Nabuchodonosor sendeth Holofernes to waste the countries of the west.
1 In the thirteenth year of the reign of Nabuchodonosor, the two and twentieth day of the first month, the word was given out in the house of Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians, that he would revenge himself.
Anno tertiodecimo Nabuchodonosor regis vigesima et secunda die mensis primi, factum est verbum in domo Nabuchodonosor regis Assyriorum ut defenderet se.
2 And he called all the ancients, and all the governors, and his officers of war, and communicated to them the secret of his counsel:
Vocavitque omnes majores natu, omnesque duces, et bellatores suos, et habuit cum eis mysterium consilii sui :
3 And he said that his thoughts were to bring all the earth under his empire.
dixitque cogitationem suam in eo esse, ut omnem terram suo subjugaret imperio.
4 And when this saying pleased them all, Nabuchodonosor, the king, called Holofernes the general of his armies,
Quod dictum cum placuisset omnibus, vocavit Nabuchodonosor rex Holofernem principem militiae suae,
5 And said to him: Go out against all the kingdoms of the west, and against them especially that despised my commandment.
et dixit ei : Egredere adversus omne regnum occidentis, et contra eos praecipue, qui contempserunt imperium eum.
6 Thy eye shall not spare any kingdom, and all the strong cities thou shalt bring under my yoke.
Non parcet oculus tuus ulli regno, omnemque urbem munitam subjugabis mihi.
7 Then Holofernes called the captains and officers of the power of the Assyrians: and he mustered men for the expedition, as the king commanded him, a hundred and twenty thousand fighting men on foot, and twelve thousand archers, horsemen.
Tunc Holofernes vocavit duces, et magistratus virtutis Assyriorum, et dinumeravit viros in expeditionem, sicut praecepit ei rex, centum viginti millia peditum pugnatorum, et equitum sagittariorum duodecim millia.
8 And he made all his warlike preparations to go before with a multitude of innumerable camels, with all provisions sufficient for the armies in abundance, and herds of oxen, and flocks of sheep, without number.
Omnemque expeditionem suam fecit praeire in multitudine innumerabilium camelorum, cum his quae exercitibus sufficerent copiose, boum quoque armenta, gregesque ovium, quorum non erat numerus.
9 He appointed corn to be prepared out of all Syria in his passage.
Frumentum ex omni Syria in transitu suo parari constituit.
10 But gold and silver he took out of the king's house in great abundance.
Aurum vero et argentum de domo regis assumpsit multum nimis.
11 And he went forth he and all the army, with the chariots, and horsemen, and archers, who covered the face of the earth, like locusts.
Et profectus est ipse, et omnis exercitus cum quadrigis, et equitibus, et sagittariis, qui cooperuerunt faciem terrae, sicut locustae.
12 And when he had passed through the borders of the Assyrians, he came to the great mountains of Ange, which are on the left of Cilicia: and he went up to all their castles, and took all the strong places.
Cumque pertransisset fines Assyriorum, venit ad magnos montes Ange, qui sunt a sinistro Ciliciae, ascenditque omnia castella eorum, et obtinuit omnem munitionem.
13 And he took by assault the renowned city of Melothus, and pillaged all the children of Tharsis, and the children of Ismahel, who were over against the face of the desert, and on the south of the land of Cellon.
Effregit autem civitatem opinatissimam Melothi, praedavitque omnes filios Tharsis, et filios Ismael, qui erant contra faciem deserti, et ad austrum terrae Cellon.
14 And he passed over the Euphrates and came into Mesopotamia: and he forced all the stately cities that were there, from the torrent of Mambre, till one comes to the sea:
Et transivit Euphraten, et venit in Mesopotamiam : et fregit omnes civitates excelsas, quae erant ibi, a torrente Mambre usquequo perveniatur ad mare :
15 And he took the borders thereof from Cilicia to the coasts of Japheth, which are towards the south.
et occupavit terminos ejus, a Cilicia usque ad fines Japheth, qui sunt ad austrum.
16 And he carried away all the children of Madian, and stripped them of all their riches, and all that resisted him he slew with the edge of the sword.
Abduxitque omnes filios Madian, et praedavit omnem locupletationem eorum, omnesque resistentes sibi occidit in ore gladii.
17 And after these things he went down into the plains of Damascus in the days of the harvest, and he set all the corn on fire, and he caused all the trees and vineyards to be cut down.
Et post haec descendit in campos Damasci in diebus messis, et succendit omnia sata, omnesque arbores, et vineas fecit incidi :
18 And the fear of them fell upon all the inhabitants of the land.
et cecidit timor illius super omnes inhabitantes terram.