Four Scriptural Arguments Against the Pre-Existence of the Soul

This is a compilation of Bible passages that can be used to argue against the pre-existence of the soul. I wanted to make this compilation because I've heard some people argue that the Bible teaches the pre-existence of the soul, and I think it's useful to have a resource to defend against that belief.

Wisdom 7:1-6 suggests against the pre-existence of the soul:
I also am mortal, like all men, a descendant of the first-formed child of earth; and in the womb of a mother I was molded into flesh, within the period of ten months, compacted with blood, from the seed of a man and the pleasure of marriage. And when I was born, I began to breathe the common air, and fell upon the kindred earth, and my first sound was a cry, like that of all. I was nursed with care in swaddling cloths. For no king has had a different beginning of existence; there is for all mankind one entrance into life, and a common departure.
I emphasize these words: "in the womb of a mother I was molded into flesh," "[and] no king has had a different beginning of existence." Since he calls the womb "[the] beginning of existence" and "[the] entrance into life," it seems to follow that we do not exist before that.

Another passage that can be used to support this point is John 8:23 -- "He said to them, 'You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.' " Jesus seems here to contrast His pre-existence with our non-pre-existence.

Also, in John 1:30 St. John the Baptist says, "After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me." By saying this, he appears to contrast Jesus' pre-existence with his own non-pre-existence. We can extrapolate that we, like John, do not pre-exist, like Jesus.

I've also seen Zechariah 12:1 used to disprove the pre-existence of the soul: "[T]he LORD...stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundation of the earth, and formed the spirit of man within him." The argument is, if God formed the spirit of man within him, then the spirit was formed, at earliest, at the same time as the body. The earliest time the body exists is in the womb, and its earliest stage in the womb is conception. Therefore, the earliest that the soul could be formed within man would be at the moment of conception.


BTW I'd love to add to this. Do any of you know any other passages that can be used to argue against the pre-existence of the soul?