Proverbs 8:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 8:25, NIV: "before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth,"

Proverbs 8:25, ESV: "Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth,"

Proverbs 8:25, KJV: "Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:"

Proverbs 8:25, NASB: "'Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth;"

Proverbs 8:25, NLT: "Before the mountains were formed, before the hills, I was born--"

Proverbs 8:25, CSB: "Before the mountains were established, prior to the hills, I was given birth--"

What does Proverbs 8:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

On the third day of creation God created the dry land, including mountains and hills (Genesis 1:9). However, wisdom existed even before God formed the mountains and hills (Proverbs 8:22–24). As Solomon continues to portray wisdom as a woman, calling out to all men (Proverbs 8:1–4), he emphasizes that wisdom has always been a part of God's nature.

Wise individuals marvel at the structure of high mountains and rolling hills, but they look for help from the Creator. The psalmist wrote: "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth" (Psalm 121:1–2). Romans 1:18–23 indicts nature worshipers as rejecting the Creator and worshiping nature instead. Paul writes, "Their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things" (Romans 1:21–23). If we marvel at the beauty and strength of mountains and hills, should we not marvel more at the wisdom God showed in creating these natural wonders?