22 1"The LORD 2 possesseda me at the beginning of his work,b the first of his acts 3of old.
23 Ages ago I was 4set up, at the first, 5before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no 6depths I was 7brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains 8had been shaped, 9before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he 10established the heavens, I was there; when he drew 11a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he 12made firm the skies above, when he establishedc the fountains of the deep,
29 when he 13assigned to the sea its 14limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out 15the foundations of the earth,
30 then 16I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily hisd17delight, rejoicing before him always,
31 18rejoicing in his 19inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.