New American Standard Bible
22 “The Lord possessed me (A)at the beginning of His way,
Before His works [a]of old.
23 “From everlasting I was [b](B)established,
From the beginning, (C)from the earliest times of the earth.
24 “When there were no (D)depths I was [c]brought forth,
When there were no springs abounding with water.
25 “(E)Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills I was [d]brought forth;
26 While He had not yet made the earth and the [e]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 [f]fixed,
29 When (H)He set for the sea its boundary
So that the water would not transgress His [g]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 daily His delight,
[h]Rejoicing always before Him,
31 [i]Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
And having (K)my delight in the sons of men.
32 “Now therefore, O sons, (L)listen to me,
For (M)blessed are they who keep my ways.
33 “(N)Heed instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.
34 “(O)Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my doorposts.
35 “For (P)he who finds me finds life
And (Q)obtains favor from the Lord.
36 “But he who [j]sins against me (R)injures himself;
All those who (S)hate me (T)love death.”