"The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,ab before his deeds of old;
I was appointedc from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.
When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;125
before the mountains were settled in place,2 before the hills, I was given birth,326
before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.427
I was there when he set the heavens in place,5 when he marked out the horizon6 on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above7 and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,829
when he gave the sea its boundary9 so the waters would not overstep his command,10 and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.11