Proverbs 8:31
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New International Version
rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.

New Living Translation
And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family!

English Standard Version
rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.

New American Standard Bible
Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men.

King James Bible
Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was rejoicing in His inhabited world, delighting in the human race."

International Standard Version
rejoicing in his inhabitable world and taking delight in mankind."

NET Bible
rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, and delighting in its people.

New Heart English Bible
Rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have been rejoicing in the world of his Earth and I have been glorying in the sons of man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
found joy in his inhabited world, and delighted in the human race.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Playing in His habitable earth, And my delights are with the sons of men.

New American Standard 1977
Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
            And having my delight in the sons of men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I am content in the circumference of his earth, and my contentment is with the sons of men.

King James 2000 Bible
Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

American King James Version
Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

American Standard Version
Rejoicing in his habitable earth; And my delight was with the sons of men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Playing in the world: and my delights were to be with the children of men.

Darby Bible Translation
rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, and my delights [were] with the sons of men.

English Revised Version
Rejoicing in his habitable earth; and my delight was with the sons of men.

Webster's Bible Translation
Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

World English Bible
Rejoicing in his whole world. My delight was with the sons of men.

Young's Literal Translation
Rejoicing in the habitable part of His earth, And my delights are with the sons of men.
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
30Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, 31Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men. 32"Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, For blessed are they who keep my ways.…
Cross References
John 13:1
It was now just before the Passover Feast, and Jesus knew that His hour had come to leave this world and return to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the very end.

Psalm 16:3
As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.
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(31) Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth.--Rather, the fertile part. (Comp. Genesis 1:31, where the satisfaction of God with His creation is described; and Psalm 104:31.)

My delights were with the sons of men.--Or rather, in them. (Comp. Genesis 3:8, where it would seem that the "Lord God" had been in the habit of assuming human form, and admitting man to His presence.) Such appearances as this, and that to Abraham in Genesis 18, and to Joshua in Joshua 5, were supposed by the Fathers to have been anticipations of the Incarnation of God the Son, who is here described under the name of Wisdom.

Verse 31. - Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth. Wisdom declares wherein she chiefly delighted, viz. in the world as the habitation of rational creatures. "And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:31); comp. Psalm 104:31, and see the eloquent account of Wisdom in the book so named (7:22-8:1). My delights were with the sons of men. Man, made in the image of God. is the principal object of creative Wisdom's pleasure; and her joy is fulfilled only in the Incarnation. When the Word became flesh, then was the end and design of creation exhibited, and the infinite love of God towards man made, as it were, visible and palpable. Septuagint, "Because he rejoiced when he completed the world (τὴν οἰκουμένην), and rejoiced in the children of men." Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth,.... In that part of the earth which is habitable; in filling it with inhabitants; in preserving and sustaining it in being, and the inhabitants of it; in governing it, and ordering all things in it for the best, according to his infinite wisdom and the counsel of his will; in bestowing the bounties of his providence, and in being the light and life of men: all which were done by him with the greatest ease, as well as pleasure and delight; it was a kind of sport or play unto him, as the word used signifies (w); and so in Proverbs 8:30, which shows the allusion is to a nurse child. Moreover, this may have a peculiar view to the saints and people of God, and to those particular spots of ground in God's earth where they should dwell; for as the earth was made, and is continued on their account; so the very place of their birth and abode, as well as of their conversion, were afore appointed and fixed by the Lord, which Christ in his eternal mind had a foreview of, and took a pleasure in: besides, they themselves are the habitation of God, and Christ, and the blessed Spirit; the church of God is his dwelling place on earth, where he delights to dwell, over whom he rejoices to do good, and whom he makes glad; so some read the words, "making glad the habitable part of his earth" (x). Once more, the new earth, which will be after this is passed, away, may be truly called his, or the second Adam's earth; and in which only righteous persons shall dwell, and with whom the tabernacle of God shall be, or with whom Christ shall dwell a thousand years; and in the foreview of this he may be thought to take delight and pleasure, even before the world was. The human nature of Christ may not be amiss thought of, which was formed in the lower parts of the earth, and therefore he is called the fruit of the earth, Psalm 139:15, Isaiah 4:2; and may be said to be habitable, in which the fulness of the Godhead dwells, and the Word tabernacled, and is the true tabernacle; in the foreview of which the Son of God rejoiced, as to be produced without sin by the Holy Spirit, and adorned with his graces, and to be united to his person; in which he was to work out the salvation of his people, and be glorified; and his, joy, in the foreview of it, appears by his frequent appearances in a human form before his actual incarnation, as "preludiums" of it;

and my delights were with the sons of men; or of Adam, of fallen Adam; not with angels, but with men; not with all men, only some; and those as considered as the objects of his own and his Father's love; as beheld in the glass of his Father's decrees; as chosen in him, and given him by his Father; as his children, and as his spouse and bride. The word for "delights" is not only in the plural number, but its two first radical letters are doubled, which, in the Hebrew language, increases the signification of the word; and so expresses the exceeding great delight and pleasure which Christ took in his people from everlasting; his love was then a love of the utmost complacency and delight, and continued, notwithstanding their fall in Adam, though by nature children of wrath, and transgressors from the womb. This appears by his early engagement as a surety for them; by his espousing their persons and their cause; by assuming their nature in time; by suffering and dying in their room and stead, and working out salvation for them; by bearing them on his heart in heaven, and there interceding for them; by taking them out of a state of nature; by visiting them with his grace and presence; and by bringing them, through a variety of trials, safe to his kingdom and glory.

(w) "ludens", V. L. Montanus, Piscator, Cocceius; "ludebam", Pagninus; "ludo", Tigurine version, Mercerus, Gejerus; "lusitans", Michaelis, Schultens. (x) "Laetificans in orbe habitabili terram ejus", Junius & Tremellius, Amama; "ridens, vel faciens ridere alios", Baynus. 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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