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22 From the beginning,
    I was with the Lord.[a]
    I was there before he began
23     to create the earth.
At the very first,
    the Lord gave life to[b] me.
24 When I was born,
    there were no oceans
    or springs of water.
25 My birth was before
mountains were formed
    or hills were put in place.
26 It happened long before God
    had made the earth
    or any of its fields
    or even the dust.

27 I was there when the Lord
    put the heavens in place
    and stretched the sky
    over the surface of the sea.
28 I was with him when he placed
    the clouds in the sky
    and created the springs
    that fill the ocean.
29 I was there when he set
boundaries for the sea
    to make it obey him,
    and when he laid foundations
    to support the earth.

30 I was right beside the Lord,
    helping him plan and build.[c]
I made him happy each day,
    and I was happy at his side.
31     I was pleased with his world
    and pleased with its people.

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Footnotes

  1. 8.22 From the beginning. . . with the Lord: Or “In the very beginning, the Lord created me.”
  2. 8.23 gave life to: Or “formed.”
  3. 8.30 helping. . . build: Or “like his own child.”

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