Proverbs 8:22
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English Standard Version
“The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.

King James Bible
The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

American Standard Version
Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made any thing from the beginning.

English Revised Version
The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

We may not explain the second clause of this verse: et ad ingenua impelluntur quicunque terrae imperant, for נדיב is adj. without such a verbal sense. But besides, נדיבים is not pred., for which it is not adapted, because, with the obscuring of its ethical signification (from נדב, to impel inwardly, viz., to noble conduct, particularly to liberality), it also denotes those who are noble only with reference to birth, and not to disposition (Isaiah 32:8). Thus נדיבים is a fourth synonym for the highly exalted, and כל־שׁפטי ארץ is the summary placing together of all kinds of dignity; for שׁפט unites in itself references to government, administration of justice, and rule. כל is used, and not וכל - a so-called asyndeton summativum. Instead of ארץ (lxx) there is found also the word צדק (Syr., Targ., Jerome, Graec. Venet., adopted by Norzi after Codd. and Neapol. 1487). But this word, if not derived from the conclusion of the preceding verse, is not needed by the text, and gives a summary which does not accord with that which is summed up (מלכים, רזנים, שׂרים, נדיבים); besides, the Scripture elsewhere calls God Himself שׁופט צדק (Psalm 9:5; Jeremiah 11:20). The Masoretic reading

(Note: If the Masoretes had read שׁפטי צדק, then would they have added the remark לית ("it does not further occur"), and inserted the expression in their Register of Expressions, which occurs but once, Masora finalis, p. 62.)

of most of the editions, which is also found in the Cod. Hillel (ספר הללי)

(Note: One of the most ancient and celebrated Codd of the Heb. Scriptures, called Hillel from the name of the man who wrote it. Vid., Streack's Prolegomena, p. 112. It was written about a.d. 600.)

merits the preference.

Proverbs 8:22 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 3:19 The LORD by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding has he established the heavens.

John 1:1,2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Cross References
Revelation 3:14
"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.

Job 28:23
"God understands the way to it, and he knows its place.

Job 28:26
when he made a decree for the rain and a way for the lightning of the thunder,

Psalm 104:24
O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Proverbs 3:19
The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;

Micah 5:2
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.

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