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The History of

Susanna

(The Apocrypha)

The AV says ‘The two old men were inflamed
with lust for her’
. The RV, noticeably delicate (preferring
love for lust) says ‘Their minds were perverted...they forgot
justice & judgment'
.

The translators happily together state
‘This wickedness came from Babylon from ancient judges
who governed the people’.

They both marvelling approve
the excellence of the interrogation, the sudden conviction
with the required stoning.

At the trial they declare
‘These wicked men, wishing even here to be filled
with her beauty, command her veil to be removed’.
Tintoretto heartily agrees with them.

Equally he admires
the interesting curves of the woman. He carefully arranges
the coils in her hair. . . His intricate study of the light
& shade in the woodland delights him!

The two ancient ghosts
(cautiously peering round the screen) will shortly fade
from the garden?

Carelessly Tintoretto pushes them aside.
He ignores them.

Note

This is a comparison of the several portraits involved.

Two are provided by  the AV & the RV, & the third by the Tintoretto painting.

Naturally the artist observes the beauty, while the writers stress the injustice & stupidity. Each in his own way reduces & crushes the old men effectively.