Proverbs 8:23
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English Standard Version
Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.

King James Bible
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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The discourse of Wisdom makes a fresh departure, as at Proverbs 8:13 : she tells how, to those who love her, she repays this love:

17 "I love them that love me,

     And they that seek me early find me.

18 Riches and honour are with me,

     Durable riches and righteousness.

19 Better is my fruit than pure and fine gold,

     And my revenue (better) than choice silver.

20 In the way of righteousness do Iwalk,

     In the midst of the paths of justice.

21 To give an inheritance to them that love me

     And I fill their treasuries."

The Chethı̂b אהביה (ego hos qui eam amant redamo), Gesenius, Lehrgeb. 196, 5, regards as a possible synallage (eam equals me), but one would rather think that it ought to be read (יהוה equals ) 'אהבי ה. The ancients all have the reading אהבי. אהב ( equals אאהב, with the change of the éě into ê, and the compression of the radical א; cf. אמר, תּבא, Proverbs 1:10) is the form of the fut. Kal, which is inflected תּאהבוּ, Proverbs 1:22. Regarding שׁחר (the Graec. Venet. well: οἱ ὀρθρίζοντές μοι), vid., Proverbs 1:28, where the same epenthet. fut. form is found.

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Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea...

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 of Judah...

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you have given me...

Ephesians 1:10,11 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven...

1 John 1:1,2 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked on...

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 own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

Proverbs 4:7
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.

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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