23 t“God understands the way to it,
and he knows its place.
24 For he ulooks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he vgave to the wind its weight
and apportioned the waters by measure,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
and wa way for the lightning of the thunder,
27 then he saw it and declared it;
he established it, and searched it out.
28 And he said to man,
‘Behold, xthe fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to yturn away from evil is understanding.’”
22 s“The Lord tpossessed1 me at the beginning of his work,2
the first of his acts uof old.
23 Ages ago I was vset up,
at the first, wbefore the beginning of the earth.
24 When there were no xdepths I was ybrought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains zhad been shaped,
abefore 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 bestablished the heavens, I was there;
when he drew ca circle on the face of the deep,
28 when he dmade firm the skies above,
when he established3 the fountains of the deep,
29 when he eassigned to the sea its flimit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out gthe foundations of the earth,
30 then hI was beside him, like a master workman,
and I was daily his4 idelight,
rejoicing before him always,
31 jrejoicing in his kinhabited world
and delighting in the children of man.