General Holofernes commends Judith (Jdt 11:20-11:23)

“Her words pleased General Holofernes and all his servants. They marveled at her wisdom.

‘No other woman from one end of the earth to the other,

Looks so beautiful,

Or speaks so wisely.’

General Holofernes said to her.

‘God has done well

To send you ahead of the people,

To strengthen our hands,

To bring destruction upon those who have despised my lord.

You are not only beautiful in appearance,

But you are wise in speech.

If you do as you have said,

Your God shall be my God!

You shall live in the palace of King Nebuchadnezzar!.

You will be renowned throughout the whole world!’”

The general and his staff were very pleased by her words. They said that she was both beautiful and wise. General Holofernes told her that God was right for sending her to him in order to strengthen his hands and bring destruction to those who had despised him. Once again, he said that she was both beautiful and wise. If things go as planned, her God would be his God. She would live in the king’s palace and be known throughout the whole world. His offer is enticing.