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...... wise ......; Hendursaja, you have great divine powers, more than anyone could require.
8-14...... who gives advice on the rooftops (?); you who among powerful lords are ......, who among rulers hold the staff, a shepherd who oversees the teeming people; ......, who strides about the city's squares by night at the middle of the watch; you who open the gates at daybreak, who make their doors stand open onto the street: Hendursaja, you have great divine powers, more than anyone could require.
15-30You are the accountant of Nindara, king of Nijin in its spacious location. Nance has placed a mighty symbol in your hand, Hendursaja. The divine mother Nance speaks confidentially with you. She has made ...... crook and sceptre for its plans flourish in a pure place; she ...... her gaze to your ...... raised in the quiet streets. Your holy ......, the straight harbour-wall, the pure barge -- all is shining. When the divine mother Nance floats her holy barge to visit you, sweet and noble singers perform for her on board. Your well laid-out fields have wheat, emmer and chick peas. The places where you have laid up supplies lie amid (?) cedars and poplars. The holy cow delivers butter and delivers milk to your older brother, the lord (?) of the holy sea, the cock (dar) Nindara, the king of Lagac. Also with her help, monthly and at the New Year on the days of regular offerings, in your house Nindara makes the wedding-gifts on your behalf for the divine mother Nance.
31-41You have no river where fish could be caught by the fisheries inspector as they dart about there. No produce is derived by the farmer from your fields. The collector of cattle taxes cannot collect a single bull from your cattle; the shepherd cannot penetrate among your flocks, nor can he make an official assessment. There is no reed ...... among your stakes (?). Your dough trough does not produce any revenue. But the robber who encounters you is ....... On the quiet streets ......; in the play areas you ...... very much. You are the chief constable of the dead people who are brought to the underworld. Hendursaja, you have great divine powers, more than anyone could require.
personal god stands by at your behest for eating and drinking. If the man
grasps ......, and ...... in his hand, and calls upon the name of Hendursaja, then he will take the correct route through the silent
streets at dead of night. All the scribes of Arali serve ....... ...... who
walks during the day ......, and you let ...... sleep peacefully on the
rooftops (?). The seven heralds stand at your service, and they patrol for you
on the ...... walls of the Land.
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the wicked ...... in the city; the evil ...... hunger. The protective god with friendly face, the protective goddess ......; ......, the protective goddess .......
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silent streets. ...... bathes
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They come out from ......; it is they who appoint the en priestess in the jipar, who choose the nin-dijir priestess by extispicy, who establish the gudu priest with his curly hair.
77-90On this very day, as evening approaches, the first of the seven is a fox with a sweeping tail. The second snuffles around like a dog. The third pecks greedily at caterpillars like a raven. The fourth overpowers everything like an enormous carrion-eating eagle. The fifth, although not a wolf, will fall upon a black lamb. The sixth screeches like a hawk, when he sits ....... The seventh ......, a shark in the waves. These seven are neither female deities nor male. They hinder a man and hamper a woman; they put aside (?) the woman's weapon. They spread a stench (1 ms. has instead: lamentation) in the Land, precisely implementing the divine powers of the gods. Hendursaja, you have great divine powers, more than anyone could require.
everywhere ...... and holy places will be established, and so that Gibil the pure (i.e. fire) will be available before the
E-kur, Lady Ninmug stands by at
your behest. So that the holy orchards (?) will be opened up, Ama-abzu-E-kura (1
ms. has instead: Dumuzid-abzu) stands by at
your behest. So that the bolts of holy houses will be opened, Nin-nijbunara (1 ms.
has instead: Ninjarjarjar (?)) stands by at
your behest. So that there will be joy in Umma, Ninbi-cu-kale stands by at your behest. So that Aratta will be overwhelmed (?), Lugalbanda
stands by at your behest. So that Nijin will rise above
the waters like a mountain, the minister ...... stands by at your behest. So
that ......, ...... stands by at your behest.
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You are the leader of ....... You are the accountant of the black-headed. You are the chief constable of the dead people who are brought to the underworld. Chief herald, who ...... playing in streets and on roofs, ...... of the dark houses ......, who peers (?) out from the rooftops (?) of the Land, lord Hendursaja: because you were that too, after Enki had had intercourse with ......, he destined the seven sons that she had borne to him -- those seven sons of a crab -- for the starvation of heaven; he placed them by at your behest, for the crushing (?) of the people of earth.
14-31So that the pot will be standing by, and so that beer will be filtered, the oldest brother of the seven stands by at your behest. He pays you your due from the pot standing by and from the jug with the filtered beer. So that the bitter taste (?) will ...... out of the river water and out of the water of orchards and fields, next of them the second stands by at your behest. He pays you your due when the bitter taste is ...... out of the river water and the out of the water of orchards and fields. So that the little fish may eat ......, and so that the big fish can be brought up onto the fields (during irrigation) , next of them the third stands by at your behest. He pays you your due from the little fish that have eaten ......, and from the big fish that have been brought up onto the fields. So that water can be brought into the pure canal, and so that its basin will bubble (?) joyfully, next of them the fourth stands by at your behest. He pays you your due from the pure canal into which water was brought, and from its joyfully bubbling (?) basin.
32-46So that the
dough trough ......, so that fish can be grilled on stakes (?), next of them
the fifth stands by at your behest. He pays you your due from the ...... dough
trough, and from the fish grilled on stakes (?). So that the sheaves can be
piled up and the barley sheaves can be spread out, and so that the heaped-up
barley can be laid under the stick, next of them the sixth stands by at your
behest. He pays you your due from the barley spread out from the grain piles,
and from the heaped-up barley which is laid under the stick. So that orchards
and palm gardens will produce syrup and wine, and so that the holy baskets will
be carefully stored, next of them the seventh stands by at your behest. He pays
you your due from the syrup and wine produced by the orchards and palm gardens,
and from the holy baskets, carefully stored.
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1-14...... in Ubcu-unkena. When you yourself ...... your position there, then he who has no personal god, be he ever so great or ever so small, will not say "Poor man!", will not say "Old woman!". In winter, ...... not cold ......, and in summer, not ...... naked ...... hunger. If he walks on a road, he will not ...... its beginning. In the midst of the assembly he ...... nothing bad. If he goes down to the river, he will not catch any fish. If he goes down to the fields, he will not get any produce. If he enters ...... the king's palace, he will get no beer to drink there; ....... If he comes running as a messenger, he will not arrive. The god who has looked upon him will not give him great strength.
15-28But if someone has a personal god from heaven, his good fortune ....... If this man lies, ....... But if he has spoken the truth, ....... If he walks on a road, he will ...... its beginning. In the midst of the assembly he will ...... bad ....... If he goes down to the river, he will catch fish there. If he goes to the fields, he will take produce from there. If he enters ...... the king's palace, he will get beer to drink; if he puts ......, he ....... If he comes running with a message, people will be pleased with him. The god who has looked upon him will give him great strength. The gusting south wind in the marshes will not sink his boat, thanks to the god; and even if it has to struggle against powerful waves on the open sea, thanks to him he will complete his journey as if he were in a carriage.
29-55Now, what does one man say to another? Now, what does one person add to another? (1 ms. has instead: Now, under the sun on this very day), as day breaks, as Utu rises, Utu stands at the weighing place. If someone wants to buy a bull, then Utu asks Hendursaja; he does not communicate his wisdom to the man who wants to buy the bull. If Hendursaja tells him that the buyer may buy the bull, then Utu determines the destiny for the building of his cattle-pen. If someone wants to buy sheep, then Utu asks Hendursaja; he does not communicate his wisdom to the man who wants to buy sheep. If Hendursaja tells him that the buyer may buy the sheep, then Utu determines the destiny for the fencing of his sheepfold. If someone wants to buy a slave, then Utu asks Hendursaja; he does not communicate his wisdom to the man who wants to buy the slave. If Hendursanga tells him that the buyer may buy the slave, then Utu confirms his ownership by means of the weighing scales. If someone wants to marry a wife, then Utu asks Hendursaja; he does not communicate his wisdom to the man who wants to marry the wife. If Hendursaja tells him that the man may marry the wife, then not only does that person marry the wife but also she bears children; furthermore he builds a house and then encloses a compound. This man will speak only good with his wife, and the young woman will be able to make herself a home in extra large women's quarters.
56-59Now, what does one man say to another? Now, what does one man add to another person? They say, "I want to ......", "I want to ......".
60-70So as to integrate securely into the cattle-pen the bull that has been bought, so as to make the sheep that have been bought multiply in the sheepfold, so as to make the slave that has been bought behave submissively in the house of his master, so as to test the liquid capacity of a one-litre pot; so that, when the Herald signals with his horn to the troops before the mêlée of battle and the warriors go forth to the high plain, the Herald will force the dragons back from the roads, so that the Herald Hendursaja will make them very frightened -- praise be to the youthful Utu, who has kindly supported the excellent power of the Herald, and praise be to father Enki, who has kindly supported the excellent power of Hendursaja!
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