22 Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
References for Proverbs 8:22
    • k 8:22 - See Ps. 46.8.
      23 I was set up from eternity, from the beginning, before the earth was.
      References for Proverbs 8:23
        • l 8:23 - Lit. 'anointed:' as Ps. 2.6.
          24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water.
          25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth;
          26 while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world.
          References for Proverbs 8:26
            • m 8:26 - Lit. 'particles,' plural.
              27 When he prepared the heavens I was there; when he ordained the circle upon the face of the deep;
              References for Proverbs 8:27
                • n 8:27 - See Job 26.10; Isa. 40.22.
                  28 when he established the skies above, when the fountains of the deep became strong;
                  References for Proverbs 8:28
                    • o 8:28 - Or 'when [he] strengthened the fountains of the deep.'
                      29 when he imposed on the sea his decree that the waters should not pass his commandment, when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
                      30 then I was by him [his] nursling, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
                      References for Proverbs 8:30
                        • p 8:30 - The nursling of his love. Or '[his] artificer.' The Hebrew is linked with 'artist' in Cant. 7.1.
                          31 rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth, and my delights [were] with the sons of men.
                          References for Proverbs 8:31
                            • q 8:31 - Lit. 'world,' Tebel, as 'circuit,' Job 37.12. That part of the earth fitted for man to live on: see 1Sam. 2.8; PB. 90.2; 96.10.