Jan's Guide to the 18 Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books
The Holy Bible:
New Revised Standard Version:
Containing the Old and New Testaments with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books
(World Bible Publishers, Inc.)
The Holy Bible:
New Revised Standard Version:
Containing the Old and New Testaments with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books
(World Bible Publishers, Inc.)
Book I: The Book of Tobit
(Chapters 1- 14)
Chapter 1: 1-22
1. This book tells the story of Tobit - son of Tobiel,
son of Hananiel,
son of Aduel,
son of Gabael,
son of Raphael,
of the descendants of Asiel,
of the tribe of Naphtali,
2. Who, in the days of king Shalmaneser of the Assyrians,
was taken into captivity from Thisbe,
which is to the south of Kedesh Naphtali in Upper Galilee,
above Asher, toward the west, and north of Phogor.
3. I, Tobit, walked in the ways of truth and righteousness,
all the days of my life.
I, performed many acts of charity, for my kindred and my people, who had gone with me, in exile, to Nineveh, in the land of the Assyrians.
4. When I was in my own country, in the land of Israel,
while I was still a young man, the whole tribe of my ancestor Naphtali, deserted the house of David and Jerusalem.
This city, had been chosen from among all the tribes of Israel,
where all the tribes of Israel should offer sacrifice,
and where the temple - the dwelling of God,
had been consecrated, and established, for all generations forever.
5. All my kindred, and our ancestral house of Naphtali,
sacrificed to the calf, that king Jeroboam of Israel, had erected in Dan, and on all the mountains of Galilee.
6. But, I alone, went often to Jerusalem, for the festivals,
as it is prescribed for all Israel, by an everlasting decree.
I, would hurry off to Jerusalem, with the first fruits of the crops,
and the firstlings of the flock, the tithes of the cattle,
and the first shearings of the sheep.
7. I, would give these to the priests - the sons of Aaron, at the altar,
likewise, the tenth of the grain, wine, olive oil, pomegranates, figs,
and the rest of the fruits, to the sons of Levi -
who ministered at Jerusalem.
Also, for six years, I would save up a second tenth in money,
and go and distribute it, in Jerusalem.
8. A third tenth, I would give to the orphans and widows,
and to the converts, who had attached themselves to Israel.
I, would bring it and give it to them, in the third year, and we would eat it, according to the ordinance decreed, concerning it in the law of Moses,
and according to the instructions of Deborah,
the mother of my father Tobiel,
for my father, had died and left me an orphan.
9. When I became a man, I married a woman, a member of our own family [tribe], and by her, I became the father of a son, whom I named Tobias.
10. After I was carried away - captive, to Assyria,
and came as a captive to Nineveh,
everyone of my kindred, and my people, ate the food of the Gentiles,
11. But, I kept myself, from eating the food of the Gentiles.
12. Because, I, was mindful of God, with all my heart.
13. The Most High, gave me favor, and good standing, with Shalmaneser, and I used to by everything he needed.
14. Until his death, I used to go into Media, and buy, for him, there.
While in the country of Media, I left bags of silver, worth ten talents,
in trust with Gabriel, the brother of Gabri.
15. But, when Shalmaneser died,
and his son Sennacherib reigned in his place,
the the highways into Media became unsafe,
and I could no longer go there.
16. In the days of Shalmaneser,
I performed many acts of charity to my kindred, those of my tribe.
17. I, would give my food to the hungry, and my clothing to the naked.
And, if I saw the dead body of any of my people,
thrown out behind the wall of Nineveh, I would bury it.
18. I, also buried any, whom king Sennacherib put to death;
when he came fleeing from Judea, in those days of judgment,
(that the king of heaven executed upon him, because of his blasphemies).
For, in his anger, he put to death many Israelites.
But, I, would secretly remove the bodies, and bury them.
So, when Sennacherib looked for them, he could not find them.
19. Then, one of the Ninevites, went and informed the king about me,
that I, was burying them, so, I hid myself.
But, when I realized that the king knew about me,
and that I, was being searched for, to be put to death,
I was afraid and ran away.
20. Then, all my property was confiscated, nothing was left to me,
that was not taken into the royal treasury,
except my wife Anna, and my son Tobias.
21. But, not forty days passed, before two of Sennacherib's sons killed him,
and they fled to the mountains of Ararat.
And, his son Esar-haddon reigned after him.
He, appointed Ahikar - the son of my brother Hanael,
over all the accounts of his kingdom,
and he had authority over the entire administration.
22. Ahikar, interceded for me, and I returned to Nineveh.
Now, Ahikar, was chief cupbearer, keeper of the signet,
and in charge of administrations of the accounts,
under king Sennacherib of Assyria.
So, Esar-haddon reappointed him.
He, was my nephew and so, a close relative.
Chapter 2: 1-14
1.Then, during the reign of Esar-haddon, I returned home,
and my wife Anna and my son Tobias, were restored to me.
At our festival of Pentecost, which is the sacred festival of weeks,
a good dinner was prepared for me, and I reclined to eat.
2. When the table was set for me, and an abundance of food placed before me,
I said to my son Tobias:
Go, my child, and bring whatever poor person you may find,
of our people, among the exiles in Nineveh,
who, is wholeheartedly mindful of God, and he shall eat together, with me.
I, will wait for you, until you come back.
3. So, Tobias went to look for some poor person of our people.
When he had returned, he said: "Father!"
And, I replied: "Here I am, my child".
Then he went on to say:
"Look, father, one of our own people has been murdered,
and thrown into the market place, and now he lies there - strangled."
4. Then, I sprang up, left the dinner, before even tasting it,
and removed the body from the square,
and laid it in one of the rooms, until sunset, when I might bury it.
5. When I returned, I washed myself, and ate my food in sorrow.
6. Then, I remembered the prophecy of Amos, what he said, against Bethel:
"Your festivals shall be turned into mourning,
and all your songs into lamentation."
And, I wept.
7.When the sun had set, I went and dug a grave and buried him.
8. And my neighbors laughed, and said:
"Is he still not afraid?"
"He has already been hunted down to be put to death for doing this,
and he ran away: yet, here he is again, burying the dead!"
9. That same night, I washed myself, and went into my courtyard,
and slept by the wall of the courtyard,
and I did not cover my face because it was a very hot night.
10. But, I did not know that, there were sparrows on the wall.
Their fresh droppings, fell into my eyes, and produced white films.
I went to physicians, to be healed, but the more they treated me with ointments, the more my vision was obscured - by the white films,
until, I became completely blind.
For four years, I remained unable to see.
All my kindred, were sorry for me,
and Ahikar, took care of me for two years, before he went to Elymais.
11. At that time, also, my wife Anna earned money, at women's work.
12. She, used to send what she what she made to the owners,
and they would pay wages to her.
One day, the seventh of Dystrus,
when she cut off a piece she had woven, and sent it to the owners,
they paid her full wages, and also gave her a young goat - for a meal.
13. When, she returned to me, the goat began to bleat.
So, I called her and said:
"Where did you get this goat?" "It is surely not stolen, is it?"
"Return it to the owners, for, we have no right to eat anything stolen."
14. But, she said to me: "It was given to me as a gift, in addition to my wages."
But, I did not believe her, and told her to return it to the owners.
I, became flushed with anger - against her, over this.
Then, she replied to me:
"Where, are your acts of charity/" "Where, are your righteous deeds?"
"These things, are known about you!"
1. + Then, with much grief and anguish of heart, I wept,
and with groaning, began to pray:
2. "You are righteous, O Lord, and all your deeds are just,
all your ways are mercy and truth, You judge the world.
3. And now, O Lord, remember me, and look favorably upon me.
Do not punish me for my sins, and for my unwitting offenses,
and those, that my ancestors committed before you.
They sinned against you,
4. and disobeyed your Commandments.
So, you gave us over to plunder, exile, and death,
to become the talk, the byword, and an object of reproach -
among all the nations, among whom, you have dispersed us.
5. And now, your many judgments are true,
in exacting penalty from me, for my sins.
For, we have not kept your Commandments,
and have not walked in accordance with truth - before you.
6. So now, deal with me as you will.
Command my spirit, to be taken from me,
so that, I may be released from the face of the earth, and become dust.
For, it is better for me to die, than to live,
because, I have had to listen to undeserved insults,
and great, is the sorrow within me.
Command, O Lord, that I be released, from this distress.
Release me, to go to the Eternal home,
and do not, O Lord, turn your face away from me.
For, it is better for me to die, than to see so much distress in my life,
and to listen to insults."
7. On the same day, at Ecbatana - in Media,
it also happened, that Sarah - the daughter of Raguel,
was reproached by one of her father's maids.
8. For, she had been married to seven husbands,
and the wicked demon - Asmodeus, had killed each of them,
before they had been with her - as is customary for wives.
So, the maid said to her:
"You are the one who kill's your husbands!"
"See, you have already been married, to seven husbands,
and have not borne the name of a single one of them."
9. "Why, do you beat us, is it because your husbands are dead?"
"Go, with them!"
"May we never see a son or daughter of yours!"
10. On that day, she was grieved - in spirit, and wept.
When she had gone up to her father's upper room,
she intended to hang herself.
But, she thought it over, and said:
"Never will they reproach my father, saying to him:
"You had only one beloved daughter,
but she hanged herself, because of her distress.
And, I will bring my father in his old age down in sorrow to Hades.
It is better for me not to hang myself, but, to pray to the Lord,
that I may die, and not listen to these reproaches anymore."
11. + At that same time, with her hands outstretched, toward the window,
she prayed, and said:
"Blessed, are you, merciful God!"
"Blessed, is your name - forever."
"Let all your works praise you - forever.
12. "And now, Lord, I turn my face to you.
"And raise my eyes toward you.
13. "Command, that I be released from the earth,
and not listen to such reproaches any more."
14. "You know, O Master, that I am innocent, of any defilement with a man.
15. And, that I, have not disgraced my name, or the name of my father -
in the land of my exile."
"I, am my father's only child."
"He, has no other child, to be his heir."
"And, he has no close relative, or other kindred,
for whom I should keep myself as wife."
"Already, seven husbands of mine have died."
"Why should I still live?"
"But, if it is not pleasing to you, O Lord, to take my life, hear me, in my disgrace."
16. + At that very moment,
the prayers of both of them, were heard, in the glorious presence of God.
17. So, Raphael, was sent, to heal both of them:
Tobit, by removing the white films from his eyes,
so that, he might see God's light, with his eyes;
And Sarah - daughter of Raguel,
by giving her in marriage, to Tobias - son of Tobit;
And, by setting her free, from the wicked demon - Asmodeus.
For, Tobias, was entitled to have her,
before all others, who had desired to marry her.
At the same time that Tobit returned from the courtyard into his house,
Sarah - daughter of Raguel, came down from her upper room.
1. That same day, Tobit remembered the money,
that he had left in trust with Gabrael - at Rages in Media.
2. And, he said to himself:
"Now I have asked for death."
"Why, do I not call my son Tobias,
and explain to him, about the money, before I die?"
3. Then, he called his son Tobias, and when he came to him, he said:
"My son, when I die, give me a proper burial."
"Honor your mother, and do not abandon her, all the days of her life."
"Do whatever pleases her, and do not grieve her, in anything."
4. "Remember her, my son,
because she faced many dangers for you, while you were in her womb."
"And, when she dies, bury her beside me, in the same grave."
5. "Revere the Lord, all your days, my son."
"And, refuse to sin, or to transgress his Commandments."
"Live uprightly, all the days of your life."
"And, do not walk in the ways of wrongdoing.
6. For, those, who act in accordance with truth, will prosper, in all their activities."
"To all those, who practice righteousness:
7. give alms from your possessions."
"And, do not let your eye begrudge the gift, when you make it."
"Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor,
and the face of God, will not be turned away from you."
8. "If, you have many possessions, make your gift from them, in proportion."
"If few, do not be afraid to give according to the little you have."
9. "So, you will be laying up a good treasure for yourself,
against the day of necessity."
10. For, almsgiving, delivers from death,
and keeps you from going into the Darkness
[good deeds brings goodness, and keeps one on a righteous path]."
11. "Indeed, almsgiving, for all, who practice it,
is an excellent offering, in the presence of the Most High."
12. "Beware, my son, of every kind of fornication."
"First of all, marry a woman, from among the descendants of your ancestors."
"Do not marry a foreign woman, who is not of your father's tribe."
"For, we are the descendants of the prophets."
"Remember, my son,
that Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, our ancestors of old,
all took wives from among their kindred."
"They, were blessed, in their children."
"And, their posterity, will inherit the land."
13. "So now, my son, love your kindred,
and in your heart, do not disdain [hate] your kindred -
the sons and daughters of your people -
by refusing to take a wife for yourself, from among them."
"For, in pride, there is ruin and great confusion."
"And, in idleness, there is loss and dire poverty,
because, idleness is the mother of famine."
14. "Do not, keep over, until the next day, the wages of those, who work for you."
"But, pay them at once."
"If you serve God, you will receive payment."
"Watch yourself, my son, in everything you do."
"And, discipline yourself, in all your conduct."
15. "And, what you hate, do not do to anyone."
"Do not drink wine to excess, or let drunkenness go with you on your way."
16. "Give some of your food to the hungrey,
and some of your clothing to the naked."
"Give all your surplus as alms,
and do not let your eye begrudge your giving of alms."
17."Place your bread on the grave of the righteous, but give none to sinners."
18. "Seek advice, from every wise person,
and do not despise any useful counsel."
19. "At all times, bless the Lord God, and ask him [for his help and guidance] -
that your ways may be made straight,
and that all your paths and plans may prosper."
"For, none of the nations, has understanding,
but the Lord himself, will give them good council."
"But, if he chooses otherwise, he casts down, to the deepest Hades."
"So now, my child, remember these commandments,
and do not let them be erased from your heart."
20. "And now, my son, let me explain to you,
that I, left ten talents of silver in trust with Gabael - son of Gabrias,
at Rages - in Media."
21. "Do not be afraid, my son, because, we have become poor."
"You, will have great wealth, if you fear God, and flee from every sin,
and do what is good, in the sight of the Lord your God."
1. Then, Tobias answered his father Tobit:
"I, will do everything that you have commanded me, father."
2. "But, how can I obtain the money from him,
since he does not know me, and I do not know him?"
"What evidence, am I to give him,
so that he will recognize, and trust me, and give me the money?"
"Also, I do not know the roads to Media, or how to get there."
3. Then, Tobit answered his son Tobias:
"He, gave me his bond, and I, gave him my bond."
"I, divided his in two."
"We each, took one part, and I, put one with the money."
"And now, twenty years have passed, since I, left this money in trust."
"So now, my son, find yourself a trustworthy man, to go with you."
"And, we will pay him wages, until you return."
"But, get back the money from Gabael."
4. So, Tobias went out to look for a man, to go with him to Media,
someone, who was acquainted with the way."
He, went out and found the Angel Raphael, standing in front of him.
But, he did not perceive, that he was an Angel of God.
5. Tobias said to him:
"Where do you come from, young man?"
"From your kindred, the Israelites," he replied, "and, I have come here, to work."
Then, Tobias said to him: "Do you know the way to go to Media?"
6. "Yes," Raphael replied, "I, have been there many times."
"I, am acquainted with it, and know all the roads."
"I, have often traveled to Media,
and would stay with our kinsman Gabael, who lives in Rages - of Media."
"It, is a journey of two days, from Ecbatana, to Rages."
"For, it lies in a mountainous area, while Ecbatana is in the middle of the plain."
7.Then, Tobias said to him:
"Wait for me, young man, until I go in and tell my father."
"For, I, do need you, to travel with me."
"And, I will pay you your wages."
8. He replied: "All right, I will wait, but do not take too long."
9. So, Tobias went in to tell his father Tobit, and said to him:
"I have just found a man who is one of our own Israelite kindred!"
He, Tobit, replied: "Call the man in, my son,
so that I may learn about his family, and to what tribe he belongs,
and whether he is trustworthy enough to go with you."
10. Then, Tobias went out and called him, and said:
"Young man, my father is calling for you."
So, he went in to him, and Tobit greeted him first.
He, Raphael, replied, "Joyous greetings to you!"
But, Tobit retorted:
"What joy is left for me anymore?"
"I, am a man without eyesight:
I, cannot see the light of heaven, but I, lie in darkness,
like the dead, who no longer see the light."
"Although still alive, I am among the dead."
"I, hear people, but I, cannot see them."
But, the young man said:
"Take courage: time is near for God to heal you: take courage."
Then, Tobit said to him:
"My son Tobias wishes to go to Media."
"Can you accompany him, and guide him?"
"I, will pay your wages, brother."
"I can go with him, and I know all the roads, for I have often gone to Media,
and have crossed all its plains, and I am familiar with its mountains,
and all of its roads."
11. Then, Tobit said to him:
"Brother, of what family are you, and from what tribe,? tell me, brother."
12. He replied: "Why do you need to know my tribe?"
But, Tobit said:
"I want to be sure, brother, whose son you are, and what your name is."
13. He replied:
"I am Azariah, the son of the great Hananiah, one of your relatives."
14. Then, Tobit said to him: Welcome!" "God save you, brother."
"Do not feel bitter toward me, brother,
because I wanted to be sure about your ancestry."
"It turns out that, you are a kinsman and of good and noble lineage."
"For, I knew Hananiah and Nathan, the two sons of Shemeliah."
"And, they, used to go with me to Jerusalem, and worshiped with me there,
and were not led astray."
"Your kindred, are good people." "You come of good stock." "Hearty welcome!"
15. Then, he added:
"I will pay you a drachma a day, as wages, as well as expenses -
for yourself and my son." "So, go with my son,
16. And, I will add something to your wages."
Raphael answered: "I will go with him: so do not fear."
"We, will leave in good health, and return to you in good health,
because, the way is safe."
17. So, Tobit said to him: "Blessings be upon you, brother."
Then, he called his son and said to him:
"Son, prepare supplies for the journey, and set out with your brother."
"May God in heaven, bring you safely there,
and return you in good health, to me."
"And, may his angel, my son, accompany you both, for your safety."
Before he went out to start his journey, he kissed his father and mother.
Tobit, then said to him: "Have a safe journey."
18. But, his mother began to weep, and said to Tobit:
"Why, is it, that you have sent my child away?"
"Is he not, the staff of our hand, as he goes in and out before us?"
19. "Do not heap money upon money, but let it be a ransom, for our child."
20. "For, the life, that is given to us by the Lord, is enough for us."
21. Tobit said to her:
"Do not worry, our child will leave in good health,
and return to us in good health."
"Your eyes will see him on the day, when he returns to you, in good health."
"Say no more!, do not fear for them, my sister."
22. "For, a good angel, will accompany him, and his journey, will be successful."
"And, he will come back in good health."
1. So, she stopped weeping.
The young man went out, and the angel went with him.
2. And, the dog came out with him, and went along with them.
So, they both journeyed along,
and when the first night overtook them, they camped by the Tigris river.
3. Then, the young man went down to wash his feet, in the Tigris river.
Suddenly, a large fish leaped up from the water,
and tried to swallow the young man's foot, and he cried out.
4. But, the angel said to the young man: "Catch hold of the fish, and hang on to it!"
So, the young man grasped the fish, and drew it up on the land.
5. Then, the angel said to him:
"Cut open the fish,
and take out its gall [contents of the gallbladder-bile], heart, and liver.
"Keep them with you, but throw away the intestines."
"For, it's gall, heart, and liver are useful as medicine."
6. So, after cutting open the fish,
the young man gathered together the gall, heart, and liver.
Then, he roasted and ate some of the fish, and kept some, to be salted.
The two, continued on their way, together, until they were near Media.
7. Then, the young man questioned the angel and said to him:
"Brother Azariah, what medicinal value, is there,
in the fish's heart and liver, and in the gall?"
8. He replied:
"As for the fish's heart and liver, you must burn them to make a smoke,
in the presence of a man or woman, afflicted by a demon or evil spirit,
and every affliction will flee away,
and never remain with that person any longer."
9. "And, as for the gall,
anoint a person's eyes, where white films have appeared on them."
"Blow upon them, upon the white films, and the eyes will be healed."
10. When he entered Media, and already was approaching Ecbatana,
11. Raphael said to the young man: "Brother Tobias."
"Here I am", he answered.
Then, Raphael said to him:
"We, must stay this night, in the home of Raguel."
"He, is your relative, and he has a daughter named Sarah."
12. "He, has no male heir, and no daughter, except Sarah - only.
"And, you, as next of kin, to her,
have before all other men, a hereditary claim on her."
"Also, it is right for you, to inherit her father's possessions."
"Moreover, the girl is sensible, brave, and very beautiful,
and her father is a good man."
13. He continued: "You have every right, to take her in marriage."
"So, listen to me, brother, tonight, I will speak to her father, about the girl,
so that we may take her to be your bride."
"When we return from Rages, we will celebrate her marriage."
"For, I know that, Raguel can by no means, keep her from you,
or promise her to another man,
without incurring the penalty of death,
according to the decree of the book of Moses."
"Indeed, he knows, that you, rather than any other man,
are entitled to marry his daughter."
"So, now listen to me, brother, and tonight, we will speak,
concerning the girl, and arrange her engagement to you."
"And, when we return from Rages,
we will take her and bring her back with us, to your house."
14. Then, Tobias said in answer to Raphael:
"Brother Azariah, I have heard that she already has been married -
to seven husbands, and that they died in the bridal chamber."
"On the night that they went to her, they would die."
"I have heard people saying that it was a demon that killed them."
15. "It does not harm her, but it kills anyone who desires to approach her."
"So now, since I am the only son my father has, I am afraid that I may die,
and bring my father's and mother's life down to their grave, grieving for me - and they have no other son to bury them."
16. But, Raphael said to him:
"Do you not remember your father's orders,
when he commanded you to take a wife from your father's house?"
"Now listen, to me, brother, and say no more about this demon."
I know that this very night she will be given to you in marriage."
17. "When you enter the bridal chamber,
take some of the fish's liver and heart,
and put them on the embers of the incense."
"An odor, will be given off.
18. "The demon, will smell it and flee, and will never be seen near her any more."
"Now, when you are about to go to bed with her,
both of you must first stand up and pray, imploring the Lord of heaven,
that mercy and safety may be granted to you."
"Do not be afraid, for she was set apart for you, before the world was made."
"You, will save her, and she will go with you."
"I presume, that you will have children by her,
and they will be as brothers to you."
"Now, say no more!"
When Tobias heard the words of Raphael,
and learned that, she was his kinswoman, related through his father's lineage,
he loved her very much, and his heart was drawn to her.
The Book of Tobit, Continued:
1. Now, when they entered Ecbatana, Tobias said to him:
"Brother Azariah, take me straight to our brother Raguel."
So, he took him to Raguel's house,
where they found him sitting beside the courtyard door.
They, greeted him first, and he replied:
"Joyous greetings, brothers, welcome and good health!"
Then, he brought them into his house.
2. He said to his wife Edna:
"How much the young man resembles my kinsman Tobit!"
3. Then, Edna questioned them, saying: "Where are you from, brothers?"
"We belong to the descendants of Naphtali, who are exiles in Nineveh."
4. She said to them: "Do you know our kinsman Tobit?"
And they replied: "Yes, we know him."
Then, she asked them: "Is he in good health?"
5. They replied: "He is alive and in good health."
And, Tobias added: "He is my father!"
6. At that, Raguel jumped up and kissed him and wept."
7. He also spoke to him as follows:
"Blessings on you, my child, son of a good and noble father!"
" O most miserable of calamities,
that such an upright and beneficent man, has become blind!"
He then embraced his kinsman Tobias, and wept.
8. His wife Edna, also wept for him, and their daughter Sarah, likewise, wept.
9. Then, Raguel slaughtered a ram from the flock, and received them very warmly.
When they had bathed and washed themselves, and had reclined to dine, Tobias said to Raphael:
"Brother Azariah, ask Raguel to give me my kinswoman Sarah."
10. But, Raguel overheard it, and said to the lad:
"Eat and drink, and be merry tonight."
"For, no one except you, brother, has the right to marry my daughter Sarah."
"Likewise, I am not at liberty to give her to any other man, than yourself, because you are my nearest relative."
"But, let me explain to you, the true situation more fully, my child."
11. "I have given her to seven men of our kinsmen,
and all died on the night when they went in to her."
"But now, my child, eat and drink, and the Lord will act on behalf of you both."
But, Tobias said: "I will neither eat nor drink anything,
until you settle the things that pertain to me."
So, Raguel said:
"I will do so."
"She is given to you, in accordance with the decree in the book of Moses,
and it has been decreed from heaven, that she be given to you."
"Take your kinswoman, from now on,
you are her brother, and she is your sister."
"She, is given to you, from today and forever."
"May the Lord of heaven, my child,
guide and prosper you both this night, and grant you mercy and peace."
12. Then Raguel summoned his daughter Sarah.
When she came to him he took her by the hand and gave her to Tobias, saying:
"Take her to be your wife,
in accordance with the law and decree, written in the book of Moses."
"Take her, and bring her safely to your father."
"And, may the God of heaven, prosper your journey, with his peace."
13. Then, he called her mother, and told her to bring writing material.
And, he wrote out a copy of a marriage contract,
to the effect that, he gave her to him, as his wife,
according to the decree of the law of Moses.
14. Then, they began to eat and drink.
15. Raguel, called his wife Edna, and said to her:
"Sister, get the other room ready, and take her there."
16. So, she went and made the bed in the room, as he had told her,
and brought Sarah there.
She, wept for her daughter.
Then, wiping away the tears, she said to her:
"Take courage, my daughter,
the Lord of heaven, grant you joy, in place of your sorrow."
"Take courage, my daughter."
Then, she went out.
1.When, they had finished eating and drinking, they wanted to retire,
so, they took the young man, and brought him into the bedroom.
2. Then, Tobias remembered the words of Raphael,
and he took the fish's liver and heart out of the bag, where he had them,
and put them on the embers of the incense.
3. The odor of the fish, so repelled the demon,
that he fled to the remotest parts of Egypt.
But, Raphael followed him, and at once, bound him there, hand and foot.
4. When the parents had gone out, and shut the door of the room,
Tobias got out of bed, and said to Sarah:
"Sister, get up, and let us pray, and implore our Lord,
that he grant us mercy and safety."
5. So, she got up, and they began to pray and implore,
that they might be kept safe.
Tobias, began saying:
"Blessed, are you, O God of our ancestors."
"And, blessed is your name, in all generations - forever."
"Let the heavens and the whole of creation bless you - forever"
6. "You made Adam, and for him, you made his wife Eve,
as a helper and support."
"From the two of them, the human race has sprung."
"You said: "It is not good that the man should be alone."
"Let us make a helper for him, like himself."
7. "I now am taking this kinswoman of mine,
not because of lust, but with sincerity."
"Grant, that she and I may find mercy, and that we may grow old together."
8. And, they both said: "Amen, Amen."
9. Then, they went to sleep for the night.
But, Raguel arose, and called his servants to him,
and they went and dug a grave.
10. For, he said: "It is possible that, he will die,
and we will become an object of ridicule and derision."
11. When they had finished digging the grave,
Raguel went into his house, and called his wife,
12 saying: "Send one of the maids, and have her go in, to see if he is alive."
"But, if he is dead, let us bury him without anyone knowing it."
13. So, they sent the maid, lit a lamp, and opened the door.
And, she went in and found them sound asleep - together.
14. Then, the maid came out, and informed them,
that he was alive, and that, nothing was wrong.
15. So, they blessed the God of heaven, and Raguel said:
"Blessed are you, O God, with every pure blessing."
"Let all your chosen ones bless you."
"Let them bless you - forever."
16. "Blessed are you, because you have made me glad."
"It has not turned out as I expected,
but you have dealt with us, according to your great mercy."
17. "Blessed are you, because you had compassion, on two only children."
"Be merciful to them, O Master, and keep them safe."
"Bring their lives to fulfillment, in happiness and mercy."
18. Then, he ordered his servants to fill in the grave, before daybreak.
19. After this, he asked his wife to bake many loaves of bread.
And, he went out to the herd,
and brought two steers and four rams, and ordered them to be slaughtered.
So, they began to make preparations.
20. Then, he called for Tobias, and swore on oath, to him in these words:
"You, will not leave here for fourteen days,
but will stay here eating and drinking with me."
"And, you will cheer up my daughter, who has been depressed."
21. "Take, at once, half of what I own, and return in safety, to your father."
"The other half, will be yours, when my wife and I die."
"Take courage, my child, I am your father and Edna is your mother."
"And, we belong to you, as well as to your wife, now and forever."
"Take courage, my child."
1.Then, Tobias, called Raphael, and said to him:
2. "Brother Azariah, take four servants and two camels with you,
and travel to Rages."
"Go to the home of Gabael, give him the bond, get the money,
and then, bring him with you, to the wedding celebration."
4. "For, you know that, my father must be counting the days,
and if I delay even one day, I will upset him very much."
3. "You, are witness, to the oath Raguel has sworn, and I cannot violate his oath."
5. So, Raphael, with the four servants, and two camels,
went to Rages - in Media, and stayed with Gabael.
Raphael, gave him the bond,
and informed him, that Tobit's son Tobias, had married,
and was inviting him to the wedding celebration.
So, Gabael, got up and counted out to him,
the money bags, with their seals intact, then they loaded them on the camels.
6. In the morning, they both got up early, and went to the wedding celebration.
When they came into Raguel's house, they found Tobias reclining at table.
He sprang up and greeted Gabael,
who wept and blessed him with these words:
"Good and noble son, of a father good and noble upright and generous!"
"May the Lord grant the blessing of heaven,
to you and your wife, and to your wife's father and mother."
"Blessed be God, for I see in Tobias, the very image of my cousin Tobit."
1. Now, day by day, Tobit kept counting how many days,
Tobias would need, for going and for returning.
And, when the days had passed, and his son did not appear,
2. he said: "Is it possible, that he has been detained?"
"Or, that Gabael has died, and there is no one to give him money?"
3. And, hebegan to worry.
4. His wife Anna said: "My child has perished, and is no longer among the living."
And, she began to weep and mourn for her son, saying:
5. "Woe, to me, my child, the light of my eyes, that I let you make the journey."
6. But, Tobit kept saying to her:
"Be quiet and stop worrying, my dear, he is all right."
"Probably something unexpected has happened there."
"The man, who went with him, is trustworthy, and is one of our own kin."
"Do not grieve for him, my dear, he will soon be here."
7. She answered him:
"Be quiet yourself!" "Stop trying to deceive me!" "My child has perished."
She, would rush out every day,
and watch the road her son had taken, and would heed no one.
When the sun had set, she would go in, and mourn,
and weep all night long, getting no sleep at all.
Now, when the fourteen days of the wedding celebration had ended,
that Raguel had sworn to observe for his daughter,
Tobias came to him, and said:
"Send me back,
for I know that my father and mother do not believe that they will see me again."
"So, I beg of you, father, to let me go, so that, I may return to my own father."
"I have already explained to you, how I left him."
8. But, Raguel said to Tobias: "Stay, my child, stay with me."
"I will send messengers to your father Tobit, and they wil inform him about you."
9. But, he said: "No!" "I beg you to send me back to my father."
10. So, Raguel promptly gave Tobias his wife Sarah,
as well as half of all his property:
male and female slaves, oxen and sheep, donkeys and camels,
clothing, money, and household goods.
11. Then, he saw them safely off, and he embraced Tobias and said:
"Farewell, my child, have a safe journey."
"The Lord of heaven, prosper you and your wife Sarah."
"And, may I see children of yours, before I die."
12. Then, he kissed his daughter Sarah, and said to her:
"My daughter, honor your father-in-law and your mother-in-law,
since, from now on, they are as much your parents,
as those who gave you birth."
"Go in peace, daughter,
and may I hear a good report about you, as long as I live."
Then, he bade them farewell, and let them go.
Then, Edna said to Tobias:
"My child and dear brother, the Lord of heaven, bring you back safely."
"And may I live long enough,
to see children of you and my daughter Sarah, before I die."
"In the sight of the Lord, I entrust my daughter to you,
do nothing to grieve her, all the days of your life."
"Go in peace, my child."
"From now on, I am your mother and Sarah is your beloved wife."
"May we all prosper together, all the days of our lives."
Then, she kissed them both, and saw them safely off."
13. Tobias parted from Raguel, with happiness and joy,
praising the Lord of heaven, and earth, King over all,
because he had made his journey a success.
Finally, he blessed Raguel and his wife Edna, and said:
"I have been commanded, by the Lord, to honor you all the days of my life."
1.When they came near to Kaserin, which is opposite Nineveh, Raphael said:
2. "You are aware of how we left your father."
3. "Let us run ahead of your wife, and prepare the house,
while they are still on the way."
4. As they went on together, Raphael said to him: "have the gall ready."
And, the dogs went along behind them.
5. Meanwhile, Anna sat looking intently,
down the road, by which her son would come.
6. When she caught sight of him coming, she said to his father:
"Look, your son is coming, and the man who went with him?"
7. Raphael said to Tobias, before he had approached his father:
"I know that his eyes will be opened."
8. "Smear the gall of the fish on his eyes,
the medicine will make the white films shrink, and peel off from his eyes,
and your father will regain his sight, and see the light."
9. Then, Anna ran up to her son, and threw her arms around him, saying:
"Now that I have seen you, my child, I am ready to die."
And, she wept.
10. Then, Tobit got up and came stumbling out through the courtyard door.
Tobias, went up to him,
11. with the gall of the fish in his hand, and holding him firmly,
he blew into his eyes, saying: "Take courage, father."
With this, he applied the medicine on his eyes."
12. And, it made them smart.
13. Next, with both his hands,
he peeled off the white films, from the corners of his eyes.
Then, Tobit saw his son, and threw his arms around him.
14. And, he wept and said to him:
"I see you, my son, the light of my eyes!"
Then, he said:
"Blessed be God, and blessed be his great name,
and blessed be all his holy angels."
"May his holy name be blessed throughout all the ages."
15. "Though he afflicted me, he has had mercy upon me."
"Now, I see my son Tobias!"
So, Tobit went in rejoicing and praising God, at the top of his voice.
Tobias, reported to his father, that his journey had been successful,
and that he had brought the money,
and that he had married Raguel's daughter Sarah,
and that she was, indeed, on her way there, very near to the gate of Nineveh.
16. Then Tobit, rejoicing and praising God,
went out to meet his daughter-in-law, at the gate of Nineveh.
When the people of Nineveh saw him coming,
walking along, in full vigor, and with no one leading him, they were amazed.
17. Before them all, Tobit acknowledged,
that God, had been merciful to him, and had restored his sight.
When Tobit met Sarah, the wife of his son Tobias, he blessed her saying:
"Come in, my daughter, and welcome."
"Blessed be your God, who has brought you to us, my daughter."
"Blessed, be your father and your mother,
blessed be my son Tobias, and blessed be you, my daughter."
"Come in now, to your home, and welcome, with blessing and joy."
"Come in, my daughter."
So, on that day, there was rejoicing among all the Jews, who were in Nineveh."
18. Ahikar and his nephew Nadab, were also present, to share Tobit's joy.
With merriment, they celebrated Tobias's wedding feast,
for seven days, and many gifts were given to him.
1. When the wedding celebration was ended,
Tobit called his son Tobias, and said to him:
"My child, see to paying the wages of the man who went with you."
"And, give him a bonus as well."
2. He replied:
"Father, how much shall I pay him?"
"It would do no harm to give him half of the possessions, brought back with me."
3. "For, he has led me back to you, safely, he cured my wife,
he brought the money back with me, and he healed you."
"How much extra shall I give him as a bonus?"
4. Tobit said: "He deserves, my child, to receive half of all that he brought back."
5. So, Tobias called him and said:
"Take for your wages, half of all that you brought back, and farewell."
6. Then, Raphael, called the two of them, privately, and said to them:
"Bless God, and acknowledge him -
in the presence of all the living,
for good things, he has done for you."
"Bless and sing praise to his name."
"With fitting honor, declare to all people, the deeds of God."
"Do not be slow, to acknowledge him."
7. "It is good, to conceal the secret of a king,
But, to acknowledge and reveal the works of God,
and with fitting honor - [to] acknowledge him."
"Do good, and evil will not overtake you."
8. "Prayer and fasting, is good,
but better than both, is almsgiving - with righteousness."
"A little, with righteousness, is better than wealth with wrongdoing."
"It is better to give alms, than to lay up gold."
9. "For, almsgiving, saves from death, and purges away every sin."
"Those, who give alms, will enjoy a full life."
10. But, those, who commit sin, and do wrong, are their own worst enemies."
11. "I, will now declare the whole truth to you, and will conceal nothing from you."
"Already, I have declared it to you, when I said:
"It is good to conceal the secret of a king,
but to reveal with due honor - the works of God [is supurb]."
12. "So now, when you [Tobias] and Sarah prayed,
it was I, who brought and read the record of your prayer,
before the glory of the Lord,
"And likewise, whenever you would bury the dead [Tobit]."
13. "And, that time, when you did not hesitate,
to get up, and leave your dinner, to go and bury the dead."
14. "I, was sent to you, to test you."
"And, at the same time,
God sent me to heal you, and Sarah -your daughter-in-law."
15. "I, am Raphael, one of the seven angels, who stand ready,
and [I] enter before the glory of the Lord.
[ Raphael, stands before God's throne, ready to be sent out, to do God's will]."
16. The two of them were shaken.
They, fell face down, for, they were afraid.
17. But, he said to them:
"Do not be afraid: peace be with you."
"Bless God - forevermore."
18. "As for me, when I was with you,
I was not acting on my own will, but by the will of God."
"Bless him, each and every day."
"Sing his praises."
19. "Although, you were watching me,
I, really did not eat or drink anything - but, what you saw was a vision."
20. "So now, get up from the ground, and acknowledge God."
"See, I am ascending to him, who sent me."
"Write down all these things, that have happened to you."
"And, he ascended.
21. Then, they stood up, and could see him no more.
22. They kept blessing God, and singing his praises,
and they acknowledged God, for these marvelous deeds of his -
when an angel of God had appeared to them.
CHAPTER 13: 1-17
1. Then Tobit said:
"Blessed be God who lives forever,
because his kingdom lasts throughout all ages."
2. "For, he afflicts, and he shows mercy."
"He leads down to Hades, in the lowest regions of the earth."
"And, he brings up , from the great abyss."
"And there is nothing, that can escape his hand."
3. "Acknowledge him, before the nations, O children of Israel."
"For, he has scattered you, among them."
4. "He has shown you his greatness, even there."
"Exalt him, in the presence of every living being."
"Because, he is our Lord, and he is our God."
"He is our Father, and he is God - forever."
5. "He will afflict you for your iniquities."
"But, he will again show mercy, on all of you."
"He, will gather you, from all the nations,
among whom you have been scattered.
6. "If you turn to him, with all your heart and with all your soul,
to do what is true, before him, then,
he will turn to you, and will no longer hide his face from you."
"So now, see what he has done for you."
"Acknowledge him, at the top of your voice."
"Bless the Lord of righteousness, and exalt the King of the Ages."
"In the land of my exile, I acknowledged him,
and [I] show his power and majesty, to a nation of sinners:
"Turn back, you sinners, and do what is right, before him."
"Perhaps, he may look with favor, upon you, and show you mercy."
7. "As for me, I, exalt my God, and my soul rejoices in the King of heaven."
8. "Let all people, speak of his majesty, and acknowledge him, in Jerusalem."
9. "O Jerusalem, the holy city, he afflicted you, for the deeds of your hands."
"But, will again have mercy on the children of the righteous."
10. "Acknowledge the Lord, for he is good."
"And bless the King of the Ages, so that his tent may be rebuilt, in you - in joy."
"May he cheer all those, within you, who are captives,
and love all those, within you, who are distressed, to all generations - forever."
11. "A bright light, will shine to all the ends of the earth."
"Many nations, will come to you, from far away,"
"The inhabitants of the remotest parts of the earth - to your holy name,
bearing gifts in their hands, for the King of heaven."
"Generation after generation, will give joyful praise, in you,
"The name of the chosen city, will endure, forever."
12. "Cursed, are all who speak a harsh word, against you."
"Cursed, are all who conquer you."
"Or, pull down your walls,
and all who overthrow your towers,
and set your homes on fire."
"But, blessed, forever, will be all, who revere you."
13. "Go, then, and rejoice over the children of the righteous,
for they will be gathered - together, and will praise the Lord of the Ages."
14. "Happy, are those, who love you,
and happy are those, who rejoice in your prosperity."
"Happy, also, are all people, who grieve with you, because of your afflictions."
"For, they, will rejoice with you, and witness all your glory - forever."
15. "My soul blesses the Lord, the great King!"
16. "For, Jerusalem, will be built, as his house, for all Ages."
"How happy I will be, if a remnant of my descendants, should survive,
to see your glory, and acknowledge the King of heaven."
"The gates of Jerusalem, will be built, with sapphire and emerald,
and all your walls, with precious stones."
"The towers of Jerusalem will be built with gold,
and their battlements, with pure gold."
"The streets of Jerusalem, will be paved, with ruby and with stones of Ophir."
17. "The gates of Jerusalem, will sing hymns of joy,
and all her houses, will cry, Hallelujah!"
"Blessed, be the God of Israel!"
"And the blessed, will bless the holy name - forever and ever."
1. "So ended, Tobit's words of praise.
2. Tobit, died in peace when he was 112 years old,
and was buried with great honor, in Nineveh.
He was 62 years old, when he lost his eyesight.
And, after regaining it, he lived in prosperity, giving alms,
and continually blessing God, and acknowledging God's majesty."
3. When he was about to die, he called his son Tobias,
and the seven sons of Tobias, and gave this command:
"My son, take your children,
4. and hurry off to Media."
"For, I believe the word of God, that Nathum spoke about Nineveh,
that all these things will take place, and overtake Assyria and Nineveh."
"Indeed, everything that was spoken, by the prophets of Israel,
whom God sent - will occur."
"None of all their words will fail, but all will come true, at their appointed times."
"So, it will be safer in Media, than in Assyria and Babylon."
"For, I know and believe, that whatever God has said,
will be fulfilled, and will come true."
"Not a single word of the prophecies will fail."
"All of our kindred, inhabitants of the land of Israel,
will be scattered and taken, as captives, from the good land."
"And, the whole land of Israel, will be desolate,
even Samaria and Jerusalem, will be desolate."
"And, the temple of God, in it, will be burned to the ground,
and it will be desolate, for a while."
5. "But, God, will again have mercy on them,
and God will bring them back into the land of Israel."
"And, they will rebuild the temple of God, but, not like the first one,
until [at] the period when - the times of fulfillment will come."
"After this, they all will return from their exile,
and will rebuild Jerusalem in splendor."
"And in it, the temple of God, will be rebuilt,
just as the prophets of Israel have said, concerning it."
6. "Then, the nations in the whole world, will all be converted,
and worship God - in truth."
"They, will all abandon their idols,
which deceitfully have led them into their error."
7. "And, in righteousness, they will praise the Eternal God."
"All the Israelites, who are saved in those days,
and are truly mindful of God,
will be gathered together."
"They, will go to Jerusalem,
and live in safety, forever, in the land of Abraham,
and it will be given over to them."
"Those, who sincerely love God, will rejoice,
but those, who commit sin and injustice, will vanish from the earth."
8, 9. "So now, my children, I command you,
serve God faithfully, and do what is pleasing in his sight."
"Your children, are also to be commanded, to do what is right,
and to give alms, and to be mindful of God,
and to bless his name at all times, with sincerity, and with all their strength."
"So now, my son, leave Nineveh, do not remain here."
10. "On whatever day you bury your mother beside me,
do not stay overnight, within the confines of the city."
"For, I see, that there is much wickedness, within it,
and that, much deceit is practiced within it,
while the people are without shame."
"See, my son, what Nadab did to Ahikar, who had reared him."
"Was he not, while still alive, brought down into the earth?"
"For, God repaid him, to his face for this shameful treatment."
"Ahikar, came out into the light,
but, Nadab, went into the eternal darkness,
because he tried to kill Ahikar, because he gave alms."
"Ahikar, escaped the first trap, that Nadab had set for him,
but Nadab fell into it himself, and was destroyed."
11. So now, my children, see what almsgiving accomplishes,
and what injustice does - it brings death!"
But now, my breath fails me."
Then, they laid him on his bed, and he died,
and he received an honorable funeral."
12. When Tobias's mother died, he buried her beside his father."
Then, he and his wife and children, returned to Media,
and settled in Ecbatana, with Raguel, his father-in-law."
13. He treated his parents-in-law, with great respect in their old age,
and buried them in Ecbatana of Media.
He inherited both the property of Raguel, and that of his father Tobit.
14. He died, highly respected, at the age of 117 years.
15. Before he died, he heard of the destruction of Nineveh,
and he saw its prisoners, being led into Media -
those, whom king Cyaxares of Media, had taken captive.
Tobias, praised God, for all he had done,
to the people of Nineveh and Assyria.
Before he died, he rejoiced over Nineveh,
and he blessed the Lord God - forever and ever. Amen.
Book 2: The Book of Judith
CHAPTER 1: Verses 1-16
1. It was the 12th year, of the reign of king Nebuchadnezzsar -
who, ruled over the Assyrians, in the great city of Nineveh.
In those days, king Arphaxad, ruled over the Medes, in Ecbatana,
2. He, built, walls around Ecbatane , with hewn stones -
3 cubits thick, and 6 cubits long,
And, he made the walls 70 cubits high, and, 50 cubits wide
3. And, at its gates, he raised towers 100 cubits high,
and 60 cubits wide at the foundations.
4. He made its gates 70 cubits high, and 40 cubits wide,
to allow his armies to march out in force, and his infantry to form their ranks.
5.Then, king Nebuchadnezzar, made war, against king Arphaxad,
in the great plain, that is, on the borders of Ragau.
6. There, rallied to him all the people of the hill country,
and those, who lived along the Euphrates, the Tigris, and the Hydaspes,
and on the plain.: of Arioch - the king of the Elymeans.
Thus, many nations, joined the forces of the Chaldeans.
They, all, assembled themselves, to the battle.
7. Then, Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Assyrians, sent messengers,
to all, who lived in Persia, and to all who lived in the west,
those, who lived in Cilicia and Damascus, Lebanon and Antilebanon,
and all who lived along the seacoast,
[He sent all a decree of unity - in his beginning his war]:
8. And, to those, among the nations,
of Carmel, and Galaad, and the higher Galilee,
and, the great plain of Esdraelon,
9. And, to all, who were in Samaria and the [towns] cities,
and beyond the Jordan, as far as Jerusalem, and Bethany,
and, Chelous, and Kadesh,
and, the river of Egypt, and Tahpanhes, and Raamses,
and the whole land of Goshen,
10. even beyond Tanis and Memphis,
and to all, who lived of Egypt, as far as, to the borders of Ethiopia.
11. But, all who lived in the whole region,
disregarded the summons of Nebuchadnezzar - king of the Assyrians.
And, refused to join him in the war.
For, they, were not afraid of him:
But, regarded him, as only one man.
So they, sent back, his, messengers [ambassadors],
empty handed and disgraced.
12. Therefore, Nebuchadnezzar, became very angry with this whole region.
And, he, swore by his, throne and kingdom,
that, he, would take revenge,
on the whole territory of Cilicia, and Damascus, and Syria.
And, that, he, would kill, with the sword, also,
all, the inhabitants of the land of Moab,
and, the people of Ammon, and, all Judea,and, everyone in Egypt,
as far as, the coasts of the 2 seas.
13. In the 17th year, he led his forces against king Arphaxad,
and defeated him in battle, over throwing the whole army of Arphaxad,
and all his cavalry, and all his chariots.
14. Thus, he took posession of his towns, [and , became lord, of his cities].
And, came to Ecbatana, and captured its towers,
and plundered its markets, and turned its glory into disgrace.
15. He, captured king Arphaxad, in the mountains of Ragau,
and struck him down, with his spears,
thus destroying him at once, and for all.
16. Then, he returned to Nineveh,
he, and all his combined forces -a vast body of troops.
And, there, he, and his forces rested, and feasted, for 120 days.
CHAPTER 2: 1 - 28
1. In the 18th year, on the 22nd day, of the 1st month,
there was talk, in the palace, of Nebuchadnezzar - king of the Assyrians,
about carrying out his revenge on the whole region,
just, as he, had said,
[to avenge himself, on all the earth].
2. So, he, summoned all his ministers, [officers], and all his nobles,
and set before them, his secret plan,
and recounted fully, with his own lips,
all the wickedness of the region.
[he, communicated with them, his secret counsel].
[And, concluded - the afflicting of the whole earth, out of his, own mouth].
3. Then, they, decreed, to destroy all flesh [men and women],
that did not obey, his commandment.
4. And, when, he, had completed his plan, [when he ended his counsel], Nebuchadonezzar - king of the Assyrians,
called Holofernes - the chief captain of his, army,
his second in command, and said to him:
5. Thus, says the great king, the lord of the whole earth:
Leave my presence, and take with you,
confident men, of great strength, 120,000 foot soldiers, and, 12,000 cavalry.
6. March out, against all the land to the west,
because, they, disobeyed my, orders [ my commandment].
7. Tell them, to prepare, earth and water:
For, I, will go forth, in my, wrath against them.
And, I, will cover the whole face of the earth, with, the feet of mine army,
to whom I will hand them over, to be plundered.
[And, I, will give them, for a spoil - unto them].
8. So that, their wounded, will fill their valleys and brooks,
and, the swelling river will be filled with their dead,
until, the river overflows.
9. And, I, will lead them away, captives, to the utmost parts of the earth.
10. You, will go, and seize all their territory, for me - in advance.
And, they must yield themselves to you, and you will hold them, for me,
until, the day of their, punishment.
11. But, [he said] concerning those, that resist [rebel],
[do not spare them], show no mercy,
Put them, to death, and plunder them, throughout your whole region.
[he said: kill them, and take their possessions from them] .
12. For, as I, live, and by the power of my, kingdom,
whatsoever I, have spoken, I, will accomplish by my own hand.
13. And, you - take care [be watchful and attentive],
do not transgress, any of the lord's commandments,
but carry them out, exactly as I have ordered you.
[do not go beyond the limits set down by any of the commandments of your lord].
Do it without delay.
14. Then, Holofernes went forth, from the presence of his lord,
and, he summoned all :
the commanders, generals, and officers of the Assyrian army.
15. And, he, mustered the chosen men [picked troops], by divisions,
as his lord had ordered [commanded] him to do:
120,000 of them, together, with 12,000 archers on horseback, for the battle.
16. And, he, organized them, as a great army, is ordered, for a war.
17. He, took along, a vast number of camels, donkeys and mules - for transport, And innumerable sheep, and oxen, and goats - for their food.
18.And, ample rations [food and supplies], for everyone,
And, a huge amount of gold and silver, from the king's royal palace.
19. Then, he, Holofernes, set out with his whole army,
to go ahead king Nebuchadnezzar,
and to cover the whole face of the earth, to the west -
with chariots and cavalry, and chosen foot soldiers.
20. Along with them, went a mixed crowd, like a swarm of locusts,
like dust of the earth - a multitude, that could not be counted.
and, like the sand of the earth, for, the multitude, was without number.
21. And, they marched forth, for 3 day's, from Nineveh, to the plain of Bectileth,
and, camped opposite Bectileth, near the mountain,
that, is to the north of Upper Cilicia.
22. Then, from there Holofernes, took his whole army,
the infantry, cavalry, and chariots, and went from there into the hill country.
23. He destroyed Put and Lud,
and plundered all the Rassisites, and the Ishmaelites,
on the border of the desert, south of the country of the Chelleans.
24. Then, he, followed the Euphrates, and passed through Mesopotamia,
and destroyed all the fortified towns, along the brook Abron, as far as the sea.
25. He, also seized the territory of Cilicia, and killed everyone, that resisted him,
Then, he came to the southern borders of Japheth, facing Arabia.
26. He, surrounded all the Madianites,
and burned their tents, and plundered their sheepfolds.
27. Then, he, went down into the plain of Damascus, during the wheat harvest, and burnt up all their fields, and destroyed their flocks and herds.
And, he sacked their towns, and utterly wasted their lands [countries],
and, put their young men to the sword.
28. So, fear and dread of him, fell upon all the people,
who lived along the sea coasts, at Sidon and Tyre.
And, those, who lived in Sur and Ocina, and, all, who lived in Jemnia.
And, those, who lived in Azotus and Ascalon, feared him, greatly.
CHAPTER 3: 1 -10
1. They, therefore, sent messengers [ambassador's], to him,
to sue for peace [to make a treaty of peace, saying:
2. We, the servants of Nebuchdnezzar, the great king, stand before you.
Do with us whatever you will.
3. See, our houses, and all our land, and all our fields of wheat fields,
and our flocks and herds, and all our encampments lie before you.
Use them, as it pleases you.
4. Our towns, and their inhabitants thereof, are also your servants.
Come, and deal with them, as you see fit.
5. The men came, to Holofernes, and told him, all this.
6. Then, he [Holofernes], went down to the sea coast, with his army.
And, set garrisons, in the fortified towns,
and took chose men, from among them, as auxiliaries.
7. These people, and all in the countryside, welcomed him,
with garlands, with dances, and with tambourines.
8. Yet, he, demolished all their shrines, and even cut down their sacred groves.
For, he, had been commissioned, to destroy all gods of the land,
so that, all nations should worship Nebuchadnezzarr, only.
And, that, all their dialects [languages], and tribes [nations],
should call upon him, as a god.
9. Then he, came toward Esdraelon, near Dothan,
facing the great ridge of Judea.
10. He, camped, between Geba and Scythopolis, and remained a whole month,
in order to collect all the supplies for his army.
CHAPTER 4: 1 - 15
1. When the Israelites, living in Judea, heard of everything, that Holofernes -
the general of the Assyrian king Nebuchadnezzarsor, had done, to the nations,
And, how, he, had plundered and destroyed all their temples,
2. They, were therefore, greatly terrified, at his approach,
and were troubled, for Jerusalem,
and, for the temple of the Lord - their God:
3. For, they, had just returned, from the captivity,
And, all the people of Judea, were recently gathered, together, [as one nation, once again]:
And, the vessels, and the altar, and the house [of God], were [newly] sanctified, after the profanation.
4. 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:
5. And, took for 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 recently - reaped.
6. Also, Joacim, the high priest -
whose, location 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 Dothaim,
7. 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 straight, for 2 men, at most.
8. And, the children of Israel, did, as Joachim - the high priest, had commanded them,
with the ancients, of all the people [of all the tribes of] Israel, who, dwelt at Jerusalem.
9. Then, every man and woman of Israel, cried to God, with great fervency,
and with great vehemency, they, did 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.
*[loins = the upper and lower abdominal regions and the region about the hips]
*[sackcloth = a rough garment, worn as a sign of penitence]
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 sackcloth, before the face of the Lord:
also, they, put on 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 their 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 Israel - graciously.
CHAPTER 5: Verses 5:1 - 23
5:1. Then, it was 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:
2. Wherewith, he, Holofernes, was very angry, and called all the princes of Moab,
and the captains of Ammon, and all the governors of the sea coast,
3. And, he, said to them: Tell me now, you sons of Canaan, who, this people is, that dwell 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.
4. And, why, have they determined, not to come and meet me, more than all the inhabitants of the west.
5. Then, said Achior - the captain of all the sons of Ammon:
Let my lord, now hear a word, from the mouth of your servant,
and I, will declare unto you, the truth, concerning this people, which dwell near you,
and inhabit the hill countries: and there, no lie, will come out of the mouth of your servant.
6. This people, are descended of the Chaldeans [Abraham, and his]:
7. And, they sojourned, therefore, in Mesopotamia,
because, they, would not follow the gods of their fathers, which, were in the land of Chaldea.
8. For, they, left the way of their ancestors, and worshipped the True God of Heaven, the God, whom they knew:
So, they [the others], cast them out from the face of their gods,
and they, fled into Mesopotamia, and sojourned there, many days.
9. Then, their God, commanded them, to depart, from the place where they sojourned,
and to go into the land of Canaan: where, they dwelt. and were increased, with gold and silver, and with much cattle.
10. But, when a famine covered all the land of Chanaan,
they went down to Egypt, and sojourned there,
while they were nourished, and became there, a great multitude, so that, no one could number their nation.
11. Therefore, the king of Egypt, rose up, against them, and dealt subtilly with them,
and brought them low, with labouring in brick, and made them slaves.
12. Then, they, cried out, unto their God, and, he, smote all the land of Egypt, with incurable plagues:
So that, the Egyptians cast them out of their sight.
13. And, God dried the Red Sea, before them,
14. And, brought them, to Mount Sina, 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 Gregesites, and, they dwelt in that country, many days.
17. And, while they, sinned not, before their God, they prospered,
because, the God that hated iniquity, was with them.
18. But, when they departed, from the Way, which God appointed them,
they were destroyed, in many battles, very sore,
and, were led captives, into a land that was not their's,
and, the temple of their God, was cast to the ground,
and, their cities, were taken by the enemies.
19. But, now, they returned to their God,
and have 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, against this people, and they sin against their God,
let us consider that this will be their ruin, and let us go up, and we, will overcome them.
21. But, if, there is no iniquity in their nation,
let my lord now pass by,
lest their Lord defend then,
and their God be for them,
and we, become a reproach, before all the world.
22. And, when, Achior [the captain of all the sons of Ammon], had finished these words,
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,
spoke that he, should kill him.
23. For, said they, we will no be afraid of the face of the children of Israel:
For, behold, see, 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, will be a prey, to be devoured of all your army.
CHAPTER 6: Verses 6:1 - 21
6:1 And, when the tumult [uproar] of men, that were about the council was ceased,
Holofernes - the chief captain of the army of Assur said to Achior, and all the Moabites -
before all the company of other nations,
2. And who are you, Achior, and the hirelings [mercenaries/those hired for service] of Ephraim,
that you have prophesied, against us this day,
And, has said, that we should not make war with the people of Israel, because their God will defend them?
And, who is god but - Nabuchodonosor?
3. He [Nabuchodonosor], will send his, power, and will destroy them from the face of the earth,
And, their God, will 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.
4. For, with them [our horses], we will tread them under foot,
And, their mountains will be drunken, with their blood,
and their fields will be filled with their dead bodies,
and their footsteps, will not be able to stand before us.a
For, they will utterly perish, says king Nabuchonosor - lord of all the earth.
For, he said: None of my words will be in vain.
5. And, you, Achior - a hireling [a mercenary] of Ammon, which has spoken these words, in the day of your iniquity,
will see my face no more, from this day,
until, I take vengeance on this nation, that came out of Egypt.
6. And, then, the sword of my army, and the multitude of them, that serve me - passes through their sides [kills them],
And, then, you, will fall among their slain, when I return.
7. Now, therefore, my servants will bring you back into the hill country,
and, will set you in one of the cities of the passages.
8. And, you will not die, until you are destroyed - with them.
9. And, if, you persuade yourself in your mind that, they [Holofenes' men], will be taken,
do not let your countenance fall: [face drop];
I, Holofernes, has spoken, and none of my words will 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 [Holofernes'] servants took him [Achior], 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 Bethulia.
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 [secretly], under the hill, they bound Achior,
and cast him down, and left him, at the foot of the hill, and returned to their lord [Nabuchodonosor].
14. But, the Israelites, descended from their city, and came to Achior, and untied him,
and brought him to 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 [the old] 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 Achior, what had happened.
17. And, Achior, answered, and declared to 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 what Holofernes had spoken, proudly, against the house of Israel.
18. Then, the people fell down and worshiped God, and cried out to God, saying: 19. O Lord God of Heaven, see their pride.
And, pity the low estate of our nation,
And, look upon the face of those, that are sanctified [made holy] to you on this day.
20. Then, they, comforted Achior, and praised him greatly.
21. And, Ozias took him, out of the assembly, to his house.
And, made a feast to the elders.
And, they, called on the God of Israel, all that night, for help.
CHAPTER 7: Verses 7:1 - 32
7:1. The next day, Holofernes, commanded all his army,
and all his people, who, had come, to take his part [in the war].
That, they, should remove their camp against Bethulia,
To take, beforehand, the ascents of the hill country, and to make war, against the children of Israel.
2. Then, their strong men, removed their camps on that day.
And, the army of the men of war, was 170,000 footmen, and 12,000 horsemen,
beside, the baggage, and other men that were afoot among them - a very great multitude.
3. And, they, camped in the valley near to Bethulia, by the fountain.
And, they spread themselves in breath, over Dothaim, even to Belmaim, and in length, from Bethulia to Cynamon, which is over against Esdraelon.
4. Now, the children of Israel, when they saw the multitude of them, were greatly troubled.
And, everyone, said to his neighbor: Now, these men, will lick up the face of the earth.
For, neither the high mountains, nor the valley's, nor the hills, are able to bear their weight.
5. Then, every man, took up his weapon of war.
And, when they, had kindled fires upon their towers, they remained and watched all that night.
6.But, on the 2nd day, Holofernes, brought forth all his horsemen,
in the sight of the children of Israel, which, were in Bethulia,
7. And, Holofernes, 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 [soldiers] over them.
And, he, himself, removed toward his people.
8. Then, all the chief of the children of Esau, came to Holofernes,
and all the governors of the people of Moab, and the captains of the sea coast, and said:
9. "Let our lord, now hear a word, that there be not an overthrow, in your army."
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 mountains.
11. Now, therefore, my lord Holofernes, fight not, against them, in battle array [dress].
And, there will not, so much as one man, of your people who will die.
12. Remain in your camp, and keep all the men of your army.
And, let your servants get into their hands [take from them], the fountain of water,
which issues forth, from the foot of the mountain:
13. For, all the inhabitants, of Bethulia, have their water there [get their water there].
So that, lack of water, will kill them, and thus, they will give up their city.
And, we and our people, will go up to the tops of the mountains, that, are near.
And, we will camp upon them, to watch that, none go out of the city.
14. So they, and their wives and their children, will be consumed with fire.
And, before the sword come against them, they will be overthrown, in the streets, where they dwell.
15. Thus, will you render them, an evil reward.
Because, they rebelled, and have not met with you in peace.
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 Ammon departed.
And, with them, 5,000 of the Assyrians.
And, they pitched in the valley.
And they took of the waters, and the fountain of the waters of the children of Israel.
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 to 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 Israel, cried out to 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 among them.
20. Thus, all the company of Assur, remained about them, both their footmen, and chariots and horsemen, for 34 days.
So that, all their vessels of water, failed all the inhabitants of Bethulia.
21. And, the cisterns [underground vessels], were emptied.
And they, had no water to drink, not even enough water for one day's ration.
For, they gave each of them, water - which was measured out to them.
22. Therefore, their young children, were heart - sick,
And, their women and young men fainted of 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 out, with a loud voice, and said to all the elders:
24. God be judge, between us and you:
For, you, have done us great injury.
In that, you have not required peace of the children of Assur.
25. For, now, we have no helper:
But, God, has sold us into their hands.
That, we should be thrown down, before them, with thirst, and great destruction.
26. Now, therefore, call them, to you, and deliver the whole city, for a spoil, to the people of Holofernes, and to all his army.
27. For, it is better for us, to be made a spoil to them, than to die of thirst:
For, we, will be his servants, that, our souls may live.
And, we will not see the death of our infants, nor see our wives, nor children die.
28. We, witness against you, by, the heaven and the earth, and our God and the Lord of our fathers,
Which, punish us, according to our sins, and the sins of our fathers.
That, he, do not, according to, to what we have said on this day.
29. Then, there was great weeping, with one consent, in the midst of the assembly.
And, they cried to the Lord God, with a loud voice.
30. Then, Ozias said to them: Brethren [brothers and sisters], be courageous.
Let us yet endure 5 days, time.
Within, this space of time, the Lord our God may turn his mercy toward us.
For, he, will not utterly forsake us.
31. And, if, these 5 days pass, and no help comes to us, I, will do, according to your word.
32. And, he, dispersed the people, every one, to their own charge.
And, they went to the walls and towers of their city.
And, sent the women and children into their houses:
And, they, were brought very low, in the city.
CHAPTER 8: Verses: 8:1 - 36
8:1. Now, at that time, Judith heard thereof.
She, was the daughter of the man called Merari,
who, was the son of Ox,
who, was the son of Joseph,
who, was the son of Ozel,
who, was the son of Elcia,
who, was the son of Ananas,
who, was the son of Gedeon,
who, was the son of Raphaim,
who, was the son of Acitho,
who, was the son of Eliu,
who, was the son of Eliab,
who, was the son of Nathanael,
who, was the son of Samuel,
who, was the son of Salasadal,
who, was the son of Israel.
2. And, Manasses, was her husband.
And, Manasses, was of her tribe and kindred.
And, Manasses, died in the barley harvest.
3. For, as he stood, overseeing them, that bound sheaves in the field,
the heat came upon his heat, 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.
4. So, Judith was a widow, in her house, 3 years and 4 months.
5. And, she, made her a tent upon the top of her house.
And, she, put on sackcloth, upon her loins, and ware her widow's apparel.
6. And, she fasted, all the days of her widowhood, except on the eves of the sabbaths, and on the sabbaths,
and the eves of the new moons, and on the new moons, and the feasts, and solemn days of the house of Israel.
7. She, was also, of a goodly countenance, and very beautiful to behold:
And, her husband Manarsses, had left her gold, and silver, and menservants and maidservants, and cattle, and lands.
And, she, remained upon them.
8. And, there was no one, that, gave her an ill word.
And, she feared God greatly.
9. Now, when she, heard the evil words of the people, against the governor,
And, that they, fainted for lack of water,
For, Judith had heard all the words that Ozias had spoken to them,
And, that he, had sworn to deliver the city to the Assyrians, after 5 days.
10. Then, she, sent her waitingwoman [secret servant], that, had her hand in the government of all things,
That, she, had to call Ozias, and Chabris, and Charmis - the ancients [the elders] of the city.
11. And, they, came to her, and she, said to them: Hear me now, O you governors of the people of Bethulia:
For, your words, that you have spoken, while touching this oath - which you made,
and, pronounced, between God and you, before the people, this day, are not right.
And, now, have promised to deliver the city, to our enemies, unless, within these 5 days, the Lord turns to help you.
12. And, now, who are you, that have tempted God, on this day.
And, stand, instead of God, among the children of men?
13. And now, [you] try the Lord Almighty, but, you will never know anything.
14. For, you cannot find the depth of the heart of man.
Neither can you perceive the things that he thinks:
Then, how, can you search out God, that, has made all things.
And, know his mind, or comprehend his, purpose?
No, my brothers and sisters, do not provoke the Lord, our God to anger.
15. For, if, he will not help us, within these 5 days,
For, he, does have the power to defend us, when, he wills [when he wants to] , even every day,
or, he, has the power to destroy us, before our enemies.
16. Do not, bind [restrain /control] the counsels of the Lord, our God:
For, God is not like a man, that, he, may be threatened.
Neither, is he, as the son of man, that he, should be wavering [fluctuating, or chang his opinions].
17. Therefore, let us wait for salvation of him, and call upon him, to help us.
And, he, will hear our voice [he will listen to our prayers], if, it pleases him.
18. For, there arose, no one in our age [lifetime].
Neither, is there any now, in these days.
Neither, in any tribe nor family,
Nor, people, nor city among us,
which worship gods made by human hands, as, has been made before-time.
19. For, this was the cause [the reason] which , our fathers were given to the sword [were killed],
And, for a spoil, and, had a great fall, before our enemies.
20. But, we, know no other god.
Therefore, we trust, that he, will not dispise us, nor any, of our nation.
21. For, if, we be taken so [if we disobey God, and turn away from our God, or worship other gods],
all Judea, will lie in waste, and our sanctuary will be spoiled [over-run by thieves].
And, he, will require [order] the profanation [lower quality or understanding of his words] out of our mouth.
22. And, the slaughter [murder] of our brethren [brothers and sisters],
and the captivity of the country,
and the desolation of our inheritance,
he, will turn upon our heads - among the Gentiles [non-Jews],
Wheresoever - we, will be in bondage.
And, we, will be an offence, and a reproach to all them, that posses us.
23.For, our servitude [our service, or slavery and bondage], will not be favorable:
But, instead, the Lord our God, will turn it to dishonor.
24. Now, therefore, O brethren [brothers and sisters], let us be an example, to our brethren,
because, their hearts depend upon us,
And, the [inner] sanctuary, and the house, and the altar, rest upon us [is our responsibility as well].
25. Moreover, let us give thanks, to the Lord, our God, who, tested us, even as he, did our fathers.
26. Remember what things he, did to Abraham,
And, how he tried [tested] Isaac,
And, what happened to Jacob, in Mesopotamia - of Syria,
when, he [Jacob], was keeping the sheep, of Laban - his mother's brother.
27. For, he, had not tried [tested] us in the fire, as, he, did them, for the examination of their hearts.
Neither, had he, taken vengeance, on us:
But, the Lord, does scourge [punish or afflict] them, that, come near him, to admonish [ reprimand] them.
28. Then, Ozias said to Judith: All that you have spoken, you, have spoken with a good heart.
And, there is no one, that may gainsay [dispute or deny] your words.
29. For, this is not the first day, wherein, your wisdom is manifested.
But, from the beginning of your days, all the people have known your understanding,
because, the disposition of your heart is good.
30. But, the people were very thirsty, and compelled us to do to them, as we have spoken.
And, to bring an oath upon ourselves, which we will not break.
31. Therefore, now pray for us, because you are a godly woman.
And, the Lord will send us rain, to fill our cisterns, and we, will no longer faint [from thirst].
32. Then, Judith said to them: Hear me, and I will do a thing, which will go throughout all generations, to the children of our nation.
33. You will stand this night, in the gate, and I will go forth, with my waitingwoman:
And, within the 5 days, that you have promised to deliver the city, to our enemies, the Lord will visit Israel, by my hand.
34.But, do not inquire, of my act:
For, I, will not declare it to you, until the things be finished, that, I do.
35. Then, Ozias and the princes said to Judith:
Go in peace, and the Lord God, be before you, to take vengeance, on our enemies.
36. So, they returned from the tent, and went to their wards.
CHAPTER 9: Verses 9:1 - 14
1:9. Judith, fell upon her face, and put ashes upon her head, and uncovered the sackcloth, wherein, 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 out, with a loud voice, and said:
2. O Lord God, of my father Simeon, to whom you gave 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 [defiled] her virginity, to her reproach:
For, you said: It will not be so, and yet, they did so:
3. Wherefore, you gave up their rulers, to be slain,
so that, they dyed their bed in blood, You, being deceived
And, smote their servants with their lords, and the lords upon their thrones.
4. And, have given their wives for a prey, and their daughters, to be captives,
And, all their spoils, to be divided among your dear children, which were moved with your zeal,
And, abhorred [hated] the pollution of their blood.
And, called upon thee for aid: O God, O my God, hear me, also a widow.
5. For, you have brought, not only those things,
But also, the things which fell out before-hand,
And, which ensued after,
You have thought upon the things, which are now, and which are to come [in the future].
6. Yes, what things you did determine, were ready at hand,
And said: Lo, we are here: For all your ways are prepared, and your judgments are in your foreknowledge.
7. For see, 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 the shield, and spear, and bow, and sling.
And, do not know, that you are the Lord, that breaks the battles: the Lord is your name.
8. Throw down their strength in your power.
And, bring down their force, in your wrath:
For, their purpose, to defile your sanctuary.
And, to pollute the tabernacle, where your glorious name rests.
And, to cast down [murder], with the sword, the horn of your altar.
9. See, and know their pride.
And, send your wrath, upon their heads.
Give, into my hand, [for, I] am a widow - the power, that I have conceived.
10. [use me] Smite [kill them], 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, your power, stands not: in the multitude [the many], nor your might - in strong men:
For, you are a God, of:
a helper - of the oppressed,
an upholder of the weak,
a protector - of the forlorn,
a Savior - of them, that are without hope.
12. I, pray, to you, I, pray to you:
O God of my father,
and God of the inheritance of Israel,
Lord of the heavens and earth,
Creator of the waters,
King of every creature, hear my prayer.
13. And, make my speech and deceit, to be the wound and stripe -
for those, who have purposed cruel things against the Covenant,
and, your holy house,
and, against the top of Sion,
and, against the house, of the possession of your children.
14. And, make every nation and every tribe, to acknowledge and know that, you are the God, of all power and might.
And, that, there is none other, that protects the people of Israel, but you.
CHAPTER 10: Verses 10:1 - 23
10:1. Now, after that, she stopped crying out to the God of Israel,
and, bad, made an end of all these words.
2. She, rose, where she, had fallen down,
and, she called her maid,
and, went down into the house, in which she, abode, in the sabbath days and in her feast days.
3. And, pulled off the sackcloth, which she, had on.
And, took off the clothes of her widowhood.
And, washed her body, all over - with water.
And, anointed herself, with precious ointment.
And, braided her hair, and put on a tire upon it.
And, put on her clothes - of gladness, the clothes which she wore, during her life with her husband Manasses.
4. And, she, put:
sandals on her feet,
and put on her bracelets,
and her chains,
and her rings,
and her earrings,
and all her ornaments [jewelry],
and decked herself - bravely,
to allure men's eyes, who might see her.
5. 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 fine bread.
And so, she, folded all these things together, and laid them upon her.
6. Thus, they went forth, to the gate of the city of Bethulia,
and found, standing there, Ozias and the ancients [the elders] of the city: Chabris and Charmis.
7. And, when they, saw her, and saw that her countenance [appearance/character] was altered [changed],
and her apparel [clothes ] was changed [different],
they, wondered, at her beauty - very greatly, and said to her:
8. The God, the God of our fathers, give you favor,
And, accomplished your enterprizes, to the glory of the children of Israel, and to the exaltation of Jerusalem.
Then, they, worshiped God.
9. And, she, said to them: Order the gates of the city, to be opened to me.
That I, may go forward, to accomplish the things, which you, have spoken with me about.
So, they, ordered the young men, to open the gates to her, just as she, asked.
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, had gone down the mountain,
And, until she, had passed the valley, and until they could not see her anymore.
11. Thus, they, went straight forward, into the valley:
And, the first watch of the Assyrians, met her.
12. And, they took her, and asked her:
Of what people, are you from?
And, where did you come from?
And, where did you go?
And she said: I, am a woman of the Hebrews.
And, I, have fled from them:
For, they, will be given to 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 [show] him a way, whereby, he will 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 saw her, countenance,
they, wondered greatly, at her beauty, and said to her:
15. You, have saved your life, in that, you have quickly come down to the presence of our lord:
Now, therefore, come to his tent, and some of us will conduct [direct/guide] you,
until, they, have delivered you, to his hands.
16. And, when, you stand before him, do not be afraid,
But, show him, according to thy [my] word:
And, he will entreat you well [he will ask earnestly/urgently].
17. Then, they, chose, from among them, 100 men, to accompany her, and her maid:
And, they, brought her, to the tent of Holofernes.
18. Then, there was a concourse, throughout all the camp:
For, her coming, was noisy, among the tents.
And, they, came around her, as she stood, within the tent of Holofernes, until, they, told him, of her.
19. And, they, wondered at her beauty, and admired the children of Israel - because of her.
And, everyone said, to his neighbor: Who, would despise this people, that have among them, such a woman?
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 his tent.
21. Now, Holofernes, rested, upon his bed, under a canopy,
which, was woven with: purple, and gold, and emeralds, and precious stones.
22. So, they showed her to him, and he came out, before his tent, with silver lamps, going before him.
23. And, when Judith came before him, and his servants,
they, all marvelled, at the beauty of her countenance:
And, she, fell down upon her face, and did reverence to him:
And, his servants, took her up.
CHAPTER 11: Verses 11:1 - 23
11:1. Then, Holofernes said to her:
Woman, be of good comfort, fear not:
For, I, never hurt anyone, that was willing to serve Nabuchodonosor - the king of all the earth.
2. Now, therefore, if, my people, that live in the mountains, had not set light on me,
I, would not have lifted up my spear against them:
But, they have done these things, to themselves.
3. But, now, tell me where you fled from them, and have come to us:
For, you have come, for safeguard:
Be of comforted - you will live this night, and hereafter:
4. For, no one, will hurt you.
But, entreat you well, as they, do the servants of king Nabuchodonosor, my lord.
5. Then, Judith said to him:
Receive the words of your servant,
And, suffer your handmaid, to speak in your presence,
And, I, will declare no lie, to my lord, tonight.
6. And, if, you will follow the words of your handmaid,
God, will bring the thing, perfectly to pass, by you.
And, my lord will not fail, of his purposes.
7. As Nabuchodonosor - king of all the earth lives, and as his power lives [is alive and strong] -
He, king Nabuchodonosor, has sent me [Holofernes, the chief captain of the army of Nabuchodonosor]],
for, the upholding of every living thing.
For, not only men will serve him, by me , but also:
The beasts of the field, and the cattle, and the fowls of the air, will live by my power, under Nabuchodonosor, and all his house.
8. For, we, have heard of your wisdom, and your policies,
And, it is reported, in all the earth, that, you only, are excellent, in all the kingdom.
And, mighty, in knowledge, and wonderful in feats of war.
9. Now, as concerning the matter , which Achior [the captain of all the sons of Ammon], spoke of, in my council,
we, have heard his words.
For, the men of Bethulia saved him.
And, he, declared to them, all, that he spoken of to me [Judith].
10. Therefore, O lord and governor, do not reject his word.
But, keep it in your heart, for it is true:
For, our nation, will not be punished,
neither, can the sword prevail against them,
except they, who/ if, they, sin against their God.
11. And now, that my lord, should not be defeated and frustrated, in his purpose -
For, even death, has now fallen upon them [because they sinned],
Their sins, has overtaken them.
Because, they will provoke their God - to anger [when they sin],
And, if and when, they do sin, which - is not fitting to be done:
12. For, their victuals, do 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 has forbidden them to eat, by his Laws:
13. And they, are resolved, to spend the first-fruits of the tenths of wine and oil,
Which they, had sanctified [blessed/made holy], and reserved, for the priests -
who, serve in Jerusalem, in the presence of our God:
And, these things, it are 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 same - to bring them a licence from the senate.
15. Now, when they, will bring them word, they will forthwith do it,
And they, will be given to you, to be destroyed, on the same day.
16. Wherefore, I, y our handmaid [servant], knowing all this, have fled from their presence:
And, God, has sent me to work these things with you.
Whereas, all the earth, will be astonished, and everyone will hear of it.
17. For, your servant is religious, and serves the God of heaven - day and night:
Now, therefore, my lord, I, will remain with you.
And, my servant will go out by night, into the valley.
And, I, will pray to God, and he will tell me, when, they have committed their sins:
18. And, I, will come and show it onto you:
Then, you will go forth, with all your army, and there will be none of them, that will resist you.
19. And, I, will lead you, through the midst of Judea, until, you come before Jerusalem.
And, I, will set your throne in the midst there.
And, you, will drive them as sheep, that have no shepherd,
And, a dog, will not so much as open his mouth at you:
For, these things, were told to me, according to my foreknowledge.
And, they were declared to me, and I, am sent to tell you.
20. Then, her words pleased Holofernes, and 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, having both a beautiful face, and such wisdom.
22. Likewise, Holofernes, said to her:
God, has done well to send you before the people:
That, strength might be in our hands, and destruction, upon them, - that lightly regard my lord.
23. And now, thou are both beautiful - in your countenance, and witty - in your words:
Surely, if you do, as you have spoken, your God, will be my God.
And, you will live in the house of king Nabuchdonosor,
And, will be renowned, through the whole earth.
CHAPTER 12: Verses 12:1 - 20
1:12. Then, he [Holofernes], commanded, to bring her in, where his plate was set[at his table].
And, bade, that they should prepare, for her, of his own meals, and that she, should drink of his own wine.
2. And, Judith said: I, will not eat thereof [of the same food, as his], unless, there be an offence:
But, provision will be made for me, of these things, that I, have brought.
3. Then, Holofernes said to her:
If your provision should fail [run out], how should we give you the like [the same food you brought with you].?
For, there be none with us, of your nation.
4. Then, Judith said to him: As thy soul lives, my lord, your handmaid will not spend [run out of] those things that I have,
before, the Lord, work by my hand, the things that he has determined.
5. Then, the servants of Holofernes, brought her into the tent, and she slept until midnight.
And, she, arose, when it was toward the morning watch [dawn].
6. And, she, sent to Holofernes, saying: Let my lord now command, that your handmaid may go forth, to prayer.
7. Then, Holofernes, commanded his guard, that they should not stay [stop] her:
Thus, she abode in the camp 3 days, and went out, in the night, into the valley of Bethulia,
and washed herself, in a fountain of water, by the camp.
8. And, when she came out [of the water],
she besought the Lord God of Israel, to direct her way, to the rising up of the children of her people.
9. So, she came in - clean.
And, remained in the tent, until she did eat meat, at evening.
10. And, on the 4th day, Holopfernes, made a feast for his own servants - only.
And, called none of the officers to the banquet.
11. Then, he said to Bagoas - the eunuch [a castrated man], who, had charge, over all that he had.
Go, now, and persuade this Hebrew woman, who is with me,
that, she come to us, and eat and drink, with us.
12. For, lo, it will be a shame for our person [character], if we will let such a woman go, not having had her company.
For, if, we draw her not, unto us, she will laugh us to scorn anger and disgust].
13.Then, Bagos went from Holofernes' presence, and came to Judith, and he said:
Let not this fair damsel, fear, to come to my lord, and, to be honored, in his presence.
And, to drink wine, and be merry, with us.
And, be made this day, as one of the daughters of the Assyrians, who serve, in the house of Nabuchodonosor.
14. Then, Judith said to him: Who am I, that I, should gainsay my lord?
Surely, whatsoever pleases him, I will do - speedily.
And, it will be my joy, unto the day of my death.
15. So, she arose, and decked herself out, 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,
[Soft skins], which she had received from Bagoas, for her daily use, that she, might sit and eat upon them.
16. Now, when Judith came in and sat down, Holofernes' heart, was ravished [with the very thought] of her.
And, his mind was moved, and he desired her company - greatly.
For, he waited a while, to deceive her, he waited, from the day that he had first seen her.
17. Then, Holofernes said to her,: Drink now, and be merry with us.
18. So, Judith said: I will drink now, my lord, because my life is magnified in me, this day, more than all days, since I was born.
19. Then, she took, and ate and drank, before him, what, her mad had prepared.
20. And, Holofernes, took great delight in her,.
And, drank more wine, than he had drunk at any time, in one day, since he was born.
CHAPTER 13: Verses 13:1 - 20
13:1. Now, when the evening came, his servants quickly departed.
And, Bagoas, shut his tent, 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 been long.
2. And, Judith, was left, alone in the tent,
And, Holofernes - lying along upon his bed: For, he was filled with wine.
3. Now, Judith, had commanded her maid, to stand within 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 spoke to Bagoas, for the same purpose.
4. So, all, went forth, and no one was left in the bedchamber, no one great or lowly.
Then, Judith, standing by his bed, said, in her heart:
O Lord God of all power, look at this present, upon the works of my hands, for the exaltation of Jerusalem.
5. For, now is the time, to help your inheritance [your people],
And, to execute your enterprizes, to the destruction of the enemies, which have risen, against us.
6. Then, she came to the pillar [column or bed post] of the bed, which, was at Holofernes' head,
and took down his fauchion [sword], from there.
7. And, approached, his bed, and took hold of the hair of his head, and said:
Strengthen me, O Lord God of Israel - on this day.
8. And, she smote, twice, upon his neck, with all her might.
And, she took his head [she beheaded him].
9. And, tumbled his body, down from the bed.
And, pulled down the canopy, from the pillars.
And, soon, after she went forth, and gave Holofernes' head to her maid.
10. And, she put it in her bag of meat:
So, they, the two of them, went together, according to their custom - to prayer:
And, when they passed the camp, they compassed the valley,
and went up the mountain of Bethulia, and came to the gates there.
11. Then, Judith said, afar off, to the watchmen, at the gate: Open the gate, now:
God , even our God, is with us, to show his power, yet, in Jerusalem.
And, his forces, against the enemy, as he has 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 came running, all of them - together, both great and small, for, it was strange, to them, that she come:
So, they opened the gate, and received them.
And, made a fire - for light, and stood round about them [Judith and her servant].
14. Then, she said to them - with a loud voice: Praise, praise God, praise God, I say.
For, he has not taken away his mercy, from the house of Israel,
But, he, has destroyed our enemies, by my hands, on this night.
15. So, she took the head out of the bag, and showed it, and said to them:
Behold, the hesd of Holofernes, the chief captain of the army of Assur.
And, behold, the canopy, where, he did lie, in his drunkenness:
And, the Lord has smitten him, by the hand of a woman.
16. As the Lord lives, - who, has kept me in my way, that I, went,
And, my countenance, has deceived him, to his destruction.
And yet, he has not committed sin with me, to defile and shame me.
17. Then, all the people, were wonderfully astonished, and bowed themselves, and worshiped God.
And said, in one accord: Blessed be you, O our, God, who, has on this day,
brought to nothing, the enemies of your people.
18. Then, Ozias said, to Judith: O daughter, blessed are you, of the Most High God, above all the women upon the earth.
And, blessed, be the Lord God, who has created the heavens and the earth,
Because, he, has directed you, to the cutting off of the head of the chief captain of our enemies.
19. Because of this, thy, confidence will not depart, from the heart of men - who, remember the power of God, forever.
20. For, God, had turned these things to you, for a perpetual praise [everlasting praise], to visit you, in good things,
Because, you have not spared the life [of our enemy], who were, to afflict our nation.
But, you, have revenged our ruin, by walking a straight way [straight path], before our God.
And, all the people said: So be it, so be it.
CHAPTER 14: Verses 14:1 19
14:1. Then, Judith said to them:
Hear me, my brothers and sisters, and take this head, and hang it upon the highest place on your walls.
2. And, so soon as the morning will appear, and the sun will come forth upon the earth,
every one take his weapons, and go forth, every valiant man, out of the city.
And, set a captain, over them, as though, you would go down into he field, toward the watch of the Assyrians.
But, do not go down.
3. Then, they will take their armor, an will go into their camp, and raise up the captains of the army of Assur.
And, they, will run to the tent of Holofernes, but, will not find him:
Then, fear will fall upon them, and they, will flee before your face.
4. So, you, and all that inhabit the coast of Israel, will pursue them, and overthrow them, as they go.
5. But, before you do these things, call, Achior - the Ammonite, to me:
That, he, may see, and know him, that despised the house of Israel,
and, that sent him, to us - it were to his death.
6. Then, they called Achior, out of the house of Ozias:
And, when he came, and saw the head of Holofernes,
in the man's hand, in the assembly of the people, he, fell down on his face, and his, spirit failed.
7. But, when they, had recovered him, he, fell at Judith's feet, and reverenced her, and said:
Blessed, are you, Judith, in all the tabernacles [Churches] of Judea, and in all nations,
which, when hearing your name, will be astonished.
8. Now, therefore, tell me, all the things that you have done, in these days.
Then, Judith, declared to him, in the midst of the people, all, that she, had done,
from the day that she went forth, until, that very hour she spoke to them.
9. And, when she had finished 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, he flesh of his foreskin, and was joined to the house of Israel, to this day.
11. And, as soon as the morning arose [at dawn], they, hanged the head of Holofernes, upon the wall.
And, every man, took his weapons, and, they went forth, by bands, to the straits of the mountain.
12. But, when the Assyrians saw them, they, sent their leaders,
who came to their captains and tribunes, and to every one of their rulers.
13.So, they, came to Holofernes' tent, and said to him [Bagoas], that had the charge of all his Holofernes'] things:
Waken, now, our lord [Holofenes]:
For, the slaves, have been bold, to come down against us, to battle - that they, may be utterly destroyed.
14. Then, Bagoas, went in, and knocked at the door of the tent:
For, he, thought that he [Holofernes] had slept with Judith.
15. But, because no one answered, he, opened it [the tent],
and went into the bedchamber, and found him [Holofernes}, cast upon the floor - dead.
And, his head, was taken from him [his head was severed off].
16. Therefore, he [Bagoas] cried out, with a loud voice, with weeping, and sighing, and a mighty cry.
And, he rent [ripped]his garments.
17. After, he went into the tent, where Judith lodged:
And, when, he did not find her, he leaped out to the people, and cried out:
18. These, slaves, have dealt treacherously:
One woman, of the Hebrews [the Israelites], has brought shame, upon the house of king Nabuchodonosor:
For, see, Holofernes lies upon the ground, without a head.
19. When the captains, of the Assyrian army heard these words, they rent their coats.
And, their minds were wonderfully [very] troubled.
And, there was a cry, and a very great noise, throughout the camp.
CHAPTER 15:Verses 15:1 - 13
15:1. And, when, they, that were in the tents, heard [about Holofernes fate], they were astonished, at the thing that was done.
2. And, fear and trembling, fell upon them.
So that, there was no man, that durst abide [boldly remaining] in the sight of his neighbor,
But, they, rushing out, all together, fled into every way of the plain, and, of the hill country.
3. They, also, that had camped, in the mountains round about Bethulia, fled away.
Then, the children of Israel [the people] - every one, that was a warrior among them, rushed out upon them.
4. Then, Ozias, sent to:
and, to Bebai,
and, to all the coasts of Israel:
That, all things that happened, should be spoken of [told to all people].
And, that all should rush forth, upon their enemies, to destroy them.
5. Now, when the children of Israel [all the people], heard it:
They, all fell upon them, with one consent, and slew [killed] them - unto Chobai:
Likewise, also, they, that came from Jerusalem, and from all the hill country,
And, they, that were in Galaad, and in Gallee, chased them, with a great slaughter,
until, they were past Damascus and the borders - thereof.
(for, men had told them what things [what sins] were done, in the camp of their enemies),
6. And, the residue, that dwelt at Bethulia, fell upon the camp of Assur, and spoiled them, and, they were greatly enriched.
7. 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,
got many spoils: For, the multitude - was very great.
8. Then, Joacim, the high priest, and the ancients, of the children of Israel [the elders of the people],
that, lived in Jerusalem, came to see the good things, that God, had shown to Israel.
And, to see Judith, and to salute her.
9. And, when they, came to her, they, blessed her, with one accord.
And, said to her:
You, are the exaltation of Jerusalem.
You, are the great glory of Israel.
You, are the great rejoicing, of our nation:
10. You, have done all these things, by your hand:
You, have done much good, to Israel, and, God, is pleased, therewith:
Blessed, be you, of the Almighty Lord, for evermore.
And, all the people said: So be it.
11. And, the people, spoiled the camp, for 30 days:
And, they, gave to Judith, Holofernes' tent [house], and all his plate, and beds, and vessels, and all his stuff:
And, she took all things, and put it on her mule.
And, made ready her carts.
And, put all these things, inside her carts.
12. Then, all the women of Israel, ran together, to see her.
And, they, 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 her.
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 men of Israel, followed in their armor, with garlands.
And, with singing.
CHAPTER 16: VERSES 16:1 - 25
16:1. Then, Judith began to sing, this thanksgiving, in all Israel.
And, all the people, sang, after her, this song of praise:
2. And, Judith said:
Begin [praise] unto my God - with timbrels, sing to my Lord - with cymbals:
Tune [write] for him a new psalm: exalt him, and call upon his name.
3. For, God, breaks the battles:
For, among the camps, in the midst of the people, he, has delivered me, out of the hands of them, that persecuted me.
4. Assur, came out of the mointains, from the north.
He, came with 10 thousands of his army.
The multitude, whereof, stopped the torrents, and their horsemen, have covered the hills.
5. He, bragged, that, he, would burn up my borders, and kill my young men, with the sword.
And, dash the suckling children, against the ground.
And, make my infants, as prey.
And, my virgins - as a spoil.
6. But, the Almighty Lord, has disappointed them, by the hand of a woman.
7. For, the mighty one [Holofernes], 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 countenance.
8. For, she, took off the garment of her widowhood [mourning], for the exaltation of those, that were oppressed, in Israel.
And, she, anointed her face, with ointment.
And, bound her hair, in a tire.
And, took a linen garment, to deceive him.
9. Her sandals, ravished his eyes.
Her beauty, took his mind prisoner.
And, the fauchion [weapon], 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 fugatives' children:
They, perished, by the battle of the Lord.
13. I, will sing, to the Lord, a new song:
O Lord, you are great and glorious, wonderful - in strength, and invincible.
14. Let all creatures serve you:
For, you spoke, and they, were made.
You, did send forth, your spirit, and it created them.
And, there is no one, that can resist your voice.
15. For, the mountains will be moved from their foundations,
with the waters, the rocks will melt - as wax, at your presence:
Yet, you are merciful, to them, that fear You.
16. For, all sacrifice, is too little, for a sweet savour, to you.
And, all the fat, is not sufficient, for your burnt offerings:
But, he, that fears the Lord, is great, at all times.
17. Woe!, to the nations, that rise up, against my kindred ! [against my people].
The Lord Almighty, will take vengeance on them, in the Day of Judgment!
By, putting fire and worms, in their flesh.
And, they, will feel them, and weep - forever!
18. Now, as soon as they, entered into Jerusalem, they, worshiped the Lord.
And, as soon as the people were purified,
they, offered their burnt offerings,
and their free offerings,
and their gifts.
19. Judith, also, dedicated all the stuff of Holofernes, which the people had given to her.
And, gave the canopy, which she, had taken, out of the bedchamber of Holofernes, for, a gift to the Lord.
20. So, the people, continued, feasting, in Jerusalem, before the sanctuary, for 3 months.
And, Judith, remained with them.
21. After this time, everyone, returned to his own inheritance.
And, Judith, went to Bethulia.
And, remained in her own possession.
And, was in her time - honorable, in all the country.
22. And, many desired her.
But, no one knew her, all the days of her life - which, was after her husband Manasses died.
And, after Manasses died, he was gathered to his people [ he was buried with his ancestors].
23. But, she, increased, more and more, in honor.
And, waxed, old in her husband's house - being 105 years old.
And, she, freed her maid.
So, she died, in Bethulia.
And, they, buried her, in the cave of her husband Manasses.
24. And, the house of Israel lamented [all the people grieved], for her, for 7 days:
And, before she died, she did distribute her goods, to all them:
That were nearest of kindred [family], to Manasses her husband.
And, to them, that were the nearest of her kindred.
25. And, there was no one, that made the children of Israel, afraid, anymore, in the days of Judith.
Nor, a long time after Judith's death.