"The LORDpossessed me 1at the beginning of His way, Before His worksaof old.
"From everlasting I was b2established, From the beginning, 3from the earliesttimes of the earth.
"When there were no4depths I was cbroughtforth, When there were nospringsabounding with water.
"5Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was dbroughtforth ;
26While He had not yet made the earth and the efields, Nor the firstdust of the world.
"When He 6established the heavens, I was there, When 7He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
When He madefirm the skiesabove , When the springs of the deepbecameffixed,
When 8He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His gcommand, When He marked out 9the foundations of the earth ;
Then 10I was beside Him, as a masterworkman ; And I was daily His delight, hRejoicingalwaysbefore Him,
31iRejoicing in the world, His earth, And having 11my delight in the sons of men.