Prayer to Ishtar for Ashurbanipal & Brother Samas-suma-unkin (3)


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(gods in blue….mixed-breed demigods in teal)


          Ashurbanipal, great king, mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria,

        king of the four quarters (of the world), king of kings, prince who has no rival,

        who rules from the Upper Sea to the Lower Sea and has subjugated all rulers;

        son of Esarhaddon, great king, mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria,

        viceroy of Babylon, king of the land of Sumer and Akkad;

        grandson of Sennacherib, mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria —


          I completed the work on Esagil which (my) father who had engendered me had not finished.

        I (re)confirmed the regular offerings for Esagil and the gods of Babylon.

        I (re-)established the privileged status of Babylon (and) appointed Šamaš-<šuma>-ukīn, my favorite brother,

        to the kingship of Babylon in order that the strong might not harm the weak.


          At that time, I had Eturkalama, the temple of the goddess Ištar (Inanna)-of-Babylon, (re)built anew.

          May the goddess Ištar-of-Babylon, the august lady, look upon my good deeds with pleasure

        and may she say good things about me daily before the god Bēl (Marduk) and the goddess Bēltīia (Zarpanītu) (Sarpanit)!

        May she determine as my fate a long life (and) make my reign [as] firm as heaven and netherworld!

        [Moreover, with regard to] Šamaš-<šuma>-ukīn, king of Babylon, [my favorite brother],

        may [his days] be long and may he experience the fullness of old age!         


        [(But) as for the one who] erases [my inscribed name or the name of] my [fav]orite (brother)

        by some crafty device, (or) destroys my royal inscription, or changes its position,

        may the goddess Ištar-of-Babylon speak evil of him before the god Bēl (and) the goddess Bēltīia (Marduk’s spouse)

        (and) make his name (and) his descendant(s) disappear from the lands!