New International Version
When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water;
King James Bible
When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Darby Bible Translation
When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water.
World English Bible
When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
Young's Literal Translation
In there being no depths, I was brought forth, In there being no fountains heavy with waters,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When there were no depths - תהמות tehomoth, before the original chaotic mass was formed. See Genesis 1:2.
I was brought forth - חוללתי cholalti, "I was produced as by laboring throes." Mr. Parkhurst thinks that the heathen poets derived their idea of Minerva's (wisdom's) being born of Jupiter's brain, from some such high poetic personification as that in the text.
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
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone.
"Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
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