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Apocrypha. there any now in these days, neither tribe nor sackcloth wherewith she was clothed ; and about family, nor people, nor city, among us, which the time that the incense of that evening was worship gods made with hands, as hath been offered in Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, aforetime.

Judith cried with a loud voice, and said, 19 For the which cause our fathers were given 2 O Lord God of my father Simeon, to whom to the sword, and for a spoil, and had a great fall thou gavest a sword to take vengeance of the before our enemies.

strangers, who loosened the girdle of a maid to 20 But we know none other God, therefore defile her, and discovered the thigh to her shame, we trust that he will not despise us, nor any of and polluted her virginity to her reproach ; for our nation.

thou saidst, It shall not be so; and yet they 21 For if we be taken so, all Judea shall lie did so: waste, and our sanctuary shall be spoiled ; and 3 Wherefore thou gavest their rulers to be he will require the profanation thereof at our slain, so that they dyed their bed in blood, being mouth.

deceived, and smotest the servants with their 22 And the slaughter of our brethren, and the lords, and the lords upon their thrones; captivity of the country, and the desolation of 4 And hast given their wives for a prey, and our inheritance, will he turn upon our heads their daughters to be captives, and all their spoils among the Gentiles, wheresoever we shall be to be divided among thy dear children; which in bondage ; and we shall be an offence and a were moved with thy zeal, and abhorred the reproach to all them that possess us.

pollution of their blood, and called upon thee 23 For our servitude shall not be directed to for aid : O God, O my God, hear me also a favour: but the Lord our God shall turn it to widow. dishonour.

15 For thou hast wrought not only those 24 Now therefore, O brethren, let us shew an things, but also the things which fell out before example to our brethren, because their hearts de- and which ensued after ; thou hast thought upon pend upon us, and the sanctuary, and the house, the things which are now, and which are to and the altar, rest upon us.

come. 25 Moreover, let us give thanks to the Lord 6 Yea, what things thou didst determine were our God, which trieth us, even as he did our ready at hand, and said, Lo, we are here : for fathers.

all thy ways are prepared, and thy judgments 26 Remember what things he did to Abra- are in thy foreknowledge. ham, and how he tried Isaac, and what hap-' 7 For behold, the Assyrians are multiplied pened to Jacob in Mesopotamia of Syria, when in their power; they are exalted with horse he kept the sheep of Laban his mother's bro- and man; they glory in the strength of their ther.

footmen; they trust in shield and spear, and 27 For he hath not tried us in the fire, as helbow and sling; and know not that thou art the did them, for the examination of their hearts, Lord that breakest the battles: the Lord is neither hath he taken vengeance on us: but the thy name. Lord doth scourge them that come near unto 8 Throw down their strength in thy power, him, to admonish them.

and bring down their force in thy wrath : for 23 Then said Ozias to her, All that thou hast they have purposed to defile thy sanctuary, and spoken, hast thou spoken with a good heart, and to pollute the tabernacle where thy glorious there is none that may gainsay thy words. name resteth, and to cast down with the sword

29 For this is not the first day wherein thy the horn of thine altar. wisdom is manifested; but from the beginning 9 Behold their pride, and send thy wrath upon of thy days all the people have known thy un- their heads : give into mine hand, which am : derstanding, because the disposition of thine widow, the power that I have conceived. heart is good.

10 Smite by the deceit of my lips the ser30 But the people were very thirsty, and vant with the prince, and the prince with the compelled us to do unto them as we have spoken, servant: break down their stateliness by the and to bring an oath upon ourselves, which we hand of a woman. will not break.

| 11 For thy power standeth not in multitude, 31 Therefore now pray thou for us, because nor thy might in strong men: for thou art á thou art a godly woman, and the Lord will send God of the afflicted, an helper of the oppressed, us rain to fill our cisterns, and we shall faint no an upholder of the weak, a protector of the formore.

lorn, a saviour of them that are without hope. 32 Then said Judith unto them, Hear me, and 12 I pray thee, I pray thee, O God of my I will do a thing which shall go throughout all father, and God of the inheritance of Israel, generations to the children of our nation. Lord of the heavens and earth, Creator of the

33 Ye shali stand this night in the gate, and waters, King of every creature, bear thou my I will go forth with my waiting-woman: and prayer: within the days that ye have promised to del 13 And make my speech and deceit to be liver the city to our enemies, the Lord will visit their wound and stripe, who have purposed Israel by mine hand.

cruel things against thy covenant, and thy 34 But inquire not ye of mine act: for I will hallowed house, and against the top of Sion, not declare it unto you, tiil the things be finished and against the house of the possession of thy that I do.

children. 35 Then said Ozias and the princes unto her, 14 And make every nation and tribe to acGo in peace, and the Lord God be before thee, knowledge that thou art the God of all power to take vengeance on our enemies.

and might, and that there is none other that pro36 So they returned from the tent, and went tecteth the people of Israel but thou. to their wards.


TITOW after that she had ceased to cry into THEN Judith fell upon her face, and put I the God of Israel, and had made an end of L ashes upon her head, and uncovered the all these words,


Apocrypha. 2 She rose where she had fallen down, and without the tent of Holofernes, till they told him called her maid, and went down into the house, of her. in the which she abode in the sabbath-days, and 19 And they wondered at her beauty, and in her feast-days,

admired the children of Israel because of her, 3 And pulled off the sackcloth which she had and every one said to his neighbour, Who would on, and put off the garments of her widowhood. despise this people that have among them such and washed her body all over with water, and women ? surely it is not good that one man of anointed herself with precious ointment, and them be left, who being let go might deceive braided the hair of her head, and put on a tire the whole earth. upon it, and put on her garments of gladness, 20 And they that lay near Holofernes went wherewith she was clad during the life of Ma- out, and all his servants, and they brought her nasses her husband.

into the tent. 4 And she took sandals upon her feet, and 21 Now Holofernes rested upon his bed unput about her bracelets, and her chains, and der a canopy, which was woven with purplo, her rings, and her ear-rings, and all her orna- and gold, and emeralds, and precious stones. ments, and decked herself bravely, to allure the 22 So they shewed him of her ; and he came eyes of all men that should see her.

out before his tent with silver lamps going be15 Then she gave her maid a bottle of wine, fore him. and a cruise of oil, and filled a bag with parched 23 And when Judith was come before him corn, and lumps of figs, and with fine bread; so and his servants, they all marvelled at the beaushe folded all these things together, and laid ty of her countenance; and she fell down upon them upon her.

her face, and did reverence unto him : and his 6 Thus they went forth to the gate of the servants took her up. city of Bethulia, and found standing there__

CHAP. XI. Ozias, and the ancients of the city, Chabris and T HEN said Holofernes unto her, Woman, be Charmis.

1 of good comfort, fear not in thine heart : for 7 And when they saw her, that her counte- I never hurt any that was willing to serve Nanance was altered, and her apparel was changed, buchodonosor, the king of all the earth. they wondered at her beauty very greatly, and 2 Now therefore, if thy people that dwelleth said unto her,

in the mountains had not set light by me, I 8 The God, the God of our fathers, give thee would not have lifted up my spear against them: favour, and accomplish thine enterprises to the but they have done these things to themselves. glory of the children of Israel, and to the exalta- 3 But now tell me wherefore thou art fled tion of Jerusalem. Then they worshipped God. from them, and art come unto us : for thou art

9 And she said unto them, Command the come for safeguard; be of good comfort, thou gates of the city to be opened unto me, that I shalt live this night, and hereafter : may go forth to accomplish the things whereof 4 For none shall hurt thee, but entreat thee ye have spoken with me. So they commanded well, as they do the servants of king Nabuchodothe young men to open unto her, as she had nosor my lord. spoken.

15 Then Judith said unto him, Receive the 10 And when they had done so, Judith went words of thy servant, and suffer thine handmaid out, she, and her maid with her; and the men to speak in thy presence, and I will declare no of the city looked after her, until she was gone lie to my lord this night. down the mountain, and till she had passed the 6 And if thou wilt follow the words of thine valley, and could see her no more.

handmaid, God will bring the thing perfectly to 11 Thus they went strait forth in the valley : pass by thee; and my lord shall not fail of his and the first watch of the Assyrians met her, purposes.

12 And took her, and asked her, of what 7 As Nabuchodonosor king of all the earth people art thou ? and whence comest thou ? and liveth, and as his power liveth, who hath sent whither goest thou? And she said, I am a wo- thee for the upholding of every living thing: man of the Hebrews, and am fled from them: for not only men shall serve him by thee, but for they shall be given you to be consumed: also the beasts of the field, and the cattle, and

13 And I am coming before Holofernes the the fowls of the air, shail live by thy power unchief captain of your army, to declare words of der Nabuchodonosor and all his house. truth; and I will shew hiin a way whereby he 8 For we have heard of thy wisdom and thy shall go, and win all the hill-country, without policies, and it is reported in all the earth, that losing the body or life of any one of his men. Jibou only art excellent in all the kingdom, and

14 Now when the men heard her words, and mighty in knowledge, and wonderful in feats of beheld ber countenance, they wondered greatly war. at her beauty, and said unto her,

19 Now as concerning the matter, which Achior 15 Thou hast saved thy life, in that thou hast did speak in thy council, we have heard his hasted to come down to the presence of our words; for the men of Bethulia saved him, and lord : now therefore come to his tent, and some he declared unto them all that he had spoken of us shall conduct thee, until they have de- unto thee. livered thee to his hands.

| 10 Therefore, 0 lord and governor, reject not 16 And when thou standest before him, be his word; but lay it up in thine heart, for it is not afraid in thine heart, but shew unto him ac- true ; for our nation shall not be punished, nei. cording to thy word; and he will entreat theether can the sword prevail against them, except. well.

they sin against their God. 17 Then they chose out of them an hundred! į And now, that my lord be not defeated men to accompany her and her maid; and they and frustrate of his purpose, even death is now brought her to the tent of Holofernes.

fallen upon them, and their sin hath overtaken 18 Then was there a concourse throughout them, wherewith they will provoke their God all the camp: for her coming was noised among ito anger, whensoever they shall do that which the tents, and they came about her, as she stood is not fit to be done :


Apocrypha. 12 For their victuals fail them, and all their ! 6 And sent to Holofernes, saying, Let my water is scant, and they have determined to lay lord now command that thy handmaid may go hands upon their cattle, and purposed to con- forth unto prayer. sume all those things, that God hath forbidden 7 Then Holofernes commanded his guard that them to eat by his laws:

they should not stay her : thus she abode in the 13 And are resolved to spend the first-fruits cainp three days, and went out in the night into of the corn, and the tenths of wine and oil, the valley of Bethulia, and washed herself in a which they had sanctified, and reserved for the fountain of water by the camp. priests that serve in Jerusalem before the face 8 And when she came out, she besought the of our God; the which things it is not lawful Lord God of Israel to direct her way to the for any of the people so much as to touch with raising up of the children of her people. their hands.

19 So she came in clean, and remained in the 14 For they have sent some to Jerusalem, tent, until she did eat her meat at evening. Sjecause they also that dwell there have done 10 And in the fourth day Holofernes made a ne like, to bring them a license from the senate. feast to his own servants only, and called none

15 Now when they shall bring them word, of the officers to the banquet. they will forthwith do it, and they shall be given 11 Then said he to Bagoas the eunuch, who thee to be destroyed the same day.

had charge over all that he had, Go now, and 16 Wherefore I thine handmaid, knowing all persuade this Hebrew woman which is with thee, this, am fled from their presence; and God hath that she come unto us, and eat and drink with us. sent me to work things with thee, whereat all 12 For lo, it will be a shame for our person, the earth shall be astonished, and whosoever if we shall let such a woman go, not having shall hear it.

had her company ; for if we draw her not unto 17 For thy servant is religious, and serveth us, she will laugh us to scorn. the God of heaven day and night : now there. 13 Then went Bagoas from the presence of fore, my lord, I will remain with thee, and thy Holofernes, and came to her, and he said, Let servant will go out by night into the valley, and not this fair damsel fear to come to my lord, and I will pray unto God, and he will tell me when to be honoured in his presence, and drink wine, they have committed their sins :

and be merry with us, and be made this day as 18 And I will come and shew it unto thee : one of the daughters of the Assyrians, which then thou shalt go forth with all thine army, serve in the house of Nabuchodonosor. and there shall be none of them that shall resist 14 Then said Judith unto him, Who am I thee.

now, that I should gainsay my lord ? surely what19 And I will lead thee through the midst of soever pleaseth him I will do speedily, and it Judea, until tho'i come before Jerusalem; and I shall be my joy unto the day of my death. will set thy throne in the midst thereof; and 15 So she arose, and decked herself with her thou shalt drive them as sheep that have no apparel, and all her women's attire, and her shepherd, and a dog shall not so much as open maid went and laid soft skins on the ground for his mouth at thee ; for these things were told me her over against Holofernes, which she had reaccording to my foreknowledge, and they were ceived of Bagoas for her daily use, that she might declared unto me, and I am sent to tell thee. sit and eat upon them.

20 Then her words pleased Holofernes and all 16 Now when Judith came in and sat down, his servants; and they marvelled at her wisdom, Holofernes' heart was ravished with her, and his and said,

mind was moved, and he desired greatly her 21 There is not such a woman from one end company; for he waited a time to deceive her, of the earth to the other, both for beauty of face, from the day that he had seen her. and wisdom of words.

17 Then said Holofernes unto her, Drink 22 Likewise Holofernes said unto her, God now, and be merry with us. hath done well to send thee before the people, 18 So Judith said, I will drink now, my lord, that strength might be in our hands, and de- because my life is magnified in me this day more struction upon them that lightly regard my lord. than all the days since I was born.

23 And now thou art both beautiful in thy 19 Then she took and ate and drank before countenance, and witty in thy words : surely if him what her maid had prepared. thou do as thou hast spoken, thy God shall be 20 And Holofernes took great delight in her, my God, and thou shalt dwell in the house of and drank much more wine than he had drunk king Nabuchodonosor, and shalt be renowned at any time in one day since he was born. through the whole earth.


INOW when the evening was come, his serTHEN he commanded to bring her in where I vants made haste to depart, and Bagoas

I his plate was set; and bade that they should shut his tent without, and dismissed the waiters prepare for her of his own meats, and that she from the presence of his lord; and they went should drink of his own wine.

to their beds: for they were all weary, because 2 And Judith said, I will not eat thereof, lest the feast had been long. there be an offence : but provision shall be made 2 And Judith was left alone in the tent, and for me of the things that I have brought. Holofernes lying along upon his bed: for he

3 Then Holofernes said unto her, If thy pro-was filled with wine. vision should fail, how should we give thee the 3 Now Judith had commanded her maid to like? for there be none with us of thy nation. stand without her bed-chamber, and to wait for

4 Then said Judith unto him, As thy soul her coming forth, as she did daily : for she said liveth, my lord, thine handmaid shall not spend she would go forth to her prayers, and she spate those things that I have, before the Lord work to Bagoas according to the same purpose. by mine hand the things that he hath determined. 4 So all went forth, and none was left in the

5 Then the servants of Holofernes brought her bed-chamber, neither little nor great. Then into the tent, and she slept till midnight, and she Judith, standing by his bed, said in her heart, arose when it was toward the morning watch, O Lord God of all power, look at this present


Apocrypha. upon the works of mine hands for the exalta.

CHAP. XIV. tion of Jerusalem.

THEN said Judith unto them, Hear me now, 5 For now is the time to help thine inherit- 1 my brethren, and take this head, and hang ance, and to execute mine enterprises to the it upon the highest place of your walls. destruction of the enemies which are risen 2 And so soon as the morning shall appear, against us.

and the sun shall come forth upon the earth, 6 Then she came to the pillar of the bed take ye every one his weapons, and go forth which was at Holofernes' head, and took down every valiant man out of the city, and set ye a his fauchion from thence,

captain over them, as though ye would go down 7 And approached to his bed, and took hold into the field toward the watch of the Assyrians ; of the hair of his head, and said, Strengthen but go not down. me, O Lord God of Israel, this day.

3 Then they shall take their armour, and 8 And she sinote twice upon his neck with all shall go into their camp, and raise up the capher might, and she took away his head frointains of the army of Assur, and they shall run him,

to the tent of Holofernes, but shall not find him : 9 And tumbled his body down from the bed, then fear shall fall upon them, and they shall and pulled down the canopy from the pillars, fee before your face. and anon after she went forth, and gave Holo-l 4 So ye, and all that inhabit the coast of Isfernes' head to her maid;

rael, shall pursue them, and overthrow them as 10 And she put it in her bag of meat: so they they go. twain went together according to their custom 5 But before ye do these things, call mo unto prayer: and when they passed the camp, Achior the Ammonite, that he may see and they compassed the valley, and went up the moun- know him that despised the house of Israel, and tain of Bethulia, and came to the gates thereof. that sent him to us, as it were to his death.

11 Then said Judith afar off to the watchmen 6 Then they called Achior out of the house at the gate, Open, open now the gate: God, of Ozias; and when he was come, and saw the even our God, is with us, to shew his power head of Holofernes in a man's hand in the asyet in Jerusalem, and his forces against the ene- sembly of the people, he fell down on his face, my, as he hath even done this day.

and his spirit failed. 12 Now when the men of her city heard her 7 But when they had recovered him, he fell voice, they made haste to go down to the gate at Judith's feet, and reverenced her, and said, of their city, and they called the elders of the Blessed art thou in all the tabernacle of Juda, city.

and in all nations, which hearing thy name shall 13 And then they ran all together, both small be astonished. and great, for it was strange unto them that she 8 Now therefore tell me all the things that was come: so they opened the gate, and received thou hast done in these days. Then Judith dethem, and made a fire for a light, and stood round clared unto him in the midst of the people all about them.

that she had done, from the day that she went 14 Then she said to them with a loud voice, forth until that hour she spake unto them. Praise, praise God, praise God, I say, for he 9 And when she had left off speaking, the hath not taken away his mercy from the house people shouted with a loud voice, and made a of Israel, but hath destroyed our enemies by joyful noise in their city. mine hands this night.

T10 And when Achior had seen all that the 15 So she took the head out of the bag, and God of Israel had done, he believed in God shewed it, and said unto them, Behold the head greatly, and circumcised the flesh of his foreof Holofernes, the chief captain of the army of skin, and was joined unto the house of Israel Assur, and behold the canopy, wherein he did unto this day. lie in his drunkenness; and the Lord hath smit- 11 And as soon as the morning arose, they ten him by the hand of a woman.

hanged the head of Holofernes upon the wall, 16 As the Lord liveth, who hath kept me in and every man took his weapons, and they went my way that I went, my countenance hath de- forth by bands unto the straits of the mountain. ceived him to his destruction, and yet hath he 12 But when the Assyrians saw them, thernot committed sin with me, to defile and shame sent to their leaders, which came to their capme.

tains and tribunes, and to every one of their 17 Then all the people were wonderfully rulers. astonished, and bowed themselves, and wor- 13 So they came to Holofernes' tent, and said shipped God, and said with one accord, Blessed to him that had the charge of all his things, be thou, O our God, which hast this day brought Waken now our lord: for the slaves have been to nought the enemies of thy people.

bold to come down against us to battle, that they 18 Then said Ozias unto her, o daughter, may be utterly destroyed. blessed art thou of the most high God above 14 Then went in Bagoas, and knocked at the all the women upon the earth: and blessed be door of the tent ; for he thought that he had the Lord God, which hath created the heavens slept with Judith. and the earth, which hath directed thee to the 15 But because none answered, he opened it, cutting off of the head of the chief of our and went into the bed-chamber, and found him enemies.

cast upon the floor dead, and his head was taken 19 For this thy confidence shall not depart from him. from the heart of men, which remember the 16 Therefore he cried with a loud voice, with power of God for ever.

weeping, and sighing, and a mighty cry, and * 20 And God turn these things to thee for a rent his garments. perpetual praise, to visit thee in good things, 17 After, he went into the tent where Judith because thou hast not spared thy life for the lodged: and when he found her not, he leaped affliction of our nation, but hast revenged our out to the people, and cried, ruin, walking a straight way before our God. 18 These slaves have dealt treacherously ; one And all the people said, So be it, so be it. woman of the Hebrews hath brought shane


Apocrypha. upon the house of king Nabuchodonosor : for

CHAP. XVI. behold, Holofernes lieth upon the ground with. IT HEN Judith began to sing this thanksgiving out a head.

1 in all Israel, and all the people sang after 19 When the captains of the Assyrians' ar- her this song of praise. my heard these words, they rent their coats, 2 And Judith said, Begin unto my God with and their minds were wonderfully troubled, and timbrels, sing unto my Lord with cyınbals : tune there was a cry and a very great noise through- unto him a new psalm: exalt him, and call upon out the camp.

his name. CHAP. XV.

| 3 For God breaketh the battles : for among AND when they that were in the tents heard, the camps in the midst of the people he hath h they were astonished at the thing that was delivered me out of the hands of them that perdone.

secuted me. 2 And fear and trembling fell upon them, so 4 Assur came out of the mountains from the that there was no man that durst abide in the north, he came with ten thousands of his army, sight of his neighbour, but rushing out all to the multitude whereof stopped the torrents, and gether they fled into every way of the plain, and their horsemen have covered the hills. of the hill-country.

5 He bragged that he would burn up my 3 They also that had camped in the moun- borders, and kill my young men with the sword, tains round about Bethulia fled away. Then the and dash the sucking children against the children of Israel, every one that was a warrior ground, and make mine infants as a prey, and among them, rushed out upon them.

my virgins as a spoil. 4 Then sent Ozias to Betomasthem, and to 6 But the Almighty Lord hath disappointed Bebai, and Chobai, and Cola, and to all the them by the hand of a woman. coasts of Israel, such as should tell the things 7 For the mighty one did not fall by the that were done, and that all should rush forth young men, neither did the sons of the Titans upon their enemies to destroy them.

smite him, nor high giants set upon him: but *5 Now when the children of Israel heard it, Judith, the daughter of Merari, weakened him they all fell upon them with one consent, and with the beauty of her countenance. slew them unto Chobai : likewise also they that 8 For she put off the garment of her widowcame from Jerusalem, and from all the hill. hood for the exaltation of those that were opcountry, (for men had told them what things pressed in Israel, and anointed her face with were done in the camp of their enemies,) and ointment, and bound her hair in a tire, and took they that were in Galaad, and in Galilee, chased a linen garinent to deceive him. them with a great slaughter, until they were 9 Her sandals ravished his eyes, her beauty passed Damascus and the borders thereof. took lis mind prisoner, and the fauchion passed

6 And the residue, that dwelt in Bethulia, through his neck. fell upon the camp of Assur, and spoiled them, 10 The Persians quaked at her boldness, and and were greatly enriched.

the Medes were daunted at her hardiness. 7 And the children of Israel that returned 11 Then my afflicted shouted for joy, and my from the slaughter, had that which remained; weak ones cried aloud ; but they were astonishand the villages and the cities, that were in the ed: these lifted up their voices, but they were mountains and in the plain, gat many spoils : overthrown. for the multitude was very great.

12 The sons of the damsels have pierced them 8 Then Joacim the high priest, and the an- through, and wounded them as fugitives' chil. cients of the children of Israel that dwelt in Je- dren: they perished by the battle of the Lord. rusalem, came to behold the good things that 13 I will sing unto the Lord a new song: 0 God had showed to Israel, and to see Judith, Lord, thou art great and glorious, wonderful in and to salute her.

strength, and invincible. 9 And when they came unto her, they blessed 14 Let all creatures serve thee; for thon her with one accord, and said unto her, Thou spakest, and they were made, thou didst send art the exaltation of Jerusalem, thou art the forth thy spirit, and it created them, and there great glory of Israel, thou art the great rejoicing is none that can resist thy voice. of our nation :

| 15 For the mountains shall be mored from 10 Thou hast done all these things by thine their foundations with the waters, the rocks hand: thou hast done much good to Israel, and shall melt as wax at thy presence : yet thou art God is pleased therewith: blessed be thou of merciful to them that fear thee. the Almighty Lord for evermore. And all the 16 For all sacrifice is too little for a sweet people said, So be it.

savour unto thee, and all the fat is not sufficient 11 And the people spoiled the camp the space for thy burnt-offering: but he that feareth the of thirty days: and they gave unto Judith Holo- Lord is great at all times. fernes' tent, and all his plate, and beds, and ves- 17 Wo to the nations that rise up against my sels, and all his stuff: and she took it, and laid kindred! the Lord Almighty will take ren. it on her mule ; and made ready her carts, and geance of them in the day of judgment, in pat. laid them thereon.

ting fire and worms in their flesh; and they shall 12 Then all the women of Israel ran together feel them, and weep for ever. to see her, and blessed her, and made a dance 18 Now as soon as they entered into Jeraamong them for her: and she took branches in salem, they worshipped the Lord; and as soon her hand, and gave also to the women that were as the people were purificd, they offered their with her.

burnt-offerings, and their free-offerings, and 13 And they put a garland of olive upon her their gifts. and her maid that was with her, and she went 19 Judith also dedicated all the stuff of Hobefore all the people in the dance, leading all the lofernes, which the people had given her, and women: and all the men of Israel followed in gave the canopy, which she had taken out of their armour with garlands, and with songs in his bed-chamber, for a gift unto the Lord. their mouths.

| 20 So the people continued feasting in Jera

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