Jehovah possessed me (Wisdom) at the beginning of His creation, before His works of old.
I was formed before ancient times, from the beginning, before the earth began. I was born when there were no watery depths and no springs filled with water. I was delivered before the mountains and hills were established, before He made the land, the fields, or the first soil on the earth.
I was there:
When He established the heavens,
When he set the horizon on the surface of the ocean,
When He placed the sky above,
When the fountains of the deep gushed out.
When He set a limit for the sea, so the waters shouldn’t go beyond His command,
When He laid out the foundations of the earth.
Then I was a skilled craftsman beside Him and I was His delight daily, always rejoicing before Him. Rejoicing in His inhabitable world, delighting in the human race.
Therefore listen to me, my sons, those that keep my ways are happy. Listen to instruction and be wise and don’t ignore it.
Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors, for whoever finds me finds life and shall obtain favour of Jehovah,
but he that sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death.