Wisdom 14

1 {\cf2 Then said Iudeth vnto them, Heare me also, my brethren, and take this head, and hang it vpon the hyest place of your walles.}

2 {\cf2 And so soone as the morning shall appeare and the sunne shall come foorth vpon the earth, take you euery one his weapons, and goe foorth euery valiant man out of the citie, & set you a captaine ouer them, as though you woulde goe downe into the fielde, towarde the watch of the Assyrians, but goe not downe.}

3 {\cf2 Then they shall take their armour, and shall goe into their campe, and rayse vp the captaines of the armie of Assur, and they shall runne to the tent of Olofernes, but shall not finde him: then feare shall fall vpon them, and they shall flee beforeyour face.}

4 {\cf2 So you & all that inhabite the coastes of Israel, shal pursue them, & ouerthrow them as they go.}

5 {\cf2 But before you doe these things, call mee Achior the Ammonite, that hee may see, and knowe him that despised the house of Israel, and that sent him to vs as to death.}

6 {\cf2 Then they called Achior out of the house of Ozias, and when hee was come and sawe the head of Olofernes in a certaine mans hand in the assemblie of the people, hee fell downe on his face, and his spirit failed.}

7 {\cf2 But when they had taken him vp, hee fell at Iudeths feete, and reuerenced her, and said, Blessed art thou in all the tabernacle of Iuda, and in al nations, which, hearing thy name, shalbe astonished.}

8 {\cf2 Now therefore tell mee all the thinges, that thou hast done in these dayes. Then Iudeth declared vnto him in the middes of the people all that shee had done from the daye that shee went forth, vntill that houre shee spake vnto them.}

9 {\cf2 And when she had left of speaking, the people reioyced with a great voyce, and made a noyse of gladnesse through their citie.}

10 {\cf2 And Achior, seeing all things that God had done for Israel, beleeued in God vnfaynedly, and circumcised the foreskin of his flesh, and was ioyned vnto the house of Israel vnto this day.}

11 {\cf2 Assoone as the morning arose, they hanged the head of Olofernes out at the wall, and euery man tooke his weapons, and they went forth by bandes vnto the straytes of the mountaine.}

12 {\cf2 But when the Assyrians sawe them, they sent to their captaines, which went to the gouernours and chiefe captaines, and to all their rulers.}

13 {\cf2 So they came to Olofernes tent and saide to him that had the charge of all his things, Waken our lord: for the slaues haue bene bolde to come downe against vs to battel, that they may bee destroyed for euer.}

14 {\cf2 Then went in Bagoas, and knocked at the doore of the tent: for hee thought that hee had slept with Iudeth.}

15 {\cf2 But because none answered, hee opened it, and went into the chamber, and founde him cast vpon the floore, and his head was taken from him.}

16 {\cf2 Therefore he cryed with a loude voyce, with weeping and mourning, and a mightie cry, and rent his garments.}

17 {\cf2 After, he went into the tent of Iudeth where she vsed to remaine, and founde her not: then hee leaped out to the people and cryed,}

18 {\cf2 These slaues haue committed wickednesse: one woman of the Hebrewes hath brought shame vpon the house of King Nabuchodonosor: for beholde, Olofernes lieth vpon the grounde without an head.}

19 {\cf2 When the captaines of the Assyrians armie hearde these words, they rent their coates, and their heart was wonderfully troubled, and there was a cry and a verie great noyse throughout the campe.}