Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works a of old.
I was set up b from eternity, from the beginning, before 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 beginning of the dust c of the world.
When he prepared the heavens I was there; when he ordained the circle d upon the face of the deep;
when he established the skies above, when the fountains of the deep became strong; e29
when he imposed on 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 [his] nursling, f and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
rejoicing in the habitable part g of his earth, and my delights [were] with the sons of men.