English Standard Version
22 (A)“The Lord (B)possessed[a] me at the beginning of his work,[b]
the first of his acts (C)of old.
23 Ages ago I was (D)set up,
at the first, (E)before the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no (F)depths I was (G)brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains (H)had been shaped,
(I)before the hills, I was brought forth,
26 before he had made the earth with its fields,
or the first of the dust of the world.
27 When he (J)established the heavens, I was there;
when he drew (K)a circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he (L)made firm the skies above,
when he established[c] the fountains of the deep,
29 when he (M)assigned to the sea its (N)limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out (O)the foundations of the earth,
30 then (P)I was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his[d] (Q)delight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 (R)rejoicing in his (S)inhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.
“The Lord created and possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old [were accomplished].
“From everlasting I was established and ordained,
From the beginning, before the earth existed, [I, godly wisdom, existed].(A)
“When there were no ocean depths I was born,
When there were no fountains and springs overflowing with water.
“Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was born;(B)
While He had not yet made the earth and the fields,
Or the first of the dust of the earth.
“When He established the heavens, I [Wisdom] was there;
When He drew a circle upon the face of the deep,
When He made firm the skies above,
When the fountains and springs of the deep became fixed and strong,
When He set for the sea its boundary
So that the waters would not transgress [the boundaries set by] His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth—(C)
Then I was beside Him, as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight;
Rejoicing before Him always,(D)
Rejoicing in the world, His inhabited earth,
And having my delight in the sons of men.(E)
New International Version
22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[a][b]
before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
when there were no springs overflowing with water;(A)
25 before the mountains were settled in place,(B)
before the hills, I was given birth,(C)
26 before he made the world or its fields
or any of the dust of the earth.(D)
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,(E)
when he marked out the horizon(F) on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above(G)
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,(H)
29 when he gave the sea its boundary(I)
so the waters would not overstep his command,(J)
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.(K)
30 Then I was constantly[c] at his side.(L)
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.(M)