The Most Holy Trinity, Year C: 1st Reading

Proverbs 8:22-31

Thus says the wisdom of God:
   “The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways,
      the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago;
   from of old I was poured forth,
      at the first, before the earth.
   When there were no depths I was brought forth,
      when there were 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 fields were not made,
      nor the first clods of the world.

   “When the Lord established the heavens I was there,
      when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep;
   when he made firm the skies above,
      when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth;
   when he set for the sea its limit,
      so that the waters should not transgress his command;
   then was I beside him as his craftsman,
      and I was his delight day by day,
   playing before him all the while,
      playing on the surface of his earth;
      and I found delight in the human race.”