Judith 10Good News Translation (GNT)
Judith Goes to the Camp of Holofernes
10 When Judith had finished her prayer to the God of Israel, 2 she stood up, called her slave woman, and went down into the house as she always did on Sabbaths and festival days. 3 She took off the sackcloth and her widow's clothes, took a bath, and put on rich perfumes. She brushed her hair, tied a ribbon around it, and dressed herself in the fine clothes she used to wear on joyful occasions when her husband Manasseh was still alive. 4 She put on sandals and all her finest jewelry: rings and earrings, and bracelets on her wrists and ankles. She made herself so beautiful that she was sure to attract the attention of any man who saw her. 5 Judith gave her slave woman a leather bag of wine and a jar of oil to carry. She filled a bag with roasted barley, cakes of dried figs, and several loaves of bread baked according to Jewish food laws. She carefully wrapped all the food and dishes and gave them to her slave. 6 Then the two women left the house and went to the gates of Bethulia, where they found Uzziah and the town officials, Chabris and Charmis, standing guard. 7 When the men saw Judith after she had changed clothes and put on make-up, they were struck by her beauty and said to her,
8 May the God of our ancestors bless you and make your plan successful, so that you may bring glory to Jerusalem and victory to Israel.
Judith prayed 9 and then said,
11 As the two women were walking through the valley, an Assyrian patrol met them. 12 They arrested Judith and questioned her,
What is your nationality? Where did you come from, and where are you going?
I am a Hebrew, she answered,
14 The men stared at her because she was so beautiful. They listened to her story and said,
17 They assigned a hundred men to escort Judith and her slave to the headquarters of Holofernes.
18 There was great commotion in the Assyrian camp as news of Judith's arrival spread from tent to tent. While she stood outside the tent of Holofernes waiting to be presented to him, many Assyrian soldiers came and stood around her. 19 They were greatly impressed by her beauty and wondered what kind of people the Israelites were.
Who can have contempt for people whose women are so beautiful? they asked one another.
20 Then Holofernes' bodyguard and his personal servants came out and led Judith into the tent. 21 Holofernes was resting on his bed under a mosquito net woven of purple and gold thread and decorated with emeralds and other precious stones. 22 When the men told him that Judith had arrived, he came to the outer part of the tent. Silver lamps were carried ahead of him. 23 When Judith came near him and his servants, they were all astonished at her beauty. She bowed down to the ground before Holofernes, but his servants helped her to her feet.
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