The children of Israel prepare themselves to resist Holofernes. They cry to the Lord for help.
1 Then the children of Israel, who dwelt in the land of Juda, hearing these things, were exceedingly afraid of him.
Tunc audientes haec filii Israel, qui habitabant in terra Juda, timuerunt valde a facie ejus.
2 Dread and horror seized upon their minds, lest he should do the same to Jerusalem and to the temple of the Lord, that he had done to other cities and their temples.
Tremor et horror invasit sensus eorum, ne hoc faceret Jerusalem et templo Domini, quod fecerat ceteris civitatibus et templis earum.
3 And they sent into all Samaria round about, as far as Jericho, and seized upon all the tops of the mountains:
Et miserunt in omnem Samariam per circuitum usque Jericho, et praeoccupaverunt omnes vertices montium :
4 And they compassed their towns with walls, and gathered together corn for provision for war.
et muris circumdederunt vicos suos, et congregaverunt frumenta in praeparationem pugnae.
5 And Eliachim the priest wrote to all that were over against Esdrelon, which faceth the great plain near Dothain, and to all by whom there might be a passage of way, that they should take possession of the ascents of the mountains, by which there might be any way to Jerusalem, and should keep watch where the way was narrow between the mountains.
Sacerdos etiam Eliachim scripsit ad universos qui erant contra Esdrelon, quae est contra faciem campi magni juxta Dothain, et universos per quos viae transitus esse poterat, ut obtinerent ascensus montium, per quos via esse poterat ad Jerusalem, et illic custodirent ubi angustum iter esse poterat inter montes.
6 And the children of Israel did as the priest of the Lord Eliachim had appointed them,
Et fecerunt filii Israel secundum quod constituerat eis sacerdos Domini Eliachim.
7 And all the people cried to the Lord with great earnestness, and they humbled their souls in fastings, and prayers, both they and their wives.
Et clamavit omnis populus ad Dominum instantia magna, et humiliaverunt animas suas in jejuniis, et orationibus, ipsi et mulieres eorum.
8 And the priests put on haircloths, and they caused the little children to lie prostrate before the temple of the Lord, and the altar of the Lord they covered with haircloth.
Et induerunt se sacerdotes ciliciis, et infantes prostraverunt contra faciem templi Domini, et altare Domini operuerunt cilicio :
9 And they cried to the Lord the God of Israel with one accord, that their children might not be made a prey, and their wives carried off, and their cities destroyed, and their holy things profaned, and that they might not be made a reproach to the Gentiles.
et clamaverunt ad Dominum Deum Israel unanimiter ne darentur in praedam infantes eorum, et uxores eorum in divisionem, et civitates eorum in exterminium, et sancta eorum in pollutionem, et fierent opprobrium gentibus.
10 Then Eliachim the high priest of the Lord went about all Israel and spoke to them,
Tunc Eliachim sacerdos Domini magnus circuivit omnem Israel, allocutusque est eos,
11 Saying: Know ye that the Lord will hear your prayers, if you continue with perseverance in fastings and prayers in the sight of the Lord.
dicens : Scitote quoniam exaudiet Dominus preces vestras, si manentes permanseritis in jejuniis, et orationibus in conspectu Domini.
12 Remember Moses the servant of the Lord, who overcame Amalec that trusted in his own strength, and in his power, and in his army, and in his shields, and in his chariots, and in his horsemen, not by fighting with the sword, but by holy prayers:
Memores estote Moysi servi Domini, qui Amalec confidentem in virtute sua, et in potentia sua, et in exercitu suo, et in clypeis suis, et in curribus suis, et in equitibus suis, non ferro pugnando, sed precibus sanctis orando dejecit :
13 So shall all the enemies of Israel be, if you persevere in this work which you have begun.
sic erunt universi hostes Israel, si perseveraveritis in hoc opere quod coepistis.
14 So they being moved by this exhortation of his, prayed to the Lord, and continued in the sight of the Lord.
Ad hanc igitur exhortationem ejus deprecantes Dominum, permanebant in conspectu Domini,
15 So that even they who offered the holocausts to the Lord, offered the sacrifices to the Lord girded with haircloths, and with ashes upon their head.
ita ut etiam hi qui offerebant Domino holocausta, praecincti ciliciis offerrent sacrificia Domino, et erat cinis super capita eorum.
16 And they all begged of God with all their heart, that he would visit his people Israel.
Et ex toto corde suo omnes orabant Deum, ut visitaret populum suum Israel.