22 "God sovereignly made me - the first, the basic - before he did anything else.
23 I was brought into being a long time ago, well before Earth got its start.
24 I arrived on the scene before Ocean, yes, even before Springs and Rivers and Lakes.
25 Before Mountains were sculpted and Hills took shape, I was already there, newborn;
26 Long before God stretched out Earth's Horizons, and tended to the minute details of Soil and Weather,
27 And set Sky firmly in place, I was there. When he mapped and gave borders to wild Ocean,
28 built the vast vault of Heaven, and installed the fountains that fed Ocean,
29 When he drew a boundary for Sea, posted a sign that said, no trespassing, And then staked out Earth's foundations,
30 I was right there with him, making sure everything fit. Day after day I was there, with my joyful applause, always enjoying his company,
31 Delighted with the world of things and creatures, happily celebrating the human family.