2And he took a wife, whose name was Susanna, the daughter of Chelcias, a very fair woman, and one that feared the Lord.
3Her parents also were righteous, and taught their daughter according to the law of Moses.
4Now Joacim was a great rich man, and had a fair garden joining to his house: and to him resorted the Jews; because he was more honorable than all others.
5The same year were appointed two of the ancients of the people to be judges, such as the Lord spoke of, that wickedness came from Babylon from ancient judges, who seemed to govern the people.
6These kept much at Joacim's house: and all that had any suits in law came to them.
7Now when the people departed away at noon, Susanna went into her husband's garden to walk.
8And the two elders saw her going in every day, and walking; so that their lust was inflamed toward her.
9And they perverted their own mind, and turned away their eyes, that they might not look to heaven, nor remember just judgments.
10And albeit they both were wounded with her love, yet dared not one show another his grief.
11For they were ashamed to declare their lust, that they desired to have to do with her.
12Yet they watched diligently from day to day to see her.
13And the one said to the other, Let us now go home: for it is dinner time.
14So when they were gone out, they parted the one from the other, and turning back again they came to the same place; and after that they had asked one another the cause, they acknowledged their lust: then appointed they a time both together, when they might find her alone.
15And it fell out, as they watched a fit time, she went in as before with two maids only, and she was desirous to wash herself in the garden: for it was hot.
16And there was no body there save the two elders, that had hid themselves, and watched her.
17Then she said to her maids, Bring me oil and washing balls, and shut the garden doors, that I may wash me.
18And they did as she bade them, and shut the garden doors, and went out themselves at privy doors to fetch the things that she had commanded them: but they saw not the elders, because they were hid.
19Now when the maids were gone forth, the two elders rose up, and ran to her, saying,
20Behold, the garden doors are shut, that no man can see us, and we are in love with you; therefore consent to us, and lie with us.
21If you will not, we will bear witness against you, that a young man was with you: and therefore you did send away your maids from you.
22Then Susanna sighed, and said, I am straitened on every side: for if I do this thing, it is death to me: and if I do it not I can't escape your hands.
23It is better for me to fall into your hands, and not do it, than to sin in the sight of the Lord.
24With that Susanna cried with a loud voice: and the two elders cried out against her.