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9.1–14 : Judith prays.

1 :

Evening incense, Ex 30.8; Ps 141.2 . It may have become customary to offer prayer regularly at this time of day.

2 :

My ancestor Simeon, he and his brother Levi, sons of Jacob, avenged the rape of their sister Dinah by means of deception (Gen 34 ).

4 :

God's special care for the widow is an important biblical theme (Deut 10.18; Ps 146.9 ).

5–6 :

Judith describes God as having absolute foreknowledge and control of history (Isa 44.6–8 ).

8 :

Horns, see 1 Kings 1.50n.

10–13 :

By the deceit of my lips, my deceitful words, Judith announces that she plans to perform her strategy through subterfuge and asks for God's blessing. Deceit is a common mode of operation for trickster figures (Rebekah, Jacob, Tamar, Abraham). By the hand of a woman, biblical tradition holds it to be particularly ignominious to be destroyed by a woman (Judg 9.53–54 ).

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