Prayer to Marduk for Sargon II (01, 02)

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(gods in blue mixed-breed demigods in teal)

 

        For the god Marduk, great lord, compassionate god who dwells in Esagila, lord of Babylon, his lord:

 

        Sargon (II), mighty king, king of Assyria, king of the world,

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

        the one who provides for Esagila and Ezida, thought of (re)building the (city) wall Imgur-Enlil.

 

        He had bricks made and constructed a quay-wall of baked bricks fired in a (ritually) pure kiln,

        (laid) in (both) refined and crude bitumen, along the bank of the Euphrates River, in deep water.

        He founded the (city) wall Imgur-Enlil and the (city) wall Nēmet-Enlil (as secure) upon it as a mountain range.

 

        May the god Marduk, great lord, look upon this work (with pleasure)

        and may he bestow a (long) life on Sargon, the prince who provides for him!

        May his reign be as firm as the foundation of Babylon!

(02):

        For the god Marduk, the gr[eat] lord, his lord: Sargon (II), king of the land of Assyria,

        king of the world, viceroy of Babylon, king of Sumer (and) Akkad,

        constructed anew the (city) wall Imgur-Enlil (and) the (city) wall Nēmet-Enlil

        for the sake of his life (and) made (them) shine like daylight.