CT 15, 3f. (Adad)

SEAL no. 6

  • BM 93828 obv. (British Museum)BM 93828 obv. (British Museum)
  • BM 93828 rev. (British Museum)BM 93828 rev. (British Museum)
  • King 1902, 3King 1902, 3
  • King 1902, 4King 1902, 4
Copy / Photo
3-4 (copy)
Tablet Siglum
BM 93828
British Museum, London
Genre / Classification
Hymns and Prayers, Adad

Rather an epic than a hymn.



col. i

1       [GAB?].RI? še20-e-mì ik-ri-bi lu-na-i-id

2       AL.TI še20-e-mì ik-ri-bi lu-na-i-id


3                ŠÌR ku-um-mi a-na dIŠKUR

4       ni-še20-em-me er-ni-ta-šu wa-aš-ṭa-at

5       i-ni-i-ma ma-ta-am la uš-né-e-eš

6       ti-bé-e-mi ṣi-i qì-bi-šu li-iš-me

                   a-wa-ta-ak li-né i-ra-as-sú

7       dEn-líl pa-šu i-pu-ša-am-ma i-pu-uḫ-ri

                   ka-la i-li is-sà-aq-qá-ar 

8       iš-té-a-num ša-du-ú i-li wu-ʾu­5-ur

9       ša-aš-ma-am il-qè-e-ma e-su-lum-ma

10     Be-le-et-i-li li-ib-bu-ku-nim

                    li-še20-ri-bu-ni-iš-ši a-na maḫ-ri-ia


11     Be-le-et-i-li ib-bu-ku-šum-ma

                   [d]En-líl ši-a-ši-im iz-za-ak-kà-ar-ši

12     ṣi-⌈i⌉-⌈ma p[u]-uš-še20-e-ḫi a-ḫa-ki

                   […i]-na qá-ti-i-šu šu-uṭ-pi

13     […a-w]a-ta-am ši-a-ti

                   […m]a? ba-ab-šu tu-uṣ-⌈ṣí

14     […a-ḫ]a-aš tu-ša-la-a-am

15     […-š]u? ik-ri-bi


16     […] x x ⌈ṣú-ur-ri

(rest broken)


col. ii

1       im-ḫu-ur-šu-ma a-bu i-l[i dEn-líl]

2       zi-ik-ri ta-ni-it-tim is-sà-qá-ar-šu


3       SAG.KALA a-aḫ-ḫi-i-ka šu-ur ša-ma-a-i

4       ša na-ap-ša-at ka-la ni-ši iš-ti-i-ka

5       im-ma-ti-ia ša-ḫu-ur-ra-ta-am ta-at-bu-uk

6       ku-ul-la-at da-ad-mi qá-ab-la-ka im-ru-ur-ma

7       uš-ta-at-li-im-ku-um bé-li pa-ra-ak-ki

8       e-pí-a-tim a-na qá-ti-i-ka ap-qì-id

9       im-ma-ti-ia li-ku-un šu-bá-at-k[a]

10     ki ú-mi ta-la-ka-am im-mu-ut-ti

11     pa-aš-šu-ru lu-ú li-ri-iš ú-um-šu

12     šar-ru-um šu-ut ab-bi-i-šu li-ip-la-aḫ-ka


13     at-ta še­20-me-e-mi ik-ri-bi-i-šu

14     ḪÉ.GÁL-la-a-am šu-uz-ni-na-am <am->ma-ti-šu

15     ša-at-ti-i-ša-am-ma ši-im-ta-šu wu-tu-ur

16     ma-ta-tim šu-uk-ni-ša-am še20-e-pi-iš-šu

17     i-nu ša-aš-ni-iš i-ṣa-ab-ba-ú-ma

18     iš-ti-i-šu a-li-ik du-pu-un ma-ḫi-ir-šu

19     še20-e-pu-uš-šu šu-uk-ni-ša-am ma-ta-am

20     [x] AḪ ZI li-[…] m[a-a]l⌉-ki-šu

21     [x x m]a da […] ⌈x⌉ mu

22     […]⌈x⌉ KI nu

23     […]⌈x⌉

(rest broken)

Reverse uninscribed



col. i

1       ⌈Copy of⌉ “I will praise him who listens to prayers of benediction”.

2       End of “I will praise him who listens to prayers of benediction”.


3                 Kummu-song for Adad.

4       “We hear that his will to battle is unbending.

5       He turns the land upside down and won’t let it stay alive.

6       Order him: ‘Get up! Depart!’ He shall listen to your command and draw back.”

7       Enlil began to speak and in the assembly of all gods he spoke:

8       “A mountain alone (Enlil) is ruling the gods!

9       (But) he (Adad) took up battle in times of peace.

10     They shall bring Bēlet-ilī, they shall let her appear in front of me!”


11     When they had brought Bēlet-ilī to him, Enlil spoke to her:

12     “Depart! Calm your brother. Save [...] from his hand.”

13     [She heard] this command, stepping out of his door.

14     [She ...], pacifying her [bro]ther.

15     [.......] prayers of benediction [......Ni]nmenna

16     [...] rocks(?).

col. ii

1       He welcomed him, the Father of the Gods[, Enlil]

2       (and) spoke to him words of praise:


3       “Foremost of your brothers, Bull of Heaven,

4       on whom the life of all human beings depends!

5       You poured out deep silence in my land,

6       your battle ploughed all inhabited lands.

7       Herewith I bestow the lords of daises upon you,

8       I entrust the beclouded to your hand.

9       Your abode shall be permanent in my land.

10     Like the storm-winds you are walking forward.

11     (Your) offering table shall truly rejoice on its day.

12     The king, he of his forefathers, shall worship you.


13     You, listen to his prayer of benediction!

14     Let abundance rain down <for> his land!

15     Let his fate increase year after year!

16     Make the lands kneel down in front of his feet!

17     When he goes to battle,

18     go with him, knock down his opponent!

19     In front of his feet make kneel down the land!

20     [...] his kings(?).

21–23         broken


Word Translation Semantic Line
abum father Kinship terms,Social status/Groups/Professions ii 1, ii 12
Adad (dIŠKUR) DN Deities/Divine sphere i 3
aḫum I brother Kinship terms i 12, ii 3
apâtum, epiātum beclouded (epithet of human beings); numerous, teeming ii 8
awātum, amātu (INIM) word, matter, speech Abstract concepts,Verbal expressions i 6, i 13
bābum (KÁ) doorway, door, gate, entrance Fabricated objects,Locations/Buildings i 13
Bēlet-ilī (DINGIR.MAḪ) DN Deities/Divine sphere i 10, i 11
bēlum (EN) lord, master, proprietor, owner Social status/Groups/Professions ii 7
dadmū the inhabited world; villages, settlements Abstract concepts ii 4
Enlil DN Deities/Divine sphere i 7, i 11
ernittum triumph, battle objective Abstract concepts,Human activities/actions i 4
ḫegallum (ḪÉ.GÁL) abundance, productivity, prosperity, plenty ii 14
ikribum benediction, blessing, prayer Verbal expressions i 1, i 2, i 15, ii 13
ilum (DINGIR) god, deity Deities/Divine sphere i 7, i 8
irtum I breast, chest Body/Body parts i 6
kullatum totality; totality, all of ... Abstract concepts ii 6
kummum cella, shrine, private room (of a temple or palace) Locations/Buildings i 3
māḫirum opponent, antagonist, enemy Human activities/actions,Social status/Groups/Professions ii 18
maḫrum II front, presence Abstract concepts i 10
mātum (KUR; KALAM) land, country Locations/Buildings,Nature/Cosmological phenomena i 5, ii 5, ii 9, ii 14, ii 16, ii 19
napištum (ZI) throat, life Abstract concepts ii 4
Ninmenna DN Deities/Divine sphere i 15
nišū (UN.MEŠ) people, humanity, population Social status/Groups/Professions ii 4
parakkum (BÁRA) cult dais, sanctuary, chapel Fabricated objects,Locations/Buildings ii 7
paššurum (BANŠUR) table Fabricated objects ii 11
puḫrum assembly Social status/Groups/Professions i 7
pûm I (KA) mouth, statement, command, opening Body/Body parts i 7
qablum II (ŠEN.ŠEN) battle, fight ii 6
qātum (ŠU) hand Body/Body parts i 12, ii 8
šadûm I (KUR, ḪUR.SAG) mountain, open country Nature/Cosmological phenomena i 8
sankallum (SAG.KALA) foremost ii 3
šaḫurratum deathly hush Nature/Cosmological phenomena ii 5
šamû I (AN) sky, heaven Nature/Cosmological phenomena ii 3
šarrum (LUGAL; EN) king, lord Social status/Groups/Professions ii 12
šašmum, šašnum battle, war i 9, ii 17
šēpum foot, leg Body/Body parts ii 16, ii 19
šīmtum (NAM) fate, what is fixed, destiny Abstract concepts,Rituals/Religious practices ii 15
šubtum, šuptum abode, dwelling, place, seat Abstract concepts,Fabricated objects,Locations/Buildings ii 9
sulummûm peace-making i 9
šūrum III bull Deities/Divine sphere ii 3
tanittum hymn of praise, praise Verbal expressions ii 2
ūmum I (UD) day, daily Abstract concepts,Nature/Cosmological phenomena,Time concepts ii 11
ūmum II stormwind, weather-beast Deities/Divine sphere ii 10
zamārum (ŠÌR) song i 3
zikrum, siqrum utterance, name; mention of the name; reputation Verbal expressions ii 2
Revision History
Wende, Janine
Transliteration, translation, bibliography, indices
Wasserman, Nathan
Photography, web-imaging
Streck, Michael P.
Corrections (transliteration, translation, indices), commentary
Streck, Michael P.
Streck, Michael P.
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