Stand upon it, this earth which issued from Atum, this spittle, which issued from Khoprer; come into being upon it, be exalted upon it, so that your father may see you, so that Ra may see you.
We may view this remark as Osiris striding upon the earth as a god, or we may see it as his standing upon earth in human form. The context of the Hymn does not provide a certain view.
Epilogue to Hymn 224:
How happy is your condition! Your spirit, O! King, is among your brothers the gods. How changed it is, how changed it is! Protect your children and beware of this boundary of yours which is on earth. Recite four times: Clothe your body, that you may come to them.
Here we see that the condition of Osiris has changed; he has taken on the clothes of human form. His spirit was among the gods, but now it has changed to earth. He is exhorted to be careful in his earthly habiliments, that he not exceed the boundary of the earthly form. He could, as God, exceed the limits of the human form he took on voluntarily.
Geb created you; the gods gave birth to you, Horus is pleased with his father, Atum is pleased with his years, the gods of East and West are pleased with the Great One who came into being in the arms of Her (Nut) who bore the god.
Again we see how Geb is credited with creating Osiris, rather than an earth father, while Nut again bore him, rather than an earth mother. The mixture of, and confusion between, earthly birth, and heavenly status is here displayed.
Time and again the earth life of Osiris is implied, although not explicitly stated:
Oho! Oho! Raise yourself, O King; receive your head, collect your bones, gather your limbs together, throw off the earth from your flesh, receive your bread which does not grow moldy and your beer which does not grow sour.
Here we see an exhortation to throw off the earthly body to take on the heavenly form. He then will receive gifts (sacrifices) that do not grow moldy or sour, as they do on earth. The collection of his limbs and bones shows the depth of the tradition of his earthly dismemberment by Seth.
The doors are opened because of those whose seats are hidden (in heaven); arise, remove your earth, shake off your dust, raise yourself, that you may travel in company with the spirits, for your wings are those of a falcon, your shining is that of a star. The night-demon will not bend over you, your heart will not be taken away, your heart will not be carried off. You are a great one with intact Wrrt-crown; may you provide yourself with your iron members. Cross the sky to the Field of Rushes, make your abode in the Field of Offerings among the Imperishable Stars, the followers of Osiris.
This is a clear statement of resurrection in the heavens. According to the sense of this Hymn, the Imperishable Stars are heavenly personalities, just as were the Morning Stars. We may not know what is meant by the Wrrt-crown, but it obviously refers to his power as a heavenly ruler. The Field of Rushes and the Field of Offerings are heavenly places. (I do not pursue the many difference celestial and earthly references in the Pyramid Texts. Such examination belongs in a larger work.)
The waters of life which are in the sky come, the waters of life which are in the earth come, the sky is aflame for you, the earth quakes at you before the god's birth.
Clearly the earth quakes at the human birth of Osiris. He brings the water of life.
Rev 21:5-7 -- And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of the water of life without payment."
Rev 22:17 -- The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let him who hears say, "Come." And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price.
My detestation is hunger, and I will never eat it. My detestation is thirst, and I will never drink it. It is indeed I who will give bread to those who exist, for my foster-mother is Iat and it is she who nourishes me, it is indeed she who bore me.
John 6:35-36 -- Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.
John 6:48-51-- I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh."
Once again we gain insight into the Pyramid Texts when we arrange them and select them to show their origins in a time when the earth was more devout and dedicated to a living God who had not been debased by degenerate, and now pagan, human memory.
This was brought back to man through the ministry of the biblical prophets and messengers from heaven, in preparation for the return of the heavenly administrators, as part of a work of world rehabilitation.
The celestial portal to the horizon is opened to you, and the gods are joyful at meeting you; they take you to the sky with your soul, you having been endowed with a soul through them. You will ascend to the sky as Horus upon the sdsd of the sky in this dignity of yours which issued from the mouth of Ra as Horus who is at the head of the spirits, you being seated upon your iron throne. May you remove yourself to the sky, for the roads of the celestial expanses which lead up to Horus are cleared for you. Seth is brotherly toward you as the Great One of On, for you have traversed the Winding Waterway in the north of the sky as a star crossing the sea which is beneath the sky.
The Winding Waterway is sometimes thought to mean the Milky Way, but it could have other meaning. We do not know enough about the Egyptian allusions to be sure. Note that Osiris now has human attributes, even though a god, because of his human experience; he now has a soul. Again resurrection in the heavens is clearly described. As God, he will resume his throne in heaven. He is the Great One of On.
My father ascends to the sky among the gods who are in the sky; he stands at the Great Polar Region and learns the speech of the sun-folk. Ra finds you on the banks of the sky as a Waterway traveler who is in the sky.
`Who has done this for you?' say the gods who serve Atum. It is one greater than I who has done this for me, (even) he who is north of the Waterway, the end of the sky. He has heard my appeal, he has done what I said, and I have removed myself from the Tribunal of the Magistrates of the Abyss at the head of the Great Ennead.
You shall take me with you to your Great Field which you have laid down with the help of the gods, and what you eat at night when they are bright is the fullness of the God of Food. I will eat of what you eat, I will drink of what you drink, and you will give satiety to me at the pole, at that which is the foremost of its flagstaffs. You will cause me to sit because of my righteousness and I will stand up because of my blessedness; I will stand up when I have taken possession of my blessedness in your presence, just as Horus took possession of his father's house from his father's brother Seth in the presence of Geb. You shall set me to be a magistrate among the spirits, the Imperishable Stars in the north of the sky, who rule over offerings and protect the reaped corn, who cause this to go down to the chief of the food-spirits who are in the sky.
The Great Field is the Field of Creation, the universe. Now the heavenly beings may partake of the same food as their God. The "pole" probably is a reference to the pole of the earth, a mathematical reference to a celestial pole, further designated by the term "flagstaffs." This does not denote some earthly emblem with its carrying pole.
Many other references could be quoted showing that the home of the gods is in the North Polar region. Mercer here has a completely different translation.
Compare these passages with the Bible.
Ps 48:1-2 -- Great is Yahweh and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.
Isa 14:13 -- You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God. I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far north.
O! King, collect your bones, assemble your members, whiten your teeth, take your bodily heart, throw off this earth which is on your flesh, take this purification of yours . . .
O! King, come, you also, tell of this going of yours that you may become a spirit thereby, that you may be great thereby, that you may be strong thereby, that you may be a soul thereby, that you may have power thereby.
Refer to the many other remarks about his resurrection
`How lovely to see! How pleasing to behold!' say they, namely the gods, when this god ascends to the sky, when you ascend to the sky with your power upon you, your terror about you, and your magic at your feet. Geb has acted on your behalf in accordance with the manner in which things should be done for you. There come to you the gods the Souls of Pe, the gods the Souls of Nekhen, the gods who are in the sky, and the gods who are on earth. They make supports for you upon their arms; may you ascend to the sky and mount up on it in this its name of `Ladder'. `The sky is given to you, the earth is given to you', says Atum.
John 6:61-63 -- But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, "Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
Note how these remarks parallel remarks in the Pyramid Texts.
Someone flies up, I fly up from you, O! men; I am not for the earth, I am for the sky. O! you local god of mine, my double is beside you, for I have soared to the sky as a heron, I have kissed the sky as a falcon, I have reached the sky as a locust which hides the sun.
Acts 1:9 -- And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
John 3:13 -- No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man.
Hymn 627:The King has ascended on a cloud, he has descended.
Eph 4:8-10 -- Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (In saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
O! Horus who is upon the sdsd, give me your hand that I may ascend to the heavens. Set your hand on me with life and dominion, that you may assemble my bones and collect my members. May you gather together my bones at . . . there is no limb of mine devoid of God. May I ascend and lift myself up to heaven as the great star in the midst of the East.
Raise yourself, O! King, to your thousand of bread, your thousand of beer, your thousand of oxen, your thousand of poultry, your thousand of clothing, your thousand of alabaster. I have gone forth for you from the house, O! King, that you may inherit the leadership of the Lord of the Gods and give orders to the Westerners, because you are a great and mighty spirit, and those who have suffered death are united for you wherever you wish to be. O! King, may you have power thereby, for the gods have commanded that you guard yourself from those who speak against you, O! King, because you are he whom Osiris installed on his throne that you may lead the Westerners and be a spirit at the head of the gods.
Compare with the Old Testament testimony.
Ps 84:7 -- They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion.
Ps 86:8 -- There is none like thee among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like thine.
Ps 95:3 -- For Yahweh is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Ps 97:9 -- For thou, O! Yahweh, art most high over all the earth; thou art exalted far above all gods
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