"The LORD formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else.
I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began.
I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters.
Before the mountains and the hills were formed, I was born --
before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil."
"I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans.
I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established the deep fountains of the earth.
I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth's foundations,
I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence.
And how happy I was with what he created -- his wide world and all the human family!"