- Marduk, the word of the gods,
when he heard it,
- His heart was stirred, he formed
a brilliant plan,
- He opened his mouth, to Ea he
- What in his heart he had
conceived he offered as a plan:
- "Blood will I bind, bone will I
- I will produce a man; 'man' is
- I will create the man
- Verily by the service of the gods
he shall give them rest;
- Verily I will alter the ways of
- jOne by one let them all be
divided into two parts."
- Then Ea answered and said unto
hima a word;
- He unfolded to him a plan for
satisfying the gods:
- "One among your brethren must be
- Him I will appoint, the people
- The great gods must assemble
- This one must be given up; he
must be given them."
- Marduk assembled the great gods,
he entered and delivered the decision,
- He opened his mouth, to the gods
- As a king he addressed a word to
- "Truly the former things we told
you are verified;
- True things with myself as an
oath I have sworn.
- Who is it that has created the
- Brought about the uproar, united
- He who has caused the strife
shall be given up.
- I will make him, verily, I will
cause him to bear the curse; but dwell ye in
- Then answered him the Igigi, the
- "O king, god of heaven and earth,
counsellor of the gods, their lord,
- Kingu it was who caused the
- He led the rebellion and brought
on the battle."
- They bound him and brought him
- Then a curse he laid on him; his
blood burst forth from him.
- From this blood he made mankind
for the service of the gods,
- But (the other) gods he let go
- After man had been created, Ea
laid on him the service of the gods.
- That work was past
- Through the skill of Marduk, the
wisdom of Nudimmud,
- Marduk, king of the gods,
stationed twenty Anunnaki above and below,
- He delivered unto Anu the charge
to guard....the post
- He changed the prince who guards
- After the commands of the gods
Marduk the king had issued
- The Annunnaki who.......
- The anunnaki.....
- To Marduk their lord they
- "O divine guardian of the earth,
lord, who has brought our release.
- How do we cling to they
- Oh, we will make a sanctuary the
naming of whose name is
- Oh, we will found our sanctuary
as our dwelling!
- On the day when we take
possession, we will rest in it."
- Marduk, when he heard
- His face like the day appeared
- "Like the founding of Babylon
with walls, be the joy of its founding.
- Let an enclosed city be built, a
district of land surround it."
- The Anunnaki protected the kiln;
for a year they b urned bricks.
- The second year came around, the
enclosure of Esagila was founded on the breast of Apsu
(Watesr under the earth, Exod 20:4)
- They built the temple-tower till
it touched the celestial ocean;
- For Marduk, Enlil, and Ea they
raised it as a dwelling;
- With the glory of their presence
they entered in.
- From its foundation Esagila
exhibited its two horns (pillars)
- After they finished the work of
- The Anunnaki their sanctuary set
- In Esagila, founded on the deep,
they all assembled.
- In a large garden which they
created was their dwelling.
- The gods, his fathers, to his
- Divine fate at the great gate of
the beloved dwelling was established.
- In the district each in his place
and shrine the great gods dwelt.
- They placed strong drink at the
- Satisfying food they set in the
- In Esagila.....
- Laws were laid down, authority
- The place of heaven and earth was
established by the gods, all of them.
- The great gods dwelt their
- The gods of fate, seven of them
over..... were established.
- Enlil lifted up his weapon,
their... he cast down.
- The net which he made for himself
the gods his fathers
- They saw the bow, hgow skillful
- The deed he did.....his
- Anu rose up. he spoke
- The bow has been kissed...
- "Long-wood" is its first
- The third of its names is
- He fixed its station....
- After he had fixed the
- He set up a throne.....
- Mighty in heaven....
- He assembled.....
- He caused to abound....
- Unto his name....
- He opened his mouth.....
- Verily he poured out.....
- Verily he, the son, was
- Truly his lordship was
- Verily he exercised
- In future days let....be not for
- May he establish for his
- Their maintenance
- Verily he caused incense to be
- A replica in heaven, he
- VErily he like Esagila
- He opened his mouth....let them
- Let free will offerings be
brought to their god and goddess
- Let them not forget their god,
let them feed him
- Their land may they adorn, their
shrines may they build
- Verily the gods enlarge
- As for us, by as many names as we
call him he is our god.
- We will name his fifty
- His..... is glorious; his work is
- Marduk, whom from his birth, Anu
his father had nameed,
- Who establishes brotherhood,
- Who by his weapon, the deluge,
took captive the rebellious,
- The gods his fathers he preserved
- Surely it was his sonship for
which the gods called him.
- In the brilliant light they walk
- The people whom he had made
become living creatures;
- They established the service of
the gods: they pacified them.
- Verily favor was restored; they
looked on them with compassion--even them.
- The divine son they were
- He gave joy to the hearts of the
- Marduk truly was the trust of his
land and his (people),
- Th god Barashaggu is
- Large is his heart, warm are his
- Divine king, god of heaven and
earth, whose name our assembly named,
- By word of mouth we exalted him
above the gods his fathers--
- Verily above the gods of heaven
and earth, all of them--
- As king.....
- The brilliant god, the king of
heaven he called his second name; the place of the
- Of heaven and earth he founded as
our dwelling in distress!
- Between the Igigi (spirits of
heaven) and the Anunnaki (spirits of earth) the place is
- As his name may the gods be
stirred and the dwelling shake!
- Asharu (Marduke) the good, Anu
his father named him.
- He truly is the light of the
gods, the mighty battle-axe,
- Who is like the protecting
sun-god of the land.
- By a mighty battle he delivered
our dwelling from distress.
- The god Asharu, the good, god of
life, a second time they named
- Who, as though his offspring,
gave life to us, the gods who were perishing,
- The lord who by his holy
incantation made the dead gods live.
- Destroyer of plotters,
- Verily the one who his father's
named "the brilliant god,"
- The holy god who illumines our
- (There came?) Anshar, Lakhmu and
- Unto (the gods their sons) they
- "WE......., we have proclaimed
- They rejoiced (when they heard)
- In Upshukinnaka he granted their
- "Of the heroic son our
- We, of our preserver, will exalt
- They sat in the assembly, they
proclaimed his worth,
- All of them on the
mesu-instrument celebrated his name.