Judith 4

    Judea on the Alert

  1. "By this time the people of Israel living in Judea heard of everything that Holofer'nes, the general of Nebuchadnez'zar the king of the Assyrians, had done to the nations, and how he had plundered and destroyed all their temples; "
  2. "they were therefore very greatly terrified at his approach, and were alarmed both for Jerusalem and for the temple of the Lord their God. "
  3. "For they had only recently returned from the captivity, and all the people of Judea were newly gathered together, and the sacred vessels and the altar and the temple had been consecrated after their profanation. "
  4. Prayer and Penance