10:1 And it came to pass, when she had ceased to cry to the Lord, that she rose from the place wherein she lay prostrate
before the Lord.
10:2 And she called her maid, and going down into her house she took off her haircloth,
and put away the garments of her widowhood,
10:3 And she washed her body, and anointed herself with the best ointment, and plaited the hair of her head, and put a bonnet
upon her head, and clothed herself with the garments of her gladness, and put sandals on her feet, and took her bracelets,
and lilies, and earlets, and rings, and adorned herself with all her ornaments.
(10:4-7) God, the great beautician, made Judith even more beautiful. Then she and her slave took a
bottle of wine and left to visit Holofernes. On the way she passed by the Hebrew old men, who "admired her beauty exceedingly."
(10:4) "The Lord also gave her more beauty ... so that she appeared to all men's eyes
(10:5) "She gave to her maid a bottle of wine ... and went out."
(10:6-7) "The ancients of the city ... were astonished, and admired her beauty exceedingly."
10:4 And the Lord also gave her more beauty: because all this dressing up did not proceed from sensuality, lent from virtue:
and therefore the Lord increased this her beauty, so that she appeared to all men's eyes incomparably lovely.
10:5 And she gave to her maid a bottle of wine to carry, and a vessel of oil, and parched corn, and dry figs, and bread and cheese,
and went out.
10:6 And when they came to the gate of the city, they found Ozias, and
the ancients of the city waiting.
10:7 And when they saw her they were astonished, and admired her beauty exceedingly.
10:8 But they asked her no question, only they let her pass, saying: The God of our fathers give thee grace, and may he strengthen
all the counsel of thy heart with his power, that Jerusalem may glory in thee, and thy name may be in the number of the holy and just.
(10:11-14) Judith lies about her visit, saying she is leaving the Israelites, who will soon
be destroyed by the Assyrians. She tells the Assyrian watchmen that she plans to meet with Holofernes to show him how to defeat
the Israelites without losing a single Assyrian soldier. The watchmen are so taken by her beauty that they let her pass. Is it OK to lie?
(10:10-11) "When ... the Assyrians met her and stopped her, saying: Whence comest thou? or whither goest thou? "
(10:12) "She answered: I am a daughter of the Hebrews, and I am fled from them, because I knew they would be made a prey to you."
(10:13) "I will go to the presence of the prince Holofernes, that I may ... shew him by what way he may take them,
without the loss of one man of his army."
(10:14) "When the men had heard her words, they beheld her face, and ... wondered exceedingly at her beauty."
10:9 And they that were there said, all with one voice: So be it, so be it.
10:10 But Judith praying to the Lord, passed through the gates, she and her maid.
10:11 And it came to pass, when she went down the hill, about break of day, that the watchmen of
the Assyrians met her and stopped her,
saying: Whence comest thou? or whither goest thou?
10:12 And she answered: I am a daughter of the Hebrews, and I am fled from them, because I knew they would be made a prey to you,
because they despised you, and would not of their own accord yield themselves, that they might find mercy in your sight.
10:13 For this reason I thought with myself, saying: I will go to the presence of the prince
Holofernes, that I may tell him
their secrets, and shew him by what way he may take them, without the loss of one man of his army.
10:14 And when the men had heard her words, they
beheld her face, and their eyes were amazed,
for they wondered exceedingly at her beauty.
10:15 And they said to her: Thou hast saved thy life by taking this resolution, to come down to our lord.
10:16 And be assured of this, that when thou shalt stand before him, he will treat thee well, and thou wilt be most
acceptable to his heart. And they brought her to the tent of Holofernes, telling him of her.
(10:17-18) Holofernes is totally incapacitated by Judith's beauty. His officers were too, who said,
"How can we fight against the Israelites when they have such beautiful women?"
(10:17) "When she was come into his presence, forthwith Holofernes was caught by his eyes."
(10:18) "His officers said to him: Who can despise the people of the Hebrews who have such beautiful women,
that we should not think it worth our while for their sakes to fight against them?"
10:17 And when she was come into his presence, forthwith Holofernes was caught by his eyes.
10:18 And his officers said to him: Who can despise the people of the Hebrews who have such beautiful women, that we should not
think it worth our while for their sakes to fight against them?
10:19 And Judith seeing Holofernes sitting under a canopy, which was woven of purple and gold,
with emeralds and precious stones:
10:20 After she had looked on his face bowed down to him, prostrating herself to the ground. And the servants of Holofernes lifted
her up, by the command of their master.