22 “The lLord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
23 mI have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 nBefore the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the 5fields,
Or the 6primal dust of the world.
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
29 oWhen He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When pHe marked out the foundations of the earth,
rAnd I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
Lit. beginning of the dust
A Jewish tradition one brought up
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