'Yahweh created me, first-fruits of his fashioning, before the oldest of his works.
From everlasting, I was firmly set, from the beginning, before the earth came into being.
The deep was not, when I was born, nor were the springs with their abounding waters.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I came to birth;
before he had made the earth, the countryside, and the first elements of the world.
When he fixed the heavens firm, I was there, when he drew a circle on the surface of the deep,
when he thickened the clouds above, when the sources of the deep began to swell,
when he assigned the sea its boundaries -- and the waters will not encroach on the shore -- when he traced the foundations of the earth,
I was beside the master craftsman, delighting him day after day, ever at play in his presence,
at play everywhere on his earth, delighting to be with the children of men.