Yahweh made me the starting-point of his way,
the beginning of his deeds from of old.
From antiquity established was I,
from the start, from the beginnings of the earth.
When there was no abyss I writhed in birth,
when there were no springs resplendent with water,
before the mountains sank into place,
in the presence of the hills I writhed in birth
until he made the earth and its open spaces,
and the start of the dust of habitation.
As he arranged the heavens there was I,
as he bounded the circle on the face of the abyss,
as he solidifed the clouds from above,
as he made mighty the springs of the abyss,
as he set for the Sea its boundary
- that the waters would not cross his command -
as he bounded the foundations of the earth.
And I was close beside him, true handiworker,
and I was in delight day after day,
playing in his presence all the time,
playing in the habitations of his earth,
and delighting in the children of Adam.