Holofernes gets a rundown on the history of Israel and their God from Achior, leader of the Ammonites. If the Jews obey God, God will protect them.
Holofernes doesn't like what he hears. He is confident that his god and king Nebuchadnezzar will win. He orders Achior tied up and dumped at one of the towns near the passes to be killed after Holofernes destroys the Israelites. The townspeople find Achior and take him to their assembly where he tells them all about the council with Holofernes. They pray to God to save them from the arrogant general.