Proverbs 8:23
New International Version
I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.

New Living Translation
I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began.

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

Berean Study Bible
From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, before the earth began.

King James Bible
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

New King James Version
I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.

New American Standard Bible
“From eternity I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.

NASB 1995
“From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.

NASB 1977
“From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.

Amplified Bible
“From everlasting I was established and ordained, From the beginning, before the earth existed, [I, godly wisdom, existed].

Christian Standard Bible
I was formed before ancient times, from the beginning, before the earth began.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was formed before ancient times, from the beginning, before the earth began.

American Standard Version
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Before the earth was.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And before the world he was possessed by me, and from the beginning, before he would establish the Earth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He established me before time was in the beginning, before he made the earth:

Contemporary English Version
to create the earth. At the very first, the LORD gave life to me.

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.

Good News Translation
I was made in the very beginning, at the first, before the world began.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was appointed from everlasting from the first, before the earth began.

International Standard Version
From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before there was land.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, Or ever the earth was.

Literal Standard Version
I was anointed from the age, from the first, From former states of the earth.

NET Bible
From eternity I was appointed, from the beginning, from before the world existed.

New Heart English Bible
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed.

World English Bible
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed.

Young's Literal Translation
From the age I was anointed, from the first, From former states of the earth.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Excellence of Wisdom
22The LORD created me as His first course, before His works of old. 23From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, before the earth began. 24When there were no watery depths, I was brought forth, when no springs were overflowing with water.…

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 presence with the glory I had with You before the world existed.

Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom is supreme; so acquire wisdom. And whatever you may acquire, gain understanding.

Micah 5:2
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come forth for Me One to be ruler over Israel--One whose origins are of old, from the days of eternity.


Treasury of Scripture

I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

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, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Psalm 2:6
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

Micah 5:2
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.









(23) I was set up.--An unusual word; also applied to our Lord in Psalm 2:6 when "set" as King on Zion.

Verse 23. - I was set up from everlasting. The verb used here is remarkable. It is נָסַך(nasak), in niph.; and it is found in Psalm 2:6, "I have set my King upon my holy hill." Both here and there it has been translated "anointed," which would make a noteworthy reference to Christ. But there seems no proof that the word has this meaning. It signifies properly "to pour forth" (as of molten metal), then "to put down," "to appoint or establish." The versions recognize this. Thus the Septuagint, "he established (ἐθεμελίωσε) me;" Vulgate, ordinata sum; Aquila, κατεστάθην; Symmachus, προεχείρισμαι; Venetian, κέχυμαι (comp. Ecclus. 1:9). So what is here said is that Wisdom was from everlasting exalted as ruler and disposer of all things. To express eternal relation, three synonymous terms are used. From everlasting; πρὸ τοῦ αἰῶνος, Septuagint, as Delitzsch notes, points back to infinite distance. From the beginning; i.e. before the world was begun to be made; as St. John says (John 1:1), "In the beginning was the Word;" and Christ prays, "Glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was" (John 17:5). Or ever the earth was. This looks to the most remote time after the actual creation, while the earth was being formed and adapted.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
From everlasting
מֵ֭עוֹלָם (mê·‘ō·w·lām)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always

I was established,
נִסַּ֥כְתִּי (nis·saḵ·tî)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5258: To pour out, a libation, to cast, to anoint a, king

from the beginning,
מֵרֹ֗אשׁ (mê·rōš)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7218: The head

before the earth
אָֽרֶץ׃ (’ā·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

began.
מִקַּדְמֵי־ (miq·qaḏ·mê-)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 6924: The front, of place, time


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