When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water;125
before the mountains were settled in place,2 before the hills, I was given birth,326
before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.427
I was there when he set the heavens in place,5 when he marked out the horizon6 on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above7 and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,829
when he gave the sea its boundary9 so the waters would not overstep his command,10 and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.1130
Then I was the craftsman at his side.12 I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.1332
"Now then, my sons, listen14 to me; blessed are15 those who keep my ways.1633
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
Blessed is the man who listens17 to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.