Proverbs 8:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 8:24, NIV: "When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water;"

Proverbs 8:24, ESV: "When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water."

Proverbs 8:24, KJV: "When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water."

Proverbs 8:24, NASB: "'When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water."

Proverbs 8:24, NLT: "I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters."

Proverbs 8:24, CSB: "I was born when there were no watery depths and no springs filled with water."

What does Proverbs 8:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This continues a series of statements made by wisdom, personified by Solomon as a woman (Proverbs 8:1–4).

In this verse Solomon again points out that wisdom existed before the creation of the universe. The Bible's first reference to water is in Genesis 1:2, yet godly wisdom had been solidified before even then (Proverbs 8:23). Genesis 1:6–8 reports that on the second day of creation, "God said, 'Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.' And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven."