22 “The Lord acquiredC me
at the beginning of his creation,D
before his works of long ago.s
23 I was formedE before ancient times,
from the beginning, before the earth began.t
when there were no watery depthsu
and no springs filled with water.
were established, prior to the hills,v I was given birth—
or the first soil on earth.
27 I was there when he established the heavens,w
when he laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean,x
when the fountains of the ocean gushed out,
so that the waters would not violate his command,y
when he laid out the foundations of the earth.z
I was hisG delight every day,
always rejoicing before him.
31 I was rejoicing in his inhabited world,ab
delighting in the children of Adam.ac
those who keep my ways are happy.ad
33 Listen to instruction and be wise;ae
don’t ignore it.
34 Anyone who listens to me is happy,af
watching at my doors every day,
waiting by the posts of my doorway.
35 For the one who finds me finds lifeag
and obtains favor from the Lord,ah
all who hate me love death.”b
Or possessed, or made
Or a confidant, or a child, or was constantly
Or who sins against me