Proverbs 8:31 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 8:31, NIV: "rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind."

Proverbs 8:31, ESV: "rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man."

Proverbs 8:31, KJV: "Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men."

Proverbs 8:31, NASB: "Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men."

Proverbs 8:31, NLT: "And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family!"

Proverbs 8:31, CSB: "I was rejoicing in his inhabited world, delighting in the children of Adam."

What does Proverbs 8:31 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Wisdom, something God possessed even before the creation of the world (Proverbs 8:22–30), continues to speak in Solomon's metaphor begun in verse 1 (Proverbs 8:1–4).

Genesis 1 describes God's work of creating everything, including the creation of our first parents, and after creating everything, "God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good" (Genesis 1:31). Unfortunately, sin entered humanity when Eve fell prey to the Devil's temptation Adam to joined in the transgression. The sin alienated human beings from God, and the human condition soon deteriorated to the point where "the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5).

Despite the sin that marks every human being today, God loves us and demonstrated His love by giving His Son on the cross as our redeemer and reconciler (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19).