Sumerian proverb

Clay lentil-shaped tablet

Old Babylonian period (c. 2000-1600 B.C.E.)

This tablet was published by Gordon Douglas Young in 1972.  It explains the sun god’s antipathy toward the evildoer. Utu, the sun god, is the Sumerian name for this deity. Utu’s shrine was in Larsa. His Babylonian incarnation was Shamash, and Shamash was considered the supreme arbiter of justice in the Old Babylonian period.

Di níg –gi-na hul-a

di níg-ne-ru-e


níg-gig utu-kam

“The one who attacks a just verdict,

The one who loves an unjust verdict,

He is an abomination to Utu.”

FLP 1283


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