before he created anything else.
at the very first, before the earth began.
before the springs bubbled forth their waters.
before the hills, I was born—
and the first handfuls of soil.
when he drew the horizon on the oceans.
when he established springs deep in the earth.
so they would not spread beyond their boundaries.
And when he marked off the earth’s foundations,
I was his constant delight,
rejoicing always in his presence.
how I rejoiced with the human family!