before the mountains were settled in place,1 before the hills, I was given birth,226
before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.327
I was there when he set the heavens in place,4 when he marked out the horizon5 on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above6 and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,729
when he gave the sea its boundary8 so the waters would not overstep his command,9 and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.1030
Then I was the craftsman at his side.11 I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.1232
"Now then, my sons, listen13 to me; blessed are14 those who keep my ways.1533
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
Blessed is the man who listens16 to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
For whoever finds me17 finds life18 and receives favor from the LORD.19