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1-17Enlil-bani, wondrous king among the princes! Created by An, elevated by Enlil, like Utu the light of all lands, born to princedom, girded with all the divine powers, watched over by Enlil and listened to by Ninlil on account of the widespread people living at the boundary of heaven and earth! Fair of ......, lordly of limb! With the shepherd's crook you have settled innumerable people.
18-27Enlil-bani, great son of Enki, shepherd (1 ms. has instead: sage) and counsellor who guides living things, who spreads broad shade over all lands, grandiloquent prince whom great An has summoned, great mother Ninlil trusts in you.
28-36Enlil-bani, you are the one who has
authority. Sweet mouth, lips good with words,
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husband of holy Inana, Asarluhi gave you wisdom.
37-48Nisaba, lady Nanibgal, the matriarch, the mother-in-law of Enlil, the lady ...... who creates (?) life ......, the book-keeper ......, the wise one, the holy woman ......, ...... the oracle, has placed his (?) name on the tablet of life.
49-60She revealed counsel and response to you, granted vision to you. As your destiny she gave E-zagina, her house of wisdom, to provide counsel. In the Land you have caused order to be resplendent. Your virtue is broadcast in all lands.
61-79Enlil-bani, having counsel and exceptional
wisdom, soothing hearts and proclaiming your judgments, wise in everything,
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...... counsellor, you ...... to keep in order the judgment of the black-headed and to render verdicts. Articulate in appropriate expressions, you know how to cleanse impropriety. You make justice shine like gold. You take the whip to injustice.
80-91You have destroyed the hiss of hostile talkers. You know how to undo sin and its illness. You do not kill transgressors; you understand those you lead. You make words benign. Compassionate, loving the just, you cause no harm when offerings have been made (?).
92-111Your governors suffer no injuries. Your troops triumph over hostile troops. Your weapons have no rival weapons. When you take your seat, you cause all the foreign lands to bow down. All sovereigns become allies with you and you soothe their quarrels. With numerous oxen and numerous sheep, with gold, cornelian and lapis lazuli they enter your palace; with their lips they kiss the ground before you.
112-135Enlil-bani, king who gladdens the heart of
his city, you speed offerings into Nibru. You bring the
best corn into E-kic-nujal; daily you ensure that it
does not cease. You are him whom Enlil has summoned by
name; you are the property of Ninlil. As for the lands
rebellious against you, Ninurta the strong hero of
Enlil, in triumph has dissolved into ruins those that
are hostile and are not supporters of yours, and has spread them out as heaps
for you. Nuska, the lord who stocks the E-kur,
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a favourable omen.
136-150Dijir-mah, the ...... of the Land, fixed a destiny for your broad heart and, when your umbilical cord (?) was cut, appointed you to lordship. Nanna, the benign (?) lord, the son of Enlil, has fixed the crown of life firmly upon your head. In the abzu Nudimmud, your divine creator, has increased abundance for you.
151-168In the E-ana, Inana has fixed a rejoicing
heart to be your lot and has you brought grandly into her holy bedchamber to
spend the night there. The mother of the Land, Ninisina, has caused you to lay the foundations with your hands in
Isin. Utu, the judge, the king
of heaven and earth, has confirmed for you in your hands the sceptre which
brings the black-headed to justice.
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169-177Enlil-bani, you are the king who
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in a favourable month, in a year of abundance, on a day of celebration and the elevation of the king, you are exalted. The four quarters of the world praise you with royal offerings.
178-184May the wise scribe in the scribal academy, the house which advises the Land, not allow your praise to cease!
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