Proverbs 8:26
New International Version
before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth.

New Living Translation
before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil.

English Standard Version
before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.

Berean Study Bible
before He made the land or fields, or any of the dust of the earth.

New American Standard Bible
While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world.

King James Bible
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

Christian Standard Bible
before he made the land, the fields, or the first soil on earth.

Contemporary English Version
It happened long before God had made the earth or any of its fields or even the dust.

Good News Translation
before God made the earth and its fields or even the first handful of soil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
before He made the land, the fields, or the first soil on earth.

International Standard Version
Even though he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the world's first grains of dust,

NET Bible
before he made the earth and its fields, or the beginning of the dust of the world.

New Heart English Bible
while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Before he would make the Earth and the floods and the beginning of the dust of the world

GOD'S WORD® Translation
when he had not yet made land or fields or the first dust of the world.

JPS Tanakh 1917
While as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, Nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

New American Standard 1977
While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world.

Jubilee Bible 2000
While as yet he had not made the earth nor the fields nor the beginning of the dust of the world,

King James 2000 Bible
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the first of the dust of the world.

American King James Version
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

American Standard Version
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, Nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world.

Darby Bible Translation
while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

English Revised Version
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

Webster's Bible Translation
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

World English Bible
while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.

Young's Literal Translation
While He had not made the earth, and out-places, And the top of the dusts of the world.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
The Excellence of Wisdom
25Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26before He made the land or fields, or any of the dust of the earth. 27I was there when He established the heavens, when He inscribed the horizon on the face of the deep,…
Cross References
Proverbs 8:25
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth,

Proverbs 8:27
I was there when He established the heavens, when He inscribed the horizon on the face of the deep,

Treasury of Scripture

While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

as yet

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

fields or open places highest part or chief parts







Lexicon
before
עַד־ (‘aḏ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

He made
עָ֭שָׂה (‘ā·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

the land
אֶ֣רֶץ (’e·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

or fields,
וְחוּצ֑וֹת (wə·ḥū·ṣō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2351: Separate by a, wall, outside, outdoors

or any
וְ֝רֹ֗אשׁ (wə·rōš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head

of the dust
עָפְר֥וֹת‪‬ (‘ā·p̄ə·rō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

of the earth.
תֵּבֵֽל׃ (tê·ḇêl)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8398: The earth, the globe, its inhabitants, a particular land
(26) The earth.--i.e., the cultivated and enclosed part of it.

The fields.--The open country.

The highest part of the dust of the world. Literally, "the head of the dusts of the fertile earth" i.e. the heaps of the clods of arable land, or better perhaps, "the sum of the atoms of dust." Some refer to Genesis 2:7, and interpret the words of man, as formed out of the dust.

Verse 26. - Before the mountains were settled (Job 38:6). It is questioned where the mountains were supposed to be fixed, and some have thought that they are represented as fixed in the depths of the earth. But, as we learn from Genesis 1:9, they are regarded as rising from the waters, their foundations are laid in the great deep. So the psalmist, speaking of the waters, says, "They went up by the mountains, they went down by the valleys, unto the place which thou hast founded for them" (Psalm 104:8; comp. Psalm 24:2). What is here affirmed of Wisdom is said of Jehovah in Psalm 90:2, "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God." Verse 26. - The earth, nor the fields. The distinction intended is land as cultivated and occupied by buildings, etc., and waste uncultivated land outside towns. Septuagint, "The Lord made countries and uninhabited places (ἀοικήτους);" Vulgate, Adhuc terram non fecerat, et flumina. Hebrew, chutsoth; things without, abroad, hence open country. The Vulgate rendering, and that of Aquila and Symmaehus, ἐξόδους, are plainly erroneous, as waters have already been mentioned (ver. 24). The highest part of the dust of the world; literally, the head of the dusts of the world. Some have interpreted this expression of "man," the chief of those creatures which are made of the dust of the ground (Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 3:20). But the idea comes in awkwardly here; it is not natural to introduce man amid the inanimate works of nature, or to use such an enigmatical designation for him. St. Jerome has, cardines orbis terrarum, "the world's hinges;" Septuagint, "the inhabited summits of the earth beneath the heavens; according to St. Hilary ('De Trinit.,' 12), "cacumina quae habitantur sub coelo." Others take the term to signify the capes or promontories ot the world, the peaks and elevations; others, the clods of dry, amble land, in contrast to the untilled waste of waters; others, the chief elements, the matter of which the earth is composed. This last interpretation would lead us back to a period which has already been passed. Amid the many possible explanations, it is perhaps best (with Delitzsch, Nowack, etc.) to take rosh, "head" as equivalent to "sum," "mass," as in Psalm 139:17. "How great is the sum (rosh) of them!" Then the expression comprehensively means all the mass of earth's dust. 8:22-31 The Son of God declares himself to have been engaged in the creation of the world. How able, how fit is the Son of God to be the Saviour of the world, who was the Creator of it! The Son of God was ordained, before the world, to that great work. Does he delight in saving wretched sinners, and shall not we delight in his salvation?
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