“Judith began this thanksgiving before all Israel. All the people loudly sang this song of praise. Judith said.
‘Begin a song to my God with tambourines!
Sing to my Lord with cymbals!
Raise to him a new psalm!
Call upon his name!
The Lord is a God who crushes wars.
He sets up his camp among his people.
He delivered me form the hands of my pursuers.
The Assyrian came down from the mountains of the north.
He came with myriads of his warriors.
Their numbers blocked up the Wadis.
Their cavalry covered the hills.
He boasted that he would burn up my territory.
He would kill my young men with the sword.
He would dash my infants to the ground.
He would seize my children as booty.
He would take my virgins as spoil.’”
This appears to be a canticle of Judith. In a sense, it is like the summary canticle in Tobit, chapter 13. Yet all the people seem to sing this song. This beautiful hymn harkens back to Exodus, chapter 15, where there is a victory chant of Moses after they got out of Egypt. This also seems like the short victory chant of Miriam, the sister of Moses. This song is to be sung with tambourines and cymbals. Once again, there is a correlation to the psalms also. You are to exalt the Lord because he crushes or decides wars. God delivered Judith from the hands of her enemies. The mighty Assyrian strong northern warrior blocked the brooks, the valleys, and the mountains. They were going to burn our territory, kill our young men and infants, and seize our children and virgins. The enemy is always portrayed in the worst light.