SWORD

PRAYER WAR

 

PSALM 144:1

*Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war;

JUDITH 9 NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REVISED VERSION

V.2

“Lord, God of my father Simeon, into whose hand you put a sword to take revenge upon the foreigners who had defiled a virgin by violating her, shaming her by uncovering her thighs, and dishonoring her by polluting her womb. You said, ‘This shall not be done!’ Yet they did it

 

  Matt. 2:16 – Herod’s decree of slaying innocent children was prophesied in Wis. 11:7 – slaying the holy innocents  

In chapters 9-10, Judith makes a twofold preparation for war. The first is prayer. Judith’s prayer posture is one of radical humility before God prostration. Her attire is symbolic of penitence sackcloth and ashes.She begins by reminding God of the mighty deeds performed for her ancestors (9:2-4). Then Judith states that her trust is not in horses and chariots but in the power of God. Therefore, she calls upon God to win the victory for her.

JUDITH 9 NEW AMERICAN BIBLE REVISED VERSION

V.2

“Lord, God of my father Simeon, into whose hand you put a sword to take revenge upon the foreigners who had defiled a virgin by violating her, shaming her by uncovering her thighs, and dishonoring her by polluting her womb. You said, ‘This shall not be done!’ Yet they did it

 JUDITH

9:2 1“Lord, God of my forefather Simeon! You put a sword into his hand to take revenge upon the foreigners who had immodestly loosened the maiden’s girdle, shamefully exposed her thighs, and disgracefully violated her body. This they did, though you forbade it.

Judith, 9

 catholic public domain version
1.And when they were gone, Judith entered her place of prayer. And clothing herself with haircloth, she placed ashes on her head. And prostrating herself to the Lord, she cried out to the Lord, saying:2.“O Lord, God of my father Simeon, you gave him a sword to defend against foreigners, who stood out as violators by their defilement, and who uncovered the thigh of the virgin unto shame

 Matt. 9:36 – the people were “like sheep without a shepherd” is same as Judith 11:19 – sheep without a shepherd. Mark 9:48 – description of hell where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched references Judith 16:17. Luke 1:42 – Elizabeth’s declaration of Mary’s blessedness above all women follows Uzziah’s declaration in Judith 13:18

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