Votive stela of Neferabu, dedicated to Ptah (E.Frood)

Giving praise to Ptah,
lord of Maat, king of the Two Lands,
perfect of face on his Great Throne,
sole god among the Ennead,
beloved as king of the Two Lands,
that he may give life, prosperity, health,
alertness, favor, and love,
my eyes seeing Amun in the course of every day,
as is done for a truthful one
who places Amun in his heart;
by the servant in the Place of Truth
Neferabu, true of voice.

Beginning of the account of the power
of Ptah, South-of-his-Wall,
by the servant in the Place of Truth on the west of Thebes,
Neferabu, true of voice.
He says: I am a man who swore falsely
by Ptah, lord of Maat,
and he caused that I see darkness by day.
I will proclaim his power to those who do not know him and those who do,
to the small and the great.
Guard yourselves against Ptah, lord of Maat!
Look, he does not disregard the misdeed of anyone.
Stop yourselves from pronouncing the name of Ptah in falsehood.
Look, (as for) the one who pronounces it in falsehood, so he is cast down.

He made me like dogs of the street,
while I was in his hand (power).
He caused that people and gods look upon me
as a man who had committed an abomination against his lord.
Ptah, lord of Maat, was vindicated against me,
and so he gave me an instruction.
Be merciful to me, look upon me that you may be merciful!—
by the servant in the Place of Truth on the west of Thebes,
Neferabu, true of voice before the great god.

Quoted from: Biographical Texts from Ramessid Egypt, © 2007 by Elizabeth Frood

Alternate translation: Hymn to Ptah, from the votive stela of Neferabu (M.Murray)
Alternate translation: Praise to Ptah – from the votive stela of Neferabu (translator unknown)

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