New International Version
"The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;
King James Bible
The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
World English Bible
"Yahweh possessed me in the beginning of his work, before his deeds of old.
Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah possessed me -- the beginning of His way, Before His works since then.
Proverbs 8:22 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way - Wisdom is not acquired by the Divine Being; man, and even angels, learn it by slow and progressive degrees; but in God it is as eternally inherent as any other essential attribute of his nature. The Targum makes this wisdom a creature, by thus translating the passage: אלהא בראני בריש בריתיה Elaha barani bereish biriteiah, "God created me in the beginning of his creatures." The Syriac is the same. This is as absurd and heretical as some modern glosses on the same passage.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance.'--PROVERBS viii. 21. The word here rendered 'substance' is peculiar. Indeed, it is used in a unique construction in this passage. It means 'being' or 'existence,' and seems to have been laid hold of by the Hebrew thinkers, from whom the books commonly called 'the Wisdom Books' come, as one of their almost technical expressions. 'Substance' may be used in our translation in its philosophical meaning as the supposed reality underlying appearances, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Fragrant Spices from the Mountains of Myrrh. "Thou Art all Fair, My Love; There is no Spot in Thee. " --Song of Solomon iv. 7.
Of the Council of Antioch and what was done There against the Holy Meletius.
A String of Pearls
"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation.
God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells,
when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm,
How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
Jump to PreviousActs Beginning Created Deeds First Forth Past Possessed Start Way Work Works
Jump to NextActs Beginning Created Deeds First Forth Past Possessed Start Way Work Works
LinksProverbs 8:22 NIV
Proverbs 8:22 NLT
Proverbs 8:22 ESV
Proverbs 8:22 NASB
Proverbs 8:22 KJV
Proverbs 8:22 Bible Apps
Proverbs 8:22 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 8:22 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 8:22 French Bible
Proverbs 8:22 German Bible
Proverbs 8:22 Commentaries
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.