Proverbs 8:22-31 NIV

Proverbs 8:22-31

“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,8:22 Or way; or dominion8:22 Or The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work; or The Lord brought me forth at the beginning of his work

before his deeds of old;

I was formed long ages ago,

at the very beginning, when the world came to be.

When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,

when there were no springs overflowing with water;

before the mountains were settled in place,

before the hills, I was given birth,

before he made the world or its fields

or any of the dust of the earth.

I was there when he set the heavens in place,

when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,

when he established the clouds above

and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,

when he gave the sea its boundary

so the waters would not overstep his command,

and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.

Then I was constantly8:30 Or was the artisan; or was a little child at his side.

I was filled with delight day after day,

rejoicing always in his presence,

rejoicing in his whole world

and delighting in mankind.

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