A reading from the book of Proverbs.
Thus says God’s being, Wisdom:
‘You Yahweh, begot me, the first born of your ways,
the forerunner of your prodigies of long ago;
From of old I was poured forth,
from the first,
before the beginnings of the world;
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
No fountains or springs of water;
Before the mountains were settled into place,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
While as yet the earth and the fields were not made,
nor the first clods of the world.
“When you established the heavens I was there,
when you marked out the vault over the face of the deep;
When you set the sun in the skies firmly on high,
when you fixed fast the fountains of the earth;
When you set for the sea its limit,
so the waters should not disobey the bounds you commanded;
Then I was beside you as your assistant”
binding you with daily joy,
Constantly making merry in front of you,
and delighting in your descendants.”
The Word of God recorded in the book of Proverbs.