TABLET XI.

[Extracted from Smith, Chaldean Account of Genesis, pp. 263-74.]

COLUMN I.

1. Izdubar after this manner also said to Hasisadra afar off:
2. I consider the matter,
3. why thou repeatest not to me from thee,
4. and thou repeatest not to me from thee,
5. thy ceasing my heart to make war
6. presses? of thee, I come up after thee,
7. ... how thou hast done, and in the assembly of the gods alive thou art placed.
8 . Hasisadra after this manner also said to Izdubar:
9. Be revealed to thee Izdubar the concealed story,
10. and the judgment of the gods be related to thee,
11. The city Surippak the city where thou standest not .... placed,
12. that city is ancient .... the gods within it
13. their servant, the great gods
14. the god Ami,
15. ...... the god Bel,
16. the god Ninip,
17. and the god .... lord of Hades;
18. their will he revealed in the midst .... and
19. I his will was hearing and he spake to me:
20. Surippakite son of Ubaratutu
21. make a ship after this ....
22. I destroy? the sinner and life ....
23. cause to go in? the seed of life all of it to the midst of the ship.
24. The ship which thou shalt make,
25. 600? cubits shall be the measure of its length, and
26. 60? cubits the amount of its breadth and its height.
27. ... into the deep launch it.
28. I perceived and said to Hea my lord:
29. The ship making which thou commandest me,
30. when I shall have made,
31. young and old will deride me.
32. Hea opened his mouth and spake and said to me his servant:
33. thou shalt say unto them,
34. he has turned from me and
35. fixed over me
36. like caves ...
37. ... above and below
38. ... closed the ship ...
39. .... the flood which I will send to you,
40. into it enter and the door of the ship turn.
41. Into the midst of it thy grain, thy furniture, and thy goods,
42. thy wealth, thy woman servants, thy female slaves, and the young men,
43. the beasts of the field, the animals of the field all, I will gather and
44. I will send to thee, and they shall be enclosed in thy door.
45. Adrahasis his mouth opened and spake, and
46. said to Hea his lord:
47. Any one the ship will not make ...
48. on the earth fixed,
49 I may see also the ship ....
50 on the ground the ship ....
51. the ship making which thou commandest me ...
52. which in ....

COLUMN II.

1. strong ....
2. on the fifth day .... it
3. in its circuit 14 measures ... its frame.
4. 14 measures it measured ... over it.
5. I placed its roof, it .... I enclosed it.
6. I rode in it on the sixth time ; I examined its exterior on the seventh time;
7. its interior I examined on the eighth time.
8. Planks against the waters within it I placed.
9. I saw rents and the wanting parts I added.
10. 3 measures of bitumen I poured over the outside.
11. 3 measures of bitumen I poured over the inside.
12. 3 ... men carrying its baskets, they constructed boxes
13. I placed in the boxes the offering they sacrificed.
14. Two measures of boxes I had distributed to the boatmen.
15. To .... were sacrificed oxen
16. dust and ....
17 wine in receptacle of goats
18. I collected like the waters of a river, also
19. food like the dust of the earth also
20. I collected in boxes with my hand I placed.
21. Shamas .... material of the ship completed.
22. strong and ......
23. the reed oars of the ship I caused to bring above and below.
24. they went in two-thirds of it.
25. All I possessed the strength of it, all I possessed the strength of it silver,
26. all I possessed the strength of it gold,
27. all I possessed the strength of it the seed of life, the whole
28. I caused to go up into the ship; all my male servants and my female servants,
29. the beast of the field, the animal of the field, the sons of the people all of them, I caused to go up.
30. A flood Shamas made and
31. he spake saying in the night : I will cause it to rain heavily,
32. enter to the midst of the ship and shut thy door.
33. that flood happened, of which
34. he spake saying in the night: I will cause it to rain (or it will rain) from heaven heavily.
35. In the day I celebrated his festival
36. the day of watching fear I had.
37. I entered to the midst of the ship and shut my door.
38. To close the ship to Buzur-sadirabi the boat-man
39. the palace I gave with its goods.
40. Ragmu-seri-ina-namari
41. arose, from the horizon of heaven extending and wide.
42. Yul in the midst of it thundered, and
43.Mebo and Saru went in front,
44. the throne bearers went over mountains arid plains,
45. the destroyer Nergal overturned,
46. Ninip went in front and cast down,
47. the spirits carried destruction,
48. in their glory they swept the earth;
49. of Yul the flood reached to heaven.
50. The bright earth to a waste was turned,

COLUMN III.

1. the surface of the earth like .... it swept,
2. it destroyed all life from the face of the earth ....
3. the strong deluge over the people, reached to heaven.
4. Brother saw not his brother, they did not know the people. In heaven
5. the gods feared the tempest and
6. sought refuge ; they ascended to the heaven of Anu.
7. The gods like dogs fixed in droves prostrate.
8. Spake Ishtar like a child: " ......"
9. uttered Rubat her speech: " ......."
10. All to corruption are turned and
11. then I in the presence of the gods prophesied evil.
12. As I prophesied in the presence of the gods evil,
13. to evil were devoted all my people and I prophesied
14. thus: I have begotten my people and
15. like the young of the fishes they fill the sea.
16. The gods concerning the spirits were weeping with her,
17. the gods in seats seated in lamentation,
18. covered were their lips for the coming evil.
19. Six days and nights
20. passed, the wind, deluge, and storm, overwhelmed.
21. On the seventh day in its course was calmed the storm, and all the deluge
22. which had destroyed like an earthquake,
23. quieted. The sea he caused to dry, and the wind and deluge ended.
24. I perceived the sea making a tossing;
25. and the whole of mankind turned to corruption,
26. like reeds the corpses floated.
27. I opened the window, and the light broke over my face,
28. it passed. I sat down and wept,
29. over my face flowed my tears.
30. I perceived the shore at the boundary of the sea,
31. for twelve measures the land rose.
32. To the country of Nizir went the ship;
33. the mountain of Nizir stopped the ship, and to pass over it it was not able.
34. The first day, and the second day, the mountain of Nizir the same.
35. The third day, and the fourth day, the mountain of Nizir the same.
36. The fifth, and sixth, the mountain of Nizir the same.
37. On the seventh day in the course of it
38. I sent forth a dove and it left. The dove went and turned, and
39. a resting-place it did not find, and it returned.
40. I sent forth a swallow and it left. The swallow went and turned, and
41. a resting-place it did not find, and it returned.
42. I sent forth a raven and it left.
43. The raven went, and the decrease of the water it saw, and
44. it did eat, it swam, and wandered away, and did not return.
45. I sent the animals forth to the four winds, I poured out a libation,
46. I built an altar on the peak of the mountain,
47. by sevens herbs I cut,
48. at the bottom of them I placed reeds, pines, and simgar.
49. The gods collected at its savour, the gods collected at its good savour;
50. the gods like flies over the sacrifice gathered.
51. From of old also Rubat in her course
52. The great brightness of Anu had created. When the glory
53. of those gods on the charm round my neck I would not leave;

COLUMN IV.

1. in those days I desired that for ever I might not leave them.
2. May the gods come to my altar,
3. may Elu not come to my altar,
4. for he did not consider and had made a deluge,
5. and my people he had consigned to the deep.
6. From of old also Elu in his course
7. saw the ship, and went Elu with anger filled to the gods and spirits:
8. Let not any one come out alive, let not a man be saved from the deep,
9. Ninip his mouth opened, and spake and said to the warrior Elu:
10. Who then will ask Hea, the matter he has done?
11. and Hea knew all things.
12. Hea his mouth opened and spake, and said to the warrior Bel:
13. "Thou prince of the gods warrior,
14. when thou art angry a deluge them makest;
15. the doer of sin did his sin, the doer of evil did his evil.
16. the just prince let him not be cut off, the faithful let him not be destroyed.
17. Instead of thee making a deluge, may lions increase and men be reduced;
18. instead of thee making a deluge, may leopards increase and men be reduced;
19. instead of thee making a deluge, may a famine happen and the country be destroyed;
20. instead of thee making a deluge, may pestilence increase and men be destroyed."
21. I did not peer into the judgment of the gods.
22. Adrahasis a dream they sent, and the judgment of the gods he heard.
23. When his judgment was accomplished, Bel went up to the midst of the ship.
24. He took my hand and raised me up,
25. he caused to raise and to bring my wife to my side;
26. he made a bond, he established in a covenant, and gave this blessing,
27. in the presence of Hasisadra and the people thus:
28. When Hasisadra, and his wife, and the people, to be like the gods are carried away;
29. then shall dwell Hasisadra in a remote place at the mouth of the rivers.
30. They took me, and in a remote place at the mouth of the rivers they seated me.
31. When to thee whom the gods have chosen also,
32. for the health which thou seekest and askest,
33. this be done six days and seven nights,
34. like sitting on the edge of his seat,
35. the way like a storm shall be laid upon him.
36. Hasisadra to her also said to his wife
37. I announce that the chief who grasps at health
38. the way like a storm shall be laid upon him.
39. His wife to him also said to Hasisadra afar off:
40. clothe him, and let the man be sent away;
41. the road that he came may he return in peace,
42. the great gate open and may he return to his country.
43. Hasisadra to her also said to his wife:
44. The cry of a man alarms thee,
45. this do his kurummat place on his head.
46. And the day when he ascended the side of the ship,
47. she did, his kurummat she placed on his head.
48. And the day when he ascended the side of the ship,
49. first the sabusat of his kurummat,
50. second the mussukat, third the radbat, fourth she opened his zikaman,
51. fifth the cloak she placed, sixth the bassat ....