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1 The next day Holofernes gave an order to the whole of his army and to those people who had come to his help to move camp in the direction of Bethulia, to occupy the mountain slopes and to wage war against the Israelites. 2 All his valiant warriors moved that day
4 When the Israelites saw how numerous they were, they were extremely afraid and said to one another, “Without doubt this crowd is going to devour all the country, neither the high mountains nor the ravines nor the hills will be able to put a stop to their progress.” 5 Nonetheless each one seized his fighting equipment
6 The second day, Holofernes lined up all his cavalry in front of the Israelites in Bethulia. 7 He observed the approaches to their town, discovered the sources supplying water, seized them and stationed guards over them, then he returned to his army. 8 The leaders of the Edo mites, the commanders of the Moabites and the generals of the Seacoast approached Holofernes and said, 9 “Let our Master listen to us, and your army will not suffer loss. 10 This people of Israel really do not put their trust in javelins but in the height of the mountains which they in habit, for it is not easy to reach the summit of their moun tains. 11 Master, if you wish to save the lives of your men, do not fight against them in battle formation. 12 Remain in your camp and keep all the men in your army safe but let us take possession of the spring which flows at the foot of the moun tain, 13 because it is from there that the people of Bethulia draw all their water. They will be dying of thirst and so they will hand over their town. We and our people will scale the summits of the neighboring moun tains and set up outposts to prevent anyone from leaving the town. 14 The famine will destroy them
16 This advice pleased Holofernes and all his officers, and he agreed to do what they said. 17 The Moabites, with five thousand Assyrians, moved camp
The discouragement of the people
:B:19 Disheartened, the peo ple of Israel called upon the Lord their God because their enemies had encircled them and had cut off all means of es cape. 20 All the Assyrian army, its foot soldiers, its chariots and horsemen surrounded them for thirty-four days. 21 The inhabitants of Bethulia saw the water jars becoming empty and the wells running dry so that drinking water had to be rationed every day. 22 The small children became weak with thirst
23 They called out with loud cries and said before all the elders, 24 “May God judge between you and us, for you are the cause of this mis fortune by not engaging in peaceful negotiations with the Assyrians. 25 And now there is no one who can bring us any help
29 Altogether they raised a great lamentation in the midst of the assembly, and they cried out with a loud voice to the Lord God.
30 Then Uzziah said to them, “Have confidence, my brothers