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Apocrypba. filled with their dead bodies, and their foot-1 pride, and pity the low estate of our nation, steps shall not be able to stand before us, for and look upon the face of those that are they shall utterly perish, saith king Nabucho- sanctified unto thee this day. donosor, lord of all the earth : for he said, 20 Then they comforted Achior, and prais. None of my words shall be in vain.

ed him greatly 5 And thou, Achior, an hireling of Am 21 And Ozias took him out of the assemmon, which hast spoken these words in the bly unto his house, and made a feast to the day of thine iniquity, shall see my face no elders; and they called on the God of Israel more from this day, until I take vengeance all that night for help. of this nation that came out of Egypt.

CHAP. VII. 6 And then shall the sword of mine ar- Holofernes besiegeth Bethulia, 7 and stoppetb my, and the multitude of them that serve the water from them : 22 tbey murmur and me, pass through thy sides, and thou shalt faint. fall among their slain, when I return.

THE next day Holofernes commanded all 7 Now therefore my servants shall bring This army, and all his people which were thee back into the hill country, and shall set come to take his part, that they should rethee in one of the cities of the passages : move their camp against Bethulia, to take

8 And thou shalt not perish, till thou be atorehand the ascents of the hill country, and destroyed with them.

to make war against the children of Israel. 9 And if thou persuade thyself in thy 2 Then their strong men removed their mind that they shall not be taken, let not camps in that day, and the army of the men thy countenance fall : I have spoken it, and of war was an hundred and seventy thounone of my words shall be in vain.

sand footmen, and twelve thousand horse10 Then Holofernes commanded his ser-men, beside the baggage, and other men that vants, that waited in his tent, to take Achior, | were a foot among them, a very great muland bring him to Bethulia, and deliver him titude. into the hands of the children of Israel.

3 And they camped in the valley near 11/So his servants took him, and brought unto Bethulia, by the fountain, and they him out of the camp into the plain, and they i spread themselves in breadth over Dothaim went from the midst of the plain into the hill even to Belmaim, and in length from Berhu. country, and came unto the fountains that lia unto Cyamon, which is over against Es. were under Bethulia.

draelom. 12 And when the men of the city saw 4 Now the children of Israel, when they them, they took up their weapons, and went saw the multitude of them, were greatly out of the city to the top of the hill: and ev troubled, and said every one to his neigha ery man that used a sling kept them from bour, Now will these men lick up the face coming up by casting of stones against them. of the earth; for neither the high mountains,

13 Nevertheless, having gotten privily un nor the valleys, nor the hills are able to bear der the hill, the bound Achior, and cast him their weight. down, and left him at the foot of the hill, and 5 Then erery man took up his weapons returned to their lord.

of war, and when they had kindled fires up14 I But the Israelites descended from on their towers, they remained and watched their city, and came unto him, and loosed . all that night. him, and brought him into Bethulia, and pre 6 But in the second day Holofernes brought sented him to the governors of the city : forth all his horsemen in the sight of the

15 Which were in those days Ozias the ' children of Israel which were in Bethulia, son of Micha of the cribe of Simeon, and 7 And viewed the passages up to the Chabris the son of Gothoniel, and Charmis city, and came to the fountains of their wathe son of Melchiel.

ters, and took them, and set garrisons of men 16 And they called together all the an of war over them, and he himself removed cients of the city, and all their youth ran to toward his people. gether, and their women, to the assembly, 8 Then tame unto him all the chief of the and they set Achior in the midst of all their children of Esau, and all the governors of people.' Then Ozias asked him of that which the people of Moab, and the captains of the was done.

sea coast, and said, 17 And he answered and declared unto 1 9 Let our lord now hear a word, that them the words of the council of Holofernes, there be not an overthrow in thine army. and all the words that he had spoken in the 10 For this people of the children of Ismidst of the princes of Assur, and whatso rael do not trust in their spears, but in the ever Holofernes had spoken proudly against height of the mountains wherein they dwell, the house of Israel.

because it is not easy to come up to the tops. 18 Then the people fell down and wor of their mountains. shipped God, and cried unto God, saying; 11 Now therefore, my lord, fight not

19 O Lord God of heaven, behold their || against them in battle array, and there shall


Apocrypha. not so much as one man of thy people perishi. | 25 For now we have no helper : but God

12 Remain in thy camp, and keep all the hath sold us into their hands, that we should men of thine army, and let thy servants get be thrown down before them with thirst and into their hands the fountain of water, which great destruction. issueth forth of the foot of the mountain : 26 Now therefore call them into you, and

13 For all the inhabitants of Bethulia have deliver the whole city for a spoil to the peotheir water thence ; so shall thirst kill them, ple of Holofernes, and to all his army. and they shall give up their city, and we and 27 For it is better for us to be made a spoil our people shall go up to the tops of the unto them, than to die for thirst : for we will mountains that are near, and will camp upon || be his servants, that our souls may live, and them, to watch that none go out of the city. not see the death of our infants before our

14 So they and their wives and their chil- | eyes, nor our wives nor our children to die. dren shall be consumed with famine, and be- 28 We take to witness against you the fore the sword come against them, they shall || heaven and the earth, and our God and Lord be overthrown in the streets where they of our fathers, which punisheth us according dweli.

to our sins and the sins of our fathers, that he 15 Thus shalt thou render them an evil do not according as we have said this day. reward ; because they rebelled, and met not 29 Then there was great weeping with thy person peaceably.

one consent in the midst of the assembly ; 16 And these words pleased Holofernes and they cried unto the Lord God with a and all his servants, and he appointed to do loud voice. as they had spoken.

30 Then said Ozias to them, Brethren, 17 So the camp of the children of Ammon be of good courage,' let us yet endure five departed, and with them five thousand of days, in the which space the Lord our God the Assyrians, and they pitched in the val- | may turn his mercy toward us ; for he will ley, and took the waters, and the fountains not forsake us utterly. of the waters of the children of Israel.

31 And if these days pass, and there come 18 Then the children of Esau went up no help unto us, I will do according to your with the children of Ammon, and camped word. in the hill country over against Dothaim : 32 And he dispersed the people, every one and they sent some of them toward the south, to their own charge ; and they went unto the and toward the cast, over against Ekrebel, walls and towers of their city, and sent the which is near unto Chusi, that is upon the women and children into their houses : and brook Mochmur ; and the rest of the army they were very low brought in the city. of the Assyrians camped in the plain, and

CHAP. VIII. covered the face of the whole land ; and their | 11 Judith blameth the governors for their promise tents and carriages were pitched to a very to yield, 17 and advisetb them to trust in God. great multitude.

OW at that time Judith heard thereof, 19 Then the children of Israel cried unto which was the daughter of Merari, the the Lord their God, because their heart fail- son of Ox, the son of Joseph, the son of Oziel, ed, for all their enemies had compassed them the son of Elcia, the son of Ananias, the son round about, and there was no way to escape of Gedeon, the son of Raphaim, the son of out from among them.

Acitho, the son of Eliu, the son of Eliab, the 20 Thus all the company of Assur remain- son of Nathanael, the son of Samael, the son ed about them, both their footmen, chariots, of Salasadai, the son of Israel. and horsemen, four and thirty days, so that 2 and Manasses was her husband, of her all their vessels of water failed all the inhab- tribe and kindred, who died in the barley itants of Bethulia.

harvest. 21 And the cisterns were emptied, and 3 For as he stood overseeing them that they had not water to drink their fill for one bound sheaves in the field, the heat came upday; for they gave them drink by measure. on his head, and he fell on his bed, and died

22 { Therefore their young children were in the city of Bethulia: and they buried him out of heart, and their women and young with his fathers in the field between Dothaim men fainted for thirst, and fell down in the and Balamo. streets of the city, and by the passages of the 4 So Judith was a widow in her house gates, and there was no longer any strength three years and four months. in them.

5 And she made her a tent upon the top 23 Then all the people assenibled to Ozias, of her house, and put on sackcloth upon her and to the chief of the city, both young men, loins, and ware her widow's apparel. and women, and children, and cried with a 6 And she fasted all the days of her widloud voice, and said before all the elders, owhood, save the eres of the sabbathis, and

24 God be judge between us and you: for the sabbaths, and the eves of the new moons, ye have done us great injury, in that ye have and the new moons, and the feasts and sol. not required peace of the children of Assur. emn days of the house of Israel.



Apocrypha. 7 She was also of a goodly countenance 22 And the slaughter of our brethren, and and very beautiful to behold: and her hus- the captivity of the country, and the desolaband Manasses had left her gold, and silver tion of our inheritance, will he turn upon our and men-servants, and maid-servants, and cat- heads among the Gentiles, wheresoever we tle, and lands; and she remained upon them. shall be in bondage; and we shall be an offence

8 And there was none that gave her an ill and a reproach to all them that possess us. word ; for she feared God greatly.

23 For our servitude shall not be directed 9 Now when she heard the evil words of to favour : but the Lord our God shall turn the people against the governor, that they it to dishonour. fainted for lack of water; for Judith had 24 Now therefore, O brethren, let us shew heard all the words that Ozias had spoken an example to our brethren, because their unto them, and that he had sworn to deliver hearts depend upon us, and the sanctuary, the city unto the Assyrians after five days ;

and the house, and the altar, rest upon us. 10 Then she rent her waiting-woman, that 25 Moreover, let us give thanks to the had the government of all things that she had, Lord sur God, which trieth us, even as he to call Ozias and Chabris and Charmis, the did our fathers. ancients of the city.

26 Remember what things he did to Abra11 And they came unto her, and she said ham, and how he tried Isaac, and what hapunto them, Hear me now, () ye governors pened to Jacob in Mesopotamia of Syria, of the inhabitants of Bethulia: for your words when he kept the sheep of Laban his moththat ye have spoken before the people this er's brother. day are not right, touching this oath which 27 For he hath not tried us in the fire, as ye made and pronounced between God and he did them, for the examination of their you, and have promised to deliver the city to hearts, neither hath he taken vengeance on our enemies, unless within these days the us : but the Lord doth scourge them that Lord turn to help you.

come near unto him, to admonish them. 12 And now who are ye that have 28 Then said Ozias to her, All that thou tempted God this day, and stand instead of hast spoken hast thou spoken with a good God among the children of men ?

heart, and there is none that may gainsay thy 13 And now try the Lord Almighty, but words. ye shall never know any thing.

29 For this is not the first day wherein 14 For ye cannot find the depth of the thy wisdom is manifested ; but from the beheart of man, neither can ye perceive the ginning of thy days all the people have known things that he thinketh : then how can ye thy understanding, because the disposition search out God, that hath made all these of thine heart is good. things, and know his mind, or comprehend 30 But the people were very thirsty, and his purpose ? Nay, my brethren, provoke compelled us to do unto them as we have not the Lord our God to anger.

spoken, and to bring an oath upon ourselves, 15 For if he will not help us within these which we will not break. five days, he hath power to defend us when 31 Therefore now pray thou for us, behe will, even every day, or to destroy us be- cause thou art a godly woman, and the Lord fore our enemies.

will send us rain to fill our cisterns, and we 16 Do not bind the counsels of the Lord | shall faint no more. our God: for God is not as man, that he may 32 Then said Judith unto them, Hear me, be threatened ; neither is he as the son of and I will do a thing which shall go throughman, that he should be wavering.

out all generations to the children of our 17 Therefore let us wait for salvation of nation. him, and call upon him to help us, and he 33 Ye shall stand this night in the gate, will hear our voice, if it please him.

and I will go forth with my waiting-woman: 18 For there arose none in our age, nei- and within the days that ye have promised to ther is there any now in these days, neither deliver the city to our enemies the Lord will tribe nor family, nor people, nor city, among || visit Israel by mine hand. us, which worship gods made with hands, 34 But inquire not ye of mine act: for I as hath been aforetime.

will not declare it unto you, till the things be 19 For the which cause our fathers were finished that I do. given to the sword, and for a spoil, and had a 35 Then said Ozias and the princes unto great fall before our enemies.

her, Go in peace, and the Lord God be before 20 But we know none other god, there thee, to take vengeance on our enemies. fore we trust that he will not despise us, nor 36 So they returned from the tent, and any of our nation.

went to their wards. 21 For if we be taken so, all Judea shali

CHAP. IX lie waste, and our sanctuary shall be spoiled : | Judith humbleth berself, 2 and prayeth God to and he will require the profanation thereof prosper ber purpose against the enemies of bis at our mouth,


Cap. X.

Apocrypha. THEN Judith fell upon her face, and put || 13 And make my speech and deceit to be

1 ashes upon her head, and uncovered the their wound and stripe, who have purposed sackcloth wherewith she was clothed ; and cruel things against thy covenant, and thy about the time that the incense of that evening hallowed house, and against the top of Sion, was offered in Jerusalem, in the house of the and against the house of the possession of thy Lord, Judith cried with a loud voice, and said, children.

29 O Lord God of my father Simeon, to 14 And make every nation and tribe to whom thou gavest a sword to take vengeance acknowledge that thou art the God or all of the strangers, who loosened the girdie of a power and might, and that there is none other maid to defile her, and discovered the thigh that protecteth the people of Israel but thou. to her shame, and polluted her virginity to

CHAP. X. her reproach ; for thou saidst, It shall not be 3 Judith adorneth berself. 10 Sbe and ber maid so ; and yet they did so :

go forth into tbe camp. 3 Wherefore thou gavest their rulers to be N OW after that she had ceased to cry unslain, so that they dyed their bed in blood, be | TV to the God of Israel, and had made an ing deceived, and smotest the servants with end of all these words, their lords, and the lords upon their thrones; 2 She rose where she had fallen down, and

4 And hast given their wives for a prey, called her maid, and went down into the and their daughters to be captives, and all house, in the which she abode in the sabbath their spoils to be divided among thy dear chil. days, and in her feast days, dren ; which were moved with thy zeal, and 3 And pulled off the sackcloth which abhorred the pollution of their blood, and she had on, and put off the garments of her called upon thee for aid: 0 God, O my God, widowhood, and washed her body all over hear me also a widow.

with water, and anointed herself with pre5 For thou hast wrought not only those cious ointment, and braided the hair of her things, but also the things which fell out be head, and put on a tire upon it, and put on fore and which ensued after ; thou hast her garments of gladness, wherewith she thought upon the things which are now, and was clad during the life of Manasses her hus. which are to come.

| band. 6 Yea, what things thou didst determine 4 And she took sandals upon ber feet, and were ready at hand, and said, Lo, we are put about her her bracelets, and her chains, here: for all thy ways are prepared, and thy and her rings, and her earrings, and all her judgments are in thy foreknowledge. ornaments, and decked herself bravely, to al

7 For, behold, the Assyrians are multipli- | lure the eyes of all men that should see her. ed in their power ; they are exalted with 5 Then she gave her maid a bottle of wine, horse and man; they glory in the strength and a cruse of oil, and filled a bag with parchof their footmen ; they trust in shield anded corn, and lumps of figs, and with fine spear, and bow and sling ; and know not bread; so she folded all these things together, that thou art the Lord that breakest the bat- || and laid them upon her. tles : the Lord is thy name.

6 Thus they went forth to the gate of the 8 Throw down their strength in thy pow. || city of Bethulia, and found standing there er, and bring down their force in thy wrath : Ozias, and the ancients of the city, Chabris for they have purposed to defile thy sanctu- and Charmis. ary, and to pollute the tabernacle where thy | 7 And when they saw her, that her counglorious name resteth, and to cast down with tenance was altered, and her apparel was sword the horn of thy altar.

changed, they wondered at her beauty very 9 Behold their pride, and send thy wrath greatly, and said unto her, upon their heads: give into mine hand, which 1 8 The God, the God of our fathers, give am a widow, the power that I have conceived. | thee favour, and accomplish thine enterprizes

10 Smite by the deceit of my lips the ser- || to the glory of the children of Israel, and to vant with the prince, and the prince with the the exaltation of Jerusalem. Then they worservant : break down their stateliness by the shipped God. hand of a woman.

19 And she said unto them, Command the 11 For thy power standeth not in multi gates of the city to be opened unto me, that I tude, nor thy might in strong men : for thou may go forth to accomplish the things whereart a God of the afflicted, an helper of the of ye have spoken with me so they comoppressed, an upholder of the weak, a pro- | manded the young men to open unto her, as tector of the forlorn, a saviour of them that || she had spoken. are without hope.

10 9 And when they had done so, Judith 12 I pray thee, I pray thee, O God of my went out, she, and her maid with her; and father, and God of the inheritance of Israel, | the men of the city looked after her, until Lord of the heavens and earth, Creator of she was gone down the mountain, and till the waters, King of every creature, hear thou she had passed the valley, and could see her my prayer :

|| no more.


Apurple. 11 Thus they went straight forth in the 9 heart : for I never hurt any that was willing valley : and the first watch of the Assyrians to serve Nabuchodonosor, the king of all the met her,

earth. 12 And took her, and asked her, Of what 2 Now therefore, if thy people that dwell. people art thou ? and whence comest thou ? eth in the mountains had not set light by and whither goest thou ? And she said, I me, I would not have lifted up my spear am a woman of the Hebrews, and am fled against them : but they have done these from them: for they shall be given you to things to themselves. be consumed :

3° But now tell me wherefore thou art 13 And I am coming before Holofernes fled from them, and art come unto us : for the chief captain of your army, to declare thou art come for safeguard; be of good words of truth ; and I will shew him a way li comfort, thou shalt live this night, and here whereby he shall go, and win all the hill after : country, without losing the body or life of 4 For none shall hurt thee, but entreat any one of his men.

thee well, as they do the servants of king Na14 Now when the men heard her words, buchodonosor my lord. and beheld her countenance, they wondered 5 Then Judith said unto him, Receive the greatly at her beauty, and said unto her, words of thy servant, and suffer thine hand.

15 'Thou hast saved thy life, in that thou maid to speak in thy presence, and I will dehast hasted to come down to the presence of clare no lie to my lord this night. our lord : now therefore come to his tent, 6 And if thou wilt follow the words of and some of us shall conduct thee, until they thine handmaid, God will bring the thing have delivered thee to his hands.

perfectly to pass by thee ; and my lord shali 16 And when thou standest before him, not fail of his purposes. be not afraid in thine heart, but shew unto 7 As Nabuchodonosor king of all the him according to thy word; and he will en- earth liveth, and as his power liveth, who treat thee well.

hath sent thee for the upholding of every 17 Then they chose out of them an hun- living thing: for not only men shall serve dred men to accompany her and her maid ; | him by thee, but also the beasts of the field, and they brought her to the tent of Holo- and the cattle, and the fowls of the air, shall fernes.

live by thy power under Nabuchodonosor , 18 Then was there a concourse through- and all his house. out all the camp: for her coming was noised 8 For we have heard of thy wisdom and among the tents, and they came about her, thy policies, and it is reported in all the earth, as she stood without the tent of Holofernes, that thou only art excellent in all the king. till they told him of her.

dom, and mighty in knowledge, and wonder19 And they wondered at her beauty, and ful in feats of war. admired the children of Israel because of her, 9 Now as concerning the matter, which and every one said to his neighbour, Who Achior did speak in thy council, we have would despise this people that have among | heard his words; for the men of Bethulia them such women ? surely it is not good that saved him, and he declared unto them all one man of them be left, who being let go that he had spoken unto thee. might deceive the whole earth.

10 Therefore, o lord and governor, reject 20 And they that lay near Holofernes not his word ; but lay it up in thine heart, went out, and all hi servants, and they for it is true : for our nation shall not be brought her into the tent.

punished, neither can the sword prevail 21 Now Holofernes rested upon his bed | against them, except they sin against their under a canopy, which was woven with pur

God. ple, and gold, and emeralds, and precious 11 And now, that my lord be not de stones.

feated and frustrate of his purpose, even 22 So they shewed him of her; and he || death is now fallen upon them, and their sin came out before his tent with silver lamps hath overtaken them, wherewith they will going before him.

provoke their God to anger, whensoever they 23 And when Judith was come before him | shall do that which is not fit to be done : and his servants, they all marvelled at the 12 For their victuals fail them, and all beauty of her countenance ; and she fell their water is scant, and they have determindown upon her face, and did reverence unto ed to lay hands upon their cattle, and pur. him : and his servants took hier up.

posed to consume all those things, that God CHAP. XI.

hath forbidden them to eat by his laws : 3 Holofernes asketb Judith the cause of her com- 13 And are resolved to spend the first

ing: 20 be is much pleased with ber wisdom fruits of the corn, and the tenths of wine and and beauty.

oil, which they had sanctified, and reserved CHEN said Holofernes unto her, Woman, for the priests that serve in Jerusalem before

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