22 The Lord madea me at the beginning of His creation,b before His works of long ago.c
23 I was formed before ancient times, from the beginning, before the earth began.
24 I was brought forth when there were no watery depths and no springs filled with water.
25 I was brought forth before the mountains and hills were established,
26 before He made the land, the fields, or the first soil on earth.
27 I was there when He established the heavens, when He laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean,
28 when He placed the skies above, when the fountains of the ocean gushed forth,
29 when He set a limit for the sea so that the waters would not violate His command,d when He laid out the foundations of the earth.e
30 I was a skilled craftsmanf beside Him.g I was Hish delight every day,i always rejoicing before Him.
31 I was rejoicing in His inhabited world,j delighting in the human race.k