Do not set out to stand around in the assembly. Do not loiter where there is a dispute,
for in the dispute they will have you as an observer. Then you will be made a witness for
them, and they will involve you in a lawsuit to affirm something that does not concern
you. In case of a dispute, get away from it, disregard it! If a dispute involving you
should flare up, calm it down. A dispute is a covered pit, a wall which can cover over its
foes; it brings to mind what one has forgotten and makes an accusation against a man. Do
not return evil to your adversary; requite with kindness the one who does evil to you,
maintain justice for your enemy, be friendly to your enemy.
Give food to eat, beer to drink, grant what is requested, provide for and treat with
honor. At this one's god takes pleasure. It is pleasing to Shamash, who will repay him
with favor. Do good things, be kind all your days.
Do not honor a slave girl in your house; she should not rule your bedroom like a wife,
do not give yourself over to slave girls....Let this be said among your people: "The
household which a slave girl rules, she disrupts." Do not marry a prostitute, whose
husbands are legion, an Ishtar-woman who is dedicated to a god, a kulmashitu-woman.
. . .When you have trouble, she will not support you, when you have a dispute she will be
a mocker. There is no reverence or submissiveness in her. Even if she is powerful in the
household, get rid of her, for she pricks up her ears for the footsteps of another.
My son, if it be the wish of a ruler that you belong to him, if you are entrusted with
his closely guarded seal, open his treasure house and enter it, for no one but you may do
it. Uncounted wealth you will find inside, but do not covet any of that, nor set your mind
on a secret crime, for afterwards the matter will be investigated and the secret crime
which you committed will be exposed.
Do not speak ill, speak only good. Do not say evil things, speak well of people. He who
speaks ill and says evil---people will waylay him because of his debt to Shamash. Do not
talk too freely, watch what you say. Do not express your innermost thoughts even when you
are alone. What you say in haste you may regret later. Exert yourself to restrain your
Worship your god every day. Sacrifice and pious utterance are the proper accompaniment
of incense. Have a freewill offering for your god, for this is proper toward a god.
Prayer, supplication, and prostration offer him daily, then your prayer will be granted,
and you will be in harmony with god.