22 “The Lord [a]created me (A)at the beginning of His way,
Before His works [b]of old.
23 From eternity I was [c](B)established,
From the beginning, (C)from the earliest times of the earth.
24 When there were no (D)ocean depths, I was born,
When there were no springs abounding with water.
25 (E)Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was born;
26 While He had not yet made the earth and the [d]fields,
Nor the first dust of the world.
27 When He (F)established the heavens, I was there;
When (G)He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep,
28 When He made firm the skies above,
When the springs of the deep became [e]fixed,
29 When (H)He set a boundary for the sea
So that the water would not violate His [f]command,
When He marked out (I)the foundations of the earth;
30 Then (J)I was beside Him, as a master workman;
And I was His delight daily,
[g]Rejoicing always before Him,
31 [h]Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
And having (K)my delight in the sons of mankind.
32 “Now then, sons, (L)listen to me,
For (M)blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 (N)Listen to instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.
34 (O)Blessed is the person who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my doorposts.
35 For (P)one who finds me finds life,
And (Q)obtains favor from the Lord.
36 But one who [i]sins against me (R)injures himself;
All those who (S)hate me (T)love death.”