The nations are terrified of the vast army of Nebuchadnezzar. They send ambassadors who surrender unconditionally. Nonetheless, General Holofernes devastates them.
1. And they sent to him messengers with words of peace, saying,
they sent to him messengers. Back in chapter 2, King Nebuchadnezzar was enraged at the nations which had disobeyed his command. He said he would destroy them. He assigned General Holofernes to head a vast army of 132,000 soldiers. Everyone was to be slain and plundered.
Now those targeted nations are terrified. They send ambassadors.
2. “Behold, we the servants of Nebuchadnezzar the great king lie before you. Use us as it is pleasing in your sight.
we the servants of Nebuchadnezzar. The targeted nations are surrendering to Nebuchadnezzar.
3. Behold, our dwellings, and all our country, and all our fields of wheat, and our flocks and herds, and all the sheepfolds of our tents, lie before your face. Use them as it may please you.
4. Behold, even our cities and those who dwell in them are your servants. Come and deal with them as it is good in your eyes.”
5. So the men came to Holofernes, and declared to him according to these words.
6. He came down toward the sea coast, he and his army, and set garrisons in the high cities, and took out of them chosen men for allies.
7. They received him, they and all the country round about them, with garlands and dances and timbrels.
8. He cast down all their borders, and cut down their sacred groves. It had been given to him to destroy all the gods of the land, that all the nations would worship Nebuchadnezzar only, and that all their tongues and their tribes would call upon him as god.
He cast down all their borders. Even though the nations surrendered, General Holofernes devastated them.
worship Nebuchadnezzar only. Not only did Nebuchadnezzar require everyone to worship him, but they must worship him ONLY.
9. Then he came towards Esdraelon near to Dotaea, which is opposite the great ridge of Judea.
10. He encamped between Geba and Scythopolis. He was there a whole month, that he might gather together all the baggage of his army.
Geba. This is a Levitical city of Benjamin on the north border of Judah adjacent to Ramah in Benjamin north of Gibeah.
Scythopolis. That is the Greek name of Beit She’an, a city in the North District of Israel.
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