Enuma Elish, the Babylonian Creation Epic, Barton Tablet II

  1. Tiamat made mighty her work
  2. [Evil] she cherished against the gods, her offspring.
  3. [To avent] Apsu, Tiamat planned evil.
  4. Her [forces] how she joined, to Ea was divulged.
  5. Ea [hearkened] to this thing,
  6. He was thrown into [great] straits, he sat in silence.
  7. [The days] went by; his anger was appeased,
  8. [To the place] of Anshar, his father, he proceeded.
  9. [He went] before the father who begat him, Anshar,
  10. [All that] tiamat had planned he repeated unto him.
  11. "Tiamat, our mother, has come to hate us;
  12. Her assembly is set; with rage she is hot;
  13. Turned unto her are the gods, all of them,
  14. With those ye created, they walk at her side.
  15. They have separated themselves; at the side of Tiamat they go;
  16. They rage, they plan; they rest not day or night."
  17. They have convened a council and created conflict.
  18. Mother Hubur, who fashions all things,
  19. Contributed an unfaceable weapon: she bore giant snakes,
  20. Sharp of tooth and unsparing of fang(?).
  21. She filled their bodies with venom instead of blood.
  22. She cloaked ferocious dragons with fearsome rays
  23. And made them bear mantles of radiance, made them godlike,
  24. (chanting this imprecation)
  25. "Whoever looks upon them shall collapse in utter terror!
  26. Their bodies shall rear up continually and never turn away!"
  27. She stationed a horned serpent, a mushussu-dragon, and a lahmu-hero,
  28. An ugallu-demon, a rabid dog, and a scorpion-man,
  29. Aggressive umu-demons, a fish-man, and a bull-man
  30. Bearing merciless weapons, fearless in battle.
  31. Her orders were so powerful, they could not be disobeyed.
  32. In addition she created eleven more likewise.
  33. Over the gods her offspring who had convened a council for her
  34. She promoted Qingu and made him greatest among them,
  35. Conferred upon him leadership of the army, command of the assembly,
  36. Raising the weapon to signal engagement, mustering combat-troops,
  37. Overall command of the whole battle force.
  38. And she set him upon a throne.
  39. "I have cast the spell for you and made you greatest in the gods' assembly!
  40. I have put into your power rule over all the gods!
  41. You shall be the greatest, for you are my only lover!
  42. Your commands shall always prevail over all the Anukki!"
  43. Then she gave him the Tablet of Destinies and made him clasp it to his breast.
  44. "Your utterance shall never be altered! Your word shall be law!"
  45. When Qingu was promoted and had received the Anu-power
  46. And had decreed destinies for the gods his sons, (he said),
  47. "What issues forth from your mouths shall quench Fire!
  48. Your accumulated venom (?) shall paralyze the powerful!"'--end daily
  49. [When Anshar heard how Tiamat] was greatly in disorder,
  50. [He smote his breast], he bit his lip,
  51. [His mind was disturbed], his heart was not at rest,
  52. "................his cry was wrung from him.
  53. [Away Ea, my son, go forth to] battle!
  54. Thou aret he who hast smitten [them],
  55. [Mummu and ] Apsu thou hast already struck down.
  56. [Kill also Kin]gu who comes up before her
  57. .................deliberation,
  58. .....................gods Nudimmud.
  72. [Anshar] spoke to his son [a word]:
  73. "Thou, this [son of mine], my warrior,
  74. [Whose strength is mighty], whose attack irresistible,
  75. [Go], stand before Tiamat,
  76. [That] her wrath [may be appeased, her heart softened,
  77. [But if] she will not hearken to my word,
  78. Our [word] shalt thou speak to her, that she may be appeased."
  79. [He heard] the utterance of his father Anshar,
  80. He took the straight path to her, he entered the way.
  81. Anu [drew near], he beheld the terror of Tiamat,
  82. [He did not ascend to her presence], but turned back,
  83. [Then turned he to Ea and called] to him,
  84. ["Hateful are the ways of Tiamat] to me."
  108. [Ea opened his mouth] and spoke to him:
  109. ["Marduk, my son, hear the word of] thy father.
  110. Thou are he , my son, who canst enlarge his heart.
  111. ................to the battle draw night,
  112. ..............[to] Emarukka (Tiamat) give peace."
  113. Then the lord rejoiced at the words of his father;
  114. He drew near and stood before Anshar.
  115. Anshar beheld him and his heart was filled with joy,
  116. He kissed his lips and his fear departed from him.
  117. ........is not hidden; open thy liips.
  118. Verily I will go, I will attain the wish of thy heart.
  119. ......is not concealed; open thy lips.
  120. Verily I will go, I will attain the wish of thy heart.
  121. Who is the man, who would bring thee out of his battle?
  122. [And now] shall Tiamat, a woman, come against thee with weapons?
  123. ................rejoice and exult;
  124. On the neck of Tiamat thou shalt shortly tread.
  125. ..................rejoice and exult;
  126. On the neck of Tiamat thou shalt shortly tread."
  127. "My son, who knows all wisdom,
  128. Tiamat pacify with they pure incantation.
  129. They way speedily take;
  130. .......Thou shalt not fear, thou shalt return afterward."
  131. Then the lord rejoiced at the word of his father,
  132. His heart exulted and to his father he spoke:
  133. "O Lord of the gods, fate of the great gods,
  134. If I accomplish your preservation,
  135. Take Tiamat captive and save your lives,
  136. Appoint an assembly, make my fate strong, let it come in.
  137. In Upshukkunnaku seat yourselves joyfully together,
  138. The word of my mouth shall determine fate instead of you.
  139. Let there not be changed whatever I create,
  140. May the command of my lips not be altered or opposed.

Source: George A. Barton, Archaeology and the Bible, 7th Edition, p. 282-283

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