Weighing the heart against a feather


find the image of having your heart weighed against a feather after you die very powerful.

How do you do on the 42 Negative Confessions?:

The following are translations by E. A. Wallis Budge.

42 Negative Confessions (Papyrus of Ani)

From the Papyrus of Ani.

  1. I have not committed sin.

  2. I have not committed robbery with violence.

  3. I have not stolen.

  4. I have not slain men and women.

  5. I have not stolen grain.

  6. I have not purloined offerings.

  7. I have not stolen the property of the gods.

  8. I have not uttered lies.

  9. I have not carried away food.

  10. I have not uttered curses.

  11. I have not committed adultery.

  12. I have made none to weep.

  13. I have not eaten the heart [i.e., I have not grieved uselessly, or felt remorse].

  14. I have not attacked any man.

  15. I am not a man of deceit.

  16. I have not stolen cultivated land.

  17. I have not been an eavesdropper.

  18. I have slandered [no man].

  19. I have not been angry without just cause.

  20. I have not debauched the wife of any man.

  21. I have not debauched the wife of [any] man. (repeats the previous affirmation but addressed to a different god).

  22. I have not polluted myself.

  23. I have terrorized none.

  24. I have not transgressed [the Law].

  25. I have not been wroth.

  26. I have not shut my ears to the words of truth.

  27. I have not blasphemed.

  28. I am not a man of violence.

  29. I am not a stirrer up of strife (or a disturber of the peace).

  30. I have not acted (or judged) with undue haste.

  31. I have not pried into matters.

  32. I have not multiplied my words in speaking.

  33. I have wronged none, I have done no evil.

  34. I have not worked witchcraft against the King (or blasphemed against the King).

  35. I have never stopped [the flow of] water.

  36. I have never raised my voice (spoken arrogantly, or in anger).

  37. I have not cursed (or blasphemed) God.

  38. I have not acted with evil rage.

  39. I have not stolen the bread of the gods.

  40. I have not carried away the khenfu cakes from the spirits of the dead.

  41. I have not snatched away the bread of the child, nor treated with contempt the god of my city.

  42. I have not slain the cattle belonging to the god.

Definite no from me on 31.  I’m always prying into matters!  Something for me to work on.

I wonder how E. A. Wallis Budge himself would do on this quiz:

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