Judith 3

1 {\cf2 Then I, being sorowfull did weepe, and in my sorow prayed, saying,}

2 {\cf2 O Lord, thou art iust, and all thy workes, & all thy wayes are mercy and trueth, & thou iudgest truely and iustly for euer.}

3 {\cf2 Remember me, & looke on me, neither punish me according to my sinnes or mine ignorances or my fathers, which haue sinned before thee.}

4 {\cf2 For they haue not obeyed thy commaundementes: wherefore thou hast deliuered vs for a spoyle, & vnto captiuitie, & to death, & for a prouerbe of a reproch to all them among who we are dispersed, & now thou hast many and iust causes,}

5 {\cf2 To do with me according to my sinnes, and my fathers, because we haue not kept thy comandemets, neither haue walked in trueth before thee.}

6 {\cf2 Now therfore deale with me as seemeth best vnto thee, and commande my spirite to be taken from me, that I may be dissolued, & become earth: for it is better for me to dye then to liue, because I haue heard false reproches, and am very sorowfull: command therefore that I may be dissolued out of this distresse, & go into the euerlasting place: turne not thy face away from me.}

7 {\cf2 It came to passe the same day that in Ecbatane a citie of Media, Sarra the daughter of Raguel was also reproched by her fathers maydes,}

8 {\cf2 Because she had bene marryed to seuen husbands, whom Asmodeus the euill spirit had killed, before that they had lyen with her. Doest thou not know, said they, that thou hast strangled thine husbands? thou hast had now seuen husbands, neyther wast thou named after any of them.}

9 {\cf2 Wherfore doest thou beate vs for them? if they be dead, go thy wayes hence to them, that we may neuer see of thee either sonne or daughter.}

10 {\cf2 When she heard these things, shee was very sorowful, so that she thought to haue strangled her selfe; she sayde, I am the onely daughter of my father, and if I do this, I shal slaunder him, and shal bring his age to the graue with sorow.}

11 {\cf2 Then she prayed towarde the windowe, and sayd, Blessed art thou, O Lorde my God, and thine holy & glorious Name is blessed, & honorable for euer: let all thy workes prayse thee for euer.}

12 {\cf2 And nowe, O Lord, I set mine eyes, and my face toward thee,}

13 {\cf2 And say, Take me out of the earth, that I may heare no more any reproch.}

14 {\cf2 Thou knowest, O Lord, that I am pure from all sinne with man,}

15 {\cf2 And that I haue neuer polluted my name, nor the name of my father in ye land of my captiuitie: I am ye only daughter of my father, neither hath he any manchild to be his heire, neither any neere kinseman or childe borne of him, to whome I may keepe my selfe for a wife: my seue husbands are now dead, & why should I liue? But if it please not thee that I should die, command to looke on me, and to pitie me that I do no more heare reproch.}

16 {\cf2 So the prayers of them both were heard before the maiestie of the great God.}

17 {\cf2 And Raphael was sent to heale them both, that is, to take away the whitenes of Tobits eyes, & to giue Sarra the daughter of Raguel for a wife to Tobias the sonne of Tobit, and to binde Asmodeus the euill spirite, because she belonged to Tobias by right. The selfe same time came Tobit home, and entred into his house, and Sarra the daughter of Raguel came downe from her chamber.}