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Chapter 7 23 Then all the people assembled to Ozias, and to the chief of the city, both young men, and women, and children, and cried with a loud voice, and said before all the elders,24 God be judge between us and you: for ye have done us great injury, in that ye have not required peace of the children of Assur.25 For now we have no helper: but God hath sold us into their hands, that we should be thrown down before them with thirst and great destruction.26 Now therefore call them unto you, and deliver the whole city for a spoil to the people of Holofernes, and to all his army.27 For it is better for us to be made a spoil unto them, than to die for thirst: for we will be his servants, that our souls may live, and not see the death of our infants before our eyes, nor our wives nor our children to die.28 We take to witness against you the heaven and the earth, and our God and Lord of our fathers, which punisheth us according to our sins and the sins of our fathers, that he do not according as we have said this day.29 Then there was great weeping with one consent in the midst of the assembly; and they cried unto the Lord God with a loud voice.30 Then said Ozias to them, Brethren, be of good courage, let us yet endure five days, in the which space the Lord our God may turn his mercy toward us; for he will not forsake us utterly.31 And if these days pass, and there come no help unto us, I will do according to your word.32 And he dispersed the people, every one to their own charge; and they went unto the walls and towers of their city, and sent the women and children into their houses: and they were very low brought in the city.

Chapter 8 1 Now at that time Judith heard thereof, which was the daughter of Merari, the son of Ox, the son of Joseph, the son of Ozel, the son of Elcia, the son of Ananias, the son of Gedeon, the son of Raphaim, the son of Acitho, the son of Eliu, the son of Eliab, the son of Nathanael, the son of Samael, the son of Salasadal, the son of Israel.2 And Manasses was her husband, of her tribe and kindred, who died in the barley harvest.3 For as he stood overseeing them that bound sheaves in the field, the heat came upon his head, and he fell on his bed, and died in the city of Bethulia: and they buried him with his fathers in the field between Dothaim and Balamo.4 So Judith was a widow in her house three years and four months.5 And she made her a tent upon the top of her house, and put on sackcloth upon her loins and ware her widow's apparel.6 And she fasted all the days of her widowhood, save the eves of the sabbaths, and the sabbaths, and the eves of the new moons, and the new moons and the feasts and solemn days of the house of Israel.7 She was also of a goodly countenance, and very beautiful to behold: and her husband Manasses had left her gold, and silver, and menservants and maidservants, and cattle, and lands; and she remained upon them.