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Judith (Douay-Reims Bible)

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Judith 1

1:1 Now Arphaxad king of the Medes had brought many nations under his dominions, and he built a very strong city, which he called Ecbatana,
1:2 Of stones squared and hewed: he made the walls thereof seventy cubits broad, and thirty cubits high, and the towers thereof he made a hundred cubits high. But on the square of them, each side was extended the space of twenty feet. (1:2) "He made the walls thereof seventy cubits broad, and thirty cubits high." King Arphaxad made the walls of Ecbatana 32 meters wide and 14 meters tall.
1:3 And he made the gates thereof according to the height of the towers:
1:4 And he gloried as a mighty one in the force of his army and in the glory of his chariots.
1:5 Now in the twelfth year of his reign, Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians, who reigned in Ninive the great city, fought against Arphaxad and overcame him,
1:6 In the great plain which is called Ragua, about the Euphrates, and the Tigris, and the Jadason, in the plain of Erioch the king of the Elicians.
1:7 Then was the kingdom of Nabuchodonosor exalted, and his heart was elevated: and he sent to all that dwelt in Cilicia and Damascus, and Libanus,
1:8 And to the nations that are in Carmelus, and Cedar, and to the inhabitants of Galilee in the great plain of Asdrelon,
1:9 And to all that were in Samaria, and beyond the river Jordan even to Jerusalem, and all the land of Jesse till you come to the borders of Ethiopia.
1:10 To all these Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians, sent messengers:
1:11 But they all with one mind refused, and sent them back empty, and rejected them without honour.
1:12 Then king Nabuchodonosor being angry against all that land, swore by his throne and kingdom that he would revenge himself of all those countries.

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