Begin a song to my God with tambourines,
sing to my Lord with cymbals.
Raise to him a new psalm;c
exalt him, and call upon his name.
he sets up his camp among his people;
he delivered me from the hands of my pursuers.
he came with myriads of his warriors;
their numbers blocked up the wadis,
and their cavalry covered the hills.
and kill my young men with the sword,
and dash my infants to the ground,
and seize my children as booty,
and take my virgins as spoil.
by the hand of a woman.d
nor did the sons of the Titans strike him down,
nor did tall giants set upon him;
but Judith daughter of Merari
with the beauty of her countenance undid him.
to exalt the oppressed in Israel.
She anointed her face with perfume;
and put on a linen gown to beguile him.
her beauty captivated his mind,
and the sword severed his neck!
the Medes were daunted at her daring.
they lifted up their voices, and the enemyg were turned back.
and wounded them like the children of fugitives;
they perished before the army of my Lord.
O Lord, you are great and glorious,
wonderful in strength, invincible.
for you spoke, and they were made.
there is none that can resist your voice.
before your glance the rocks shall melt like wax.
But to those who fear you
you show mercy.
and the fat of all whole burnt offerings to you is a very little thing;
but whoever fears the Lord is great forever.
The Lord Almighty will take vengeance on them in the day of judgment;
he will send fire and worms into their flesh;
they shall weep in pain forever.
18 When they arrived at Jerusalem, they worshiped God. As soon as the people were purified, they offered their burnt offerings, their freewill offerings, and their gifts. 19 Judith also dedicated to God all the possessions of Holofernes, which the people had given her; and the canopy that she had taken for herself from his bedchamber she gave as a votive offering. 20 For three months the people continued feasting in Jerusalem before the sanctuary, and Judith remained with them.
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