1 And when they were gone, Judith entered her place of prayer. And clothing herself with haircloth, she placed ashes on her head. And prostrating herself to the Lord, she cried out to the Lord, saying:
2 O Lord, God of my father Simeon, you gave him a sword to defend against foreigners, who stood out as violators by their defilement, and who uncovered the thigh of the virgin unto shame.
3 And you gave their wives into plunder, and their daughters into captivity, and all their spoils to be divided to the servants, who were zealous with your zeal. Bring help, I ask you, O Lord my God, to me, a widow.
4 For you have acted in the past, and you have decided one thing after another. And what you have willed, this too has happened.
5 For all your ways have been prepared, and you have placed your judgments within your providence.
6 Look upon the camp of the Assyrians now, just as you deigned to look upon the camp of the Egyptians, when their weapons rushed after your servants, trusting in their four-horse chariots, and in their horsemen, and in a multitude of warriors.
7 But you gazed upon their camp, and darkness wearied them.
8 The abyss took hold of their feet, and the waters covered them.
9 So may it be with these also, O Lord, who trust in their multitude, and in their swift chariots, and in their pikes, and in their shields, and in their arrows, and the glory in their lances.
10 And they do not know that you are our God, who crushes wars from the beginning, and the Lord is your name.
11 Raise up your arm, just as from the beginning, and throw down their power by your power. Let their power fall, in their anger, for they promise themselves to violate your sanctuary, and to pollute the tabernacle of your name, and to cut down by their sword the horn of your altar.
12 Act, O Lord, so that his arrogance may be cut off with his own sword.
13 Let him be seized by the snare of his own eyes in my regard, and may you strike him by the attraction of my lips.
14 Give me constancy in my soul, so that I may hold him in contempt, and give me virtue, so that I may overthrow him.
15 For this will be a memorial to your name, when he will be overthrown by the hand of a woman.
16 For your power, O Lord, is not in numbers, nor is your will with the strength of horses, nor from the beginning have the arrogant been pleasing to you. But the pleas of the humble and the meek have always pleased you.
17 O God of the heavens, Creator of the waters, and Lord of all creation, heed me, a miserable thing, pleading you and depending on your mercy.
18 Remember, O Lord, your covenant, and put your words in my mouth, and reinforce the plan in my heart, so that your house may continue with your sanctification,
19 and so that all the nations may acknowledge that you are God, and there is no other beside you.”
1 And it happened that, when she had ceased to cry out to the Lord, she arose from the place where she lay prostrate before the Lord.
2 And she called her handmaid, and descending into her house, she took away from herself the haircloth, and she put away from herself the garments of her widowhood,
3 and she washed her body, and she anointed herself with the best ointment, and she plaited the hair of her head, and she put a headdress on her head, and she clothed herself with the garments of her elegance, and she put sandals on her feet, and she put on her little bracelets, and lilies, and earrings, and rings, and she adorned herself with all her ornaments.
4 And also, the Lord conferred upon her a splendor. For all this dressing up did not proceed from sensuality, but from virtue. And therefore, the Lord increased this, her beauty, so that she appeared with incomparable honor before the eyes of all.
5 And so, she appointed to her handmaid a wineskin, and a vessel of oil, and parched grain, and dried figs, and bread, and cheese, and they departed.
6 And when they came to the gate of the city, they found Uzziah and the elders of the city waiting.
7 And when they saw her, being astounded, they wondered at her surpassing beauty.
8 So, not questioning her at all, they dismissed her to go forth, saying: “May the God of our fathers give you grace, and may he strengthen all the advice of your heart with his virtue, so that Jerusalem may glory over you, and your name may be counted among the holy and the just.”
9 And those who were there, all with one voice, said: “Amen. Amen.”
10 In truth, Judith was praying to the Lord as she crossed through the gates, she and her handmaid.
11 But it happened that, when she descended the mountain at about the break of day, the scouts of the Assyrians met her, and they stopped her, saying, “Where are you coming from? And where are you going?”
12 And she answered: “I am a daughter of the Hebrews. This is why I have fled from their face: because I realized that in the future they would be given over to you with pillaging, for they hold you in contempt, and they would never be willing to surrender themselves, so that they might find mercy in your sight.
13 For this reason, I thought to myself, saying: I will go to the face of the leader Holofernes, so that I may reveal to him their secrets, and show him by what means he may be able to prevail over them, without one man of his army being slain.”
14 And when the men had heard her words, they beheld her face, and their eyes were astounded, because they wondered exceedingly at her beauty.
15 And they said to her: “You have preserved your life by following such an excellent plan, to descend to our lord.
16 But know this, that when you will stand in his sight, he will treat you well, and you will be very pleasing to his heart.” And they led her to the tabernacle of Holofernes, announcing her.
17 And when she had entered before his face, immediately Holofernes was captivated by his eyes.
18 And his attendants said to him, “Who can hold the people of the Hebrews in contempt, who have such beautiful women? So, we ought to think it not worthwhile, for their sakes, to fight against them.”
19 And so, Judith looked upon Holofernes, sitting under a canopy, which was woven from purple and gold, with emeralds and precious stones.
20 And, after she had gazed into his face, she showed reverence for him, prostrating herself to the ground. And the servants of Holofernes lifted her up, at the command of their lord.
1 Then Holofernes said to her: “Be steadfast in soul, and do not be terrified in your heart. For I have never harmed a man who was willing to serve king Nebuchadnezzar.
2 But if your people had not despised me, I would not have lifted up my lance over them.
3 But now, tell me, for what reason have you withdrawn from them, and why has it pleased you to come to us?”
4 And Judith said to him: “Receive the words of your maidservant. For, if you will follow the words of your maidservant, the Lord will accomplish an excellent thing by you.
5 For, as Nebuchadnezzar the king of the earth lives, and as his power lives, which is with you for the chastising of all straying souls: not only men serve him through you, but also the beasts of the field are submissive to him.
6 For the diligence of your mind is being reported to all nations, and it has been revealed to all of this age that you alone are good and powerful in all his kingdom, and your discipline is being announced beforehand in all the provinces.
7 This is not hidden, what Achior has said, nor are we ignorant of what you have ordered to befall him.
8 For it is agreed that our God is so offended with sins that he has commanded, through his prophets to the people, that he will deliver them up for their sins.
9 And since the sons of Israel know that they have offended their God, your trembling is upon them.
10 Moreover, now also a famine has assailed them, and, by drought of water, they are already counted among the dead.
11 And finally, they have a plan to put to death their herds, and to drink their blood.
12 And the sacred things of the Lord their God, which God instructed them not to touch, among the grain, wine, and oil, these they have decided to expend, and they are willing to consume the things that they ought not to touch with their hands. Therefore, because they do these things, it is certain that they will be given over to perdition.
13 And I, your maidservant, knowing this, have fled from them, and the Lord has sent me to report to you these same things.
14 For I, your maidservant, worship God even now that I am with you, and your maidservant will go out, and I will pray to God.
15 And he will tell me when he will repay them for their sins, and I will return and announce it to you, so that I may bring you through the midst of Jerusalem, and you will hold all the people of Israel, like sheep that have no shepherd, and there will not be so much as one dog that barks against you.
16 For these things have been told to me through the providence of God.
17 And because God has been angry with them, I have been sent to report these same things to you.”
18 And so, all these words were pleasing before Holofernes, and before his servants, and they wondered at her wisdom, and they said to one another:
19 There is not another woman so great upon the earth: in appearance, in beauty, and in charming words.
20 And Holofernes said to her: “God has done well, who sent you ahead of the people, so that you may give them into our hands.
21 And if your promise is good, if your God will do this for me, he will also be my God, and you will be great in the house of Nebuchadnezzar, and your name will be renowned through all the earth.”
1 The burden that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
2 How long, O Lord, shall I cry out, and you will not heed? Shall I shout to you while suffering violence, and you will not save?
3 Why have you revealed to me iniquity and hardship, to see plunder and injustice opposite me? And there has been judgment, but the opposition is more powerful.
4 Because of this, the law has been torn apart, and judgment does not persevere to its conclusion. For the impious prevail against the just. Because of this, a perverse judgment is issued.
5 Gaze among the nations, and see. Admire, and be astounded. For a work has been done in your days, which no one will believe when it is told.
6 For behold, I will raise up the Chaldeans, a bitter and swift people, marching across the width of the earth, to possess tabernacles not their own.
7 It is dreadful and terrible. From themselves, judgment and their burden will issue.
8 Their horses are more nimble than leopards and swifter than wolves in the evening; their horsemen will spread out. And then their horsemen will approach from far away; they will fly like the eagle, hurrying to devour.
9 They will all approach towards the prey; their face is like a burning wind. And they will gather captives together like sand.
10 And concerning kings, he will triumph, and sovereign rulers will be his laughingstock, and he will laugh over every fortress, and he will transport a rampart and seize it.
11 Then his spirit will be altered, and he will cross over and fall. Such is his strength from his god.
12 Have you not existed from the beginning, Lord my God, my holy one, and so we shall not die? Lord, you have stationed him for judgment, and you have establish that his strength will be swept away.
13 Your eyes are pure, you do not behold evil, and you cannot look towards iniquity. Why do you look upon the agents of iniquity, and remain silent, while the impious is devouring one who is more just than himself?
14 And you will make men like the fish of the sea and like the creeping things that have no ruler.
15 He lifted up everything with his hook. He drew them in with his dragnet, and gathered them into his netting. Over this, he will rejoice and exult.
16 For this reason, he will offer victims to his dragnet, and he will sacrifice to his netting. For through them, his portion has been made fat, and his meals elite.
17 Because of this, therefore, he expands his dragnet and will not be lenient in continually putting to death the peoples.
6 Set thou the sinner over him: and may the devil stand at his right hand.
7 When he is judged, may he go out condemned; and may his prayer be turned to sin.
8 May his days be few: and his bishopric let another take.
9 May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10 Let his children be carried about vagabonds, and beg; and let them be cast out of their dwellings.
11 May the userer search all his substance: and let strangers plunder his labours.
12 May there be none to help him: nor none to pity his fatherless offspring.
1 Paul, an Apostle, not from men and not through man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead,
2 and all the brothers who are with me: to the churches of Galatia.
3 Grace and peace to you from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 who gave himself on behalf of our sins, so that he might deliver us from this present wicked age, according to the will of God our Father.
5 To him is glory forever and ever. Amen.
6 I wonder that you have been so quickly transferred, from him who called you into the grace of Christ, over to another gospel.
7 For there is no other, except that there are some persons who disturb you and who want to overturn the Gospel of Christ.
8 But if anyone, even we ourselves or an Angel from Heaven, were to preach to you a gospel other than the one that we have preached to you, let him be anathema.
9 Just as we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone has preached a gospel to you, other than that which you have received, let him be anathema.
10 For am I now persuading men, or God? Or, am I seeking to please men? If I still were pleasing men, then I would not be a servant of Christ.
11 For I would have you understand, brothers, that the Gospel which has been preached by me is not according to man.
12 And I did not receive it from man, nor did I learn it, except through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For you have heard of my former behavior within Judaism: that, beyond measure, I persecuted the Church of God and fought against Her.
14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my equals among my own kind, having proven to be more abundant in zeal toward the traditions of my fathers.
15 But, when it pleased him who, from my mother’s womb, had set me apart, and who has called me by his grace,
16 to reveal his Son within me, so that I might evangelize him among the Gentiles, I did not next seek the consent of flesh and blood.
17 Neither did I go to Jerusalem, to those who were Apostles before me. Instead, I went into Arabia, and next I returned to Damascus.
18 And then, after three years, I went to Jerusalem to see Peter; and I stayed with him for fifteen days.
19 But I saw none of the other Apostles, except James, the brother of the Lord.
20 Now what I am writing to you: behold, before God, I am not lying.
21 Next, I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22 But I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea, which were in Christ.
23 For they had only heard that: “He, who formerly persecuted us, now evangelizes the faith which he once fought.”
24 And they glorified God in me.