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An axe for Nergal -- a composite transliteration
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1 - nibru(ki)-ta-lú
2 - dumu lugal-cuba dam-gàr-ra-ke4
3 - (d)nergal-ra
4 - ha-zi-in nagga mu-na-ni-in-dím
5 - jic-bi ar-ga-nu-um hur-saj-já
6 - a-làl-e dirig-ga-àm
7 - na4-bi an-ta-sur-ra-àm
8 - gaba-ri nu-tuku-àm
9 - hé-sàg-ge á-ni na-an-kúc-ù
10 - hé-éb-ta-TAR-e
11 - ga-mu-na-ab-silim
12 -
13 - ki-bi ga-mu-na-ab-gi4
14 - ud tìl-la-já igi hu-mu-un-du8
15 - ud ba-ug7-en kur-ra
16 - a sig9-ga hu-mu-un-na8-na8
1-9 - Nibruta-lu, the son of the merchant Lugal-cuba, has had this tin axe made for Nergal. Its wooden part is of tree of the mountains, a wood which is superior even to the stone; its stone part is of , a stone which has no equal. The arm of the man who strikes with it will never get tired.
10-16 - Should it break, I will repair it for Nergal. Should it disappear, I will replace it for him. May Nergal look after me during my life, and may he provide me with clean water in the underworld after my death.
níbrú-tá-lú noun Nibruta-lu
dumu noun child
lugal-cuba noun Lugal-cuba
dàm-gàrà noun merchant
nergal noun Nergal
ha-zi-in noun type of axe
nagga noun tin
dím verb to create
jic noun tree
ar-ga-nu-um noun type of conifer
hur-saj noun mountain (range)
e-le-el noun type of stone
dirig verb to be superior
na4 noun stone
an-ta-sur-ra noun type of stone
gaba-ri noun equal
tuku verb to have
sàg verb to beat
á noun arm
kúc verb to be tired
TAR verb TAR
silim verb to be healthy
ki noun place
gi4 verb to return
ud noun day(light)
tìl verb to live
igi noun eye
du8 verb to spread
ud noun day(light)
úc verb to die
kur noun (mountain) land
a noun water
si-ig verb to be clear
naj verb to drink