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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.
thy 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- | 74 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, 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 | 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 untol 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 arıny, 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 dune 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 buchodonosor. 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 tbree days in the camp.
wbich she had received of Bagoas for ber 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, ll 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 G And Judith said, I will not eat thereof, \ 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 | now, and be merry with us. provision should fail, how should we give 18 So Judith said, I will drink now, my
Aceryplz. lord, because my life is magnified in me this 13 And then they ran all together 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- l 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 enemies by mine hands this night. tent: 7 sbe cutteth of his bead wbile be slept. 15 So she took the head out of the bay,
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 went, my countenance hath for he was filled with wine.
deceived him to his destruction, and yet 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 wors 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 nor great. 18. Then said Ozias unto her, o daughter, Then Judith, standing by his bed, said in her i 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- | aMiction of our nation, but hast revenged en me, () 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 HEN 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 : 50 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 compassed 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 10 the gates thereof.
orth 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 warch of the Assyrians; but go not down. power yet in Jerusalem and his forces against 3 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 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 the 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 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 land 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 4 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 thercof. 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 19 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 g 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, 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- ed be thou of the Almighty Lord for ever. dith 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 lieti 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- 1. Then all the women of Israel ran 10
Apocrypba. gether to see her, and blessed her, and made Il tives children : they perished by the battle a dance among them for her: and she took ll of the Lord. branches in her hand, and gave also to the 13 I will sing unto the Lord a new song: women that were with her.
O Lord, thou art great and glorious, wonder. 13 & And they put a garland of olive up-|| ful in strength, and invincible. on her and her maid that was with her, and 14 Let all creatures serve thee ; for thou she went before all the people in the dance, | spakest, and they were made, thou didst send leading all the women : and all the men of forth thy spirit, and it created them, and Israel followed in their armour with garlands, there is none that can resist thy voice. and with songs in their mouths.
15 for the mountains shall be moved from CHAP. XVI.
their foundations with the waters, the rocks 1 Tbe song of Yudith : 23 sbe dieth at Betbulia, shall melt as wax at thy presence : yet thou
a widow of great bonour : 24 all Israel lu art merciful to them that fear thee. ment ber death.
16 For all sacrifice is too little for a sweet T'HEN Judith began to sing this thanks
1 giving in all Israel, and all the people cient for thy burnt offering : but he that sang after her this song of praise.
feareth the Lord is great at all times. 2 And Judith said, Begin unto my God 17 Woe to the nations that rise up against with timbrels, sing unto my Lord with cym my kindred! the Lord Almighty will take bals: tune unto him a new psalm : exalt him, vengeance of them in the day of judgment, and call upon his name.
in putting fire and worms in their flesh; and 3 for God breaketh the battles : for among they shall feel them, and weep for ever. the camps in the midst of the people he hath 1 18 Now as soon as they entered into Jedelivered me out of the hands of them that rusalem, they worshipped the Lord ; and as persecuted me.
soon as the people were purified, they offer4 Assur came out of the mountains from ed their burnt offerings, and their free ofierthe north, he came with ten thousands of his lings, and their gifts. army, the multicude whereof stopped the tor 19 Judith also dedicated all the stuff of rents, and their horsemen have covered the Holofernes, which the people had yiven her, hills.
and gave the canopy, which she had taken out 5 He bragged that he would burn up my of his bed-chamber, for a gift unto the Lord. borders, and kill my young men with the 20 So the people continued feasting in Jesword, and dash the sucking children against rusalem before the sanctuary for the space of the ground, and make mine infants as a prey, three months, and Judith remained with them. and my virgins as a spoil.
21 After this time every one returned to 6 But the Almighty Lord hath disappoint his own inheritance, and Judith went to Beed them by the hand of a woman.
thulia, and remained in her own possession, 7 For the mighty one did not fall by the and was in her time honourable in all the young men, neither did the sons of the Titans country. smite him, nor high giants set upon him: but 22 And many desired her, but none knew Judith the daughter of Merari weakened him | her all the days of her life, after that Manaswith the beauty of her countenance.
ses her husband was dead, and was gathered 8 For she put off the garment of her wid. to his people. owhood for the exaltation of those that were 23 But she increased more and more in oppressed in Israel, and anointed her face honour, and waxed oldin her husband's house, with ointment, and bound her hair in a tire, being an hundred and five years old, and and took a linen garment to deceive him. made her maid free; so she died in Bethulia :
9 Her sandals ravished his eyes, her beauty and they buried her in the cave of her hustook his mind prisoner, and the fauchion Il band Manasses. passed through his neck.
24 And the house of Israel lamented 10 The Persians quaked at her boldness, her seven days: and before she died, she did and the Medes were daunted at her hardiness. || distribute her goods to all them that were
11 Then my alficted shouted for joy, and nearest of kindred to Manasses her husband, my weak ones cried aloud ; but they were and to them that were the nearest of her astonished : these lifted up their voices, but kindred. they were overthrown.
25 And there was none that made the 12 The sons of the damsels have pierced children of Israel any more afraid in the days them through, and wounded them as fugi- of Judith, nor a long time after her death.
The rest of the Chapters of the Book of ESTHER, which
are found neither in the Hebrew, nor in the Chaldee.
AFTER THE GREEK.
PART OF THE TENTH CHAPTER 6 G And behold, two great dragons came
forth ready to fight, and their cry was great. Mardocheus remembereth and expoundetb bis dream 7 And at their cry all nations were pre
of the river and the two dragons. pared to battle, that they might fight against THEN Mardocheus said, God hath done the righteous people.
8 And lo a day of darkness and obscurity, 5 For I remember a dream which I saw tribulation and anguish, affliction and great concerning these matters, and nothing there- uproar, upon the earth. of hath failed.
9 And the whole righteous nation was 6 A little fountain became a river, and troubled, fearing their own evils, and were there was light, and the sun, and much wa- ready to perish. ter : this river is Esther, whom the king 10 Then they cried unto God, and upon married, and made queen.
their cry, as it were from a little fountain, 7 And the two dragons are I and Aman. was made a great flood, even much water.
8 And the nations were those that were 11 The light and the sun rose up, and the assembled to destroy the name of the Jews : || lowly were exalted, and devoured the glorious.
9 And my nation is this Israel, which cried 12 Now when Mardocheus, who had seen to God, and were saved : for the Lord hath this dream, and what God had determined to saved his people, and the Lord hath deliver- || do, was awake, he bare this dream in mind, ed us from all these evils, and God hath and until night by all means was desirous to wrought signs and great wonders, which know it. have not been done among the Gentiles.
CHAP. XII. 10 Therefore hath he made two lots, one 2 The two eunuch's conspiracy discovered by Mare for the people of God, and another for all docheus, 5 for which the king rewardeth him. the Gentiles.
ND Mardocheus took his rest in the 11 And these two lots came at the hour, and time, and day of judgment, before God two eunuchs of the king, and keepers of the among all nations.
palace. 12 So God remembered his people, and 24 And he heard their devices, and searchjustified his inheritance.
ed out their purposes, and learned that they 13 Therefore those days shall be unto them were about to lay hands upon Artaxerxes the in the month Adar, the fourteenth and fif- king ; and so he certified the king of them. teenth day of the same month, with an as- 3 Then the king examined the two eusembly, and joy, and with gladness before nuchs, and after that they had confessed it, God, according to the generations for ever they were strangled. among his people.
4 And the king made a record of these CHAP. XI.
things, and Mardocheus also wrote thereof. 2 The stock and quality of Mardocheus : 6 be 5 ( So the king commanded Mardocheus dreametb of two dragons.
to serve in the court, and for this he rewardN the fourth year of the reign of Ptole- ed him.
meus and Cleopatra, Dositheus, who said 6 Howbeit Aman the son of Amadathus he was a priest and Levite, and Ptolemeus the Agagite, who was in great honour with his son, brought this Epistle of Phurim, the king, sought to molest Mardocheus and which they said was the same, and that Ly his people because of the two eunuchs of the simachus the son of Ptolemeus, that was in king. Jerusalem, had interpreted it.
CHAP. XII. 2 G In the second year of the reign of Ar- 1 The copy of the king's letters to destroy the Fews : taxerxes the great, in the first day of the 8 the prayer of vardocheus for them. month Nisan, Mardocheus the son of Jairus, the son of Semei, the son of Cisai of the tribe
THE.copy of the letters was this : The
great king Artaxerxes writeth these of Benjamin, had a dream ;
things to the princes and governors that are 3 Who was a Jew, and dwelt in the city of under him from India unto Ethiopia, in an Susa, a great man, being a servitor in the hundred and seven and twenty provinces. king's court.
2 After that I became lord over many na4 He was also one of the captives, which | tions, and had dominion over the whole Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon carried world, not listed up with presumption of my from Jerusalem with Jechonias king of Ju- authority, but carrying myself always with dea; and this was his dream.
equity and mildness, I purposed to settle my 5 Behold, a noise of a tumult, with thun- subjects continually in a quiet life, and make der, and earthquakes, and uproar in ille land : !! ing my kingdom peaceable, and open for