"The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old.
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever 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 first parts of dust of the world.
When He prepared the heavens, I was there; when He set a compass upon the face of the deep,
when He established the clouds above, when He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
when He gave to 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, as one brought up with Him, and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him,
rejoicing in the habitable part of His earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.