The epic of Gilgamesh speaks to modern turf-battles between professional preachers. It tells the story of how Utnapishtim gained immortality. He is told that the gods destroyed Shuruppah in a great but local flood. However, Ea who is the patron god of music and magic along with all knowledge and wisdom warned him and told him how to build a ship or ark. When the gods saw how destructive they had been they shed many tears. They gave Utnapishtim (Noah) immortality because of his acquired wisdom and because he restored animal sacrifices to "feed" the hungry gods.

Ea is the patron god of music and is believed to be the second incarnation of Lamech who was the musical, boasting father of Jubal as in Jubilee, Jabal, Tubal-Cain and Naamah or Lilith. All of these names speak directly to the "whispering, hissing snake-like" voice of Satan. They were Satan's musical enchanters and warriors who subverted and subdued the people and put them into slavery. Genun, whom Satan taught how to make musical instruments and organize musical worship teams is thought to be the second incarnation of these four children of Lamech.

The story is related by Utnapishtim (Sumerian Ziusudra , Genesis Noah)

Those who believe that they can find the Holy Spirit as a separate person of the godhead got their idea from Enlil, the god of the wind and counselor. The is the organizing member of the Godhead.

This version is from George Barton, Archaeology and the Bible 7th edition, American Sunday-School Union. p. 327-331

  1. Gilgamesh said to him, to Utnapishtim, the far-away:
  2. "I look upon thee, O Utnapishtim,
  3. Thy appearance is unchanged; thou are like me;
  4. Thou are not at all different, thou art like me;
  5. Thy courage is unbroken, to make combat,
  6. On thy side thou liest down 00 on thy back.
  7. [Tell me] how didst thou thou advance and in the assembly of the gods find life?"
  8. Utnapishtim spoke to him, to Gilgamesh:
  9. I will reveal to thee, O Gilgamesh, the secret story,
  10. And the decision of the gods to thee will I relate.
  11. Shurippak, a city which thou knowest,
  12. Is situated on the bank of the Euphrates.
  13. That city was old and the gods in it--
  14. Their hearts prompted them--the great gods--to make a deluge.
  15. [There are near] their father An,
  16. Their counsillor, the warrior Ellil,
  17. Their herald, Enmashtu,
  18. Their hero, Ennugi.
  19. The lord of wisdom, Ea, counseled with them;
  20. Their words he repeated to the reed-hut:
  21. "O reed-hut, reed-hut, O wall, wall,
  22. O reed-hut, hearken; O wall, give heed!
  23. O man of Shurippak, son of Ubarattutu,
  24. Pull down thy house, build a ship,
  25. Leave thy possessions, take thought for thy life,
  26. Leave thy gods, thy life save!
  27. Embark seed of life and all kinds on a ship!
  28. The ship which thou shalt build,
  29. Measure well its dimensions,
  30. Make to correspond its breath and its length;
  31. Upon the ocean thou shalt launch it."
  32. I understood and spoke to Ea, my lord:
  33. "[I understand], my lord; what thou hast thus commanded
  34. I will honor and will do.
  35. [But] what shall I say to the city, the people, and the elders?"
  36. Ea opened his mouth and spake,
  37. He said unto me, his servant;
  38. "Thus shalt thou say unto them:
  39. Know that me -- Ellil hates me.
  40. I may not dwell in your city,
  41. On Ellil's soil I may not lift my face,
  42. I must go down to the ocean with Ea, my lord, to dwell.
  43. Upon you will he (Ellil) then rain abundance--
  44. [A catch] of birds, a catch of fishes,
  45. ..........a rich (?) harvest.
  46. [A time Shamash (the sun) appointed, at evening] the senders of rain
  47. [Shall rain upon] you a mighty rainstorm.
  48. When the grey of dawn brightens,
  49. ------broken line
  50. .....broken line
  51. .....broken line
  52. ....broken line
  53. .......broken line
  54. ........broken line
  55. ........broken line
  56. --------broken line
  57. The strong....brought what was needed.
  58. On the fifth day I raised its frame.
  59. According to its plan (?) its walls were 120 cubits high;
  60. 120 cubits correspondingly was the extent of its roof.
  61. I laid down its hull; I enclosed it.
  62. I constructed it in storys, up to six;
  63. I divided it [without (?)] into seven parts.
  64. Its interior I divided into nine parts.
  65. .....I fastened in its midst.
  66. I looked out a rudder, and prepared what was necessary.
  67. 6 sars of bitumen I poured over its outside (?);
  68. 3 sars of bitumen I poured over its interior.
  69. 3 sars of oil the people who carry jars brought.
  70. Besides a sar of oil which was used as a libation,
  71. 2 sars of oil the ship's captain stowed away.
  72. For the people I slaughtered bullocks.
  73. I slaughtered lambs daily.
  74. Must, beer, oil, and wine,
  75. I gave the people to drink like river-water.
  76. I made a feast, like a new year's festival.
  77. I opened (?) [a box of ointment]; I put ointment in my hand.
  78. [By the setting] of great Shamash, the ship was finished.
  79. [To move it from the stocks] was difficult
  80. The men cleared the ship's ways above and below.
  81. ...........two thirds of it.
  82. With all that I had I laded it (the ship).
  83. With all the silver I had I laded it.
  84. With all the gold I had I laded it.
  85. With all the living things I had I laded it.
  86. I embarked on the ship all my family and kindred.
  87. Cattle of the fields, beasts of the field, craftsmen, all, I embarked.
  88. A fixed time Shamash had appointed, [saying]:
  89. "When the senders of rain shall rain upon you a mighty rainstorm at evening,
  90. Embark upon the ship and close the door."
  91. The appointed time approached,
  92. The senders of rain sent at evening a heavy rainstorm.
  93. I observed the appearance of the day,
  94. The day was terrible to look upon.
  95. I embarked upon the ship, I closed my door.
  96. To the master of the ship, to Puzur-Amurru, the sailor,
  97. I entrusted the structure together with its contents.
  98. When dew-dawn began to brighten,
  99. There arose from the horizon a black cloud;
  100. The god Adad thundered in its midst,
  101. While Nebo and Sharru marched before;
  102. They went as heralds over the mountain and country.
  103. Nergal tore away the anchor,
  104. Enmashtu advanced, the floods he poured down;
  105. The Anunnaki raised their torches,
  106. At their brightness the land trembled.
  107. The raging of Adad reached to heaven;
  108. All light was turned to darkness
  109. ......the land like....
  110. One day [raged the storm )?)]
  111. Swiftly it raged [and the waters covered[ the mountains,
  112. Like a battle array over the people it swept.
  113. No one could see his fellow/
  114. No more were people recognized in heaven;
  115. The gods were frightened at the deluge,
  116. They fled, they climbed to the highest heaven;
  117. The gods crouched like dogs, they lay down by the walls.
  118. Ishtar cried like a woman in travail,
  119. Wailed the queen of the gods with her beautiful voice:
  120. "Those creatures are turned to clay,
  121. Since I commanded evil in the assembly of the gods;
  122. Because I commanded evil in the assembly of the gods,
  123. For the destruction of my people I commanded battle.
  124. I alone bore my people;
  125. like spawn of flies they fill the sea."
  126. The gods along with the Annunaki wept with her,
  127. The gods bowed, sat as they wept;
  128. Closed were their lips; [silent their] assembly.
  129. Six days and seven nights
  130. Blew the wind, the deluge the flood overpowered.
  131. When the seventh day approached, the deluge was prolonging the battle
  132. Which, like an army, it had waged.
  133. The sea calmed, the destruction abated, the flood ceased.
  134. I looked upon the sea, the roaring was stilled
  135. And all mankind was turned to clay;
  136. Like logs all were floating about.
  137. I opened the window, the light fell on my cheek;
  138. I was overcome, I sat down, I wept;
  139. Over my cheek streamed the tears.
  140. I looked in all directions--a fearful sea!
  141. After twelve days an island appeared;
  142. Toward mount Nizir the ship stood off;
  143. Mount Nizir held it fast, that it moved not.
  144. One day, two days, Mount Nizier held it that it moved not,
  145. Three days, four days, mount Nizir held it that it moved not,
  146. Five days, six days, mount Nizir held it that it moved not,
  147. When the seventh day approached,
  148. I brought out a dove and let her go;
  149. The dove went out and returned;
  150. There was no resting-place and she came back.
  151. I brought out a swallow and let it go;
  152. The swallow went out and returned.
  153. There was o resting place and it came back.
  154. I brought out a raven and let it go;
  155. The raven went out, the diminution of the waters it saw;
  156. It alighted, it waded about, it croaked, it did not come back.
  157. I disembarked [all]; to the four winds I poured a libation.
  158. I appointed a sacrifice on top of the mountain peak'
  159. Seven by seven I arranged the sacrificial vessels;
  160. Beneath them I piled reeds, cedar wood, and myrtle.
  161. The gods smelled the savor,
  162. The gods smelled the sweet savor.
  163. The gods above the sacrificer collected like flies.
  164. When at length the queen of the gods drew near,
  165. She raised the great bows which An at her wish had made.
  166. "O ye gods, as I shall not forget the jewel of my neck
  167. These days I shall not forget--to eternity I shall remember!
  168. Let the gods come to the sacrifice,
  169. But let Ellil not come to the sacrifice,
  170. For he was not wise; he sent the deluge,
  171. And numbered my people for destruction."
  172. When at last Ellil drew near,
  173. He saw the ship, Ellil was angry,
  174. His heart was filled against the gods and the Igigi (spirits of heaven)
  175. "Who then has come out alive?
  176. No man must escape from destruction."
  177. Then Enmashtu opened his mouth and spake,
  178. He said to the warrior Ellil;
  179. "Who but Ea accomplished the thing?
  180. Even Ea knows every undertaking."
  181. Ea opened his mouth and spake,
  182. He said to the warrior Ellil:
  183. "O thou, aleader of the gods, warrior,
  184. How, how couldst thou without thought send a deluge?
  185. On the sinner let his sin rest,
  186. On the wrongdoer rest his misdeed.
  187. Forbear, let it not be done, have mercy, [That men perish not].
  188. Instead of thy sending a deluge
  189. Had the lion come and diminished the people!
  190. Instead of thy sending a deluge
  191. Had a wolf come and diminished the people!
  192. Instead of sending a deluge
  193. Had a famine come and the land [depopulated!]
  194. Instead of sending a deluge
  195. Had a pestilence come and the land [depopulated!}
  196. I have not divulged the decisions of the great gods.
  197. I caused Adrakhasis to see a dream and the decisions of the gods be heard.
  198. Now take counsel concerning him."
  199. Then went Ea on board the ship,
  200. He took my hand and brought me forth,
  201. He brought forth my wife and made her kneel at my side;
  202. He turned us toward each other and stood between us; he blessed us:
  203. "In former times Utnapishtim was a man;
  204. Now let Utnapishtim and his wife be like gods-- even like us;
  205. Let Utnapishtim dwell afar off at the mouth of the rivers!"
  206. He took me and caused me to dwell afar off at the mouth of the rivers.
The Babylon poem sees the flood as local. However, the gods disagree, blame each other, crouch with fear like dogs, swarm like flies around a sacrifice and are otherwise even less than human. On the other hand, Genes shows that Elohim (many els) is just One God, Jehovah.

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