You left out the line along the bottom. Here it is as rendered by Mike Rhodes:
"The gods of the West, the gods of the cavern, the gods of the south, north, west, and
east say: May Osiris, Hôr, justified, born of Taykhebyt, prosper."
Moreover, since Egyptologist Jim Allen agrees with all others in his profession that the illustrations themselves should be read as large ideograms, we ought to interpret each figure and the whole scene. In this case, in my opinion, we should interpret it the way a group of Jews then living in Egypt might interpret them based on their traditions, including an aggada in their possession, along with their knowledge of the surrounding Egyptian culture:
Thus, where Joseph describes Abraham sitting upon Pharaoh's throne by the politeness of the king, we may note that J. G. Griffiths, Origins of Osiris
, 1st ed., Münchner ägypt. Studien 9 (Berlin, 1966), 82-85, insisted that the king is the ultimate source of the right to wear the crown, and that it is also worn by those identified with Osiris (citing Farina), e.g., the deceased, Sokar, etc.
Likewise, where Joseph identifies the obviously female figure behind the throne as king Pharaoh, Hugh Nibley points to a case recognized by Dietrich Wildung where "we can identify Anat [the Canaanites' version of Hathor] as ‘Anat of Ramses [the king] himself in the shape of a goddess."
LIkewise, prince of Pharaoh brings to Nibley's mind repeated instances in which male gods, royalty, and commoners adopted the mask and dress of goddesses such as Hathor or Ma’at (or Wrt-kЗw) -- the queen can even dress as the high priest.
Joseph's final line has Abraham reasoning upon the principles of astronomy (as he does elsewhere in the Book of Abraham), which is what Josephus says in Antiquities of the Jews
, I, 7, 2 (§158), quoting 3rd cent. B.C. Berossus that "there was among the Chaldeans a man righteous and great, and skilful in celestial science" (Abram); I, 8, 2 (§167), Abram "delivered to them [the Egyptians] the science of astronomy"; Pseudo-Eupolemus (OTP
, I:881-882), quoted in Eusebius, Praeparatio Evangelica
IX, 17, 8; IX, 18, 1-2; Testament of Abraham 9 - 10 (OTP, I:886-888); Jubilees 12:16-19 (OTP
, II:81); Qur'an 6:76-80; Apocalypse of Abraham 12, 15 - 24 (OTP
, I:694-701); Ma‘ase Abraham Abinu (Jellinek, Bet ha-Midrasch
I:26-27), all cited by D. Peterson in Ensign
, 24/1 (Jan 1994), 19-20.
Edited by Robert F. Smith, 08 July 2011 - 10:34 PM.