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Judith 10 Good News Translation (GNT)

Judith Goes to the Camp of Holofernes

10 When Judith had finished her prayer to the God of Israel, she stood up, called her slave woman, and went down into the house as she always did on Sabbaths and festival days. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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,

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 and then said,
    Order the gates to be opened for me. I am on my way to do what we were talking about. Then they ordered the young men to open the gates for her, 10 and Judith and her slave left the city. The men watched her as she went down the mountain into the valley, until she was out of sight.

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,
but I am running away from the Israelites because God is going to let you destroy them. 13 I am on my way to see Holofernes, the general in command of your army, to give him some reliable information. I can show him how to advance into the mountains and take control of the entire region without a single casualty.

14 The men stared at her because she was so beautiful. They listened to her story and said,
15     You have saved your life by coming down here to see our general. Some of us will take you to his headquarters and present you to him. 16 Do not be afraid of him. Just tell him what you have told us, and he will treat you well.

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.
We had better kill all the men, or else these Jews will be able to charm the whole world.

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.

Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Judith 10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Judith Prepares to Go to Holofernes

10 When Judith[a] had stopped crying out to the God of Israel, and had ended all these words, she rose from where she lay prostrate. She called her maid and went down into the house where she lived on sabbaths and on her festal days. She removed the sackcloth she had been wearing, took off her widow’s garments, bathed her body with water, and anointed herself with precious ointment. She combed her hair, put on a tiara, and dressed herself in the festive attire that she used to wear while her husband Manasseh was living. She put sandals on her feet, and put on her anklets, bracelets, rings, earrings, and all her other jewelry. Thus she made herself very beautiful, to entice the eyes of all the men who might see her. She gave her maid a skin of wine and a flask of oil, and filled a bag with roasted grain, dried fig cakes, and fine bread;[b] then she wrapped up all her dishes and gave them to her to carry.

Then they went out to the town gate of Bethulia and found Uzziah standing there with the elders of the town, Chabris and Charmis. When they saw her transformed in appearance and dressed differently, they were very greatly astounded at her beauty and said to her, “May the God of our ancestors grant you favor and fulfill your plans, so that the people of Israel may glory and Jerusalem may be exalted.” She bowed down to God.

Then she said to them, “Order the gate of the town to be opened for me so that I may go out and accomplish the things you have just said to me.” So they ordered the young men to open the gate for her, as she requested. 10 When they had done this, Judith went out, accompanied by her maid. The men of the town watched her until she had gone down the mountain and passed through the valley, where they lost sight of her.

Judith Is Captured

11 As the women[c] were going straight on through the valley, an Assyrian patrol met her 12 and took her into custody. They asked her, “To what people do you belong, and where are you coming from, and where are you going?” She replied, “I am a daughter of the Hebrews, but I am fleeing from them, for they are about to be handed over to you to be devoured. 13 I am on my way to see Holofernes the commander of your army, to give him a true report; I will show him a way by which he can go and capture all the hill country without losing one of his men, captured or slain.”

14 When the men heard her words, and observed her face—she was in their eyes marvelously beautiful—they said to her, 15 “You have saved your life by hurrying down to see our lord. Go at once to his tent; some of us will escort you and hand you over to him. 16 When you stand before him, have no fear in your heart, but tell him what you have just said, and he will treat you well.”

17 They chose from their number a hundred men to accompany her and her maid, and they brought them to the tent of Holofernes. 18 There was great excitement in the whole camp, for her arrival was reported from tent to tent. They came and gathered around her as she stood outside the tent of Holofernes, waiting until they told him about her. 19 They marveled at her beauty and admired the Israelites, judging them by her. They said to one another, “Who can despise these people, who have women like this among them? It is not wise to leave one of their men alive, for if we let them go they will be able to beguile the whole world!”

Judith Is Brought before Holofernes

20 Then the guards of Holofernes and all his servants came out and led her into the tent. 21 Holofernes was resting on his bed under a canopy that was woven with purple and gold, emeralds and other precious stones. 22 When they told him of her, he came to the front of the tent, with silver lamps carried before him. 23 When Judith came into the presence of Holofernes[d] and his servants, they all marveled at the beauty of her face. She prostrated herself and did obeisance to him, but his slaves raised her up.

Footnotes:

  1. Judith 10:1 Gk she
  2. Judith 10:5 Other ancient authorities add and cheese
  3. Judith 10:11 Gk they
  4. Judith 10:23 Gk him
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