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Chapter 16

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1And Judith said,

Begin a song to my God with tambourines, sing to my Lord with cymbals. Raise to him a new psalm; a Or crossed exalt him, and call upon his name. 2 For the Lord is a God who crushes wars; he sets up his camp among his people; he delivered me from the hands of my pursuers. 3 The Assyrian came down from the mountains of the north; he came with myriads of his warriors; their numbers blocked up the wadis, and their cavalry covered the hills. 4 He boasted that he would burn up my territory, and kill my young men with the sword, and dash my infants to the ground, and seize my children as booty, and take my virgins as spoil. 5 But the Lord Almighty has foiled them by the hand of a woman. b Gk all the sheepfolds of our tents 6 For their mighty one did not fall by the hands of the young men, nor did the sons of the Titans strike him down, nor did tall giants set upon him; but Judith daughter of Merari with the beauty of her countenance undid him. 7 For she put away her widow's clothing to exalt the oppressed in Israel. She anointed her face with perfume; 8 she fastened her hair with a tiara and put on a linen gown to beguile him. 9 Her sandal ravished his eyes, her beauty captivated his mind, and the sword severed his neck! 10 The Persians trembled at her boldness, the Medes were daunted at her daring. 11 Then my oppressed people shouted; my weak people cried out, c Syr: Gk borders and the enemy d Gk they trembled; they lifted up their voices, and the enemy d Gk they were turned back. 12 Sons of slave‐girls pierced them through and wounded them like the children of fugitives; they perished before the army of my Lord. 13 I will sing to my God a new song: O Lord, you are great and glorious, wonderful in strength, invincible. 14 Let all your creatures serve you, for you spoke, and they were made. You sent forth your spirit, e Other ancient authorities add and to all the Moabites and it formed them; f Gk his there is none that can resist your voice. 15 For the mountains shall be shaken to their foundations with the waters; before your glance the rocks shall melt like wax. But to those who fear you you show mercy. 16 For every sacrifice as a fragrant offering is a small thing, and the fat of all whole burnt offerings to you is a very little thing; but whoever fears the Lord is great forever. 17 Woe to the nations that rise up against my people! The Lord Almighty will take vengeance on them in the day of judgment; he will send fire and worms into their flesh; they shall weep in pain forever.

18When they arrived at Jerusalem, they worshiped God. As soon as the people were purified, they offered their burnt offerings, their freewill offerings, and their gifts. 19Judith also dedicated to God all the possessions of Holofernes, which the people had given her; and the canopy that she had taken for herself from his bedchamber she gave as a votive offering. 20For three

NOTE. The deuterocanonical portions of the Book of Esther are several additional passages found in the Greek translation of the Hebrew Book of Esther, a translation that differs also in other respects from the Hebrew text (the latter is translated in the NRSV Old Testament). The disordered chapter numbers come from the displacement of the additions to the end of the canonical Book of Esther by Jerome in his Latin translation and from the subsequent division of the Bible into chapters by Stephen Langton, who numbered the additions consecutively as though they formed a direct continuation of the Hebrew text. So that the additions may be read in their proper context, the whole of the Greek version is here translated, though certain familiar names are given according to their Hebrew rather than their Greek form; for example, Mordecai and Vashti instead of Mardocheus and Astin. The order followed is that of the Greek text, but the chapter and verse numbers conform to those of the King James or Authorized Version. The additions, conveniently indicated by the letters A—F, are located as follows: A, before 1.1; B, after 3.13; C and D, after 4.17; E, after 8.12; F, after 10.3.

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c Or crossed

d Gk all the sheepfolds of our tents

a Syr: Gk borders

a Gk they

a Other ancient authorities add and to all the Moabites

b Gk his

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