Judith accepts the invitation of General Holofernes (Jdt 12:13-12:14)

“Bagoas left the presence of General Holofernes. He approached Judith and said.

‘Let this pretty girl not hesitate to come to my lord

To be honored in his presence.

Come to enjoy drinking wine with us.

Become today like one of the Assyrian women

Like one who serves in the place of King Nebuchadnezzar.’

Judith replied.

‘Who am I, to refuse my lord?

Whatever pleases him

I will do at once.

It will be a joy to me until the day of my death!’”

There was no reluctance on the part of Judith. The invitation of Bagoas had clear sexual overtones with the allusion to honor her as one of the Assyrian women in the king’s palace. She plainly said that she would not refuse the general. In fact, she said that she would do whatever pleased him. She indicated that she would joyfully go. There was no talk about religious dietary restrictions at this time.

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