22 "The LORD possessed me 1at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
23 "From everlasting I was 2established, From the beginning, 3from the earliest times of the earth.
24 "When there were no 4depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water.
25 "5Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth;
26 While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world.
27 "When He 6established the heavens, I was there, When 7He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He made firm the skies above *, When the springs of the deep became fixed,
29 When 8He set for the sea its boundary So that the water would not transgress His command, When He marked out 9the foundations of the earth;
30 Then 10I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always * before Him,
31 Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having 11my delight in the sons of men.