Proverbs 8:30
New International Version
Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,

New Living Translation
I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence.

English Standard Version
then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,

Berean Study Bible
Then I was a skilled craftsman at His side, and His delight day by day, rejoicing always in His presence.

New American Standard Bible
Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,

King James Bible
Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

Christian Standard Bible
I was a skilled craftsman beside him. I was his delight every day, always rejoicing before him.

Contemporary English Version
I was right beside the LORD, helping him plan and build. I made him happy each day, and I was happy at his side.

Good News Translation
I was beside him like an architect, I was his daily source of joy, always happy in his presence--

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was a skilled craftsman beside Him. I was His delight every day, always rejoicing before Him.

International Standard Version
Then I was with him, his master craftsman— I was his delight daily, continuously rejoicing in his presence,

NET Bible
then I was beside him as a master craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, rejoicing before him at all times,

New Heart English Bible
then I was the craftsman by his side. I was a delight day by day, always rejoicing before him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I was fashioning with him; he was rejoicing in me everyday, and I have been rejoicing before him always.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was beside him as a master craftsman. I made him happy day after day, I rejoiced in front of him all the time,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then I was by Him, as a nursling; And I was daily all delight, Playing always before Him,

New American Standard 1977
Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
I was with him ordering everything; I was his delight every day, being content before him at all times;

King James 2000 Bible
Then I was by him, like a master workman: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

American King James Version
Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

American Standard Version
Then I was by him, as a master workman; And I was daily his delight, Rejoicing always before him,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I was by him, suiting myself to him, I was that wherein he took delight; and daily I rejoiced in his presence continually.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I was with him forming all things: and was delighted every day, playing before him at all times;

Darby Bible Translation
then I was by him [his] nursling, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

English Revised Version
Then I was by him, as a master workman: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

Webster's Bible Translation
Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

World English Bible
then I was the craftsman by his side. I was a delight day by day, always rejoicing before him,

Young's Literal Translation
Then I am near Him, a workman, And I am a delight -- day by day. Rejoicing before Him at all times,
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
29when He set a boundary for the sea, so that the waters would not surpass His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth. 30Then I was a skilled craftsman at His side, and His delight day by day, rejoicing always in His presence. 31I was rejoicing in His whole world, delighting together in the sons of men.…
Cross References
John 1:2
He was with God in the beginning.

John 1:3
Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made.

Treasury of Scripture

Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

one

John 1:1-3,18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…

John 16:28
I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

I was daily

Isaiah 42:1
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Matthew 3:17
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Matthew 17:5
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.







Lexicon
Then I was
וָֽאֶהְיֶ֥ה (wā·’eh·yeh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a skilled craftsman
אָ֫מ֥וֹן (’ā·mō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 525: An artificer, architect, master workman

at His side,
אֶצְל֗וֹ (’eṣ·lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 681: A joining together, proximity

and
וָֽאֶהְיֶ֣ה (wā·’eh·yeh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

His delight
שַׁ֭עֲשֻׁעִים (‘ă·šu·‘îm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8191: Enjoyment

day
י֤וֹם ׀ (yō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

[by] day,
י֑וֹם (yō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

rejoicing
מְשַׂחֶ֖קֶת (mə·śa·ḥe·qeṯ)
Verb - Piel - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7832: To laugh, to play

always
בְּכָל־ (bə·ḵāl)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

in His presence.
לְפָנָ֣יו (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face
(30) As one brought up with him--i.e., his foster child; as Mordecai "brought up" Esther (Esther 2:7). But the word may also bear the sense of "artificer." It probably occurs in this meaning in Jeremiah 52:15 (though translated "multitude," in accordance with 2Kings 25:11), and in a slightly different form, Song of Solomon 7:1. This meaning is much more suitable, and harmonises with Psalm 104:24; Psalm 136:5, and Hebrews 1:2.

I was daily his delight.--The pronoun "his" does not occur in the Hebrew, which is, literally, I was delights, i.e., all joy, delight, as Psalm 109:4 : "I am prayer," i.e., give myself wholly to it. The words express the joy with which Wisdom carried out the work of God.

Rejoicing always before him.--The same expression is used in 2Samuel 6:21 by David (there translated "play"), to describe his "leaping and dancing before the Lord."

Verse 30. - Then I was by him. Wisd. 9:9, "Wisdom was with thee; which knoweth thy works, and was present when thou madest the world." So John 1:2, "The Word was with God." As one brought up with him; Vulgate, cuncta componens; Septuagint, Ημην παρ αὐτῷ ἁρμόζουσα, "I was with him arranging things in harmony." The Hebrew word is אָמון (amon), "an artificer," "workman" (Jeremiah 52:15). Thus in Wisd. 7:22 Wisdom is called ἡ πάντων τεχνῖτις, "the worker of all things." The Authorized Version takes the word in a passive state, as equivalent to alumnus, "foster child." and this interpretation is etymologically admissible, and may possibly, as Schultens suggests, be glanced at in St. John's expression (John 1:18), "the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father." But as the point here is the creative energy of Wisdom, it is best to take the term as denoting "artificer." It will then accord with the expression δημιουργὸς, applied by the Fathers to the Word of God, by whom all things were made (Ephesians 3:9, Textus Receptus, and Hebrews 1:2). And I was daily his delight; literally, I was delights day by day, which may mean either as in Authorized Version, or "I had delight continually," i.e. it may signify

(1) either that God took pleasure in the wisdom which displayed his workmanship, saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:4, etc.), looked with delight on the beloved Son in whom he was well pleased (Matthew 3:17, etc.); or

(2) it may mean that Wisdom herself rejoiced in her power and her work, rejoiced in giving effect to the Creator's idea, and so "founding the earth" (Proverbs 3:19). Vulgate, delectabar per singulos dies. The Septuagint adopts the former of these views, "I was that wherein he took delight." But the second interpretation seems most suitable, as the paragraph is stating rather what Wisdom is in herself than what she was in the eyes of Jehovah. What follows is a parallel. Rejoicing always before him; Vulgate, ludens coram eo omni tempore, as though the work of creation was a sport and pastime of a happy holiday. The expression is meant to denote the ease with which the operations were performed, and the pleasure which their execution yielded. David uses the same word, speaking of his dancing before the ark, when he says. "Therefore will I play before the Lord" (2 Samuel 6:21; comp. Proverbs 10:23). 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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