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Apocrypha. 13 Then he marched in battle array with 11 g But concerning them that rebel, let his power against king Arphaxad in the sev- not thine eye spare them ; but put them to enteenth year, and he prevailed in his battle: || the slaughter, and spoil them wheresoever for he overthrew all the power of Arphax- | thou goest. ad, and all his horsemen, and all his chariots, 12 For as I live, and by the power of my

14 And became lord of his cities, and kingdom, whatsoever I have spoken, that came unto Ecbatane, and took the towers, will I do by mine hand. and spoiled the streets thereof, and turned 13 And take thuu heed that thou transthe beauty thereof into shame.

gress none of the commandments of thy 15 ( He took also Arphaxad in the moun- lord, but accomplish them fully, as I have cains of Ragau, and smote him through with || commanded thee, and defer not to do them. his darts, and destroyed him utterly that day. 14 Then Holofernes went forth from the

16 So he returned afterward to Nineve, presence of his lord, and called all the govboth he and all his company of sundry na- ernors and captains, and the officers of the tions, being a very great multitude of men army of Assur; of war, and there he took his ease, and ban- 15 And he mustered the chosen men for queted, both he and his army, an hundred the battle, as his lord had commanded him, and twenty days.

unto an hundred and twenty thousand, and CHAP. II.

twelve thousand archers on horseback; 1 Nabuchodonosor resolved on vengeance sendetb

16 And he ranged them, as a great army is Holofernes against the west country, witb or

ordered for the war. ders to spare none that will not yield.

17 And he took camels and asses for their ND in the eighteenth year, the two and carriages, a very great number ; and sheep,


was talk in the house of Nabuchodonosor their provision :
king of the Assyrians, that he should, as he 18 And plenty of victual for

every man said, avenge himself on all the earth. of the army, and very much gold and silver

2 So he called unto him all his officers, and out of the king's house. all his nobles, and communicated with them 19 Then he went forth and all his power his secret counsel, and concluded the afflicting to go before king Nabuchodonosor in the of the whole earth out of his own mouth. voyage, and to cover all the face of the eartla

3 Then they decreed to destroy all flesh westward with their chariots, and horsemen, that did not obey the commandment of his and their chosen footmen. mouth.

20 A great multitude also of sundry coun4 And when he had ended his counsel, | tries came with them like locusts, and like Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians call- || the sand of the earth : for the multitude was ed Holofernes the chief captain of his army, || without number. which was next unto him, and said unto him, 21 And they went forth of Nineve three

5 Thus saith the great king, the lord of days journey toward the plain of Bectileth, the whole earth, Behold, thou shalt go forth and pitched from Bectileth near the mounfrom my presence, and take with thee men tain which is at the left hand of the upper that trust in their own strength, of footmen Cilicia. an hundred and twenty thousand ; and the 22 Then he took all his army, his footDumber of horses with their riders twelve men, and horsemen, and chariots, and went thousand.

from thence into the hill country ; 6 And thou shalt go against all the west 23 And destroyed Phud and Lud, and country, because they disobeyed my com- spoiled all the children of Rasses, and the mandment.

children of Ismael, which were toward the 7 And thou shalt declare unto them, that wilderness at the south of the land of the they prepare for me earth and water : for 1 Chellians. will go forth in my wrath against them, and 24 Then he went over Euphrates, and will cover the whole face of the earth with went through Mesopotamia, and destroyed the feet of mine army, and I will give them all the high cities that were upon the river for a spoil unto them :

Arbonai, till ye come to the sea. 8 So that their slain shall fill their valleys 25 And he took the borders of Cilicia, and brooks, and the river shall be filled with and killed all that resisted him, and came to their dead, till it overflow:

the borders of Japheth, which were toward 9 And I will lead them captives to the ut. the south, over against Arabia. most parts of all the earth.

26 He compassed also all the children of 10 Thou therefore shalt go forth, and Madian, and burned up their tabernacles, take beforehand for me all their coasts : and | and spoiled their sheep cotes. if they will yield themselves unto thee, thou 27 Then he went down into the plain of shalt reserve them for me till the day of their | Damascus in the time of wheat harvest, and punishment.

burnt up all their fields, and destroyed their


Aparypis. flocks and herds, also he spoiled their cities, and the altar, and the house, were sanctified and rterly wasted their countries, and smore after the profanation all their young men with the edge of the 4 Therefore they sent into all the coas sword.

of Samaria, and the villages, and to Betho 28 Therefore the fear and dread of him ron, and Beimen, and Jericho, and to Choba, fell upon all the inhabitants of the sea coasts and Esors, and to the valley of Salem : which were in Sidon and Tyrus, and them 5 and possessed themselves berurehand that dwelt in Sur and Ocina, and all that of all the tops of the high mountains, and dwelt in Jernaan ; and they that dwelt in fortified the villages that were in them, and hzotus and Ascalon feared him greatly. laid up victuals for the provision of war : CHAP. III.

for their fields were of late reaped. 1 They of the sea coats entreat for peace : 7 Ho- 6 Also Joacim the high priest, which was Loférnes is received there, 8 be destrogetb tbeir in those days in Jerusalem, wrote to them guds.

that dwelt in Bethulia, and Betomestham, Sirehe semice ambasadors unto him to which is over against Esdraelon toward the

open country, near to Dothaim, 2 Behold, we the servants of Nabucho- 7 Charging them to keep the passages of donosor the great king lie before thee ; use the hill country : for by them there was an us as shall be good in thy sight.

entrance into judea, and it was easy to stop 3 Behold, our houses, and all our places, them that would come up, because the pasand all our fields of wheat, and flocks, and sage was strait for two men at the most. herds, and all the lodges of our tents, lie be- 8 And the children of Israel did as Jos. fore thy face ; use them as it pleaseth thee. cim the high priest had commanded them,

4 Behold, even our cities and the inhabi- with the ancients of all the people of Israel, tants thereof are thy servants; come and deal which dwelt at Jerusalem. with them as secmeth good unto thee.

9 ? Then every man of Israel cried to 5 So the men came to Holofernes, and de- God with great fervency, and with great veclared unto him after this manner.

hemency did they humble their souls : 6 Then came he down toward the sea 10 Both they, and their wives, and their coast, both he and his army, and set garrisons children, and their cattle, and every stranger in the high cities, and took out of them chos- and hireling, and their servants bought with en men for aid.

money, put sackcloth upon their loins. 7 g So they and all the country round 11 Thus every man and woman, and the about received them with garlands, with dan- little children, and the inhabitants of Jerusaces, and with timbrels.

lem, fell before the temple, and cast ashes up8 q Yet he did cast down their frontiers, on their heads, and spread out their sackand cut down their groves : for he had de- cloth before the face of the Lord : also they creed to destroy all the gods of the land, that put sackcloth about the altar, all nations should worship Nabuchodonosor 12 And cried to the God of Israel all only, and that all tongues and tribes should with one consent earnestly, that he would call upon him as god.

not give their children for a prey, and their 9 Also he came over against Esdraelon wives for a spoil, and the cities of their innear unto Judea, over against the great strait heritance to destruction, and the sanctuary of Judea.

to profanation and reproach, and for the na. 10 And he pitched between Geba and Scy- tions to rejoice at. thopolis, and there he tarried a whole month, 13 So God heard their prayers, and lookthat he might gather together all the car- ed upon their afflictions : for the people fastriages of his army.

ed many days in all Judea and Jerusalem beCHAP. IV.

fore the sanctuary of the Lord Almighty. 1 The Jews are afraid of Holofernes, 5 and 14 And Joacim the high priest, and all fortify the bills. 9 All Israel full to fasting the priests that stood before the Lord, and

they which ministered unto the Lord, had Ow'the children of Israel that dwelt in their loins girt with sackcloth, and offered chief captain of Nabuchodonosor king of the free gifts of the people, Assyrians had done to the nations, and after 15 And had ashes on their mitres, and criwhat manner he had spoiled all their temples, ed unto the Lord with and brought them to nought.

he would look upon all the house of Israel 2 Therefore they were exceedingly afraid | graciously. of him, and were troubled for Jerusalem, and

CHAP. V. for the temple of the Lord their God : 5 Achior telleth Holofernes wbat the Jews are,

3 For they were newly returned from the 8 and what their God bad done for tbem. captivity, and all the people of Judea were "HEN was it declared to Holofernes,

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and had shut up the passages of the Chanaanite, the Pherezite, the Jebusite, and hill country, and had fortified all the tops of the Sychemite, and all the Gergesites, and the high hills, and had laid impediments in they dwelt in that country many days. the champaign countries :

17 And whilst they s'nned not before 2 Wherewith he was very angry, and call- their God, they prospered, because the God ed all the princes of Moab, and the captains that hateth iniquity was with them. of Ammon, and all the governors of the sea 18 But when they departed from the way coast,

which he appointed them, they were destroy3 And he said unto them, Tell me now, ed in many battles very sore, and were led ye sons of Chanaan, who this people is that captives into a land that was not theirs, and dwelleth in the hill country, and what are the temple of their God was cast to the the cities that they inhabit, and what is the ground, and their cities were taken by the multitude of their army, and wherein is their enemies. power and strength, and what king is set 19 But now they are returned to their over them, or captain of their army ; God, and are come up from the places where

4 And why have they determined not to they were scattered, and have possessed Jerucome and meet me, more than all the inhab- salem, where their sanctuary is, and are seated itants of the west.

in the hill country; for it was desolate. 5 ( Then said Achior, the captain of all 20 Now therefore, my lord and governor, the sons of Ammon, Let my lord now hear if there be any error in this people, and they a word from the mouth of thy servani, and I | sin against their God, let us consider that will declare unto thee the truth concerning this shall be their ruin, and let us go up, and this people, which dwelleth near thee, and in- we shall orercome them. habiteth the hill countries : and there shall no 21 But if there be no iniquity in their nalie come out of the mouth of thy servant. tion, let my lord now pass by, lest their Lord

6 This people are descended of the Chal- defend them, and their God be for them, and deans :

we become a reproach before all the world. 7 And they sojourned heretofore in Me- 22 And when Achior had finished these sopotamia, because they would not follow | sayings, all the people standing round about the gods of their fathers, which were in the the tent murmured, and the chief men of land of Chaldea.

Holofernes, and all that dwelt by the sea-side, 8 | For they left the way of their ances- and in Moab, spake that he should kill him. tors, and worshipped the God of heaven, the 23 For, say they, we will not be afraid of God whom they knew . so they cast them out the face of the children of Israel : for lo, it is from the face of their gods, and they fled into a people that have no strength nor power Mesopotamia, and sojourned there many days. for a strong battle.

9 Then their God commanded them to de- 24 Now therefore, lord Holofernes, we part from the place where they sojourned, | will go up, and they shall be a prey to be and to go into the land of Chanaan : where devoured of all thine army. they dwelt, and were increased with gold and

CHAP, VI. silver, and with very much cattle.

1 Holofernes despiseth God: 7 He threateneth 10 But when a famine covered all the land Achior, and sende!h him away.

14 Tbe Bee of Chanaan, they went down into Egypt, and tbuiians receive and bear bim.

ND and there a great multitude, so that about the ceased, Holoone could not number their nation.

fernes the chief captain of the army of As11 Therefore the king of Egypt rose up sur said unto Achior and all the Moabites against them, and dealt subtilly with them, || before all the company of other nations, and brought them low with labouring in 2 And who art thou, Achior, and the brick, and made them slaves.

hirelings of Ephraim, that thou hast prophe12 Then they cried unto their God, and sied among us as to-day, and hast said, that he smote all the land of Egypt with incura- we should not make war with the people of ble plagues : so the Egyptians cast them out Israel, because their God will defend them? of their sight.

and who is God but Nabuchodonosor? 13 And God dried the Red sea before 3 He will send his power, and will dethem,

stroy them from the face of the earth, and 14 And brought them to mount Sina, and their God shall not deliver them : but we Cades-Barne, and cast forth all that dwelt in his servants will destroy them as one man ; the wilderness.

for they are not able to sustain the power of 15 So they dwelt in the land of the Amo- our horses. rites, and they destroyed by their strength all 4 For with them we will tread them unthem of Esebon, and passing over Jordan | der foot, and their mountains shall be drunk. they possessed all the hill country.

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Apocrypha. filled with their dead bodies, and their foot- | 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 urterly 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- 1 Holofernes besiegeth Betbulia, 7 and stoppeto 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, I

next day Holofernes commanded all 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 aforehand 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 spread themselves in breadth over Dothaim went from the midst of the plain into the hill even to Belmaim, and in length from Bethu. country, and came unto the fountains that lia unto Cyamon, which is over against Eswere 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 eve troubled, and said every one to his neighery 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 every man took up his weapons returned to their lord.

of war, and when they had kindled fires up14 | 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 tribe of Simeon, and 7 9 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 came 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 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 perisłı. 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 unto you, and

19 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 gield, 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 assembled 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.

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