0 SAB Judith 11

One Hebrew woman hath made confusion in the house of king Nabuchodonosor: for behold Holofernes lieth upon the ground, and his head is not upon him. 14:16

Trivia: What gentile became circumcised and became an Israelite?

Judith

CHAPTER 11

Judith lies to Holofernes
Injustice 11:1-21

1 Then Holofernes said to her: Be of good comfort, and fear not in thy heart: for I have never hurt a man that was willing to serve Nabuchodonosor the king.

Holofernes said to Judith, 

2 And if thy people had not despised me, I would never have lifted up my spear against them.

3 But now tell me, for what cause hast thou left them, and why it hath pleased thee to come to us?

Why are you here?

4 And Judith said to him: Receive the words of thy handmaid, for if thou wilt follow the words of thy handmaid, the Lord will do with thee a perfect thing.

Judith said, 

If you do what I say, the Lord will do a perfect thing for you.

5For as Nabuchodonosor the king of the earth liveth, and his power liveth which is in thee for chastising of all straying souls: not only men serve him through thee, but also the beasts of the field obey him.

Nabuchodonosor is the king of all the earth and all men and beasts obey him.

6 For the industry of thy mind is spoken of among all nations, and it is told through the whole world, that thou only art excellent, and mighty in all his kingdom, and thy discipline is cried up in all provinces.

7 It is known also what Achior said, nor are we ignorant of what thou hast commanded to be done to him.

We know that Achior said, and we know what you will do to him.

8 For it is certain that our God is so offended with sins, that he hath sent word by his prophets to the people, that he will deliver them up for their sins.

9 And because the children of Israel know they have offended their God, thy dread is upon them.

10 Moreover also a famine hath come upon them, and for drought of water they are already to be counted among the dead.

There is famine and drought upon us.

11And they have a design even to kill their cattle, and to drink the blood of them.

And we are ready to kill our cattle and drink their blood.

12 And the consecrated things of the Lord their God which God forbade them to touch, in corn, wine, and oil, these have they purposed to make use of, and they design to consume the things which they ought not to touch with their hands: therefore because they do these things, it is certain they will be given up to destruction.

We have touched consecrated things that God told us not to touch, so we will be destroyed.

13 And I thy handmaid knowing this, am fled from them, and the Lord hath sent me to tell thee these very things.

So I fled from them and the Lord sent me to tell you these things.

14: For I thy handmaid worship God even now that I am with thee, and thy handmaid will go out, and I will pray to God,

15 And he will tell me when he will repay them for their sins, and I will come and tell thee, so that I may bring thee through the midst of Jerusalem, and thou shalt have all the people of Israel, as sheep that have no shepherd, and there shall not so much as one dog bark against thee:

God will hell me when he will punish them for their sins, and I'll tell you so you can attack them while they are helpless.

16Because these things are told me by the providence of God.

God has told me these things.

17And because God is angry with them, I am sent to tell these very things to thee.

And because he his angry with them, he sent me to say these things to you.

18 And all these words pleased Holofernes, and his servants, and they admired her wisdom, and they said one to another:

19There is not such another woman upon earth in look, in beauty, and in sense of words.

Holofernes and his servants said Judith was the most beautiful woman on earth.

20 And Holofernes said to her: God hath done well who sent thee before the people, that thou mightest give them into our hands:

Holofernes said to Judith, 

Good for God for sending you and helping me to destoy the Hebrews.

21 And because thy promise is good, if thy God shall do this for me, he shall also be my God, and thou shalt be great in the house of Nabuchodonosor, and thy name shall be renowned through all the earth.

If God does this for me, he will become my God, and your name will be renowned everywhere on earth.

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