before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.127
I was there when he set the heavens in place,2 when he marked out the horizon3 on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above4 and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,529
when he gave the sea its boundary6 so the waters would not overstep his command,7 and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.830
Then I was the craftsman at his side.9 I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind.1032
"Now then, my sons, listen11 to me; blessed are12 those who keep my ways.1333
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.
Blessed is the man who listens14 to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
For whoever finds me15 finds life16 and receives favor from the LORD.1736
But whoever fails to find me harms himself;18 all who hate me love death."19