(Cp Jn 1:1–3)
the first of his acts of long ago.
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
when there were no springs abounding with water.
before the hills, I was brought forth—
26 when he had not yet made earth and fields,d
or the world’s first bits of soil.
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
30 then I was beside him, like a master worker;e
and I was daily hisf delight,
rejoicing before him always,
and delighting in the human race.
happy are those who keep my ways.
and do not neglect it.
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
and obtains favor from the Lord;
all who hate me love death.”
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