Other Accounts of the History of Creation
V. Another Version of the Creation of the World by Marduk. 
- The holy house, the house of the gods, in the holy place had not yet been made;
- No reed had sprung up, no tree had been created.
- No brick had been laid, no building had been set up;
- No house had been erected, no city had been built;
- No city had been made, .no creature had been created.
- Nippur had not been made, E-kur had not been built;
- Erech had not been created, E-ana had not been built;
- The Deep had not been created, Eridu had not been built;
- Of the holy house, the house of the gods, the habitation had not been made.
- All lands were sea.
- At that time there was a movement in the sea;
- Then was Eridu made, and E-sagil was built,
- E-sagil, where in the midst of the Deep the god Lugal-dul-azaga  dwelleth;
- The city of Babylon was built, and E-sagil was finished.
- The gods, the Anunnaki, he  created at one time;
- The holy city, the dwelling, of their hearts’ desire, they proclaimed supreme.
- Marduk laid a reed upon the face of the waters,
- He formed dust and poured it out beside the reed.
- That he might cause the gods to dwell in the habitation of their hearts’ desire,
- He formed mankind.
- The goddess Aruru together with him  created the seed of mankind.
- The beasts of the field and living creatures in the field he formed.
- He created the Tigris and the Euphrates, and he set them in their place;
- Their names he declared in goodly fashion.
- The grass, the rush of the marsh, the reed, and the forest he created,
- The green herb of the field he created,
- The lands, the marshes, and the swamps;
- The wild cow and her young, the wild calf; the ewe and her young, the lamb of the fold;
- Plantations and forests;
- The he-goat and the mountain-goat … him.
- The Lord Marduk laid in a dam by the side of the sea,
- [He …] a swamp, he made a marsh,
- […] he brought into existence.
- [Reeds he form]ed, trees he created;
- […] he made in their place.
- [Bricks he laid], buildings he set up;
- [Houses he made], cities he built;
- [Cities he made], creatures he created.
- [Nippur he made], E-kur he built;
- [Erech he made, E-an]a he built.
[The rest of the Obverse and the beginning of the Reverse of the tablet are wanting.]
- […] the decree […]
- […] … […]
- f. Thy exalted minister is Papsukal, the wise counsellor of the gods.
- May Nin-aha-kudû, the daughter of Ea,
- Purify thee with the pure censer,
- And may she cleanse thee with cleansing fire!
- f. With a cup of pure water from the Deep shalt thou purify thy way!
- By the incantation of Marduk, the king of the hosts of heaven and earth,
- May the abundance of the land enter into thee,
- And may thy decree be accomplished for ever!
- f. O E-zida, thou glorious dwelling, thou art dear unto the hearts of Anu and Ishtar!
- May (Ezida) shine like the heavens, may it be bright like the earth, may it [be glorious] like the heart of heaven,
- [And may …] be firmly established!
 …[This] is merely an elaborate introduction to an incantation which was intended to be recited in honour of E-zida, the great temple of Nabû at Borsippa. The reverse of the tablet contains the concluding lines of the incantation. For a further discussion of the legend on the obverse, see the Introduction.
 Or, Lugal-du-azaga,
 I.e., Marduk.
 The Sumerian version reads “together with the god.”