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Inscription on the Nabu temple statues, during the reign of King Adad-nirari III (810 – 782 BC)

Luckenbill, Daniel D., Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia, Vol. 1: Historical Records of Assyria, from the earliest times to Sargon, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) 1926.


III. THE INSCRIPTION ON THE NEBO STATUES
Two statues of the god Nabu were set up at Nimrud by Bel-tarsi-iluma, governor of Calah, "for the life of Adad-nirari, king of Assyria, his lord, and Sammuramat, the queen (palace woman), his lady" and for his own life. These are Nos. 69 and 70 of the Nimrud Central Saloon in the British Museum (text published in IR, Plate 35, No. 2).

745. To Nabu, the powerful, the exalted child of Esagila, surpassing in wisdom, the powerful prince, son of Nudimmut, whose word takes precedence, master of the arts, guardian of all heaven and earth, all knowing, whose mind is open (lit., of wide ear), who holds the writing-reed, who possesses a clasping hand(?), the merciful, the approachable(?), from whom come (lit., are) the beautification (enlightenment) (and) founding (of human habitations); the beloved of Enlil, lord of lords, whose might has no equal, without whom no counsel is given in heaven; the merciful, the compassionate, whose forgiveness is kindly, who dwells in Ezida which is in Calah; the great lord, his lord, for the life of Adad-nirari, king of Assyria, his lord, and for the life of Sammuramat (Semira-mis) the royal lady (lit., palace woman), his lady (I), Bel-tarsi-iluma, governor of Calah, Hamedi, Sirgana, Temeni, laluna, for his own life (lit., life of his soul), length of days, many years, the peace of his house and his people, for deliverance from sickness, have made and presented (this statue).
O man, who shall come after (me), on Nabu wait. Do not trust in another god.


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