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Apocrypha. THEN Judith fell upon her face, and put | 15 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.
2 40 Lord God of my father Simeon, to i 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 mighi, 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 NV to the God of Israel, and had made an ing deceived, and smorest 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! 34 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 berself with pre5 For thou hast wrought not only those licious 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 huswhich are to come.
band. 6 Yea, what things thou didst determine Il 4 And she took sandals upon her 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 and ed 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 s rength 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 8 The God, the God of our fathers, give an 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.
9 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 amicted, 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 And when they had done so, Judith 12 I pray thee, I pray thee, O God of mv | 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 :
Aparypbe. * II Thus they went straight forth in the 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 ? Now therefore, if the 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 bave 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 i 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 Na. 14 Now when the men heard her words, buchodonosor my lord. and beheld ber 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 il thine handmaid, God will bring the thing have delivered thee to his hands.
perfectly to pass by thee ; and my lord shall 16 And when thou standest before him, I not fail of his purposes... be not afraid in thine heart, but shew unto 1 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 his 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 determine down upon her face, and did reverence unto ed to lay hands upon their cattle, and purhim : and his servants took her up.
posed to consume all those things, that God CHAP. XI. .
bath 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 he 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 THEN said Holofernes unto her, Woman, || for the priests that serve in Jerusalem before I be of good comfort, fear not in thine the face of our God; the which things it is
Apocrypba. not lawful for any of the people so much as thee the like ? for there be none with us of to touch with their hands.
Uthy nation. 14 For they have sent some to Jerusalem, 4 Then said Judith unto him, As thy soul because they also that dwell there have done | liveth, my lord, thine handmaid shall not the like, to bring them a license from the sen- spend those things that I have, before the ate.
Lord work by mine hand the things that he 15 Now when they shall bring them word, hath determined. they will forthwith do it, and they shall be 5 Then the servants of Holofernes brought given thee to be destroyed the same day. her into the tent, and she slept till midnight,
16 Wherefore I thine handmaid know-|| and she arose when it was toward the morning all this, am fled from their presence; and | ing watch, God hath sent me to work things with thee, 6 And sent to Holofernes, saying, Let my whereat all the earth shall be astonished, and lord now command that thine handmaid may whosoever shall hear it.
go forth unto prayer. 17 For thy servant is religious, and sery. 7 Then Holofernes commanded his guard eth the God of heaven day and night : now that they should not stay her : thus she abode therefore, my lord, I will remain with thee, ll in the camp three days, and went out in the and thy servant will go out by night into | night into the valley of Bethulia, and washed the valley, and I will pray unto God, and he | herself in a fountain of water by the camp. will tell me when they have committed their U 8 And when she came out, she besought sins :
the Lord God of Israel to direct her way to 18 And I will come and shew it unto the raising up of the children of her people, thee : then thou shalt go forth with all thine 9 So she came in clean, and remained in the army, and there shall be none of them that | tent, until she did eat her meat at evening. shall resist thee.
10 And in the fourth day Holofernes made 19 And I will lead thee through the midst a feast to his own servants only, and called of Judea, until thou come before Jerusalem ; none of the officers to the banquet. and I will set thy throne in the midst there- 11 Then said he to Bagoas the eunuch, of; and thou shalt drive them as sheep that who had charge over all that he had, Go now, have no shepherd, and a dog shall not so and persuade this Hebrew woman which is much as open his mouth at thee : for these with thee, that she come unto us, and eat and things were told me according to my fore drink with us. knowledge, and they were declared unto me, 12 For lo, it will be a shame for our perand I am sent to tell thee.
son, if we shall let such a woman go, not 20 | Then her words pleased Holofernes, having had her company; for if we draw her and all his servants; and they marvelled at not unto us, she will laugh us to scorn. her wisdom, and said,
* 13 Then went Bagoas from the presence 21 There is not such a woman from one of Holofernes, and came to her, and he said, end of the earth to the other, both for beau Let not this fair damsel fear to come to my ty of face, and wisdom of words.
lord, and to be honoured in his presence, and 22 Likewise Holofernes said unto her, drink wine, and be merry with us, and be God hath dene well to send thee before the || | made this day as one of the daughters of the people, that strength might be in our hands, || Assyrians, which serve in the house of Naand destruction upon them that lightly re- || gard my lord.
14 Then said Judith unto him, Who am I 23 And now thou art both beautiful in thy now, that I should gainsay my lord ? surely countenance, and witty in thy words : surely whatsoever pleaseth him I will do speedily, if thou do as thou hast spoken, thy God shal! and it shall be my joy unto the day of my be my God, and thou shalt dwell in the house death. of king Nabuchodonosor, and shalt be re I 15 So she arose, and decked herself with nowned through the whole earth.
her apparel, and all her women's attire, and CHAP. XII.
her maid went and laid soft skins on the 2 Judith will not eat of Holofernes' meat : 7 sbe ground for her over against Holofernes, tarrieth three days in the camp.
which she had received of Bagoas for her dai. THEN he commanded to bring her in ly use, that she might sit and eat upon them.
1 where his plate was set ; and bade that 16 Now when Judith came in and sat they should prepare for her of his own meats, | down, Holofernes' heart was ravished with and that she should drink of his own wine. her, and his mind was moved, and he desired
2 F And Judith said, I will not eat thereof, ll greatly her company ; for he waited a time lest there be an offence : but provision shall to deceive her, from the day that he had seen be made for me of the things that I have | her. brought.
17 Then said Holofernes unto her, Drink 3 Then Holofernes said unto her, If thy l now, and be merry with us. provision should fail, how should we give | 18 So Judith said, I will drink now, my .
Apoarrrr. lord, because my life is magnified in me this M 13 And then they ran all togester both day more than all the days since I was born. | small and great, for it was strange unto them
19 Then she took and ate and drank be. || that she was come : so they opened the gate, fore him what her maid had prepared. and received them, and made a fire for a light,
20 And Hol fernes look great delight in and stood round about them. her, and drank much more wine than he had | 14 Then she said to them with a loud drunk at any time in one day since he was voice. Praise, praise God, praise God, I say, born.
for he hath not taken away his mercy from CHAP. XIII.
the house of Israel, but hath destroyed our 2 Judith is left alone with Holofernes in bis ll enemies bv mine hands this night.
tent: 7 sbe cutteth off bis beau while be slept. 15 So she took the head out of the bat, N ow when the evening was come, his and shewed it, and said unto them, Behold
I servants made haste to depart, and Ba- || the head of Holofernes, the chief captain of goas shut his tent without, and dismissed the the army of Assur, and behold the canopy, waiters from the presence or his lord ; and wherein he did lie in his drunkenness ; and they went to their beds : for they were all | the Lord hath smitten him by the hand of a weary, because the feast had been long. woman.
2 ( And Judith was left alone in the tent. 16 As the Lord liveth, who hath kept me and Holofernes lying along upon his bed : in my way that I wen!, my countenance hath for he was filled with wine.
dieceived him to his destruction, and vet hath 3 Now Judith had commanded her maid he not committed sin with me, to defile and to stand without her bed chamber, and to shame me. wait for her coming forth, as she did daily : for 17 Then all the people were wonderfully she said she would go forth to her prayers, astonished, and bowed themselves, and wor. and she spake to Bagoas according to the shipped God, and said with one accord, Blesssame purpose.
ed be thou, O our God, which hast this day 4 So all went forth, and none was left in brought to nought the enemies of thy people. the bed chamber, neither little por great. 18 Then said Ozias unto her, o daughter, Then Judith, standing by his bed, said in her Blessed art thou of the most high God above heart, O Lord God of all power, look at this all the women upon the earth; and blessed present upon the works of mine hands for be the Lord God, which hath created the the exaltation of Jerusalem.
heavens and the earth, which hath directed 5 For now is the time to help thine inher- || thee to the cutting off of the head of the chief itance, and to execute mine enterprizes to the of our enemies. destruction of the enemies which are risen 19 For this thy confidence shall not deagainst us.
part from the heart of men, which remember 6 Then she came to the pillar of the bed | the power of God for ever. which was at Holofernes' head, and took 20 And God turn these things to thee for down his fauchion from thence,
a perpetual praise, to visit thee in good things, 79 And approached to his bed, and took | because thou hast not spared thy life for the hold of the hair of his head, and said, Strength- || affliction of our nation, but hast revenged en me, O Lord God of Israel, this day. our ruin, walking a straight way before our
8 And she smote twice upon his neck with God. And all the people said, So be it, so be it. all her might, and she took away his head
CHAP. XIV. from him,
1 Judith's advice. 11 Tbe bead of Holofernes is 9 And tumbled his body duwo from the banged up: 15 be is found dead, and mucb labed, and pulled down the canopy from the mented. pillars, and anon after she went forth, and THEN said Judith unto them, Hear me gave Holofernes' head to her maid;
now, my brethren, and take this head, 10 And she put it in her bag of meat : 80 and hang it upon the highest place of your they twain went together according to their walls. custom unto prayer : and when they passed 2 And so soon as the morning shall apthe camp, they com passed the valley, and pear, and the sun shall come forth upon the went up the mountain of Bethulia, and came earth, take ye every one his weapons, and go to the gates thereof.
iorth every valiant man out of the city, and 11 Then said Judith afar off to the watch set ye a captain over them, as though ye men at the gate, Open, open now the gate : would go down into the field toward the God, even our God. is with us, to shew his watch of the Assyrians; but go not down. power yet in Jerusalem and his forces against l! 9 Then they shall take their armour, and the enemy, as he hath even done this day. | shall go into their camp, and raise up the cap
12 Now when the men of her city heard tains of the army of Assur, and they shall run her voice, they made haste to go down to the to the tent of Holofernes, but shall not find gate of their city, and they called the elders bim : then fear shall fall upon them, and they of the city.
shall fee before your face.
Apocrypla. 4 So ye, and all that inhabit the coast of my heard these words, they rent their coats, Israel, shall pursue them, and overthrow them and their minds were wonderfully troubled, as they go.
and there was a cry and a very great noise 5 But before ye do these things, call me throughout the camp. Achior the Ammonite, that he may see and |
CHAP. XV. know him that despised the house of Israel, 1 The Assyrians chased and slain. 13 The woand that sent him to us, as it were to his death. men crown Judith with a garland.
6 Then they called Achior out of the house AND when they that were in the tents of Ozias ; and when he was come, and saw heard, they were astonished at the thing the head of Holofernes in a man's hand in that was done. the assembly of the people, he fell down on | 2 And fear and trembling fell upon them, his face, and his spirit failed.
so that there was no man that durst abide in 7 But when they had recovered him, he he sight of his neighbour, but rushing out fell at Judith's feet, and reverenced her, and all together, they fled into every way of the said, Blessed art thou in all the tabernacle of Il plain, and of the hill country. Juda, and in all nations, which hearing thy 3 They also that had camped in the mounname shall be astonished.
tains round about Bethulia fled away. Then 8 Now therefore tell me all the things that the children of Israel, every one that was a thou hast done in these days. Then Judith warrior among them, rushed out upon them. declared unto him in the midst of the people 4 Then sent Ozias to Betomasthem, and to all that she had done, from the day that she Bebai, and Chobai, and Cola, and to all the went forth until that hour she spake unto coasts of Israel, such as should tell the things them.
that were done, and that all should rush forth 9 And when she had left off speaking, the upon their enemies to destroy them. people shouted with a loud voice, and made 5 Now when the children of Israel heard a joyful noise in their city.
it, they all fell upon them with one consent, 10 And when Achior had seen all that the and slew them unto Chobai : likewise also God of Israel had done, he believed in God || they that came from Jerusalem, and from all greatly, and circumcised the flesh of his fore- the hill country, (for men had told them skin, and was joined unto the house of Israel what things were done in the camp of their unto this day.
enemies,) and they that were in Galaad, and 11 And as soon as the morning arose, in Galilee, chased them with a great slaughter, they hanged the head of Holo ernes upon the until they were passed Damascus and the wall, and every man took his weapons, and borders thereof. they went forth by bands unto the straits of 6 And the residue, that dwelt in Bethulia, the mountain.
| fell upon the camp of Assur, and spoiled 12 But when the Assyrians saw them, they them, and were greatly enriched. sent to their leaders, which came to their cap 7 And the children of Israel that returned tains and tribunes, and to every one of their from the slaughter had that which remained ; rulers.
and the villages and the cities, that were in 18 So they came to Holofernes' tent, and the mountains and in the plain, gat many said to him that had thecharge of all his things, spoils : for the multitude was very great. Waken now our lord : for the slaves have 8 Then Joacim the high priest, and the been bold to come down against us to battle, | ancients of the children of Israel that dwele that they may be utterly destroyed. I
in Jerusalem, came to behold the good things 14 Then went in Bagoas, and knocked at that God had shewed to Israel, and to see the door of the tent ; for he thought that he Judith, and to salute her. had slept with Judith.
9 And when they came unto her, they 15 But because none answered, he open- | blessed her with one accord, and said unto ed it, and went into the bed-chamber, and || her, Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, found him cast upon the floor dead, and his thou art the great glory of Israel, thou art head was taken from him.
|| the great rejoicing of our nation : 16 Therefore he cried with a loud voice, | 10 Thou hast done all these things by with weeping, and sighing, and a mighty cry, I thine hand : thou hast done much good to and rent his garments.
Israel, and God is pleased therewith : bless17 After he went into the tent where Ju- led be thou of the Almighty Lord for everdith lodged : and when he found her not, he more. And all the people said, So be it. leaped out to the people, and cried,
11 And the people spoiled the camp the 18 These slaves have dealt treacherously ; || space of thirty days: and they gave urto Juone woman of the Hebrews hath brought | dith Holofernes' tcnt, and all his plate, and shame upon the house of king Nabuchodon beds, and vessels, and all his stuff: and she osor : for behold, Holofernes lieth upon the took it, and laid it on her mule; and made ground without a head
ready her carts, and laid them thereon. 19 When the captains of the Assyrian ar- | 19 Then all the women of Israel ran 10