- They prepared for him a princely
- In the presence of his fathers
for sovereignty hebecame mighty. [They said:]
- "Thou art most honored among the
- Thy destiny is without rival, thy
comman d is Anu's!
- O Marduk, thou are most honored
among the great gods,
- Their destiny is without rival,
thy command is Anu's!
- From today without opposition
shall be thy command;
- To exalt and to abase is verily
in thy power;
- Established is thy utterance,
irresistible thy command.
- None among the gods shall invade
- Sustenance, the desire of shrines
of the gods,
- While they are in need, shall be
certain in thy sanctuary!
- O Marduk, thou art the preserver
of our lives~!
- We give thee sovereignty over the
totality of all the world.
- Sit thou in the assembly, thy
word shall be exalted!
- Thy weapon shall never be
o'ercome, may it destroy thy foe!
- O lord, he who trusts thee--his
- But the god that is wed to evil,
its life pour out!j"
- They they placed in the midst a
- And unto Marduk, their firstborn,
- "Thy fate, O Lord, let it be
first among the gods!
- To destroy and to create--speak,
let it be established!
- At thy command let a garment
- Again at thy command let the
- Then he spake with his mouth, the
- Again he commanded and the
garment was recreated.
- As the utterance of his mouth the
gods, his fathers, saw,
- They rejoiced, they uttered
blessing: "Marduk is king!"
- They bestowed upon him the
scepter, the throne, and the battle-axe;
- They gave him an unrivaled
weapon, which turns back the foe,
- "Go, Tiamat's Life cut
- May the winds bear her blood to
- When the gods, his fathers had
fixed Bel's fate,
- The way of prosperity and success
they caused him to take.
- His bow he prepared, his weapon
- A spear he bound on him at his
- He raised the heavenly weapon,
with his right hand grasped it,
- His bow and quiver at his side he
- He placed the lightning before
- With quivering flame his body he
- He made a net to enclose Tiamat's
- He caused the four winds to seize
so that nothing of her could escape;
- The south wind,
the north wind, the east wind,
the west wind,
- He brought to the side of the
net, the gift of his father Anu,
- He made the evil wind,
the bad wind, the tempest
- The four winds, the seven winds,
the whirlwind, the unhealthy wind;
- He brought forth the winds which
he had made, the seven of them,
- To trouble the inward parts of
Tiamat, they came after him.
- The lord raised up the tornado,
his mighty weapon,
- As a chariot, a storm unrivaled
for terror he mounted,
- He harnessed for himself and
attached to it four steeds,
- "Destroyer," "Unmerciful,"
- [Foam-covered] were their teeth,
filled with poison,
- Skilled were they [to run dow],
taught to destroy.
- Left and right they
- His garment was [rage], with
terror was he clad,
- With his overpowering brightness
his head was crowned.
- He made straight they way, he
took his path,
- To the place of Tiamat, the
raging, his face he set.
- With his
- A plant of magical power -- he
seized with his hand.
- On that day they exalted him, the
gods exalted him;
- The gods, his fathers, exalted
him, the gods exalted him.
- The lord approached, the waist of
Tiamat he scanned,
- Of Kingu, her spouse--he beheld
- As Marduk gazed, Kingu's progress
- Destroyed was his purpose,
frustrated his dee,
- Destroyed was his purpose,
frustrated at his side,
- Saw the warrior and leader; their
look was troubled.
- Tiamat perceived it; she did not
turn her neck.
- With proud lips she uttered words
- "Who decreed that thou shouldst
come as lord of the gods?
- Have they assembled from their
places, are they to serve thee?"
- The lord raised the tornado, his
- [Against] Tiamat who was raging,
thus he spoke;
- "[Why hast thouj] made thyself
great? Exalted thyself on high?
- [Wo does thy heart] prompt thee
- [How can thy helpers] defy the
gods, their fathers?
- [Why] doest thou hate their
[caommand], their rujj[le despise]?
- [Why has thou exalted Kingu] to
be thy spouse?
- [Hast given] him the functions of
- [How] canst thou seek after
- [And against] the gods, my
fathers, thy evil plan devise?
- [Let] thy forces be joined,
girded on thy weapons!
- Stand! I and thou--come let us
- Tiamat, when She heard
- Was like one possessed; she lost
- Tiamat cried out vehemently with
- Like roots divided in twain her
- She uttered an incantation, she
cast a charm,
- And the gods of battle demanded
- Then took their stand Tiamat and
the leader of the gods, Marduk;
- For the fight they approached,
for the battle they drew near.
- The lord spread out his net and
- The evil wind from behind he
thrust into her face.
- As Tiamat opened her mouth to its
- The evil wind he drove in, so
that her lips could not close.
- With the mighty winds he filler
- Her courage was taken away, and
she opened her mouth.
- He let fall the spear, he burst
open her belly,
- He cut through her inward parts,
he pierced her heart,
- He bound her and her life
- Her body he cast down, upon it he
- After Tiamat, the lader, he had
- Her army he broke, her host was
- And the gods, her helpers, who
marched by her side,
- Trembled, fear3ed, they turned
- They sought an exit, to save
- With a cordon they wsere
encompassed; escape was not possible.
- He coutht them, their weapons he
- Into the net they fell, in the
snare they remained.
- All quarters of the world they
filled with lamentation.
- His wrath they endured; they were
held in bondage.
- And the eleven Creatures, whom
she had filled with terribleness,
- The troop of demons who marked as
- He threw into fetters, their
power he [broke';
- Along with their opposition he
trampled them under his feet.
- And Kingu who had been exalted
- He took captive, as the god Dugga
he counted him.
- He took from him the tablets of
destiny, not rightly his,
- He sealed them with a seal, in
his own breast he laid them.
- After his enemies he had seized
- His arrogant foe had completly
- The triumph of Anshar over the
foe had fully established,
- The wish of Nudimmud had
accomplished, Marduk, the warrior
- Over the bound gods strengthened
- Unto Tiamat, whom he had bound,
he turned back.
- The lord trod upon Tiamat's
- And with his unsparing weapon
crushed her head.
- He cut through the veins of her
- HGe caused the north wind to bear
it to secret places.
- His fathers saw it; they
rejoiced, they exulted,
- Gifts and presents they brought
- Then the lord rested; he gazed
upon her body,
- The flesh of the monster he
divided; he formed a cunning plan.
- He split her open like a flat
fish into two halves,
- One half of her he established
and made a covering of the heavens,
- He drew a bolt, he established a
- And not to let her waters come
out, he commanded.
- He passed through the heavens, he
surveded the regions,
- Over against the deep he set the
dwelling of Nudimmud.
- The structures of the deep the
- In the place Esharra which he
built in the heavent,
- He caused Anu, Ellil, and Ea at
their stations to dwell.