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 JUDITH OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE 1611

Judith

The Book of Judith
{1:1} In the twelfth year of the reign of Nabuchodonosor,
who reigned in Nineve, the great city; in the days of
Arphaxad, which reigned over the Medes in Ecbatane,
{1:2} And built in Ecbatane walls round about of stones
hewn three cubits broad and six cubits long, and made the
height of the wall seventy cubits, and the breadth thereof
fifty cubits:
{1:3} And set the towers thereof upon the gates of it an
hundred cubits high, and the breadth thereof in the
foundation threescore cubits:
{1:4} And he made the gates thereof, even gates that were
raised to the height of seventy cubits, and the breadth of
them was forty cubits, for the going forth of his mighty
armies, and for the setting in array of his footmen:
{1:5} Even in those days king Nabuchodonosor made war
with king Arphaxad in the great plain, which is the plain in
the borders of Ragau.
{1:6} And there came unto him all they that dwelt in the
hill country, and all that dwelt by Euphrates, and Tigris and
Hydaspes, and the plain of Arioch the king of the Elymeans,
and very many nations of the sons of Chelod, assembled
themselves to the battle.
{1:7} Then Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians sent
unto all that dwelt in Persia, and to all that dwelt westward,
and to those that dwelt in Cilicia, and Damascus, and
Libanus, and Antilibanus, and to all that dwelt upon the sea
coast,
{1:8} And to those among the nations that were of
Carmel, and Galaad, and the higher Galilee, and the great
plain of Esdrelom,
{1:9} And to all that were in Samaria and the cities
thereof, and beyond Jordan unto Jerusalem, and Betane, and
Chelus, and Kades, and the river of Egypt, and Taphnes,
and Ramesse, and all the land of Gesem,
{1:10} Until ye come beyond Tanis and Memphis, and to
all the inhabitants of Egypt, until ye come to the borders of
Ethiopia.
{1:11} But all the inhabitants of the land made light of the
commandment of Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians,
neither went they with him to the battle; for they were not
afraid of him: yea, he was before them as one man, and they
sent away his ambassadors from them without effect, and
with disgrace.
{1:12} Therefore Nabuchodonosor was very angry with
all this country, and sware by his throne and kingdom, that
he would surely be avenged upon all those coasts of Cilicia,
and Damascus, and Syria, and that he would slay with the
sword all the inhabitants of the land of Moab, and the
children of Ammon, and all Judea, and all that were in
Egypt, till ye come to the borders of the two seas.
{1:13} Then he marched in battle array with his power
against king Arphaxad in the seventeenth year, and he
prevailed in his battle: for he overthrew all the power of
Arphaxad, and all his horsemen, and all his chariots,
{1:14} And became lord of his cities, and came unto
Ecbatane, and took the towers, and spoiled the streets
thereof, and turned the beauty thereof into shame.
{1:15} He took also Arphaxad in the mountains of Ragau,
and smote him through with his darts, and destroyed him
utterly that day.
{1:16} So he returned afterward to Nineve, both he and
all his company of sundry nations being a very great
multitude of men of war, and there he took his ease, and
banqueted, both he and his army, an hundred and twenty
days.
{2:1} And in the eighteenth year, the two and twentieth
day of the first month, there was talk in the house of
Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians that he should, as he
said, avenge himself on all the earth.
{2:2} So he called unto him all his officers, and all his
nobles, and communicated with them his secret counsel, and
concluded the afflicting of the whole earth out of his own
mouth.
{2:3} Then they decreed to destroy all flesh, that did not
obey the commandment of his mouth.
{2:4} And when he had ended his counsel,
Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians called Holofernes
the chief captain of his army, which was next unto him, and
said unto him.
{2:5} Thus saith the great king, the lord of the whole
earth, Behold, thou shalt go forth from my presence, and
take with thee men that trust in their own strength, of
footmen an hundred and twenty thousand; and the number
of horses with their riders twelve thousand.
{2:6} And thou shalt go against all the west country,
because they disobeyed my commandment.
{2:7} And thou shalt declare unto that they prepare for me
earth and water: for I will go forth in my wrath against them
and will cover the whole face of the earth with the feet of
mine army, and I will give them for a spoil unto them:
{2:8} So that their slain shall fill their valleys and brooks
and the river shall be filled with their dead, till it overflow:
{2:9} And I will lead them captives to the utmost parts of
all the earth.
{2:10} Thou therefore shalt go forth. and take beforehand
for me all their coasts: and if they will yield themselves
unto thee, thou shalt reserve them for me till the day of their
punishment.
{2:11} But concerning them that rebel, let not thine eye
spare them; but put them to the slaughter, and spoil them
wheresoever thou goest.
{2:12} For as I live, and by the power of my kingdom,
whatsoever I have spoken, that will I do by mine hand.
{2:13} And take thou heed that thou transgress none of
the commandments of thy lord, but accomplish them fully,
as I have commanded thee, and defer not to do them.
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{2:14} Then Holofernes went forth from the presence of
his lord, and called ail the governors and captains, and the
officers of the army of Assur;
{2:15} And he mustered the chosen men for the battle, as
his lord had commanded him, unto an hundred and twenty
thousand, and twelve thousand archers on horseback;
{2:16} And he ranged them, as a great army is ordered for
the war.
{2:17} And he took camels and asses for their carriages, a
very great number; and sheep and oxen and goats without
number for their provision:
{2:18} And plenty of victual for every man of the army,
and very much gold and silver out of the king’s house.
{2:19} Then he went forth and all his power to go before
king Nabuchodonosor in the voyage, and to cover all the
face of the earth westward with their chariots, and
horsemen, and their chosen footmen.
{2:20} A great number also sundry countries came with
them like locusts, and like the sand of the earth: for the
multitude was without number.
{2:21} And they went forth of Nineve three days’ journey
toward the plain of Bectileth, and pitched from Bectileth
near the mountain which is at the left hand of the upper
Cilicia.
{2:22} Then he took all his army, his footmen, and
horsemen and chariots, and went from thence into the hill
country;
{2:23} And destroyed Phud and Lud, and spoiled all the
children of Rasses, and the children of Israel, which were
toward the wilderness at the south of the land of the
Chellians.
{2:24} Then he went over Euphrates, and went through
Mesopotamia, and destroyed all the high cities that were
upon the river Arbonai, till ye come to the sea.
{2:25} And he took the borders of Cilicia, and killed all
that resisted him, and came to the borders of Japheth, which
were toward the south, over against Arabia.
{2:26} He compassed also all the children of Madian, and
burned up their tabernacles, and spoiled their sheepcotes.
{2:27} Then he went down into the plain of Damascus in
the time of wheat harvest, and burnt up all their fields, and
destroyed their flocks and herds, also he spoiled their cities,
and utterly wasted their countries, and smote all their young
men with the edge of the sword.
{2:28} Therefore the fear and dread of him fell upon all
the inhabitants of the sea coasts, which were in Sidon and
Tyrus, and them that dwelt in Sur and Ocina, and all that
dwelt in Jemnaan; and they that dwelt in Azotus and
Ascalon feared him greatly.
{3:1} So they sent ambassadors unto him to treat of
peace, saying,
{3:2} Behold, we the servants of Nabuchodonosor the
great king lie before thee; use us as shall be good in thy
sight.
{3:3} Behold, our houses, and all our places, and all our
fields of wheat, and flocks, and herds, and all the lodges of
our tents lie before thy face; use them as it pleaseth thee.
{3:4} Behold, even our cities and the inhabitants thereof
are thy servants; come and deal with them as seemeth good
unto thee.
{3:5} So the men came to Holofernes, and declared unto
him after this manner.
{3:6} Then came he down toward the sea coast, both he
and his army, and set garrisons in the high cities, and took
out of them chosen men for aid.
{3:7} So they and all the country round about received
them with garlands, with dances, and with timbrels.
{3:8} Yet he did cast down their frontiers, and cut down
their groves: for he had decreed to destroy all the gods of
the land, that all nations should worship Nabuchodonosor
only, and that all tongues and tribes should call upon him as
god.
{3:9} Also he came over against Esdraelon near unto
Judea, over against the great strait of Judea.
{3:10} And he pitched between Geba and Scythopolis,
and there he tarried a whole month, that he might gather
together all the carriages of his army.
{4:1} Now the children of Israel, that dwelt in Judea,
heard all that Holofernes the chief captain of
Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians had done to the
nations, and after what manner he had spoiled all their
temples, and brought them to nought.
{4:2} Therefore they were exceedingly afraid of him, and
were troubled for Jerusalem, and for the temple of the Lord
their God:
{4:3} For they were newly returned from the captivity,
and all the people of Judea were lately gathered together:
and the vessels, and the altar, and the house, were sanctified
after the profanation.
{4:4} Therefore they sent into all the coasts of Samaria,
and the villages and to Bethoron, and Belmen, and Jericho,
and to Choba, and Esora, and to the valley of Salem:
{4:5} And possessed themselves beforehand of all the
tops of the high mountains, and fortified the villages that
were in them, and laid up victuals for the provision of war:
for their fields were of late reaped.
{4:6} Also Joacim the high priest, which was in those
days in Jerusalem, wrote to them that dwelt in Bethulia, and
Betomestham, which is over against Esdraelon toward the
open country, near to Dothaim,
{4:7} Charging them to keep the passages of the hill
country: for by them there was an entrance into Judea, and it
was easy to stop them that would come up, because the
passage was straight, for two men at the most.
{4:8} And the children of Israel did as Joacim the high
priest had commanded them, with the ancients of all the
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people of Israel, which dwelt at Jerusalem.
{4:9} Then every man of Israel cried to God with great
fervency, and with great vehemency did they humble their
souls:
{4:10} Both they, and their wives and their children, and
their cattle, and every stranger and hireling, and their
servants bought with money, put sackcloth upon their loins.
{4:11} Thus every man and women, and the little
children, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, fell before the
temple, and cast ashes upon their heads, and spread out their
sackcloth before the face of the Lord: also they put
sackcloth about the altar,
{4:12} And cried to the God of Israel all with one consent
earnestly, that he would not give their children for a prey,
and their wives for a spoil, and the cities of their inheritance
to destruction, and the sanctuary to profanation and
reproach, and for the nations to rejoice at.
{4:13} So God heard their prayers, and looked upon their
afflictions: for the people fasted many days in all Judea and
Jerusalem before the sanctuary of the Lord Almighty.
{4:14} And Joacim the high priest, and all the priests that
stood before the Lord, and they which ministered unto the
Lord, had their loins girt with sackcloth, and offered the
daily burnt offerings, with the vows and free gifts of the
people,
{4:15} And had ashes on their mitres, and cried unto the
Lord with all their power, that he would look upon all the
house of Israel graciously.
{5:1} Then was it declared to Holofernes, the chief
captain of the army of Assur, that the children of Israel had
prepared for war, and had shut up the passages of the hill
country, and had fortified all the tops of the high hills and
had laid impediments in the champaign countries:
{5:2} Wherewith he was very angry, and called all the
princes of Moab, and the captains of Ammon, and all the
governors of the sea coast,
{5:3} And he said unto them, Tell me now, ye sons of
Chanaan, who this people is, that dwelleth in the hill
country, and what are the cities that they inhabit, and what
is the multitude of their army, and wherein is their power
and strength, and what king is set over them, or captain of
their army;
{5:4} And why have they determined not to come and
meet me, more than all the inhabitants of the west.
{5:5} Then said Achior, the captain of all the sons of
Ammon, Let my lord now hear a word from the mouth of
thy servant, and I will declare unto thee the truth concerning
this people, which dwelleth near thee, and inhabiteth the hill
countries: and there shall no lie come out of the mouth of
thy servant.
{5:6} This people are descended of the Chaldeans:
{5:7} And they sojourned heretofore in Mesopotamia,
because they would not follow the gods of their fathers,
which were in the land of Chaldea.
{5:8} For they left the way of their ancestors, and
worshipped the God of heaven, the God whom they knew:
so they cast them out from the face of their gods, and they
fled into Mesopotamia, and sojourned there many days.
{5:9} Then their God commanded them to depart from the
place where they sojourned, and to go into the land of
Chanaan: where they dwelt, and were increased with gold
and silver, and with very much cattle.
{5:10} But when a famine covered all the land of
Chanaan, they went down into Egypt, and sojourned there,
while they were nourished, and became there a great
multitude, so that one could not number their nation.
{5:11} Therefore the king of Egypt rose up against them,
and dealt subtilly with them, and brought them low with
labouring in brick, and made them slaves.
{5:12} Then they cried unto their God, and he smote all
the land of Egypt with incurable plagues: so the Egyptians
cast them out of their sight.
{5:13} And God dried the Red sea before them,
{5:14} And brought them to mount Sina, and Cades-
Barne, and cast forth all that dwelt in the wilderness.
{5:15} So they dwelt in the land of the Amorites, and they
destroyed by their strength all them of Esebon, and passing
over Jordan they possessed all the hill country.
{5:16} And they cast forth before them the Chanaanite,
the Pherezite, the Jebusite, and the Sychemite, and all the
Gergesites, and they dwelt in that country many days.
{5:17} And whilst they sinned not before their God, they
prospered, because the God that hateth iniquity was with
them.
{5:18} But when they departed from the way which he
appointed them, they were destroyed in many battles very
sore, and were led captives into a land that was not their’s,
and the temple of their God was cast to the ground, and
their cities were taken by the enemies.
{5:19} But now are they returned to their God, and are
come up from the places where they were scattered, and
have possessed Jerusalem, where their sanctuary is, and are
seated in the hill country; for it was desolate.
{5:20} Now therefore, my lord and governor, if there be
any error against this people, and they sin against their God,
let us consider that this shall be their ruin, and let us go up,
and we shall overcome them.
{5:21} But if there be no iniquity in their nation, let my
lord now pass by, lest their Lord defend them, and their God
be for them, and we become a reproach before all the world.
{5:22} And when Achior had finished these sayings, all
the people standing round about the tent murmured, and the
chief men of Holofernes, and all that dwelt by the sea side,
and in Moab, spake that he should kill him.
{5:23} For, say they, we will not be afraid of the face of
the children of Israel: for, lo, it is a people that have no
strength nor power for a strong battle
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{5:24} Now therefore, lord Holofernes, we will go up,
and they shall be a prey to be devoured of all thine army.
{6:1} And when the tumult of men that were about the
council was ceased, Holofernes the chief captain of the
army of Assur said unto Achior and all the Moabites before
all the company of other nations,
{6:2} And who art thou, Achior, and the hirelings of
Ephraim, that thou hast prophesied against us as to day, and
hast said, that we should not make war with the people of
Israel, because their God will defend them? and who is God
but Nabuchodonosor?
{6:3} He will send his power, and will destroy them from
the face of the earth, and their God shall not deliver them:
but we his servants will destroy them as one man; for they
are not able to sustain the power of our horses.
{6:4} For with them we will tread them under foot, and
their mountains shall be drunken with their blood, and their
fields shall be filled with their dead bodies, and their
footsteps shall not be able to stand before us, for they shall
utterly perish, saith king Nabuchodonosor, lord of all the
earth: for he said, None of my words shall be in vain.
{6:5} And thou, Achior, an hireling of Ammon, which
hast spoken these words in the day of thine iniquity, shalt
see my face no more from this day, until I take vengeance
of this nation that came out of Egypt.
{6:6} And then shall the sword of mine army, and the
multitude of them that serve me, pass through thy sides, and
thou shalt fall among their slain, when I return.
{6:7} Now therefore my servants shall bring thee back
into the hill country, and shall set thee in one of the cities of
the passages:
{6:8} And thou shalt not perish, till thou be destroyed
with them.
{6:9} And if thou persuade thyself in thy mind that they
shall be taken, let not thy countenance fall: I have spoken it,
and none of my words shall be in vain.
{6:10} Then Holofernes commanded his servants, that
waited in his tent, to take Achior, and bring him to Bethulia,
and deliver him into the hands of the children of Israel.
{6:11} So his servants took him, and brought him out of
the camp into the plain, and they went from the midst of the
plain into the hill country, and came unto the fountains that
were under Bethulia.
{6:12} And when the men of the city saw them, they took
up their weapons, and went out of the city to the top of the
hill: and every man that used a sling kept them from coming
up by casting of stones against them.
{6:13} Nevertheless having gotten privily under the hill,
they bound Achior, and cast him down, and left him at the
foot of the hill, and returned to their lord.
{6:14} But the Israelites descended from their city, and
came unto him, and loosed him, and brought him to
Bethulia, and presented him to the governors of the city:
{6:15} Which were in those days Ozias the son of Micha,
of the tribe of Simeon, and Chabris the son of Gothoniel,
and Charmis the son of Melchiel.
{6:16} And they called together all the ancients of the
city, and all their youth ran together, and their women, to
the assembly, and they set Achior in the midst of all their
people. Then Ozias asked him of that which was done.
{6:17} And he answered and declared unto them the
words of the council of Holofernes, and all the words that
he had spoken in the midst of the princes of Assur, and
whatsoever Holofernes had spoken proudly against the
house of Israel.
{6:18} Then the people fell down and worshipped God,
and cried unto God. saying,
{6:19} O Lord God of heaven, behold their pride, and pity
the low estate of our nation, and look upon the face of those
that are sanctified unto thee this day.
{6:20} Then they comforted Achior, and praised him
greatly.
{6:21} And Ozias took him out of the assembly unto his
house, and made a feast to the elders; and they called on the
God of Israel all that night for help.
{7:1} The next day Holofernes commanded all his army,
and all his people which were come to take his part, that
they should remove their camp against Bethulia, to take
aforehand the ascents of the hill country, and to make war
against the children of Israel.
{7:2} Then their strong men removed their camps in that
day, and the army of the men of war was an hundred and
seventy thousand footmen, and twelve thousand horsemen,
beside the baggage, and other men that were afoot among
them, a very great multitude.
{7:3} And they camped in the valley near unto Bethulia,
by the fountain, and they spread themselves in breadth over
Dothaim even to Belmaim, and in length from Bethulia unto
Cynamon, which is over against Esdraelon.
{7:4} Now the children of Israel, when they saw the
multitude of them, were greatly troubled, and said every one
to his neighbour, Now will these men lick up the face of the
earth; for neither the high mountains, nor the valleys, nor
the hills, are able to bear their weight.
{7:5} Then every man took up his weapons of war, and
when they had kindled fires upon their towers, they
remained and watched all that night.
{7:6} But in the second day Holofernes brought forth all
his horsemen in the sight of the children of Israel which
were in Bethulia,
{7:7} And viewed the passages up to the city, and came to
the fountains of their waters, and took them, and set
garrisons of men of war over them, and he himself removed
toward his people.
{7:8} Then came unto him all the chief of the children of
Esau, and all the governors of the people of Moab, and the
captains of the sea coast, and said,
{7:9} Let our lord now hear a word, that there be not an
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overthrow in thine army.
{7:10} For this people of the children of Israel do not trust
in their spears, but in the height of the mountains wherein
they dwell, because it is not easy to come up to the tops of
their mountains.
{7:11} Now therefore, my lord, fight not against them in
battle array, and there shall not so much as one man of thy
people perish.
{7:12} Remain in thy camp, and keep all the men of thine
army, and let thy servants get into their hands the fountain
of water, which issueth forth of the foot of the mountain:
{7:13} For all the inhabitants of Bethulia have their water
thence; so shall thirst kill them, and they shall give up their
city, and we and our people shall go up to the tops of the
mountains that are near, and will camp upon them, to watch
that none go out of the city.
{7:14} So they and their wives and their children shall be
consumed with fire, and before the sword come against
them, they shall be overthrown in the streets where they
dwell.
{7:15} Thus shalt thou render them an evil reward;
because they rebelled, and met not thy person peaceably.
{7:16} And these words pleased Holofernes and all his
servants, and he appointed to do as they had spoken.
{7:17} So the camp of the children of Ammon departed,
and with them five thousand of the Assyrians, and they
pitched in the valley, and took the waters, and the fountains
of the waters of the children of Israel.
{7:18} Then the children of Esau went up with the
children of Ammon, and camped in the hill country over
against Dothaim: and they sent some of them toward the
south, and toward the east over against Ekrebel, which is
near unto Chusi, that is upon the brook Mochmur; and the
rest of the army of the Assyrians camped in the plain, and
covered the face of the whole land; and their tents and
carriages were pitched to a very great multitude.
{7:19} Then the children of Israel cried unto the Lord
their God, because their heart failed, for all their enemies
had compassed them round about, and there was no way to
escape out from among them.
{7:20} Thus all the company of Assur remained about
them, both their footmen, chariots, and horsemen, four and
thirty days, so that all their vessels of water failed all the
inhibitants of Bethulia.
{7:21} And the cisterns were emptied, and they had not
water to drink their fill for one day; for they gave them
drink by measure.
{7:22} Therefore their young children were out of heart,
and their women and young men fainted for thirst, and fell
down in the streets of the city, and by the passages of the
gates, and there was no longer any strength in them.
{7:23} Then all the people assembled to Ozias, and to the
chief of the city, both young men, and women, and children,
and cried with a loud voice, and said before all the elders,
{7:24} God be judge between us and you: for ye have
done us great injury, in that ye have not required peace of
the children of Assur.
{7:25} For now we have no helper: but God hath sold us
into their hands, that we should be thrown down before
them with thirst and great destruction.
{7:26} Now therefore call them unto you, and deliver the
whole city for a spoil to the people of Holofernes, and to all
his army.
{7:27} For it is better for us to be made a spoil unto them,
than to die for thirst: for we will be his servants, that our
souls may live, and not see the death of our infants before
our eyes, nor our wives nor our children to die.
{7:28} We take to witness against you the heaven and the
earth, and our God and Lord of our fathers, which punisheth
us according to our sins and the sins of our fathers, that he
do not according as we have said this day.
{7:29} Then there was great weeping with one consent in
the midst of the assembly; and they cried unto the Lord God
with a loud voice.
{7:30} Then said Ozias to them, Brethren, be of good
courage, let us yet endure five days, in the which space the
Lord our God may turn his mercy toward us; for he will not
forsake us utterly.
{7:31} And if these days pass, and there come no help
unto us, I will do according to your word.
{7:32} And he dispersed the people, every one to their
own charge; and they went unto the walls and towers of
their city, and sent the women and children into their
houses: and they were very low brought in the city.
{8:1} Now at that time Judith heard thereof, which was
the daughter of Merari, the son of Ox, the son of Joseph, the
son of Ozel, the son of Elcia, the son of Ananias, the son of
Gedeon, the son of Raphaim, the son of Acitho, the son of
Eliu, the son of Eliab, the son of Nathanael, the son of
Samael, the son of Salasadal, the son of Israel.
{8:2} And Manasses was her husband, of her tribe and
kindred, who died in the barley harvest.
{8:3} For as he stood overseeing them that bound sheaves
in the field, the heat came upon his head, and he fell on his
bed, and died in the city of Bethulia: and they buried him
with his fathers in the field between Dothaim and Balamo.
{8:4} So Judith was a widow in her house three years and
four months.
{8:5} And she made her a tent upon the top of her house,
and put on sackcloth upon her loins and ware her widow’s
apparel.
{8:6} And she fasted all the days of her widowhood, save
the eves of the sabbaths, and the sabbaths, and the eves of
the new moons, and the new moons and the feasts and
solemn days of the house of Israel.
{8:7} She was also of a goodly countenance, and very
beautiful to behold: and her husband Manasses had left her
gold, and silver, and menservants and maidservants, and
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cattle, and lands; and she remained upon them.
{8:8} And there was none that gave her an ill word; ar she
feared God greatly.
{8:9} Now when she heard the evil words of the people
against the governor, that they fainted for lack of water; for
Judith had heard all the words that Ozias had spoken unto
them, and that he had sworn to deliver the city unto the
Assyrians after five days;
{8:10} Then she sent her waitingwoman, that had the
government of all things that she had, to call Ozias and
Chabris and Charmis, the ancients of the city.
{8:11} And they came unto her, and she said unto them,
Hear me now, O ye governors of the inhabitants of
Bethulia: for your words that ye have spoken before the
people this day are not right, touching this oath which ye
made and pronounced between God and you, and have
promised to deliver the city to our enemies, unless within
these days the Lord turn to help you.
{8:12} And now who are ye that have tempted God this
day, and stand instead of God among the children of men?
{8:13} And now try the Lord Almighty, but ye shall never
know any thing.
{8:14} For ye cannot find the depth of the heart of man,
neither can ye perceive the things that he thinketh: then how
can ye search out God, that hath made all these things, and
know his mind, or comprehend his purpose? Nay, my
brethren, provoke not the Lord our God to anger.
{8:15} For if he will not help us within these five days, he
hath power to defend us when he will, even every day, or to
destroy us before our enemies.
{8:16} Do not bind the counsels of the Lord our God: for
God is not as man, that he may be threatened; neither is he
as the son of man, that he should be wavering.
{8:17} Therefore let us wait for salvation of him, and call
upon him to help us, and he will hear our voice, if it please
him.
{8:18} For there arose none in our age, neither is there
any now in these days neither tribe, nor family, nor people,
nor city among us, which worship gods made with hands, as
hath been aforetime.
{8:19} For the which cause our fathers were given to the
sword, and for a spoil, and had a great fall before our
enemies.
{8:20} But we know none other god, therefore we trust
that he will not dispise us, nor any of our nation.
{8:21} For if we be taken so, all Judea shall lie waste, and
our sanctuary shall be spoiled; and he will require the
profanation thereof at our mouth.
{8:22} And the slaughter of our brethren, and the
captivity of the country, and the desolation of our
inheritance, will he turn upon our heads among the Gentiles,
wheresoever we shall be in bondage; and we shall be an
offence and a reproach to all them that possess us.
{8:23} For our servitude shall not be directed to favour:
but the Lord our God shall turn it to dishonour.
{8:24} Now therefore, O brethren, let us shew an example
to our brethren, because their hearts depend upon us, and
the sanctuary, and the house, and the altar, rest upon us.
{8:25} Moreover let us give thanks to the Lord our God,
which trieth us, even as he did our fathers.
{8:26} Remember what things he did to Abraham, and
how he tried Isaac, and what happened to Jacob in
Mesopotamia of Syria, when he kept the sheep of Laban his
mother’s brother.
{8:27} For he hath not tried us in the fire, as he did them,
for the examination of their hearts, neither hath he taken
vengeance on us: but the Lord doth scourge them that come
near unto him, to admonish them.
{8:28} Then said Ozias to her, All that thou hast spoken
hast thou spoken with a good heart, and there is none that
may gainsay thy words.
{8:29} For this is not the first day wherein thy wisdom is
manifested; but from the beginning of thy days all the
people have known thy understanding, because the
disposition of thine heart is good.
{8:30} But the people were very thirsty, and compelled us
to do unto them as we have spoken, and to bring an oath
upon ourselves, which we will not break.
{8:31} Therefore now pray thou for us, because thou art a
godly woman, and the Lord will send us rain to fill our
cisterns, and we shall faint no more.
{8:32} Then said Judith unto them, Hear me, and I will do
a thing, which shall go throughout all generations to the
children of our nation.
{8:33} Ye shall stand this night in the gate, and I will go
forth with my waitingwoman: and within the days that ye
have promised to deliver the city to our enemies the Lord
will visit Israel by mine hand.
{8:34} But enquire not ye of mine act: for I will not
declare it unto you, till the things be finished that I do.
{8:35} Then said Ozias and the princes unto her, Go in
peace, and the Lord God be before thee, to take vengeance
on our enemies.
{8:36} So they returned from the tent, and went to their
wards.
{9:1} Judith fell upon her face, and put ashes upon her
head, and uncovered the sackcloth wherewith she was
clothed; and about the time that the incense of that evening
was offered in Jerusalem in the house of the Lord Judith
cried with a loud voice, and said,
{9:2} O Lord God of my father Simeon, to whom thou
gavest a sword to take vengeance of the strangers, who
loosened the girdle of a maid to defile her, and discovered
the thigh to her shame, and polluted her virginity to her
reproach; for thou saidst, It shall not be so; and yet they did
so:
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{9:3} Wherefore thou gavest their rulers to be slain, so
that they dyed their bed in blood, being deceived, and
smotest the servants with their lords, and the lords upon
their thrones;
{9:4} And hast given their wives for a prey, and their
daughters to be captives, and all their spoils to be divided
among thy dear children; which were moved with thy zeal,
and abhorred the pollution of their blood, and called upon
thee for aid: O God, O my God, hear me also a widow.
{9:5} For thou hast wrought not only those things, but
also the things which fell out before, and which ensued
after; thou hast thought upon the things which are now, and
which are to come.
{9:6} Yea, what things thou didst determine were ready at
hand, and said, Lo, we are here: for all thy ways are
prepared, and thy judgments are in thy foreknowledge.
{9:7} For, behold, the Assyrians are multiplied in their
power; they are exalted with horse and man; they glory in
the strength of their footmen; they trust in shield, and spear,
and bow, and sling; and know not that thou art the Lord that
breakest the battles: the Lord is thy name.
{9:8} Throw down their strength in thy power, and bring
down their force in thy wrath: for they have purposed to
defile thy sanctuary, and to pollute the tabernacle where thy
glorious name resteth and to cast down with sword the horn
of thy altar.
{9:9} Behold their pride, and send thy wrath upon their
heads: give into mine hand, which am a widow, the power
that I have conceived.
{9:10} Smite by the deceit of my lips the servant with the
prince, and the prince with the servant: break down their
stateliness by the hand of a woman.
{9:11} For thy power standeth not in multitude nor thy
might in strong men: for thou art a God of the afflicted, an
helper of the oppressed, an upholder of the weak, a
protector of the forlorn, a saviour of them that are without
hope.
{9:12} I pray thee, I pray thee, O God of my father, and
God of the inheritance of Israel, Lord of the heavens and
earth, Creator of the waters, king of every creature, hear
thou my prayer:
{9:13} And make my speech and deceit to be their wound
and stripe, who have purposed cruel things against thy
covenant, and thy hallowed house, and against the top of
Sion, and against the house of the possession of thy children.
{9:14} And make every nation and tribe to acknowledge
that thou art the God of all power and might, and that there
is none other that protecteth the people of Israel but thou.
{10:1} Now after that she had ceased to cry unto the God
of Israel, and bad made an end of all these words.
{10:2} She rose where she had fallen down, and called
her maid, and went down into the house in the which she
abode in the sabbath days, and in her feast days,
{10:3} And pulled off the sackcloth which she had on,
and put off the garments of her widowhood, and washed her
body all over with water, and anointed herself with precious
ointment, and braided the hair of her head, and put on a tire
upon it, and put on her garments of gladness, wherewith she
was clad during the life of Manasses her husband.
{10:4} And she took sandals upon her feet, and put about
her her bracelets, and her chains, and her rings, and her
earrings, and all her ornaments, and decked herself bravely,
to allure the eyes of all men that should see her.
{10:5} Then she gave her maid a bottle of wine, and a
cruse of oil, and filled a bag with parched corn, and lumps
of figs, and with fine bread; so she folded all these things
together, and laid them upon her.
{10:6} Thus they went forth to the gate of the city of
Bethulia, and found standing there Ozias and the ancients of
the city, Chabris and Charmis.
{10:7} And when they saw her, that her countenance was
altered, and her apparel was changed, they wondered at her
beauty very greatly, and said unto her.
{10:8} The God, the God of our fathers give thee favour,
and accomplish thine enterprizes to the glory of the children
of Israel, and to the exaltation of Jerusalem. Then they
worshipped God.
{10:9} And she said unto them, Command the gates of the
city to be opened unto me, that I may go forth to accomplish
the things whereof ye have spoken with me. So they
commanded the young men to open unto her, as she had
spoken.
{10:10} And when they had done so, Judith went out, she,
and her maid with her; and the men of the city looked after
her, until she was gone down the mountain, and till she had
passed the valley, and could see her no more.
{10:11} Thus they went straight forth in the valley: and
the first watch of the Assyrians met her,
{10:12} And took her, and asked her, Of what people art
thou? and whence comest thou? and whither goest thou?
And she said, I am a woman of the Hebrews, and am fled
from them: for they shall be given you to be consumed:
{10:13} And I am coming before Holofernes the chief
captain of your army, to declare words of truth; and I will
shew him a way, whereby he shall go, and win all the hill
country, without losing the body or life of any one of his
men.
{10:14} Now when the men heard her words, and beheld
her countenance, they wondered greatly at her beauty, and
said unto her,
{10:15} Thou hast saved thy life, in that thou hast hasted
to come down to the presence of our lord: now therefore
come to his tent, and some of us shall conduct thee, until
they have delivered thee to his hands.
{10:16} And when thou standest before him, be not afraid
in thine heart, but shew unto him according to thy word; and
he will entreat thee well.
{10:17} Then they chose out of them an hundred men to
accompany her and her maid; and they brought her to the
tent of Holofernes.
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{10:18} Then was there a concourse throughout all the
camp: for her coming was noised among the tents, and they
came about her, as she stood without the tent of Holofernes,
till they told him of her.
{10:19} And they wondered at her beauty, and admired
the children of Israel because of her, and every one said to
his neighbour, Who would despise this people, that have
among them such women? surely it is not good that one
man of them be left who being let go might deceive the
whole earth.
{10:20} And they that lay near Holofernes went out, and
all his servants and they brought her into the tent.
{10:21} Now Holofernes rested upon his bed under a
canopy, which was woven with purple, and gold, and
emeralds, and precious stones.
{10:22} So they shewed him of her; and he came out
before his tent with silver lamps going before him.
{10:23} And when Judith was come before him and his
servants they all marvelled at the beauty of her
countenance; and she fell down upon her face, and did
reverence unto him: and his servants took her up.
{11:1} Then said Holofernes unto her, Woman, be of
good comfort, fear not in thine heart: for I never hurt any
that was willing to serve Nabuchodonosor, the king of all
the earth.
{11:2} Now therefore, if thy people that dwelleth in the
mountains had not set light by me, I would not have lifted
up my spear against them: but they have done these things
to themselves.
{11:3} But now tell me wherefore thou art fled from
them, and art come unto us: for thou art come for safeguard;
be of good comfort, thou shalt live this night, and hereafter:
{11:4} For none shall hurt thee, but entreat thee well, as
they do the servants of king Nabuchodonosor my lord.
{11:5} Then Judith said unto him, Receive the words of
thy servant, and suffer thine handmaid to speak in thy
presence, and I will declare no lie to my lord this night.
{11:6} And if thou wilt follow the words of thine
handmaid, God will bring the thing perfectly to pass by
thee; and my lord shall not fail of his purposes.
{11:7} As Nabuchodonosor king of all the earth liveth,
and as his power liveth, who hath sent thee for the
upholding of every living thing: for not only men shall serve
him by thee, but also the beasts of the field, and the cattle,
and the fowls of the air, shall live by thy power under
Nabuchodonosor and all his house.
{11:8} For we have heard of thy wisdom and thy policies,
and it is reported in all the earth, that thou only art excellent
in all the kingdom, and mighty in knowledge, and
wonderful in feats of war.
{11:9} Now as concerning the matter, which Achior did
speak in thy council, we have heard his words; for the men
of Bethulia saved him, and he declared unto them all that he
had spoken unto thee.
{11:10} Therefore, O lord and governor, respect not his
word; but lay it up in thine heart, for it is true: for our nation
shall not be punished, neither can sword prevail against
them, except they sin against their God.
{11:11} And now, that my lord be not defeated and
frustrate of his purpose, even death is now fallen upon them,
and their sin hath overtaken them, wherewith they will
provoke their God to anger whensoever they shall do that
which is not fit to be done:
{11:12} For their victuals fail them, and all their water is
scant, and they have determined to lay hands upon their
cattle, and purposed to consume all those things, that God
hath forbidden them to eat by his laws:
{11:13} And are resolved to spend the firstfruits of the the
tenths of wine and oil, which they had sanctified, and
reserved for the priests that serve in Jerusalem before the
face of our God; the which things it is not lawful for any of
the people so much as to touch with their hands.
{11:14} For they have sent some to Jerusalem, because
they also that dwell there have done the like, to bring them a
licence from the senate.
{11:15} Now when they shall bring them word, they will
forthwith do it, and they shall be given to thee to be
destroyed the same day.
{11:16} Wherefore I thine handmaid, knowing all this, am
fled from their presence; and God hath sent me to work
things with thee, whereat all the earth shall be astonished,
and whosoever shall hear it.
{11:17} For thy servant is religious, and serveth the God
of heaven day and night: now therefore, my lord, I will
remain with thee, and thy servant will go out by night into
the valley, and I will pray unto God, and he will tell me
when they have committed their sins:
{11:18} And I will come and shew it unto thee: then thou
shalt go forth with all thine army, and there shall be none of
them that shall resist thee.
{11:19} And I will lead thee through the midst of Judea,
until thou come before Jerusalem; and I will set thy throne
in the midst thereof; and thou shalt drive them as sheep that
have no shepherd, and a dog shall not so much as open his
mouth at thee: for these things were told me according to
my foreknowledge, and they were declared unto me, and I
am sent to tell thee.
{11:20} Then her words pleased Holofernes and all his
servants; and they marvelled at her wisdom, and said,
{11:21} There is not such a woman from one end of the
earth to the other, both for beauty of face, and wisdom of
words.
{11:22} Likewise Holofernes said unto her. God hath
done well to send thee before the people, that strength might
be in our hands and destruction upon them that lightly
regard my lord.
{11:23} And now thou art both beautiful in thy
countenance, and witty in thy words: surely if thou do as
thou hast spoken thy God shall be my God, and thou shalt
dwell in the house of king Nabuchodonosor, and shalt be
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renowned through the whole earth.
{12:1} Then he commanded to bring her in where his
plate was set; and bade that they should prepare for her of
his own meats, and that she should drink of his own wine.
{12:2} And Judith said, I will not eat thereof, lest there be
an offence: but provision shall be made for me of the things
that I have brought.
{12:3} Then Holofernes said unto her, If thy provision
should fail, how should we give thee the like? for there be
none with us of thy nation.
{12:4} Then said Judith unto him As thy soul liveth, my
lord, thine handmaid shall not spend those things that I
have, before the Lord work by mine hand the things that he
hath determined.
{12:5} Then the servants of Holofernes brought her into
the tent, and she slept till midnight, and she arose when it
was toward the morning watch,
{12:6} And sent to Holofernes, saving, Let my lord now
command that thine handmaid may go forth unto prayer.
{12:7} Then Holofernes commanded his guard that they
should not stay her: thus she abode in the camp three days,
and went out in the night into the valley of Bethulia, and
washed herself in a fountain of water by the camp.
{12:8} And when she came out, she besought the Lord
God of Israel to direct her way to the raising up of the
children of her people.
{12:9} So she came in clean, and remained in the tent,
until she did eat her meat at evening.
{12:10} And in the fourth day Holofernes made a feast to
his own servants only, and called none of the officers to the
banquet.
{12:11} Then said he to Bagoas the eunuch, who had
charge over all that he had, Go now, and persuade this
Hebrew woman which is with thee, that she come unto us,
and eat and drink with us.
{12:12} For, lo, it will be a shame for our person, if we
shall let such a woman go, not having had her company; for
if we draw her not unto us, she will laugh us to scorn.
{12:13} Then went Bagoas from the presence of
Holofernes, and came to her, and he said, Let not this fair
damsel fear to come to my lord, and to be honoured in his
presence, and drink wine, and be merry with us and be
made this day as one of the daughters of the Assyrians,
which serve in the house of Nabuchodonosor.
{12:14} Then said Judith unto him, Who am I now, that I
should gainsay my lord? surely whatsoever pleaseth him I
will do speedily, and it shall be my joy unto the day of my
death.
{12:15} So she arose, and decked herself with her apparel
and all her woman’s attire, and her maid went and laid soft
skins on the ground for her over against Holofernes, which
she had received of Bagoas far her daily use, that she might
sit and eat upon them.
{12:16} Now when Judith came in and sat down,
Holofernes his heart was ravished with her, and his mind
was moved, and he desired greatly her company; for he
waited a time to deceive her, from the day that he had seen
her.
{12:17} Then said Holofernes unto her, Drink now, and
be merry with us.
{12:18} So Judith said, I will drink now, my lord, because
my life is magnified in me this day more than all the days
since I was born.
{12:19} Then she took and ate and drank before him what
her maid had prepared.
{12:20} And Holofernes took great delight in her, and
drank more wine than he had drunk at any time in one day
since he was born.
{13:1} Now when the evening was come, his servants
made haste to depart, and Bagoas shut his tent without, and
dismissed the waiters from the presence of his lord; and
they went to their beds: for they were all weary, because the
feast had been long.
{13:2} And Judith was left along in the tent, and
Holofernes lying along upon his bed: for he was filled with
wine.
{13:3} Now Judith had commanded her maid to stand
without her bedchamber, and to wait for her. coming forth,
as she did daily: for she said she would go forth to her
prayers, and she spake to Bagoas according to the same
purpose.
{13:4} So all went forth and none was left in the
bedchamber, neither little nor great. Then Judith, standing
by his bed, said in her heart, O Lord God of all power, look
at this present upon the works of mine hands for the
exaltation of Jerusalem.
{13:5} For now is the time to help thine inheritance, and
to execute thine enterprizes to the destruction of the
enemies which are risen against us.
{13:6} Then she came to the pillar of the bed, which was
at Holofernes’ head, and took down his fauchion from
thence,
{13:7} And approached to his bed, and took hold of the
hair of his head, and said, Strengthen me, O Lord God of
Israel, this day.
{13:8} And she smote twice upon his neck with all her
might, and she took away his head from him.
{13:9} And tumbled his body down from the bed, and
pulled down the canopy from the pillars; and anon after she
went forth, and gave Holofernes his head to her maid;
{13:10} And she put it in her bag of meat: so they twain
went together according to their custom unto prayer: and
when they passed the camp, they compassed the valley, and
went up the mountain of Bethulia, and came to the gates
thereof.
{13:11} Then said Judith afar off, to the watchmen at the
gate, Open, open now the gate: God, even our God, is with
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us, to shew his power yet in Jerusalem, and his forces
against the enemy, as he hath even done this day.
{13:12} Now when the men of her city heard her voice,
they made haste to go down to the gate of their city, and
they called the elders of the city.
{13:13} And then they ran all together, both small and
great, for it was strange unto them that she was come: so
they opened the gate, and received them, and made a fire for
a light, and stood round about them.
{13:14} Then she said to them with a loud voice, Praise,
praise God, praise God, I say, for he hath not taken away his
mercy from the house of Israel, but hath destroyed our
enemies by mine hands this night.
{13:15} So she took the head out of the bag, and shewed
it, and said unto them, behold the head of Holofernes, the
chief captain of the army of Assur, and behold the canopy,
wherein he did lie in his drunkenness; and the Lord hath
smitten him by the hand of a woman.
{13:16} As the Lord liveth, who hath kept me in my way
that I went, my countenance hath deceived him to his
destruction, and yet hath he not committed sin with me, to
defile and shame me.
{13:17} Then all the people were wonderfully astonished,
and bowed themselves and worshipped God, and said with
one accord, Blessed be thou, O our God, which hast this day
brought to nought the enemies of thy people.
{13:18} Then said Ozias unto her, O daughter, blessed art
thou of the most high God above all the women upon the
earth; and blessed be the Lord God, which hath created the
heavens and the earth, which hath directed thee to the
cutting off of the head of the chief of our enemies.
{13:19} For this thy confidence shall not depart from the
heart of men, which remember the power of God for ever.
{13:20} And God turn these things to thee for a perpetual
praise, to visit thee in good things because thou hast not
spared thy life for the affliction of our nation, but hast
revenged our ruin, walking a straight way before our God.
And all the people said; So be it, so be it.
{14:1} Then said Judith unto them, Hear me now, my
brethren, and take this head, and hang it upon the highest
place of your walls.
{14:2} And so soon as the morning shall appear, and the
sun shall come forth upon the earth, take ye every one his
weapons, and go forth every valiant man out of the city, and
set ye a captain over them, as though ye would go down
into the field toward the watch of the Assyrians; but go not
down.
{14:3} Then they shall take their armour, and shall go into
their camp, and raise up the captains of the army of Assur,
and shall run to the tent of Holofernes, but shall not find
him: then fear shall fall upon them, and they shall flee
before your face.
{14:4} So ye, and all that inhabit the coast of Israel, shall
pursue them, and overthrow them as they go.
{14:5} But before ye do these things, call me Achior the
Ammonite, that he may see and know him that despised the
house of Israel, and that sent him to us as it were to his
death.
{14:6} Then they called Achior out of the house of Ozias;
and when he was come, and saw the head of Holofernes in a
man’s hand in the assembly of the people, he fell down on
his face, and his spirit failed.
{14:7} But when they had recovered him, he fell at
Judith’s feet, and reverenced her, and said, Blessed art thou
in all the tabernacles of Juda, and in all nations, which
hearing thy name shall be astonished.
{14:8} Now therefore tell me all the things that thou hast
done in these days. Then Judith declared unto him in the
midst of the people all that she had done, from the day that
she went forth until that hour she spake unto them.
{14:9} And when she had left off speaking, the people
shouted with a loud voice, and made a joyful noise in their
city.
{14:10} And when Achior had seen all that the God of
Israel had done, he believed in God greatly, and
circumcised the flesh of his foreskin, and was joined unto
the house of Israel unto this day.
{14:11} And as soon as the morning arose, they hanged
the head of Holofernes upon the wall, and every man took
his weapons, and they went forth by bands unto the straits
of the mountain.
{14:12} But when the Assyrians saw them, they sent to
their leaders, which came to their captains and tribunes, and
to every one of their rulers.
{14:13} So they came to Holofernes’ tent, and said to him
that had the charge of all his things, Waken now our lord:
for the slaves have been bold to come down against us to
battle, that they may be utterly destroyed.
{14:14} Then went in Bagoas, and knocked at the door of
the tent; for he thought that he had slept with Judith.
{14:15} But because none answered, he opened it, and
went into the bedchamber, and found him cast upon the
floor dead, and his head was taken from him.
{14:16} Therefore he cried with a loud voice, with
weeping, and sighing, and a mighty cry, and rent his
garments.
{14:17} After he went into the tent where Judith lodged:
and when he found her not, he leaped out to the people, and
cried,
{14:18} These slaves have dealt treacherously; one
woman of the Hebrews hath brought shame upon the house
of king Nabuchodonosor: for, behold, Holofernes lieth upon
the ground without a head.
{14:19} When the captains of the Assyrians’ army heard
these words, they rent their coats and their minds were
wonderfully troubled, and there was a cry and a very great
noise throughout the camp.
{15:1} And when they that were in the tents heard, they
were astonished at the thing that was done.
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{15:2} And fear and trembling fell upon them, so that
there was no man that durst abide in the sight of his
neighbour, but rushing out all together, they fled into every
way of the plain, and of the hill country.
{15:3} They also that had camped in the mountains round
about Bethulia fled away. Then the children of Israel, every
one that was a warrior among them, rushed out upon them.
{15:4} Then sent Ozias to Betomasthem, and to Bebai,
and Chobai, and Cola and to all the coasts of Israel, such as
should tell the things that were done, and that all should
rush forth upon their enemies to destroy them.
{15:5} Now when the children of Israel heard it, they all
fell upon them with one consent, and slew them unto
Chobai: likewise also they that came from Jerusalem, and
from all the hill country, (for men had told them what things
were done in the camp of their enemies) and they that were
in Galaad, and in Galilee, chased them with a great
slaughter, until they were past Damascus and the borders
thereof.
{15:6} And the residue that dwelt at Bethulia, fell upon
the camp of Assur, and spoiled them, and were greatly
enriched.
{15:7} And the children of Israel that returned from the
slaughter had that which remained; and the villages and the
cities, that were in the mountains and in the plain, gat many
spoils: for the multitude was very great.
{15:8} Then Joacim the high priest, and the ancients of
the children of Israel that dwelt in Jerusalem, came to
behold the good things that God had shewed to Israel, and
to see Judith, and to salute her.
{15:9} And when they came unto her, they blessed her
with one accord, and said unto her, Thou art the exaltation
of Jerusalem, thou art the great glory of Israel, thou art the
great rejoicing of our nation:
{15:10} Thou hast done all these things by thine hand:
thou hast done much good to Israel, and God is pleased
therewith: blessed be thou of the Almighty Lord for
evermore. And all the people said, So be it.
{15:11} And the people spoiled the camp the space of
thirty days: and they gave unto Judith Holofernes his tent,
and all his plate, and beds, and vessels, and all his stuff: and
she took it and laid it on her mule; and made ready her carts,
and laid them thereon.
{15:12} Then all the women of Israel ran together to see
her, and blessed her, and made a dance among them for her:
and she took branches in her hand, and gave also to the
women that were with her.
{15:13} And they put a garland of olive upon her and her
maid that was with her, and she went before all the people
in the dance, leading all the women: and all the men of
Israel followed in their armour with garlands, and with
songs in their mouths.
{16:1} Then Judith began to sing this thanksgiving in all
Israel, and all the people sang after her this song of praise.
{16:2} And Judith said, Begin unto my God with
timbrels, sing unto my Lord with cymbals: tune unto him a
new psalm: exalt him, and call upon his name.
{16:3} For God breaketh the battles: for among the camps
in the midst of the people he hath delivered me out of the
hands of them that persecuted me.
{16:4} Assur came out of the mountains from the north,
he came with ten thousands of his army, the multitude
whereof stopped the torrents, and their horsemen have
covered the hills.
{16:5} He bragged that he would burn up my borders, and
kill my young men with the sword, and dash the sucking
children against the ground, and make mine infants as a
prey, and my virgins as a spoil.
{16:6} But the Almighty Lord hath disappointed them by
the hand of a woman.
{16:7} For the mighty one did not fall by the young men,
neither did the sons of the Titans smite him, nor high giants
set upon him: but Judith the daughter of Merari weakened
him with the beauty of her countenance.
{16:8} For she put off the garment of her widowhood for
the exaltation of those that were oppressed in Israel, and
anointed her face with ointment, and bound her hair in a
tire, and took a linen garment to deceive him.
{16:9} Her sandals ravished his eyes, her beauty took his
mind prisoner, and the fauchion passed through his neck.
{16:10} The Persians quaked at her boldness, and the
Medes were daunted at her hardiness.
{16:11} Then my afflicted shouted for joy, and my weak
ones cried aloud; but they were astonished: these lifted up
their voices, but they were overthrown.
{16:12} The sons of the damsels have pierced them
through, and wounded them as fugatives’ children: they
perished by the battle of the Lord.
{16:13} I will sing unto the Lord a new song: O Lord,
thou art great and glorious, wonderful in strength, and
invincible.
{16:14} Let all creatures serve thee: for thou spakest, and
they were made, thou didst send forth thy spirit, and it
created them, and there is none that can resist thy voice.
{16:15} For the mountains shall be moved from their
foundations with the waters, the rocks shall melt as wax at
thy presence: yet thou art merciful to them that fear thee.
{16:16} For all sacrifice is too little for a sweet savour
unto thee, and all the fat is not sufficient for thy burnt
offering: but he that feareth the Lord is great at all times.
{16:17} Woe to the nations that rise up against my
kindred! the Lord Almighty will take vengeance of them in
the day of judgment, in putting fire and worms in their
flesh; and they shall feel them, and weep for ever.
{16:18} Now as soon as they entered into Jerusalem, they
worshipped the Lord; and as soon as the people were
purified, they offered their burnt offerings, and their free
offerings, and their gifts.
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{16:19} Judith also dedicated all the stuff of Holofernes,
which the people had given her, and gave the canopy, which
she had taken out of his bedchamber, for a gift unto the
Lord.
{16:20} So the people continued feasting in Jerusalem
before the sanctuary for the space of three months and
Judith remained with them.
{16:21} After this time every one returned to his own
inheritance, and Judith went to Bethulia, and remained in
her own possession, and was in her time honourable in all
the country.
{16:22} And many desired her, but none knew her all the
days of her life, after that Manasses her husband was dead,
and was gathered to his people.
{16:23} But she increased more and more in honour, and
waxed old in her husband’s house, being an hundred and
five years old, and made her maid free; so she died in
Bethulia: and they buried her in the cave of her husband
Manasses.
{16:24} And the house of Israel lamented her seven days:
and before she died, she did distribute her goods to all them
that were nearest of kindred to Manasses her husband, and
to them that were the nearest of her kindred.
{16:25} And there was none that made the children of
Israel any more afraid in the days of Judith, nor a long time
after her death.
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JUDITH OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE 1611

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