"I Was Brought Forth”

Proverbs 8:22-31 “The LORD possessed (H7069- qanah) me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth (H2342- chuwl); when there were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 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: 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; 31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men."

Proverbs 8:22-31 is among the very few historic prophecies - revelations which pull the curtain back to reveal events which preceded the creation of this world. Others in this category include Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. In each of these, the figure of the prophecy is represented by something or someone else. Lucifer is represented by the king of Babylon or prince of Tyre. Christ cannot be represented by someone or something finite, so instead is hypostasised by the attribute "Wisdom". Some argue that this is merely an allegory or a parable but this is more than an allegory or a parable, for Proverbs 8 is the basis for John's Prologue and even the opening hymn of Hebrews 1.

In Proverbs Chapter 8, Wisdom is personified...and we are told that this Wisdom was brought forth; when there were no fountains...”

1Corinthians 1:24 says, “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, AND THE WISDOM OF GOD.”

Note: 1Cor 1:24 refers to Christ as the wisdom of God.

Trinitarians insist that “wisdom” in Proverbs 8 has no connection with 1Corinthians 1:24.

In the statements below, Ellen White quotes Proverb 8:22-27 and Micah 5:2 but notice the context. The context is in regards to Christ pre-existence:

“The Lord Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, existed from eternity, a distinct person, yet one with the Father. He was the surpassing glory of heaven. He was the commander of the heavenly intelligences, and the adoring homage of the angels was received by Him as His right. This was no robbery of God. “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way,” HE DECLARES, “before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth” (Proverbs 8:22-27). {1SM 247.4} {E. G. White, Review and Herald, April 5, 1906 par. 7}

"HE DECLARES" Who is declaring about how He was "possessed" and was "set up" and "was brought forth"? It is Christ, the divine Son of God.

“His “goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2. AND THE SON OF GOD DECLARES CONCERNING HIMSELF: “The Lord possessed Me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting.… When He appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him.” Proverbs 8:22-30.” (Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 34)

Again, it is the Son of God declaring concerning Himself... and also note here that Micah 5:2 is mentioned in connection with Proverbs 8. The expression, "goings forth" ( H4163 מוֹצָאָה mowtsa'ah ) carries such meanings as, origin, place of going out to or from. Thus, Micah 5:2 can be read,  “His “goings forth [or origin] have been from of old, from everlasting.” For further study on "everlasting" click HERE.

Notice again the context in which Ellen White cites Proverbs 8 in another statement:

"Christ is the pre-existent, self-existent Son of God.... In speaking of his pre-existence, Christ carries the mind back through dateless ages. He assures us that there never was a time when He was not in close fellowship with the eternal God. He to whose voice the Jews were then listening had been with God as one brought up with Him."—The Signs of the Times, August 29, 1900. (Ev 615.2)

It’s unfortunate that the statement above taken from the book, Evangelism, there is an ellipsis after “self-existent Son of God…” The reason being is what follows that was LEFT OUT! Following is the ORIGINAL quote (everything purposefully left out is between [ ] ):

“Christ is the pre-existent, self-existent Son of God. [ The message He gave to Moses to give to the children of Israel was, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” The prophet Micah writes of Him, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, tho thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of Thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” ST August 29, 1900, par. 13 THROUGH SOLOMON CHRIST DECLARED: “The Lord possessed Me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth.... When He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment; when He appointed the foundations of the earth; then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him.” ST August 29, 1900, par. 14 ] In speaking of His pre-existence, Christ carries the mind back through dateless ages. He assures us that there never was a time when He was not in close fellowship with the eternal God. He to whose voice the Jews were then listening had been with God as one brought up with Him.” ST August 29, 1900, par. 15

Notice again the context... Ellen White frames the statement with, “Christ is the pre-existent, self-existent Son of God...”  followed by Micah 5 and Proverbs 8 which alludes to Christ's begetting, then concludes her statement by stating “In speaking of His pre-existence, Christ carries the mind back through dateless ages.”

Ellen White's use of language from Proverbs 8 here and in the immediately preceding paragraph in which she quotes the entire paragraph referring to the generation of this Wisdom Personage from God are definitive that Ellen White, in this article, was holding in tension both the Divine ("pre-existent, self-existent") and Begotten ( "possessed" and "brought forth") aspects of Christ's nature.


I was brought forth (H2342, "chuwl")

The "brought forth" clearly denotes labor (having pain and travail), or giving birth:

Psa 51:5 "Behold, I was shapen (H2342) in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."

Isa 13:8 "And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain (H2342) as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames."

Isa 26:17 "Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, (H2342) and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD."

Isa 45:10 "Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?" (H2342)

Isa 51:2 "Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare (H2342) you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him."

Isa 54:1 "Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: (H2342) for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD."

Isa 66:7 "Before she travailed, (H2342) she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child."

Mat 1:21 "And she shall bring forth (G5088) a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

Mat 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth (G5088) a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."

Mat 1:25 "And knew her not till she had BROUGHT FORTH (G5088) her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS."

Mat 2:2 "Saying, Where is he that is born (G5088) King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."

(Lk 1:31,57; 2:6,7,11; Jn 16:21...and more)

As you can see the Hebrew word, "chuwl", translated as "brought forth" clearly refers to a birth language. I would also argue that "brought forth" G5088 in NT is similar to or is equivalent of Hebrew H2342 in OT...therefore, Prov 8 is denotes "wisdom" or Christ being "brought forth" as in begetting or being begotten.


More on "brought forth" and "possessed"

There are a few additional points to consider here. The first is that English can sometimes obscure the point that is plain in the Hebrew. You've got to dig deeper here. 

If look up the phrase “brought forth” in a Bible word search, you get about 128 hits and you find that sometimes the expression, “brought forth” is talking about being born, but it’s also very often a phrase used to identify other things. Examples; the angels took lots had and “brought him forth” out of the city. God “brought forth” Israel from Egypt. Thus, is it possible that the “brought forth” in Proverbs 8 may have other meaning?

As mentioned, let’s take for example the angels who took Lot and "brought him forth" out of the city (Gen 19:16). Well the Hebrew verb here is "yatsa." The same thing is true when God "brought forth" Israel out of Egypt (Exo 3:12). This is a completely different verb than the one in question in Proverbs 8 so let's go there now. 

Now there are two Hebrew verbs that are pertinent to this discussion. 

The first is the Hebrew verb “qanah” found in Pro 8 vs. 22. The KJV renders this verb as "possessed" but it actually means "to get." It is in the past tense so it is properly rendered as "got" or "gotten." This same verb is used by Eve in Genesis 4:1, speaking of Cain, when she said "I have gotten a man from the LORD." 

The second verb that concerns us is "chuwl" which is found in vss. 24, 25. The specific form that it is in here indicates birth language. It's the same as the usage in Psalm 51:5; Job 15:7. Thus contextually it is impossible to avoid birth language here. 

As Richard Davidson correctly notes "the idea of "create'" both in Ugaritic literature and the OT parallels is in the specific sense of parenthood; 'Gen 4:1 and Pr. 8:22 refer primarily to bearing or begetting children.' This seems to be the consensus position in recent scholarship" (Richard Davidson "Proverbs 8 and the Place of Christ in the Trinity" pg 48). 

Thus some versions of Scripture like the EXB and NABRE render this verb as "begot" which, contextually speaking, is the most accurate rendering. So long story short we've got two verbs here that are used 3 times in this passage that strongly indicate we are dealing with birth language here. 

To the question, if it is possible that the Son was "brought forth" in the creation of the world? 

Many people believe that but if you look at Proverbs 8, that conclusion is not possible. Look at the timing markers in the passage. Vs. 22 says that the Lord begot wisdom "before" his works since. Vs. 23 says He was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the world. Vs. 24, 25, explain that He was brought forth before the fountains of water, before the mountains and hills. Thus it is impossible that this is reference to His humanity. We are speaking here about an event that occurred before this world was, even from everlasting.


The Bible refers to Christ as God's Son at least 120 times. Forty-eight times using the phrase “Son of God.”

Regarding the genuineness of Christ's Sonship, He is called the “only begotten” six times, “the firstborn” four times, “the firstbegotten” once and God's “holy child” twice.

Not once does the Bible even so much as hint that Jesus is only a Son in a metaphorical sense. The Bible means what it says and says what it means.

Four verses say He was “begotten” prior to His incarnation so this cannot be applied to His birth on earth from Mary as some have chosen to believe. These verses say that He “proceeded forth from,” “came out from” or “camest forth from” the Father.

The evidence on this subject is overwhelming. Christ truly is the literal begotten Son of God who was brought forth from the Father before all creation.

The example verses below with the help of the Thayer dictionary also reveal that Jesus was born of the Father before the world was, then much later, He came into the world.

Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon:

G1831 - To come forth from physically, arise from, to be born of. G2064 - To come from one place to another.

John 8:42 “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, you would love me: for I proceeded forth [G1831] and came from God; neither came [G2064] I of myself, but he sent me.”

John 16:27-28 “For the Father himself loveth you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out [G1831] from God. 28 I came forth [G1831] from the Father, and am come [G2064] into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.”

John 17:7-8 “Now they have known that all things whatsoever you have given me are of you. 8 For I have given unto them the words which you gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out [G1831] from you, and they have believed that you did send me.”

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SON IN A NEW SENSE

“How can it be that the helpless babe in Bethlehem’s manger is STILL the divine Son of God? Though we cannot understand it, we can believe that he who made the worlds, for our sakes became a helpless babe.” The Youth’s Instructor, Nov. 21, 1895.

Note: To be STILL the divine Son of God means He was already the Son of God before taking on humanity.

Christ brought men and women power to overcome. He came to this world in human form, to live a man amongst men. He assumed the liabilities of human nature, to be proved and tried. In His humanity He was a partaker of the divine nature. In His incarnation He gained in a new sense the title of the Son of God. Said the angel to Mary, “The power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” While the Son of a human being, HE BECAME THE SON OF GOD IN A NEW SENSE. Thus He stood in our world—the Son of God, yet allied by birth to the human race.... {5BC 1114.10}

“As Christ was twice born,— once in eternity, the only begotten of the Father, and again here in the flesh, thus uniting the divine with the human in that second birth,— so we who have been born once already in the flesh, are to have the second birth, being born again of the Spirit, in order that our experience may be the same,--the human and the divine being joined in a life union." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald Vol.73, April 14, 1896 page 232, par 2)

Christ was the divine Son of God before incarnation and was brought forth from the Father..."HE BECAME THE SON OF GOD IN A NEW SENSE." in His incarnation as Man Christ.