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This chapter starts out addressing “wisdom.” Notice how 1 Corinthians 1:24 and 30 address this issue saying that Christ is wisdom.

Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:24

Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom.” 1 Corinthians 1:30

Ellen White applies Proverbs 8:22-30 directly to Christ in Patriarchs and Prophets 34.1 by saying, “the Son of God declares concerning Himself…”

Proverbs 8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

Possessed:

Out of the 85 translations, most, “bought” = 21, “buy” = 18. (Similar to Luke 2:34-35?)

Beginning:

Out of the 51 translations, most, “beginning” = 18, “firstfruits” = 11.

Way:

Out of the 704 translations, most, “way” = 462, “ways” = 164, “journey” = 23.

Before:

Out of the 87 translations, most, “east” = 34, “old” = 17, “eastward” = 11.

Works:

Out of the 3 translations, most, “works” = 3. See Psalms 46:8, 66:5.

Proverbs 8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

Set up:

Out of the 25 translations, most, “out” = 12, “cover” = 3, “poured” = 3.

Everlasting:

Out of the 439 translations, most, “ever” = 271, “everlasting” = 64.

Beginning:

Out of the 600 translations, most, “head” = 264, “chief” = 95, “heads” = 85, “top” = 65.

Ever:

Out of the 87 translations, most, “east” = 34, “old” = 17, “eastward” = 11.

Earth:

Out of the 2505 translations, most, “land” = 1509, “earth” = 711.

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

Depths:

Out of the 36 translations, most, “deep” = 18, “depths” = 10.

Forth:

Out of the 62 translations, “pain” = 6, “formed” = 5, “forth” = 4, “pained” = 4, “calve” = 2 (for “calve” see Job 39:1 and Psalm 29:9).

Fountains:

Out of the 23 translations, most, “fountain” = 9, “fountains” = 7, “wells” = 3.

Abounding:

Out of the 116 translations, most, “honour” = 21, “heavy” = 16.

Water:

Out of the 580 translations, most, “water” = 306, “waters” = 266.

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

Mountains:

Out of the 546 translations, most, “mount” = 224, “mountains” = 155.

Settled:

Out of the 10 translations, most, “sunk” = 5, “sink” = 2.

Before:

Out of the 2125 translations, most, “before” = 1165, “face” = 328, “presence” = 75.

Forth:

Out of the 62 translations, “pain” = 6, “formed” = 5, “forth” = 4, “pained” = 4, “calve” = 2.

Proverbs 8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

Made:

Out of the 2630 translations, most, “do” = 601, “made” = 394.

Fields:

Out of the 165 translations, most, “without” = 70, “streets” = 35.

Part:

Out of the 600 translations, most, “head” = 264, “chief” = 95, “heads” = 85, “top” = 65.

Dust:

Out of the 111 translations, most, “dust” = 92, “earth” = 8, “powder” = 3.

World:

Out of the 36 translations, most, “world” = 35, “part” = 1.

Proverbs 8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

Prepared:

Out of the 218 translations, most, “prepared” = 53 = ??, “established” = 44.

Heavens:

Out of the 421 translations, most, “heaven” = 288, “heavens” = 109.

Set:

Out of the 19 translations, most, “lawgiver” = 6, “decree” = 2.

Compass:

Out of the 3 translations, most, “circle” = 1, “circuit” = 1.

Face:

Out of the 2125 translations, most, “before” = 1165, “face” = 328, “presence” = 75.

Depth:

Out of the 36 translations, most, “deep” = 18, “depths” = 10.

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

Established:

Out of the 41 translations, most, “courage” = 9, “strengthen” = 7, “strong” = 5.

Clouds:

Out of the 21 translations, most, “clouds” = 11, “skies” = 5, “heaven” = 2.

Above:

Out of the 138 translations, most, “upward” = 59, “above” = 52.

Strengthened:

Out of the 12 translations, most, “strengthened” = 3, “prevailed” = 2.

Fountains:

Out of the 890 translations, most, “eyes” = 420, “sight” = 217, “eye” = 76, “pleased” = 18.

Deep:

Out of the 36 translations, most, “deep” = 18, “depths” = 10.

Proverbs 8:29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

Gave:

Out of the 584 translations, most, “put” = 142, “set” = 113, “make” = 64, “made” = 48.

Sea:

Out of the 396 translations, most, “sea” = 297, “west” = 47, “seas” = 23.

Decree:

Out of the 127 translations, most, “statues” = 74, “statute” = 13, “decree” = 7.

Waters:

Out of the 580 translations, most, “water” = 306, “waters” = 266.

Pass:

Out of the 556 translations, most, “over” = 171, “pass” = 67.

Commandment:

Out of the 498 translations, most, “mouth” = 329, “commandment” = 37, “edge” = 35.

Appointed:

Out of the 19 translations, most, “lawgiver” = 6, “decree” = 2.

Foundations:

Out of the 8 translations, most, “foundations” = 8.

Proverbs 8:30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

Him:

Out of the 60 translations, most, “by” = 23, “beside” = 12, “him” = 5.

Brought Up:

Out of the 1 translations, most, “one brought up” = 1.

Daily:

Out of the 286 translations, most, “day” = 175, “days” = 79, “year” = 5, “daily” = 3.

Delight:

Out of the 9 translations, most, “delight” = 4, “delights” = 3, “pleasant” = 2.

Rejoicing:

Out of the 36 translations, most, “laugh” = 8, “play” = 5, “played” = 3, “sport” = 3.

Always:

Out of the 296 translations, most, “time” = 233, “times” = 24, “season” = 14.

Before Him:

Out of the 2125 translations, most, “before” = 1165, “face” = 328, “presence” = 75.