"The LORD formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else.
I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began.
I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters.
Before the mountains and the hills were formed, I was born --
before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil.
"I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans.
I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established the deep fountains of the earth.
I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth's foundations,
I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence.
And how happy I was with what he created -- his wide world and all the human family!
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)