The character of Judith: her discourse to the ancients.
1 Now it came to pass, when Judith a widow had heard these words, who was the daughter of Merari, the son of Idox, the son of Joseph, the son of Ozias, the son of Elai, the son of Jamnor, the son of Gedeon, the son of Raphaim, the son of Achitob, the son of Melehias, the son of Enan, the son of Nathanias, the son of Salathiel, the son of Simeon, the son of Ruben:
Et factum est, cum audisset haec verba Judith vidua, quae erat filia Merari filii Idox filii Joseph filii Oziae filii Elai filii Jamnor filii Gedeon filii Raphaim filii Achitob filii Melchiae filii Enan filii Nathaniae filii Salathiel filii Simeon filii Ruben,
2 And her husband was Manasses, who died in the time of the barley harvest:
et vir ejus fuit Manasses, qui mortuus est in diebus messis hordeaceae :
3 For he was standing over them that bound sheaves in the field; and the heat came upon his head, and he died in Bethulia his own city, and was buried there with his fathers.
instabat enim super alligantes manipulos in campo, et venit aestus super caput ejus, et mortuus est in Bethulia civitate sua, et sepultus est illic cum patribus suis.
4 And Judith his relict was a widow now three years and six months.
Erat autem Judith relicta ejus vidua jam annis tribus et mensibus sex.
5 And she made herself a private chamber in the upper part of her house, in which she abode shut up with her maids.
Et in superioribus domus suae fecit sibi secretum cubiculum, in quo cum puellis suis clausa morabatur,
6 And she wore haircloth upon her loins, and fasted all the days of her life, except the sabbaths, and new moons, and the feasts of the house of Israel.
et habens super lumbos suos cilicium, jejunabat omnibus diebus vitae suae, praeter sabbata et neomenias et festa domus Israel.
7 And she was exceedingly beautiful, and her husband left her great riches, and very many servants, and large possessions of herds of oxen, and flocks of sheep.
Erat autem eleganti aspectu nimis, cui vir suus reliquerat divitias multas, et familiam copiosam, ac possessiones armentis boum, et gregibus ovium plenas.
8 And she was greatly renowned among all, because she feared the Lord very much, neither was there any one that spoke an ill word of her.
Et erat haec in omnibus famosissima, quoniam timebat Dominum valde, nec erat qui loqueretur de illa verbum malum.
9 When therefore she had heard that Ozias had promised that he would deliver up the city after the fifth day, she sent to the ancients Chabri and Charmi.
Haec itaque cum audisset quoniam Ozias promisisset quod transacto quinto die traderet civitatem, misit ad presbyteros Chabri et Charmi.
10 And they came to her, and she said to them: What is this word, by which Ozias hath consented to give up the city to the Assyrians, if within five days there come no aid to us?
Et venerunt ad illam, et dixit illis : Quod est hoc verbum, in quo consensit Ozias, ut tradat civitatem Assyriis si intra quinque dies non venerit vobis adjutorium?
11 And who are you that tempt the Lord?
et qui estis vos, qui tentatis Dominum?
12 This is not a word that may draw down mercy, but rather that may stir up wrath, and enkindle indignation.
non est iste sermo qui misericordiam provocet, sed potius qui iram excitet, et furorem accendat.
13 You have set a time for the mercy of the Lord, and you have appointed him a day, according to your pleasure.
Posuistis vos tempus miserationis Domini, et in arbitrium vestrum, diem constituistis ei.
14 But forasmuch as the Lord is patient, let us be penitent for this same thing, and with many tears let us beg his pardon:
Sed quia patiens Dominus est, in hoc ipso poeniteamus, et indulgentiam ejus fusis lacrimis postulemus :
15 For God will not threaten like man, nor be inflamed to anger like the son of man.
non enim quasi homo sic Deus comminabitur, neque sicut filius hominis ad iracundiam inflammabitur.
16 And therefore let us humble our souls before him, and continuing in an humble spirit, in his service:
Et ideo humiliemus illi animas nostras, et in spiritu constituti humiliato, servientes illi
17 Let us ask the Lord with tears, that according to his will so he would shew his mercy to us: that as our heart is troubled by their pride, so also we may glorify in our humility.
dicamus flentes Domino, ut secundum voluntatem suam sic faciat nobiscum misericordiam suam : ut sicut conturbatum est cor nostrum in superbia eorum, ita etiam de nostra humilitate gloriemur :
18 For we have not followed the sins of our fathers, who forsook their God, and worshipped strange gods.
quoniam non sumus secuti peccata patrum nostrorum, qui dereliquerunt Deum suum, et adoraverunt deos alienos,
19 For which crime they were given up to their enemies, to the sword, and to pillage, and to confusion: but we know no other God but him.
pro quo scelere dati sunt in gladium, et in rapinam, et in confusionem inimicis suis : nos autem alterum deum nescimus praeter ipsum.
20 Let us humbly wait for his consolation, and the Lord our God will require our blood of the afflictions of our enemies, and he will humble all the nations that shall rise up against us, and bring them to disgrace.
Expectemus humiles consolationem ejus, et exquiret sanguinem nostrum de afflictionibus inimicorum nostrorum, et humiliabit omnes gentes, quaecumque insurgunt contra nos, et faciet illas sine honore Dominus Deus noster.
21 And now, brethren, as you are the ancients among the people of God, and their very soul resteth upon you: comfort their hearts by your speech, that they may be mindful how our fathers were tempted that they might be proved, whether they worshipped their God truly.
Et nunc fratres, quoniam vos estis presbyteri in populo Dei, et ex vobis pendet anima illorum, ad eloquium vestrum corda eorum erigite, ut memores sint, quia tentati sunt patres nostri ut probarentur, si vere colerent Deum suum.
22 They must remember how our father Abraham was tempted, and being proved by many tribulations, was made the friend of God.
Memores esse debent, quomodo pater noster Abraham tentatus est, et per multas tribulationes probatus, Dei amicus effectus est.
23 So Isaac, so Jacob, so Moses, and all that have pleased God, passed through many tribulations, remaining faithful.
Sic Isaac, sic Jacob, sic Moyses, et omnes qui placuerunt Deo, per multas tribulationes transierunt fideles.
24 But they that did not receive the trials with the fear of the Lord, but uttered their impatience and the reproach of their murmuring against the Lord,
Illi autem, qui tentationes non susceperunt cum timore Domini, et impatientiam suam et improperium murmurationis suae contra Dominum protulerunt,
25 Were destroyed by the destroyer, and perished by serpents.
exterminati sunt ab exterminatore, et a serpentibus perierunt.
26 As for us therefore let us not revenge ourselves for these things which we suffer.
Et nos ergo non ulciscamur nos pro his quae patimur,
27 But esteeming these very punishments to be less than our sins deserve, let us believe that these scourges of the Lord, with which like servants we are chastised, have happened for our amendment, and not for our destruction.
sed reputantes peccatis nostris haec ipsa supplicia minora esse flagella Domini, quibus quasi servi corripimur ad emendationem, et non ad perditionem nostram evenisse credamus.
28 And Ozias and the ancients said to her: All things which thou hast spoken are true, and there is nothing to be reprehended in thy words.
Et dixerunt illi Ozias et presbyteri : Omnia quae locuta es, vera sunt, et non est in sermonibus tuis ulla reprehensio.
29 Now therefore pray for us, for thou art a holy woman, and one fearing God.
Nunc ergo ora pro nobis, quoniam mulier sancta es, et timens Deum.
30 And Judith said to them: As you know that what I have been able to say is of God:
Et dixit illis Judith : Sicut quod potui loqui, Dei esse cognoscitis :
31 So that which I intend to do prove ye if it be of God, and pray that God may strengthen my design.
ita quod facere disposui, probate si ex Deo est, et orate ut firmum faciat Deus consilium meum.
32 You shall stand at the gate this night, and I will go out with my maidservant: and pray ye, that as you have said, in five days the Lord may look down upon his people Israel.
Stabitis vos ad portam nocte ista, et ego exeam cum abra mea : et orate, ut sicut dixistis, in diebus quinque respiciat Dominus populum suum Israel.
33 But I desire that you search not into what I am doing, and till I bring you word let nothing else be done but to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Vos autem nolo ut scrutemini actum meum, et usque dum renuntiem vobis, nihil aliud fiat, nisi oratio pro me ad Dominum Deum nostrum.
34 And Ozias the prince of Juda said to her: Go in peace, and the Lord be with thee to take revenge of our enemies. So returning they departed.
Et dixit ad eam Ozias princeps Juda : Vade in pace, et Dominus sit tecum in ultionem inimicorum nostrorum. Et revertentes abierunt.