Praise to Ptah – from the votive stela of Neferabu
Praisegiving to Ptah, Lord of Maat,
King of the Two Lands,
Fair of face on His great seat,
the One God among the Ennead of the Gods,
Beloved as King of the Two Lands.
May He give life, prosperity, health,
alertness, favors, and affection,
and that my eyes may see Amon every day,
as is done for a righteous man
who has set Amon in His heart!
So say the servant on the Place of Truth, Neferabu, whose word is right and true.
Beginning of the recital of the might of Ptah, South of His Wall, by the servant in the Place of Truth on the West of Thebes, Neferabu,
whose word is right and true.
“I am a man who swore falsely by Ptah, Lord of Maat,
and He made me see darkness by day.
I will declare His might to the fool and the wise,
to the small and great:
Beware of Ptah, Lord of Maat!
Behold, He does not forgive anyone’s deed!
Refrain from uttering Ptah’s name falsely,
He who utters it falsely, he falls!
He caused me to be as the dogs of the street,
I being in His hand;
He made men and Gods observe me,
I being as a man who has sinned against His Lord.
Righteous was Ptah, Lord of Maat, towards me,
when He taught a lesson to me!
Be merciful to me, look on me in mercy!”
So says the servant in the Place of Truth on the West of Thebes,
Neferab, whose word is right and true before the Great God Ptah.
– [source: Amentet Neferet]
Alternate translation: Hymn to Ptah, from the votive stela of Neferabu (M.Murray)
Alternate translation: Votive stela of Neferabu, dedicated to Ptah (E.Frood)