By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith Part 3
They leave and then she falls on her face, putting ashes on her head, uncovers the sackcloth where she was clothed and at the time when incense was being offered she cried out to YAHUAH with a loud voice. Here is part of her prayer:
“Behold their pride, and send your wrath upon their heads: give into my hand, which I am a widow, the power that I have conceived. Smite by the deceit of my lips the servant with the prince and the prince with the servant: break down their stateliness by the hand of a woman.
And make my speech and deceit to be their wound and stripe, who have purposed cruel things against Your covenant, and Your set-apart house, and against the top of Tsion and against the house of the possession of Your children.
Try praying that prayer when people are against you because of your belief in YAHUAH?
So okay moving on to Chapter 10 after she stopped praying she called her maid and went down into the house, took off her sackcloth and widows garments. Washed and anointed herself. Braided her hair and put a “tire” on her head (some type of cover or wrap) and then put on her garments of gladness that she used to wear before her husband died. Then she decked herself in some nice sandals, added some jewelry…to allure the eyes of men. Then she and her maid gathered some food and wine and left for their mission.
When the people who were standing at the gate saw her, they were surprised because she was no longer looking like a widow but a beautiful woman! Then they blessed her by asking that YAHUAH give her favor to do whatever she was going to do.
So Yahudith and her maid walked directly into the valley where the Assyrians were waiting. When they saw her, they took her and asked her who she was and what she was doing. She said:
Now when the men heard this they were surprised and wondered why such a beautiful woman would do this. They told her that she had chosen well and that Holofernes would treat her nicely.
So she comes before Holofernes and he says to her that he would have not done anything to her people but because they set their “light against him” that he had to act on them. She then basically tells him that he will not win a war against them unless the people sin because YAHUAH is with them. However since the water has been shut off, that there will be a famine, the people will start to sin by eating things YAHUAH said that are unclean which will be a sin and the people would be punished. She said that she will remain with him and that at night she will go out and pray to YAHUAH, He will show her when Yisra’el sins and that she would then come and tell him.
They said to her:
Holofernes agrees with his servants and agrees to go with her plan. He has a tent made ready for her and then allows Yahudith and her servant to go out to the valley to pray at night. So for days this goes on and by the fourth day Holofernes says he wants to have a feast but only his servants are welcome to come. Then he sends his eunuch Bagoas to ask the “Hebrew woman” to come and join them. His plan was to get her drunk and lay with her. So she agrees to come but only eats and drinks what is prepared by her servant.
Holofernes on the other hand desires her so much that he drinks more in that day than ever before in his life! Eventually, the servants leave and Holofernes falls soundly asleep on his bed. Yahudith sends her maid away and then tells Bagoas that she will soon go to prayer as she had done every night, then he leaves.
Part 4 up tomorrow and watch for the Yahudith Challenge!