Judith and the Great Slaughter

02 Jan

Do not come in here all smug about saving lives, missy.

School of Guido Reni, “Judith,” c.1620, oil on canvas, 111.1 x 90.8 cm, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Here is the part of the story they left out.   Not only did the Assyrians run away, but you chased them down and took the spoils.   These days, we called that a hidden agenda, little lady.

Let’s start the year right and put it ALL out on the table.

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Book of Judith, Chapter 15

1 AND when they that were in the tents heard, they were astonished at the thing that was done.
2 And fear and trembling fell upon them, so that there was no man that durst abide in the sight of his neighbour, but rushing out all together, they fled into every way of the plain, and of the hill country.
3 They also that had camped in the mountains round about Bethulia fled away. Then the children of Israel, every one that was a warrior among them, rushed out upon them.
4 Then sent Ozias to Betomasthem, and to Bebai, and Chobai, and Cola and to all the coasts of Israel, such as should tell the things that were done, and that all should rush forth upon their enemies to destroy them.
5 Now when the children of Israel heard it, they all fell upon them with one consent, and slew them unto Chobai: likewise also they that came from Jerusalem, and from all the hill country, (for men had told them what things were done in the camp of their enemies) and they that were in Galaad, and in Galilee, chased them with a great slaughter, until they were past Damascus and the borders thereof.
6 And the residue that dwelt at Bethulia, fell upon the camp of Assur, and spoiled them, and were greatly enriched.
7 And the children of Israel that returned from the slaughter had that which remained; and the villages and the cities, that were in the mountains and in the plain, gat many spoils: for the multitude was very great.

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