“The king, having had a taste of the daring of the Jews, tried a strategy in attacking their positions. He advanced against Beth-zur, a strong fortress of the Jews. However, he was turned back. He attacked again and was defeated.”
This is once again similar to 1 Maccabees, chapter 6. The young King Antiochus V with his leader Lysias decided to use some strategy against the Jews. He would attack, then fall back, and then attack again. However, he was defeated.
“Judith said to them.
‘Listen to me.
I am about to do something
That will go down through all generations of our descendants.
Stand at the town gate tonight.
I will go out with my maid.
Within the days after
That you have promised to surrender the town to our enemies,
The Lord will deliver Israel by my hand.
Only, do not try to find out what I am doing.
I will not tell you,
Until I have finished what I am about to do.’”
Judith told them to listen carefully. She was about to do something daring that would be remembered for generations to come. She wanted to make sure that she could get out that night through the gate with her maid servant. If she was not able to get the problem solved within 5 days, Uzziah could surrender. However, she believed that God was on her side to help deliver Israel. She was not going to tell them what she was about to do, until she had completed the task. This sounds mysterious and intriguing.