N 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,
And built in Ecbatane was 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:
And set the towers thereof upon the gates of it, an hundred cubits
high, and the breadth thereof in the foundation threescore
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:
Even in those days king Nabuchodonosor made war with king Arphaxad
in the great plain, which is the plain in the borders of Ragau.
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.
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,
And to those among the nations that were of Carmel, and Galaad, and
the higher Galilee, and the great plain of Esdrelom,
And to all that were in Samaria and the cities thereof, and beyond
Jordan unto Jerusalem, and Betane, and Chellus, and Kades, and the
river of Egypt, and Taphnes, and Ramesse, and all the land of
10 Until ye come beyond Tanis and Memphis, and to all the
inhabitants of Egypt, until ye come to the borders of Ethiopia.
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.
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
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,
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.
15 He took also Arphaxad in the mountains of Ragau, and
smote him through with his darts, and destroyed him utterly that
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.
[ Judith: Chapter 1: | Verses: 16 | Words:
ND 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.
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.
Then they decreed to destroy all flesh, that did not obey the
commandment of his mouth.
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 onto him,
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
And thou shalt go against all the west country, because they
disobeyed my commandment.
And thou shalt declare unto them, 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:
So that their slain shall fill their valleys and brooks, and the
river shall be filled with their dead, till it overflow:
And I will lead them captives to the utmost parts of all the
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 far me till the day of their punishment.
11 But concerning them that rebel, let not thine eye spare
them; but put them to the slaughter, and spoil them wheresoever
12 For as I live, and by the power of my kingdom, whatsoever
I have spoken, that will I do by mine hand.
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.
14 Then Holofernes went forth from the presence of his lord,
and called all the governors and captains, and the officers of the
army of Assur;
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;
16 And he ranged them, as a great army is ordered for the
17 And he took camels and asses for their carriages, a very
great number; and sheep and oxen and goats without number for their
18 And plenty of victual for every man of the army, and very
much gold and silver out of the king's house.
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
20 A great number also of sundry countries came with them
like locusts, and like the sand of the earth: for the multitude was
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.
22 Then he took all his army, his footmen, and horsemen, and
chariots, and went from thence into the hill country;
23 And destroyed Phud and Lud, and spoiled all the children
of Rasses, and the children of Ismael, which were toward the
wilderness at the south of the land of the Chellians.
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.
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.
26 He compassed also all the children of Madian, and burned
up their tabernacles, and spoiled their sheepcotes.
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.
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.
[ Judith: Chapter 2: | Verses: 28 | Words:
O they sent ambassadors unto him to
treat of peace, saying,
Behold, we the servants of Nabuchodonosor the great king lie before
thee; use us as shall be good in thy sight.
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.
Behold, even our cities and the inhabitants thereof are thy
servants; come and deal with them as seemeth good unto thee.
So the men came to Holofernes, and declared unto him after this
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
So they and all the country round about received them with
garlands, with dances, and with timbrels.
Yet he did cast down their frontiers, and cut down their groves:
fer 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.
Also he came over against Esdraelon near unto Judea, over against
the great strait of Judea.
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.
[ Judith: Chapter 3: | Verses: 10 | Words:
OW 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.
Therefore they were exceedingly afraid of him, and were troubled
for Jerusalem, and for the temple of the Lord their God:
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.
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:
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
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
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 strait, for two men at the
And the children of Israel did as Joacim the high priest had
commanded them, with the ancients of all the people of lsrael,
which dwelt at Jerusalem.
Then every man of Israel cried to God with great fervency, and with
great vehemency did they humble their souls:
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.
11 Thus every man and woman, and the little children, and
the inhabitants of Jerusalem, fell before the temple, and cast
ashes upon their heads, and spread out their sack cloth before the
face of the Lord: also they put sackcloth about the altar,
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.
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.
14 And Joacim the high priest, and all the priests that
stood before the Lord, and they which ministered unto the Lord, had
they loins girt with sackcloth, and offered the daily burnt
offerings, with the vows and free gifts of the people,
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
[ Judith: Chapter 4: | Verses: 15 | Words:
HEN 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:
Wherewith he was very angry, and called all the princes of Moab,
and the captains of Ammon, and all the governors of the sea
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;
And why have they determined not to come and meet me, more than all
the inhabitants of the west?
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.
This people are descended of the Chaldeans:
And they sojourned heretofore in Mesopotamia, because they would
nat follow the pods of their fathers, which were in the land of
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 the gods, and they fled into Mesopotamia, and sojourned there
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
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.
11 Therefore the king of Egypt rose up against them, and
dealt subtilly with them, arid brought them low with labouring in
brick, and made them slaves.
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
13 And God dried the Red sea before them,
14 And brought them to mount Sinai, and Cades-Barne, and
cast forth all that dwelt in the wilderness.
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.
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.
17 And whilst they sinned not before their God, they
prospered, because the God that hateth iniquity was with them.
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 theirs, and the temple of their
God was cast to the ground, and their cities were taken by the
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.
20 Now therefore, my lord and governor, if there be any
error in 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.
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.
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.
23 For say they, we will not he 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.
24 Now therefore, lord Holofernes, we will go up, and they
shall be a prey to be devoured of all thine ay.
[ Judith: Chapter 5: | Verses: 24 | Words:
ND 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,
And who art thou, Achior, and the hirelings of Ephraim, that thou
hast prophesied among 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:
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.
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 foot-steps 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.
And thou, Achior, an hireling of on, 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
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.
Now therefore my servants shall bring thee back into the hill
country, and shall set thee in one of the cities of the
And thou shalt not perish, till thou be destroyed with them.
And if thou persuade thyself in thy mind that they shall not be
taken, let not thy countenance fall: I have spoken it, and none of
my words shall be in vain.
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.
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
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.
13 Nevertheless having gotten privily under the hill, they
hound Achior, and cast him down, and left him at the foot of the
hill, and returned to their lord.
14 But the Israelites descended from their city, and came
unto him, and loosed him, and brought him into Bethulia, and
presented him to the governors of the city:
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.
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.
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.
18 Then the people fell down and worshipped God, and cried
unto God, saying,
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.
20 Then they comforted Achior, and praised him greatly.
21 And Ozias took him out of the assembly unto his house,
and made a feast io the elders; and they called on the God of
Israel all that night for help,
[ Judith: Chapter 6: | Verses: 21 | Words:
HE 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.
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.
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 Cyamon, which is over against
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
Then every man took up his weapons of war, and when they had
kindled fires upon their towers, they remained and watched all that
But in the second day Holofernes brought forth all his horsemen in
the sight of the children of Israel which were in Bethulia,
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.
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,
Let our lord now hear a word, that there be not an overthrow in
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
11 Now therefore, my lord, fight not against them in battle
array, and there shall not so many as one man of thy people
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:
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.
14 So they and their wives and their children shall be
consumed with famine, and before the sword come against them, they
shall be overthrown in the streets where they dwell.
15 Thus shalt thou render them an evil reward; because they
rebelled, and met not thy person peaceably.
16 And these words pleased Holofernes and all his servants,
and he appointed to do as they had spoken.
17 So the camp of the children of on 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
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.
19 Then the children of lsrael 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
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 inhabitants of
21 And the cisterns were emptied, and they had not water to
drink their fill for one day; for they gave them drink by
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.
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,
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
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.
26 Now therefore call them unto you, and deliver the whole
city for a spoil to the people of Holofernes, and to all his
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.
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.
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
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
31 And if these days pass, and there come no help unto us, I
will do according to your word.
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.
[ Judith: Chapter 7: | Verses: 32 | Words:
OW at that time Judith heard thereof,
which was the daughter of Merari, the son of Ox, the son of Joseph,
the son of Oziel, 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
Salasadai, the son of Israel.
And Manasses was her husband, of her tribe and kindred, who died in
the barley harvest.
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.
So Judith was a widow in her house three years and four months.
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.
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
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 cattle, and lands; and she
remained upon them.
And there was none that gave her an ill word; for she feared God
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;
10 Then she sent her waiting woman, that had the government
of all things that she had, to call Ozias and Chabris and Charmis,
the ancients of the city,
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,
12 And now who are ye that have tempted God this day, and
stand instead of God among the children of men?
13 And now try the Lord Almighty, but ye shall never know
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,
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.
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.
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,
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
19 For the which cause our fathers were given to the sword,
and for a spoil, and had a great fall before our enemies,
20 But we know none other god, therefore we trust that he
will not despise us, nor any of our nation.
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.
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
23 For our servitude shall not be directed to favour: but
the Lord our God shall turn it to dishonour.
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.
25 Moreover let us give thanks to the Lord our God, which
trieth us, even as he did our fathers.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
32 Then said Judith unto them, Hear me, and I will do a
thing, which shall go throughout all generations to the children of
33 Ye shall stand this night in the gate, and I will go
forth with my waiting woman: and within the days that ye have
promised to deliver the city to our enemies the Lord will visit
Israel by mine hand.
34 But inquire not ye of mine act: for I will not declare it
unto you, till the things be finished that I do.
35 Then said Ozias and the princes unto her, Go in peace,
and the Lord God be before thee, to take vengeance on our
36 So they returned from the tent, and went to their
[ Judith: Chapter 8: | Verses: 36 | Words:
HEN 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,
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:
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Behold their pride, and send thy wrath upon their heads: give into
mine hand, which am a widow, the power that I have conceived.
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.
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.
12 I pray thee, I pray thee, O God of my father, and God of
the inheritance of lsrael, Lord of the heavens and earth, Creator
of the waters, King of every creature, hear thou my prayer:
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.
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.
[ Judith: Chapter 9: | Verses: 14 | Words:
OW after that she had ceased to cry
unto the God of Israel, and had made an end of all these words,
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,
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
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.
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
Thus they went forth lo the gate of the city of Bethulia, and found
standing there Ozias, and the ancients of the city, Chabris and
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,
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.
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 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.
11 Thus they went straight forth in the valley: and the
first watch of the Assyrians met her,
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:
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.
14 Now when the men heard her words, and beheld her
countenance, they wondered greatly at her beauty, and said unto
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.
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
17 Then they chose out of them an hundred men to accompany
her and her maid; and they brought her to the tent of
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
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.
20 And they that lay near Holofernes went out, and all his
servants, and they brought her into the tent.
21 Now Holofernes rested upon his bed under a canopy, which
was woven with purple, and gold, and emeralds, and precious
22 So they shewed him of her; and he came out before his
tent with silver lamps going before him.
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.
[ Judith: Chapter 10: | Verses: 23 | Words:
HEN 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
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.
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:
For none shall hurt thee, but entreat thee well, as they do the
servants of king Nabuchodonosor my lord.
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.
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
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.
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
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
10 Therefore, O lord and governor, reject not his word; but
lay it up in thine heart, for it is true: for our nation shall not
be punished, neither can the sword prevail against them, except
they sin against their God,
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:
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:
13 And are resolved to spend the first fruits of the corn,
and 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,
14 For they have sent some to Jerusalem, because they also
that dwell there have done the like, to bring them a licence from
15 Now when they shall bring them word, they will forthwith
do it, and they shall be given thee to be destroyed the same
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
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
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.
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.
20 Then her words pleased Holofernes and all his servants;
and they marvelled at her wisdom, and said,
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.
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.
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 renowned through the whole earth.
[ Judith: Chapter 11: | Verses: 23 | Words:
HEN 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.
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
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
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.
Then the servants of Holofernes brought her into the tent, and she
slept till midnight, and she arose when it was toward the morning
And sent to Holofernes, saying, Let my lord now command that thine
handmaid may go forth unto prayer.
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.
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.
So she came in clean, and remained in the tent, until she did eat
her meat at evening.
10 And in the fourth day Holofernes made a feast to his own
servants only, and called none of the officers to the banquet.
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 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.
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.
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,
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 for her daily use, that she might sit and eat upon
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.
17 Then said Holofernes unto her, Drink now, and be merry
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
19 Then she took and ate and drank before him what her maid
20 And Holofernes took great delight in her, and drank much
more wine than he had drunk at any time in one day since he was
[ Judith: Chapter 0: | Verses: 20 | Words:
OW 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
And Judith was left alone in the tent, and Holofernes lying along
upon his bed: for he was filled with wine.
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.
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.
For now is the time to help thine inheritance, and to execute mine
enterprizes to the destruction of the enemies which are risen
Then she came to the pillar of the bed, which was at
Holofernes' head, and took down his fauchion from thence,
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.
And she smote twice upon his neck with all her might, and she took
away his head from him,
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;
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.
11 Then said Judith afar off to the watch men at the gate,
Open, open now the gate: God, even our God, is with us, to shew his
power yet in Jerusalem, and his forces against the enemy, as he
hath even done this day.
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
19 For this thy confidence shall not depart from the heart
of men, which remember the power of God for ever.
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.
[ Judith: Chapter 13: | Verses: 20 | Words:
HEN said Judith unto them, Hear me
now, my brethren, and take this head, and hang it upon the highest
place of your walls.
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.
Then they shall take their armour, and shall go into their camp,
and raise up the captains of the army of Assur, and they 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.
So ye, and all that inhabit the coast of Israel, shall pursue them,
and overthrow them as they go.
But before ye do these things, call me Achior the Ammonite, that he
may see and know him that despised the house of lsrael, and that
sent him to us, as it were to his death.
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
But when they had recovered him, he fell at Judith's feet, and
reverenced her, and said, Blessed art thou in all the tabernacle of
Juda, and in all nations, which hearing thy name shall be
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.
And when she had left off speaking, the people shouted with a loud
voice, and made a joyful noise in their city.
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
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.
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.
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 Then went in Bagoas, and knocked at the door of the tent;
for he thought that he had slept with Judith.
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.
16 Therefore he cried with a loud voice, with weeping, and
sighing, and a mighty cry, and rent his garments.
17 After he went into the tent where Judith lodged: and when
he found her not, he leaped out to the people, and cried,
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.
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
[ Judith: Chapter 14: | Verses: 19 | Words:
ND when they that were in the tents
heard, they were astonished at the thing that was done.
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
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.
Then sent Ozias to Betomestham, 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.
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
And the residue, that dwelt at Bethulia, fell upon the camp of
Assur, and spoiled them, and were greatly enriched.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
[ Judith: Chapter 15: | Verses: 13 | Words:
HEN Judith began to sing this
thanksgiving in all Israel, and all the people sang after her this
song of praise.
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
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
Assur came out of the mountains from the north, he came with ten
thousands of his amy, the multitude whereof stopped the torrents,
and their horsemen have covered the hills.
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.
But the Almighty Lord hath disappointed them by the hand of a
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
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
Her sandals ravished his eyes, her beauty took his mind prisoner,
and the fauchion passed through his neck.
10 The Persians quaked at her boldness, and the Medes were
daunted at her hardiness.
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.
12 The sons of the damsels have pierced them through, and
wounded them as fugitives' children: they perished by the
battle of the Lord.
13 I will sing unto the Lord a new song: O Lord, thou art
great and glorious, wonderful in strength, and invincible.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
20 So the people continued feasting in Jerusalem before the
sanctuary for the space of three months, and Judith remained with
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.
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.
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.
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.
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