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And Judith began to sing this thanksgiving in all Israel, and all the people sang with loud voices this song of praise. And Judith said,
Begin to my God with timbrels,
Sing to my Lord with cymbals:
Tune to him psalm and praise:
Exalt him, and call upon his name.
For the Lord is the God that breaks the battles:
For in his armies in the midst of the people
He delivered me out of the hand of them that persecuted me.
Asshur came out of the mountains from the north,
He came with ten thousands of his army,
The multitude whereof stopped the torrents,
And their horsemen covered the hills.
He said that he would burn up my borders,
And kill my young men with the sword,
And throw my sucking children to the ground,
And give my infants for a prey,
And make my virgins a plunder.
The Almighty Lord brought them to nothing by the hand of a woman.
For their mighty one did not fall by young men,
Neither did sons of the Titans strike him.
Nor did high giants set upon him:
But Judith the daughter of Merari made him weak with the beauty of her countenance.
For she put off the apparel of her widowhood
For the exaltation of those that were distressed in Israel,
She anointed her face with ointment,
And bound her hair in a tire,
And took a linen garment to deceive him.
Her sandal ravished his eye,
And her beauty took his soul prisoner:
The scimitar passed through his neck.
10 The Persians quaked at her daring,
And the Medes were daunted at her boldness.
11 Then my lowly ones shouted aloud,
And my weak ones were terrified and crouched for fear:
They lifted up their voice, and they were turned to flight.
12 The sons of damsels pierced them through,
And wounded them as runagates’ children;
They perished by the battle of my Lord.
13 I will sing to my God a new song:
O Lord, you are great and glorious,
Marvellous in strength, invincible.
14 Let all your creation serve you:
For you spoke, and they were made,
You did send forth your spirit, and it built them,
And there is none that shall resist your voice.
15 For the mountains will be moved from their foundations with the waters,
And the rocks will melt as wax at your presence:
But you are yet merciful to them that fear you.
16 For all sacrifice is little for a sweet savour,
And all the fat is very little for a whole burnt offering to you:
But he that fears the Lord is great continually.
17 Woe to the nations that rise up against my race:
The Lord Almighty will take vengeance of them in the day of judgement,
To put fire and worms in their flesh;
And they will weep and feel their pain forever.
18 Now when they came to Jerusalem, they worshipped God; and when the people were purified, they offered their whole burnt offerings, and their free will offerings, and their gifts. 19 And Judith dedicated all the stuff of Holofernes, which the people had given her, and gave the canopy, which she had taken for herself out of his bedchamber, for a gift to the Lord. 20 And the people continued feasting in Jerusalem before the sanctuary for the space of three months, and Judith remained with them. 21 But after these days every one departed to his own inheritance, and Judith went away to Bethulia, and remained in her own possession, and was honourable in her time in all the land. 22 And many desired her, and no man knew her all the days of her life, from the day that Manasses her husband died and was gathered to his people. 23 And she increased in greatness exceedingly; and she waxed old in her husband’s house, to a hundred and five years, and let her maid go free: and she died in Bethulia; and they buried her in the cave of her husband Manasses. 24 And the house of Israel mourned for her seven days: and she distributed her goods before she died to all them that were nearest of kin to Manasses her husband, and to them that were nearest of her own kindred. 25 And there was none that made the children of Israel any more afraid in the days of Judith, nor a long time after her death.