There dwelt a man in Babylon, called Joakim.
And he took a wife, whose name was Susanna, the daughter of Hilkiah, a very fair woman and one who feared the Lord.
These spent much time at Joakim's house, and all those who had any lawsuits came to them.
And although they both were wounded with her love, yet each dared not show the other his grief.
Yet they watched diligently from day to day to see her.
So when they had gone out, they each parted from the other, and turning back again they came to the same place; and after they had asked each another the reason, they acknowledged their lust, then they both appointed themselves a time when they might find her alone.
And it happened, as they watched for a fitting time, that she went in as before with two maids only, and she intended to wash herself in the garden, for it was hot.
And there was no one there except the two elders, who had hidden themselves and watched her.
Then she said to her maids, "Bring me oil and washing balls and shut the garden doors, so that I may wash myself."
And they did as she asked them, and shut the garden doors, and went out themselves through private doors to fetch the things that she had commanded them; but they did not see the elders, because they were hidden.
Now when the maids were gone, the two elders rose up and ran to her, saying,
"Behold, the garden doors are shut, so that no man can see us, and we are in love with you; therefore consent to us and lie with us.
If you will not, we will bear witness against you that a young man was with you, and therefore you sent your maids away from you."
Then Susanna sighed and said, "I am hemmed in on every side; for if I do this thing, it is death to me; and if I do not do it, I cannot escape your hands.
It is better for me to fall into your hands and not do it, than to sin in the sight of the Lord."
With that, Susanna cried with a loud voice, and the two elders cried out against her.
Then the one ran and opened the garden door.
And it came to pass the next day, when the people were assembled before her husband Joakim, that the two elders also came, full of mischievous imagination against Susanna to put her to death;
And they said before the people, "Send for Susanna, the daughter of Hilkiah, Joakim's wife." And so they sent for her.
So she came with her father and mother, her children, and all her kindred.
Now, Susanna was a very delicate woman and beautiful to behold.
And these wicked men commanded her to uncover her face, (for she was covered,) that they might be filled with her beauty.
Therefore, her friends and all that saw her wept.
Then the two elders stood up in the midst of the people and laid their hands upon her head.
And she looked up toward heaven weeping, for her heart trusted in the Lord.
Then a young man, who was hidden there, came to her and lay with her.
Then, standing in a corner of the garden, we saw this wickedness and ran towards them.
And when we saw them together, the man we could not hold, for he was stronger than us, and he opened the door and leaped out.
But having taken this woman, we asked her who the young man was, but she would not tell us; to these things we testify."
Then the assembly believed them because they were the elders and judges of the people; so they condemned her to death.
Then Susanna cried out with a loud voice and said, "O everlasting God, who knows the secrets and knows all things before they be:
You know that they have borne false witness against me, and behold I must die; though I never did such things as these men have maliciously invented against me."
Therefore, when she was led to be put to death, the Lord raised up the holy spirit of a young youth whose name was Daniel,
who cried with a loud voice, "I am free of the blood of this woman."
Return again to the place of judgment, for they have borne false witness against her."
Then Daniel said to them, "Put these two aside, one far from another, and I will examine them."
So, when they were put apart one from another, he called one of them and said to him, "O you who has grown old in wickedness, now your sins, which you have committed before this time, have come to light.
So he put him aside and commanded them to bring the other, and he said to him, "O you, offspring of Canaan and not of Judah, beauty has deceived you and lust has perverted your heart.
Thus have you dealt with the daughters of Israel, and they out of fear consorted with you; but the daughter of Judah would not tolerate your wickedness.
Therefore Hilkiah and his wife praised God for their daughter Susanna, with Joakim her husband and all their kindred, because there was no dishonesty found in her.
From that day forth, Daniel had a great reputation in the sight of the people.