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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 12

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1Holophernes then told them to bring her in where his silver was set out, and gave orders for a meal to be served to her from his own food and wine. 2But Judith said, ‘I must not eat of it for fear I should be breaking our law. What I have brought will be sufficient for my needs.’ 3‘But’, asked Holophernes, ‘where can we get you a fresh supply of the same kind if you use up all you have with you? There is no one from your people here among us.’ 4Judith replied, ‘As sure as you live, my lord, I shall not finish what I have with me before God accomplishes by my hand what he has purposed.’

5Holophernes' attendants conducted her to a tent, and she slept until midnight. Shortly before the dawn watch she rose 6and sent this request to Holophernes: ‘May it please my lord to give orders for me to be allowed to go out and pray.’ 7Holophernes ordered his bodyguard not to prevent her. She stayed in the camp for three days, going out each night into the valley of Bethulia and bathing in the spring at the camp. 8When she came up out of the water she would pray the Lord, the God of Israel, to prosper her undertaking to restore his people. 9Then she returned to the camp purified, and remained in the tent until she took her evening meal.

10On the fourth day Holophernes gave a banquet for his personal servants only; none of the army officers were invited. 11He said to Bagoas, the eunuch in charge of all his personal affairs: ‘Go to the Hebrew woman who is in your care, and persuade her to join us at our feast. 12We shall lose face if we let such a woman go without enjoying her favours; if we do not win her, she will laugh us to scorn.’ 13Bagoas withdrew from Holophernes' presence and went in to Judith. ‘Now, my fair one,’ he said, ‘do not be bashful; come along to my master and give yourself the honour of his company. Drink with us and enjoy yourself, and behave today like one of the Assyrian women in attendance at Nebuchadnezzar's palace.’ 14‘Who am I to refuse my lord?’ answered Judith. ‘I am eager to do whatever pleases him, and it will be something to boast of till my dying day.’ 15She proceeded to dress herself up, putting on all her feminine finery. Her maid went ahead of her, and spread on the ground in front of Holophernes the fleeces which Bagoas had provided for her daily use, so that she might recline on them while eating.

16As Judith came in and took her place, Holophernes was beside himself with desire for her. He trembled with passion and was filled with an ardent longing to possess her; indeed ever since he first set eyes on her he had been seeking an opportunity to seduce her. 17He said to her, ‘Drink, and join in our merriment.’ 18‘Certainly I shall, my lord,’ replied Judith, ‘for today is the greatest day of my life.’ 19Then she took what her servant had prepared, and ate and drank in his presence. 20Holophernes was entranced with her, and he drank a great deal of wine, more than he had ever drunk on any single day in his whole life.

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