SAA 21 124. Let Your Army Come and Take the Lapis Lazuli (ABL 1240)

o 1o 1

[ana?] šar?⸣-ri [x x x x x x]

(1) [To] the king [......]

o 22

šá GIŠ.PA-šú [i-šá-rat x x]

(2) [whose] sceptre [.....]

o 33

0 Ì.GIŠ ṭa-[bu x x x x x]

(3) [...] writing-board [......]:

o 44

um-ma md⸣.[TARdu]-⸢ri [ARAD-ka]

(4) Thus (says) Sar[dur]i, king of Urarṭu:

o 55

LUGAL KUR.ú-ra-ar-ṭi-im-[ma]

o 66

am-ni LUGAL be- UD-mi-[šam]

(6) Why does the king, my lord, always write to me in such irritated and angry terms? When at the time of your father Munuhi was calumniated in this very manner, did I not rule to the effect that the king of the gods, the exalted one, the ruler of the entire universe delivered in the hands of his worshipper sinners (in every direction), before and behind, right and left, above and below?

o 77

ik-ki te-ku-ti u ma-le-e lib-ba*-a*-[ti]

o 88

il-ta-nap-pa-ra AD-ka ki-i pi-i

o 99

an-nim-ma kar-ṣi šá mmu-nu-ḫi

o 1010

ki-i i-tak-kal-lu-šú ul un-da-ʾi-ir

o 1111

u šá pa-ni ar-ki im-na šu-me-lu

o 1212

e-la-nu u šap-la-nu i-ḫa-ṭu

o 1313

LUGAL DINGIR-MEŠ šá-qu-ú mut-tal-lu

o 1414

gim⸣-ri kiš-šat da-ád-me

o 1515

[a]-na ŠU.2 pa-li-ḫi-šú -tam-ni

o 1616

áš-šú NA₄.ZA.GÌN šá LUGAL be- -pu-ra

(16) Concerning the lapis lazuli about which the king, my lord, wrote to me: "Let lapis lazuli be brought to me" does the king, my lord, not know that lapis lazuli is divine to us? If I took the lapis lazuli, the country would rebel against me.

o 1717

um-ma NA₄.ZA.GÌN liš-šu-ni

o 1818

LUGAL be- ul i-de-e

o 1919

ki-i NA₄.ZA.GÌN i-lu-ni

o 2020

u ki-i NA₄.ZA.GÌN at-ta-šá-a

o 2121

KUR i-si-iḫ-ḫa-an-ni

r 1r 1

ki-i pa-an LUGAL be--ia maḫ-ru

(r 1) If it is agreeable to the king, let a huge army come and take the lapis lazuli. If, when they come, I shall not dine with them, nor proceed at their side, nor rise before your messenger, nor ask about the well-being of the king, my lord, let the king not consider it as (my) fault.

r 22

e-mu-qu ma--da-a-ti

r 33

lil-li-ku-nim-ma NA₄.ZA.GÌN liš-šu-ú

r 44

ki-i šá it-tal-ku-ni NINDA-ḪI.A

r 55

it-ti-šú-nu ul ak-kal

r 66

A-MEŠ it-ti-šú-nu ul a-šat-ti

r 77

i-tu--šú-nu ul et-ti-iq

r 88

ma-ḫar .DUMUšip-ri-ka ul a-te-eb-bi

r 99

ù šul-mu LUGAL be--ía

r 1010

ul a-šá--al LUGAL a-na ḫi-ṭu

r 1111

la un-da-na-ʾa-ar

r 1212

a-na pi-i šá [x] x x x

(r 12) According to [...].

rest uninscribed

(rest uninscribed)

Adapted from Simo Parpola, The Correspondence of Assurbanipal, Part I: Letters from Assyria, Babylonia, and Vassal States (State Archives of Assyria, 21), 2018. Adapted by Jamie Novotny and lemmatised by Mikko Luukko, 2018, as part of the research programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair in the Ancient History of the Near and Middle East at LMU Munich (Karen Radner, Humboldt Professorship 2015). The annotated edition is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license 3.0. Please cite this page as