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Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations eBook

Archibald Sayce
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 210 pages of information about Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations.
No provinces remain unto the king; the Khabiri have wasted all the provinces of the king.  If troops come this year, the provinces of the king my lord will be preserved; but if no troops come, the provinces of the king my lord will be destroyed.—­To the Secretary of the king my lord, Ebed-Tob thy servant:  make a clear report of my words to the king my lord that all the provinces of the king my lord are being destroyed.”

II.  “To the king my lord, my Sun-god, thus speaks Ebed-Tob thy servant:  At the feet of the king my lord seven times seven I prostrate myself.  Behold, the king my lord has established his name at the rising of the sun and the setting of the sun.  They have uttered slanders against me.  Behold, I am not a governor, a dependent of the king my lord.  Behold, I am the king’s friend, and I pay tribute to the king, even I. Neither my father nor my mother, but the arm of the Mighty King has established me in the house of my father. [When the governor of the king my lord] came to me, I gave him 13 prisoners (?) and 10 slaves.  Suta (Seti) the Commissioner of the king came to me; I gave 21 slavewomen and 20 male prisoners into the hands of Suta as a present for the king my lord.  May the king give counsel to his country!  The country of the king is being destroyed, all of it.  Hostilities are being carried on against me.  Behold, the mountains of Seir (see Josh, xv. 10) as far as Gath-Carmel have united against all the other governors and are at war with myself.  If one looks, shall not one see the tears of the king my lord because war has been made upon me?  While there were ships in the midst of the sea the arm of the Mighty King possessed Naharaim and Babylonia, but now the Khabiri possess the cities of the king (of Egypt).  Not a single governor remains (among them) to the king my lord; all are destroyed.  Behold, Turbazu has been slain in the gate of the city of Zilu (Zelah), and the king does nothing.  Behold, Zimrida of Lachish has been thrown to the ground by (his) servants and murdered.  Yaptikh-Addu (Jephthah-Hadad) has been slain in the gate of the city of Zilu, and the king does nothing....  Let the king [my lord] send help [to his country], let the king turn his face [to his servants].  Let him despatch troops to the country [of Jerusalem]. [Behold], if no troops come this year, all the provinces of the king my lord will be utterly destroyed.  They do not tell to the face of the king my lord that the country of the king my lord is destroyed and all the governors are destroyed.  If no troops come this year, let the king send a Commissioner, and let him come to me with allies, and we will die with the king our lord.—­To the Secretary of the king my lord, Ebed-Tob thy servant:  At thy feet [I prostrate myself].  Make a clear report of these my words to the king my lord that thy faithful servant am I.”

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