Judith 12
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1Then he commanded them to bring her in to where his plate was set; and he directed them to prepare for her from his own meats and that she should drink from his own wine.

2And Judith said, "I will not eat of it, lest there be an offence, but provision will be made for me from the things which I have brought."

3Then Holofernes said to her, "If your provisions should fail, how should we give you the like? For there are none among us from your nation."

4Then Judith said to him, "As your soul lives, my lord, your handmaid will not use up those things which I have before the Lord works by my hand the things he has determined."

5Then the servants of Holofernes brought her into the tent, and she slept until midnight, and she arose when it was toward the morning watch.

6And she sent to Holofernes, saying, "Let my lord now command that your handmaid may go forth to prayer."

7Then Holofernes commanded his guard not to prevent her; thus she resided in the camp for three days, and went out in the night into the valley of Bethulia and washed herself in a spring of water by the camp.

8And when she came out, she beseeched the Lord God of Israel to direct her way in order to accomplish the raising up of the children of her people.

9So she came in clean and remained in the tent until she ate her meat in the evening.

10And on the fourth day, Holofernes made a feast for his own servants only, and he called none of the officers to the banquet.

11Then he said to Bagoas the eunuch, who was in charge of all that he had, "Go now and persuade this Hebrew woman who is with you that she should come to us, and eat and drink with us.

12For, see, it will be a shame upon our person, if we let such a woman go without having had her company; for if we do not draw her to us, she will laugh at us in scorn."

13Then Bagoas went from the presence of Holofernes, and he came to her and said, "Let not this fair gentlewoman fear to approach my lord and to be honored in his presence, and to drink wine and be merry with us, and to become this day like one of the daughters of the Assyrians, who serve in the house of Nebuchadnezzar."

14Then Judith said to him, "Who am I now, that I should contradict my lord? Surely whatever pleases him I will do without hesitation, and it will be my joy until the day of my death."

15So she arose, and she decked herself out with her apparel and all her woman's attire. And her maid went and laid soft skins on the ground for her opposite Holofernes, which she had received from Bagoas for her daily use, so that she might sit and eat upon them.

16Now when Judith came in and sat down with Holofernes, his heart was inflamed with her, and his mind was stirred up, and he greatly desired her company; for he had been waiting for sometime to deceive her, even from the day that he had first seen her.

17Then Holofernes said to her, "Drink now and be merry with us."

18So Judith said, "I will drink now, my lord, because my life is exalted in me this day more than all the days since I was born."

19Then she took and ate and drank before him the things which her maid had prepared.

20And Holofernes took great delight in her, and he drank more wine than he had drunk at any time in one day since he was born.

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