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GOLD FOR THE TEMPLE OF MARDUK. This small receipt from Sippar reports that Nabû-šarrūssu-ukīn (Nebosarsekim in the Bible) delivered 1.5 mina of gold to Marduk’s temple in 594 B.C.E. Nebosarsekim, according to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 39:3, 13), was present among “all the princes of the king of Babylon” during the siege of Jerusalem.