah 40:11,22 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

(27) When he set a compass upon the face of the depth--i.e., when He stretched the vault of heaven over it: the same expression is used in Job 22:14. It is also interpreted of the circle of the horizon.

Verse 27. - After asserting the pre-existence of Wisdom, the writer tells her part in the work of creation. When he prepared the heavens, I was there. When God made the firmament, and divided the waters above it and below (Genesis 1:7), Wisdom cooperated. When he set a compass upon the face of the depth. חוּג (chug), "circle," or "circuit" (as Job 22:14), means the vault of heaven, conceived of as resting on the ocean which surrounds the earth, in partial accordance with the notion in Homer, who speaks of the streams of ocean flowing back into itself (ἀψόῥῤοος), 'Iliad,' 18:399; 'Odyssey,' 10:508, etc. That the reference is not to the marking out a limit for the waters is plain from the consideration that this interpretation would make the verse identical with ver. 29. Thus in Isaiah 40:22 we have, "It is he that sitteth above the circle (chug) of the earth;" i.e. the vault of heaven that encircles the earth. Septuagint, "When he marked out (ἀφώριζε) his throne upon the winds." The translators have referred tchom, "depth," to the waters above. When he prepared the heavens, I was there,.... Made, beautified, and adorned them; when he gave them their form, figure, magnitude, and motion; when he garnished them with the sun, moon, and stars; then was Christ present, not as a mere spectator, but as a co-worker; see Hebrews 1:10; and even the third heaven, the place and state of glorified saints, prepared for them from the foundation of the world, Matthew 25:34;

when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: or "compassed the waters with bounds", as Job says, Proverbs 26:10; or made the earth with the sea globular, which make one terraqueous globe: or "made a circle" (p); all around it, called the circle of the earth, on which he sits, Isaiah 40:22; this compass may design the vast expanse or firmament of heaven, which is stretched and drawn around the terraqueous globe as a canopy or curtain. Christ was with his Father on the first day's creation of the heavens; and on the second day, when the firmament was made, and was before them both.

(p) "describendo circulum", Montanus, Mercerus, Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens. 27. when he set … depth—marked out the circle, according to the popular idea of the earth, as circular, surrounded by depths on which the visible concave heavens rested.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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