Haman realizes that he is in trouble (Esth 6:12-6:14)

Haman hurried to his house, mourning, with his head covered. When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his advisors and his wife Zeresh said to him.

‘If Mordecai, before whom you downfall has begun,

Is of the Jewish people,

You will not prevail against him.

But will surely fall before him.’

While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived. They hurried Haman off to the banquet that Queen Esther had prepared.”

Haman went back home with his head covered. He was in mourning for himself. After he told his friends and wife what had happened, they warned him that this might be the beginning of the end. If this Jewish Mordecai prevailed, he would surely fail. Just as they were still talking, the king’s eunuchs arrived to take him to the banquet of Queen Esther. Maybe things will brighten up there.


Judith stays with General Holofernes as he sleeps (Jdt 13:1-13:4)

“When evening came, General Holofernes’ slaves quickly withdrew. Bagoas closed the tent from outside. He shut out the attendants from his master’s presence. They went to bed. They all were weary because the banquet had lasted so long. Judith was left alone in the tent. General Holofernes was stretched out on his bed. He was dead drunk. Now Judith had told her maid to stand outside the bedchamber. She was to wait for her to come out, as she did on the other days. She said that she would be going out for her prayers. She said the same thing to Bagoas. So everyone went out. No one, either small or great, was left in the bedchamber.”

As the evening wore on, everyone was tired. They all began to leave. Bagoas closed the tent from the outside so that no one would disturb Judith and the general who were left alone. The problem was that the good general had over indulged and simply fell asleep on his bed because he was drunk. Judith told her maid to wait outside like she had done every other night. They would be going to say prayers. She told Bagoas the same thing. Everyone was gone. There was no one left there in the bedchamber except for Judith, who was then left alone with him. The plot thickens.