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Ludlul bēl nēmeqi

Ludlul bel nemeqi, I Will Praise the Lord of Wisdom, is a Mesopotamian poem (ANET, pp. 434–437) written in Akkadian that concerns itself with the problem of the unjust suffering of an afflicted man, named Shubshi-meshre-Shakkan. The author is tormented, but he doesn't know why. He has been faithful in all of his duties to the gods. He speculates that perhaps what is good to man is evil to the gods and vice versa. He is ultimately delivered from his sufferings.[1]

The poem was written on four tablets in its canonical form and consisted of 480 lines. Alternate names for the poem include the Poem of the Righteous Sufferer or the Babylonian Job.[2] According to William Moran, the work is a hymn of thanksgiving to Marduk for recovery from illness.[3]

The first (but now out-dated) edition of the poem was published by [7] Horowitz and Lambert,[8] and several other unpublished tablets from the British Museum.[9]

See also


  1. ^ John L. McKenzie, Dictionary of the Bible, Simon & Schuster, 1965 p. 440.
  2. ^ Gilbert, “Wisdom Literature”, Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period (Uitgeverij: Van Gorcum, 1984), p. 284.
  3. ^ , Vol. 103, No. 1, Studies in Literature from the Ancient Near East, by Members of the American Oriental Society, Dedicated toJournal of the American Oriental SocietyWilliam L. Moran, "Notes on the Hymn to Marduk in Ludlul Bel Nemeqi," in Samuel Noah Kramer (Jan. - Mar., 1983), pp. 255-260.
  4. ^ (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1996), pp. 21-62 and 282-302.Babylonian Wisdom LiteratureW. G. Lambert,
  5. ^ Tentative publication schedule of SAACT volumes at the NATCP.
  6. ^ , Vol. 30 (1980), pp. 101-107.Anatolian StudiesD. J. Wiseman, "A New Text of the Babylonian Poem of the Righteous Sufferer" in
  7. ^ A. R. George and F. N. H. Al-Rawi, "Tablets from the Sippar Library. VII. Three Wisdom Texts" in Iraq, Vol. 60 (1990), pp. 187-206.
  8. ^ , Vol. 64 (2002), pp. 237-245.IraqW. Horowitz and W. G. Lambert, "A New Exemplar of Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi Tablet I from Birmingham," in
  9. ^ See the edition's page at Eisenbrauns, the exclusive North American distributor.
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