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- Then said Holofernes unto her, Woman, be of good comfort, fear not
in thine heart: for I never hurt any that was willing to serve
Nabuchodonosor, the king of all the earth.
- Now therefore, if thy people that dwelleth in the mountains had not
set light by me, I would not have lifted up my spear against them: but
they have done these things to themselves.
- But now tell me wherefore thou art fled from them, and art come unto
us: for thou art come for safeguard; be of good comfort, thou shalt live
this night, and hereafter: COMMENTARY
- For none shall hurt thee, but entreat thee well, as they do the
servants of king Nabuchodonosor my lord. COMMENTARY
- Then Judith said unto him, Receive the words of thy servant, and
suffer thine handmaid to speak in thy presence, and I will declare no lie
to my lord this night. COMMENTARY
- And if thou wilt follow the words of thine handmaid, God will bring
the thing perfectly to pass by thee; and my lord shall not fail of his
- As Nabuchodonosor king of all the earth liveth, and as his power
liveth, who hath sent thee for the upholding of every living thing: for
not only men shall serve him by thee, but also the beasts of the field,
and the cattle, and the fowls of the air, shall live by thy power under
Nabuchodonosor and all his house. COMMENTARY
- For we have heard of thy wisdom and thy policies, and it is reported
in all the earth, that thou only art excellent in all the kingdom, and
mighty in knowledge, and wonderful in feats of war.
- Now as concerning the matter, which Achior did speak in thy council,
we have heard his words; for the men of Bethulia saved him, and he
declared unto them all that he had spoken unto thee.
- Therefore, O lord and governor, respect not his word; but lay it up
in thine heart, for it is true: for our nation shall not be punished,
neither can sword prevail against them, except they sin against their God.
- And now, that my lord be not defeated and frustrate of his purpose,
even death is now fallen upon them, and their sin hath overtaken them,
wherewith they will provoke their God to anger whensoever they shall do
that which is not fit to be done: COMMENTARY
- For their victuals fail them, and all their water is scant, and they
have determined to lay hands upon their cattle, and purposed to consume
all those things, that God hath forbidden them to eat by his laws: COMMENTARY
- And are resolved to spend the firstfruits of the the tenths of wine
and oil, which they had sanctified, and reserved for the priests that
serve in Jerusalem before the face of our God; the which things it is not
lawful for any of the people so much as to touch with their hands. COMMENTARY
- For they have sent some to Jerusalem, because they also that dwell
there have done the like, to bring them a licence from the senate. COMMENTARY
- Now when they shall bring them word, they will forthwith do it, and
they shall be given to thee to be destroyed the same day. COMMENTARY
- Wherefore I thine handmaid, knowing all this, am fled from their
presence; and God hath sent me to work things with thee, whereat all the
earth shall be astonished, and whosoever shall hear it. COMMENTARY
- For thy servant is religious, and serveth the God of heaven day and
night: now therefore, my lord, I will remain with thee, and thy servant
will go out by night into the valley, and I will pray unto God, and he
will tell me when they have committed their sins:
- And I will come and shew it unto thee: then thou shalt go forth with
all thine army, and there shall be none of them that shall resist thee.
- And I will lead thee through the midst of Judea, until thou come
before Jerusalem; and I will set thy throne in the midst thereof; and thou
shalt drive them as sheep that have no shepherd, and a dog shall not so
much as open his mouth at thee: for these things were told me according to
my foreknowledge, and they were declared unto me, and I am sent to tell
- Then her words pleased Holofernes and all his servants; and they
marvelled at her wisdom, and said, COMMENTARY
- There is not such a woman from one end of the earth to the other,
both for beauty of face, and wisdom of words.
- Likewise Holofernes said unto her. God hath done well to send thee
before the people, that strength might be in our hands and destruction
upon them that lightly regard my lord. COMMENTARY
- And now thou art both beautiful in thy countenance, and witty in thy
words: surely if thou do as thou hast spoken thy God shall be my God, and
thou shalt dwell in the house of king Nabuchodonosor, and shalt be
renowned through the whole earth. COMMENTARY
- v. 5, "I will declare no lie":
lies to Holofernes disturbed some commentators.
St. Jerome writes [Cont. Rufin. I, 18]:
"But a person who is obliged by necessity to lie
must exercise extreme caution to use the lie as
a remedy or as a form of medicine on occasion
so as to preserve moderation in its use, lest
he overstep its limits, as did Judith ... He should
imitate Esther, who ... concealed the true identity of
her race for a long while."
Orthodox Library, St. Philip's Day, 2007.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter, the Pakistani nation,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!