19 The Lord founded the earth by wisdom(A)
and established the heavens by understanding.
20 By His knowledge the watery depths broke open,(B)
and the clouds dripped with dew.(C)

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22 “The Lord made[a] me
at the beginning of His creation,[b]
before His works of long ago.(A)
23 I was formed before ancient times,
from the beginning, before the earth began.(B)
24 I was born
when there were no watery depths(C)
and no springs filled with water.
25 I was delivered
before the mountains and hills were established,(D)
26 before He made the land, the fields,
or the first soil on earth.
27 I was there when He established the heavens,(E)
when He laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean,(F)
28 when He placed the skies above,
when the fountains of the ocean gushed out,
29 when He set a limit for the sea
so that the waters would not violate His command,(G)
when He laid out the foundations of the earth.(H)

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 8:22 Or possessed, or begot
  2. Proverbs 8:22 Lit way

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