The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 8:22–31

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22 The Lord had me (as) the beginning of his way,

before his works of yore.

22 The Lord made me the beginning of his ways

to/for his works.

22 The Lord possessed me the beginning of his ways,

before he made anything, from the beginning.

23 From antiquity I was fashioned,

from the start, from the origins of the earth.

23 Before (this) age, he firmly founded me,

in the beginning.

23 Before eternity I was brought into being,

from ancient times, before the earth was made.

24 When there were no depths I was brought forth;

when there were no springs abounding with water.

24 Before he made the earth and before he made the depths;

before the fountains of the waters came forth.

24 There were no watery depths yet, I had already been conceived,

nor had the fountains of the waters yet burst forth.

25 Before the mountains had been shaped,

before the hills, I was brought forth;

25 Before the mountains had been set in place,

and before all the hills, he begets me!

25 The mountains had not yet settled in their heavy bulk,

before the hills I was being brought forth.

26 before he had made the earth with its fields,

or the first of the dust of the world.

26 The Lord made both (populated) lands and (those) uninhabited,

and inhabited extremes of (what is) beneath the sky.

26 He had not as yet made the earth,

and the rivers and the pivots of the earth’s orb.

27 When he established the heavens I was there,

when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,

27 At the time when he was readying the sky, I was present to him

and when he was marking off his throne upon the winds.

27 When he was equiping the skies, I was there,

when with fixed law and compass he was entrenching the watery depths,

28 when he made firm the skies above,

when he established the fountains of the deep,

28 At the time when he was making strong the clouds above,

and as he was rendering secure the fountains of (what is) beneath the sky,

28 when he was making firm the upper air

and giving slope to the fountains of the waters,

29 when he assigned to the sea its limit,

so that the waters might not transgress his command,

when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

29 when he was making strong the foundations of the earth,

29 when he was making a boundary around the sea,

and setting a law for the waters that they not go past their limits,

when suspended the foundations of the earth,

30 then I was beside him faithfully;

and I was a delight, rejoicing before him always,

30 I was duly beside him: I was the one in whom he delighted,

and daily I was rejoicing before him at every moment,

30 I was with him arranging everything;

and I was delighted every day, playing before him always,

31 rejoicing in his inhabited world

and delighting in the sons of men.

31 when he was rejoicing after having brought the world to completion

and rejoicing in the sons of men.

31 playing in the world,

and my delight: to be with the children of men.