Sirach 24:1-9

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Wisdom will praise herself,
   and will glory in the midst of her people.
In the assembly of the Most High she will open her mouth,
   and in the presence of his host she will glory:
“I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
   and covered the earth like a mist.
I dwelt in high places,
   and my throne was in a pillar of cloud.
Alone I have made the circuit of the vault of heaven
   and have walked in the depths of the abyss.
In the waves of the sea, in the whole earth,
   and in every people and nation I have gotten a possession.
Among all these I sought a resting place;
   I sought in whose territory I might lodge.

“Then the Creator of all things gave me a commandment,
   and the one who created me assigned a place for my tent.
9  And he said, ‘Make your dwelling in Jacob,
   and in Israel receive your inheritance.’

Re Wisdom "created before all things" (v.4): this is also taught in 1:1-4, Proverbs 8:22-31, and elsewhere.

For the creation of Wisdom and all things, see Echoes and Appropriations of Pre-Biblical and other accounts of Creation