1"The LORD 2 possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts 3of old.
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Ages ago I was 4set up, at the first, 5before the beginning of the earth.
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When there were no 6depths I was 7brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
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Before the mountains 8had been shaped, 9before the hills, I was brought forth,
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before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.
When he 10established the heavens, I was there; when he drew 11a circle on the face of the deep,
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when he 12made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,
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when he 13assigned to the sea its 14limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out 15the foundations of the earth,
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then 16I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his17delight, rejoicing before him always,
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18rejoicing in his 19inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.
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