In the twelfth year of the reign of Nabuchodonosor, who reigned in Nineve, the great city; in the days
of Arphaxad, which reigned over the Medes in Ecbatane,
 And built in Ecbatane 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:
 And set the towers thereof upon the gates of it an hundred cubits
high, and the breadth thereof in the foundation threescore cubits:
 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:
 Even in those
days king Nabuchodonosor made war with king Arphaxad in the great plain, which is the plain in the
borders of Ragau.
 And there came unto him all they that dwelt in the hill country, and all that 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 to the battle.
 Then Nabuchodonosor king of the
Assyrians sent unto all that dwelt in Persia, and to all that dwelt westward, and to those that dwelt in
Cilicia, and Damascus, and Libanus, and Antilibanus, and to all that dwelt upon the sea coast,
to those among the nations that were of Carmel, and Galaad, and the higher Galilee, and the great
plain of Esdrelom,
 And to all that were in Samaria and the cities thereof, and beyond Jordan unto
Jerusalem, and Betane, and Chelus, and Kades, and the river of Egypt, and Taphnes, and Ramesse,
and all the land of Gesem,
 Until ye come beyond Tanis and Memphis, and to all the inhabitants of
Egypt, until ye come to the borders of Ethiopia.
 But all the inhabitants of the land made light of the
commandment of Nabuchodonosor 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 effect, and with disgrace.
 Therefore Nabuchodonosor was very angry with all this
country, and sware by his throne and kingdom, that he would surely be avenged upon all those coasts
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 that were in Egypt, till ye come to the
borders of the two seas.
 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,
 And became lord of his cities, and came unto Ecbatane, and took
the towers, and spoiled the streets thereof, and turned the beauty thereof into shame.
 He took also
Arphaxad in the mountains of Ragau, and smote him through with his darts, and destroyed him utterly
 So he returned afterward to Nineve, 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,
an hundred and twenty days.
 And in the eighteenth year, the two and twentieth day of the first month, there was talk in the house
of Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians that he should, as he said, avenge himself on all the earth.
So he called unto him all his officers, and all his nobles, and communicated with them his secret counsel,
and concluded the afflicting of the whole earth out of his own mouth.
 Then they decreed to destroy
all flesh, that did not obey the commandment of his mouth.
 And when he had ended his counsel,
Nabuchodonosor king of the Assyrians called Holofernes the chief captain of his army, which was next
unto him, and said unto him.
 Thus saith the great king, the lord of the whole earth, Behold, thou shalt
go forth from my presence, and take with thee men that trust in their own strength, of footmen an hundred
and twenty thousand; and the number of horses with their riders twelve thousand.
 And thou shalt go
against all the west country, because they disobeyed my commandment.
 And thou shalt declare unto
that they prepare for me earth and water: for I will go forth in my wrath against them and will cover the
whole face of the earth with the feet of mine army, and I will give them for a spoil unto them:
 So that
their slain shall fill their valleys and brooks and the river shall be filled with their dead, till it overflow:
And I will lead them captives to the utmost parts of all the earth.
 Thou therefore shalt go forth. and
take beforehand for me all their coasts: and if they will yield themselves unto thee, thou shalt reserve
them for me till the day of their punishment.
 But concerning them that rebel, let not thine eye spare
them; but put them to the slaughter, and spoil them wheresoever thou goest.
 For as I live, and by