Proverbs 8:22

22 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,[a][b]before his deeds of old;

Proverbs 8:22 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
English Standard Version (ESV)
22 "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.
New Living Translation (NLT)
22 “The LORD formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else.
The Message Bible (MSG)
22 "God sovereignly made me - the first, the basic - before he did anything else.
American Standard Version (ASV)
22 Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, Before his works of old.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
22 "The LORD already possessed me long ago, when his way began, before any of his works.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
22 The Lord made me at the beginning of His creation, before His works of long ago.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
22 "The LORD created me as the first of his works, before his acts of long ago.

Proverbs 8:22 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 8:22

The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way
Not "created me", as the Targum and the Septuagint version; which version Arius following gave birth to his pernicious doctrine; who from hence concluded Christ is a creature, and was the first creature that God made, not of the same but of a like nature with himself, in some moment or period of eternity; and by whom he made all others: the Word, or Wisdom of God is never said to be created; and if as such he was created, God must have been without his Wisdom before he was created; besides, Christ, as the Word and Wisdom of God, is the Creator of all things, and not created, ( John 1:1-3 ) ; but this possession is not in right of creation, as the word is sometimes used, ( Genesis 4:1 ) ( Deuteronomy 32:6 ) ; it might be more truly rendered, "the Lord begat me", as the word is translated by the Septuagint in ( Zechariah 13:5 ) ; it denotes the Lord's having, possessing, and enjoying his word and wisdom as his own proper Son; which possession of him is expressed by his being with him and in him, and in his bosom, and as one brought forth and brought up by him; as he was "in the beginning of his way" of creation, when he went forth in his wisdom and power, and created all things; then he did possess his Son, and made use of him, for by him he made the worlds: and "in the beginning of his way" of grace, which was before his way of creation; he began with him when he first went out in acts of grace towards his people; his first thoughts, purposes, and decrees concerning their happiness, were in him; the choice of their persons was made in him; God was in him contriving the scheme of their peace, reconciliation, and salvation; the covenant of grace was made with him, and all fulness of grace was treasured up in him: the words may be rendered, "the Lord possessed me, the beginning of his way" F8; that is, who am the beginning, as he is; the beginning of the creation of God, the first cause, the efficient of it, both old and new; see ( Colossians 1:18 ) ( Revelation 3:14 ) . So Aben Ezra, who compares with this ( Job 40:19 ) . This shows the real and actual existence of Christ from eternity, his relation to Jehovah his Father, his nearness to him, equality with him, and distinction from him: it is added, for further illustration and confirmation's sake, before his works of old;
the creation of the heavens and the earth; a detail of which there is in the following verses.


F8 (wkrd tyvar ynnq) "possidet me principium viae suae", Pagninus, Michaelis, Schultens; "habuit me principium viae suae", Cocceius.

Proverbs 8:22 In-Context

20 I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.
22 “The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water;

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or "way" ; or "dominion"
  • [b]. Or "The " Lord"possessed me at the beginning of his work" ; or "The " Lord"brought me forth at the beginning of his work"
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