Proverbs 8:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 8:28, NIV: "when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,"

Proverbs 8:28, ESV: "when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,"

Proverbs 8:28, KJV: "When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:"

Proverbs 8:28, NASB: "When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed,"

Proverbs 8:28, NLT: "I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth."

Proverbs 8:28, CSB: "when he placed the skies above, when the fountains of the ocean gushed out,"

What does Proverbs 8:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse says plainly that wisdom existed when God made the skies and vast subterranean reservoirs of water. In this passage, wisdom has declared an eternal existence (Proverbs 8:22–27), as part of the perfect nature of God. Not only was everything in the universe made by God, it was made according to His perfect wisdom.

Atheists deny the existence of God and therefore reject the concept of a divine Creator. A common rationale for rejecting God is that a giant molecular cloud collapsed in the ancient past, forming our sun and eventually other matter. From there, they say, life naturally occurred.

This evokes a modern-day parable about a scientist who challenged God to a creation contest. According to the scientist, he understood the natural mechanisms needed to create life, making God unnecessary. God accepted the challenge, but on the condition they both form new life from dirt. The scientist agreed and bent down to scoop up a handful of soil. God interrupted him, however, saying "oh, no, you go get your own dirt."

Even if one accepts that earth, life, and all we see was formed through some kind of natural process, one still has to ask how did that molecular cloud originate? Where did the components come from? How did they come to be arranged so perfectly and precisely as to achieve these results? Sooner or later, one must "get your own dirt" and explain where it all came from.

Colossians insists that in Christ are "hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3) and points out that He holds all created things together (Colossians 1:17). John 1:3 affirms that "all things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made."