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Judith 1

1 In the twelfth year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, who reigned in Nineveh, the great city, in the days of Arphaxad, who reigned over the Medes in Ecbatana,
2 Arphaxad built in Ecbatana walls round about of stones hewn three cubits broad and six cubits long, and made the height of the wall seventy cubits and the breadth thereof fifty cubits;
3 and set the towers thereof upon the gates of it a hundred cubits high and the breadth thereof at the foundation threescore cubits;
4 and he made the gates thereof, even gates that were raised to the height of seventy cubits and the breadth of them was forty cubits, for the going forth of his mighty armies and for the setting in array of his footmen.
5 Even in those days King Nebuchadnezzar made war with King Arphaxad in the great plain, which is the plain in the borders of Ragae.
6 And there came unto him all those who dwelt in the hill country. And all who dwelt by Euphrates and Tigris and Hydaspes, and the plain of Arioch, the king of the Elymeans, and very many nations of the sons of Chelod, assembled themselves for the battle.
7 Then Nebuchadnezzar king of the Assyrians sent unto all who dwelt in Persia, and to all who dwelt westward, and to those who dwelt in Cilicia and Damascus and Lebanon and Antilebanon, and to all who dwelt upon the seacoast,
8 and to those among the nations that were of Carmel and Gilead and the Higher Galilee, and the great plain of Esdraelon,
9 and to all who were in Samaria and the cities thereof, and beyond the Jordan unto Jerusalem, and Bethany, and Chelous, and Kadesh, and the River of Egypt, and Tahpanhes, and Raamses, and all the land of Goshen,
10 until you come beyond Tanis and Memphis, and to all the inhabitants of Egypt, until you come to the borders of Ethiopia.
11 But all the inhabitants of the land made light of the commandment of Nebuchadnezzar king of the Assyrians, neither went they with him to the battle, for they were not afraid of him. Yea, he was before them as one man, and they sent away his ambassadors from them without accomplishment and with disgrace.
12 Therefore Nebuchadnezzar was very angry with all this country, and swore by his throne and kingdom that he would surely be avenged upon all those regions of Cilicia and Damascus and Syria, and that he would slay with the sword all the inhabitants of the land of Moab and the children of Ammon and all Judea and all who were in Egypt, till you come to the borders of the two seas.
13 Then he marched in battle array with his power against King Arphaxad in the seventeenth year, and he prevailed in his battle; for he overthrew all the power of Arphaxad, and all his horsemen and all his chariots,
14 and became lord of his cities, and came unto Ecbatana and took the towers and despoiled the streets thereof, and turned the beauty thereof into shame.
15 He took also Arphaxad in the mountains of Ragae, and smote him through with his darts, and destroyed him utterly that day.
16 So he returned afterward to Nineveh, both he and all his company of sundry nations, being a very great multitude of men of war. And there he took his ease and banqueted, both he and his army, a hundred and twenty days.
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