Wisdom 12

1 {\cf2 Then he commanded to bring her in where his treasures were layd, and bade that they should prepare for her of his owne meates, and that she should drinke of his owne wine.}

2 {\cf2 But Iudeth saide, I may not eate of them, least there should be an offence, but I can suffice my selfe with the things that I haue brought.}

3 {\cf2 Then Olofernes said vnto her, If the things that thou hast, should faile, howe should we giue thee the like? for there is none with vs of thy nation.}

4 {\cf2 Then said Iudeth vnto him, As thy soule liueth, my lorde, thine handmaide shall not spende those things that I haue, before the Lorde worke by mine hand the things that he hath determined.}

5 {\cf2 Then the seruants of Olofernes brought her into the tent, and she slept vntill midnight, and rose at the morning watch,}

6 {\cf2 And sent to Olofernes, saying, Let my lorde commaunde that thine handmaide may goe foorth vnto prayer.}

7 {\cf2 Then Olofernes commanded his garde that they shoulde not stay her: thus she abode in the campe three dayes, and went out in the night into the valley of Bethulia, and washed her selfe in a fountaine, euen in the water by the campe.}

8 {\cf2 And when she came out, she prayed vnto the Lord God of Israel, that he woulde direct her way to the exaltation of the children of her people.}

9 {\cf2 So she returned, and remained pure in the tent, vntill she ate her meate at euening.}

10 {\cf2 And in the fourth day, Olofernes made a feast to his owne seruants only, and called none of them to the banket, that had the affaires in hande.}

11 {\cf2 Then saide he to Bagoas the eunuche who had charge ouer all that he had, Goe and perswade this Hebrewe woman, which is with thee, that she come vnto vs, and eate and drinke with vs.}

12 {\cf2 For it were a shame for vs, if we shoulde let such a woman alone, and not talke with her, and if we doe not allure her, she will mocke vs.}

13 {\cf2 Then went Bagoas from the presence of Olofernes, and came to her, and saide, Let not this faire maide make difficultie to goe in to my lord, and to be honoured in his presence, and to drinke wine with vs ioyfully, and to be entreated as one of the daughters of the children of Assur, which remaine in the house of Nabuchodonosor.}

14 {\cf2 The said Iudeth vnto him, Who am I now, that I should gainesay my lord? Surely whatsoeuer pleaseth him, I will doe speedily, and it shall be my ioy vnto the day of my death.}

15 {\cf2 So she arose & trimmed her with garments, and with all the ornaments of women, & her maid went, and spred foorth her skinnes on the grounde ouer against Olofernes, which she had receiued of Bagoas for her daily vse, that she might sit and eate vpon them.}

16 {\cf2 Nowe when Iudeth came and sate downe, Olofernes heart was rauished with her, and his spirite was moued, and he desired greatly her company: for he had waited for the time to deceiue her from the day that he had seene her.}

17 {\cf2 Then said Olofernes vnto her, Drinke now, and be merry with vs.}

18 {\cf2 So Iudeth said, I drinke nowe, my lorde, because my state is exalted this day more then euer it was since I was borne.}

19 {\cf2 Then she tooke, and ate and dranke before him the things, that her maide had prepared.}

20 {\cf2 And Olofernes reioyced because of her, and dranke much more wine then hee had drunken at any time in one day since he was borne.}