The 42 Laws of Ma’at

April 13, 2008 at 5:03 am (magic, philosophy, religion)

If I had to name one Goddess which I would consider to be my Patron Goddess, it would be Ma’at.  She is the supreme principle of Truth in Egyptian lore, and it is against her, in her feather form adorning the scales of judgement, that all mens hearts are weighed.  I stumbled across the below list of 42 laws and I found them to be very true and in light of the knowledge I am sharing with you, a code of ethics is imperative.  I cannot control what the people I write these things for will do, but let it be known what is Truth and what is Right.

1.  I have not committed murder, neither have I bid any man to slay on my behalf;

2.  I have not commited rape, neither have I forced any woman to commit fornication;

3.  I have not avenged myself, nor have I burned with rage;

4.  I have not caused terror, nor have i worked affliction;

5.  I have caused none to feel pain, nor have I worked grief;

6.  I have done neither harm nor ill, nor have I caused misery;

7.  I have done no hurt to man, nor have I wrought harm to beasts;

8.  I have made none to weep;

9.  I have had no knowledge of evil, neither have I acted wickedly, nor have I wronged the people;

10.  I have not stolen, neither have I taken that which does not belong to me, nor that which belongs to another, nor have I taken from the orchards, nor snatched milk from the moouth of the babe;

11.  I have not defrauded, neither have I added to the weight of the balance, nor have I made light the weight in the scales;

12.  I have not laid waste the plowed land, nor trampled down the fields;

13.  I have not driven the cattle from their pastures, nor have I deprived any of that which was rightfully their’s;

14.  I have accused no man falsely, nor have I supported any false accusation;

15.  I have spoken no lies, neither have I spoke falsely to the hurt of another;

16.  I have never uttered fiery words, nor have I stirred up strife;

17.  I have not acted guilefully, neither have I dealt decietfully, nor spoken to decieve to the hurt of another;

18.  I have not spoken scornfully, nor have I set my lips in motion against any man;

19.  I have not been an eavesdropper;

20.  I have not stopped my ears against the words of Right and Truth;

21.  I have not judged hastily, nor have I judged harshly;

22.  I have committed no crime in the place of Right and Truth;

23.  I have caused no wrong to be done to the servant by the master;

24.  I have not been angry without cause;

25.  I have not turned back water at it’s springtide, nor stemmed the flow of running water;

26.  I have not broken the channel of a running water;

27.  I have never fouled the water or polluted the land;

Sins

28.  I have not cursed nor despised God, nor have I done that which God does abominate;

29.  I have not vexed or angered God;

30.  I have not robbed God, nor have I filched that which has been offered in the temples;

31.  I have not added on to or diminished the offerings which are due;

32.  I have not purloined the cakes of the Gods;

33.  I have not carried away the offerings made unto the blessed dead;

34.  I have not disregarded the season for the offerings which are appointed;

35.  I have not turned away the cattle that are set apart for sacrifice;

36.  I have not thwarted the processions of the Gods;

37.  I have not slaughtered with evil intent the cattle of the Gods;

Personal Transgressions

38.  I have not acted guilefully nor have I acted in insolence;

39.  I have not been overly proud, nor have I behaved myself with arrogance;

40.  I have never magnified my condition beyond what was fitting;

41.  Each day I have labored more than what was required of me;

42.  My name has not come forth to the boat of the Prince.

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