New International Version
I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
King James Bible
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
Darby Bible Translation
I was set up from eternity, from the beginning, before the earth was.
World English Bible
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth existed.
Young's Literal Translation
From the age I was anointed, from the first, From former states of the earth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I was set up from everlasting - נסכתי nissachti, "I was diffused or poured out," from נסך nasach, "to diffuse, pour abroad, as a spirit or disposition," Isaiah 29:10. See Parkhurst. Or from סך sach, "to cover, overspread, smear over, as with oil;" to be anointed king. Hence some have translated it, principatum habui, I had the principality, or was a ruler, governor, and director, from eternity. All the schemes, plans, and circumstances, relative to creation, government, providence, and to all being, material, animal, and intellectual, were conceived in the Divine mind, by the Divine wisdom, from eternity, or ever the earth was. There was no fortuitous creation, no jumbling concourse of original atoms, that entered into the composition of created beings; all was the effect of the plans before conceived, laid down, and at last acted upon by God's eternal wisdom.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance.'--PROVERBS viii. 21. The word here rendered 'substance' is peculiar. Indeed, it is used in a unique construction in this passage. It means 'being' or 'existence,' and seems to have been laid hold of by the Hebrew thinkers, from whom the books commonly called 'the Wisdom Books' come, as one of their almost technical expressions. 'Substance' may be used in our translation in its philosophical meaning as the supposed reality underlying appearances, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Fragrant Spices from the Mountains of Myrrh. "Thou Art all Fair, My Love; There is no Spot in Thee. " --Song of Solomon iv. 7.
Of the Council of Antioch and what was done There against the Holy Meletius.
A String of Pearls
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
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