Reading Judith, I came across very familiar-sounding words 'murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer, and perished by serpents:'
Judith 8:22-25 (DRB)
They must remember how our father Abraham was tempted, and being proved by many tribulations, was made the friend of God. 23 So Isaac, so Jacob, so Moses, and all that have pleased God, passed through many tribulations, remaining faithful. 24 But they that did not receive the trials with the fear of the Lord, but uttered their impatience and the reproach of their murmuring against the Lord, 25 Were destroyed by the destroyer, and perished by serpents [a serpéntibus periérunt]. 26 As for us therefore let us not revenge ourselves for these things which we suffer. 27 But esteeming these very punishments to be less than our sins deserve, let us believe that these scourges of the Lord, with which like servants we are chastised, have happened for our amendment, and not for our destruction.
Upon reading this I instantly recalled what turned out to be one of St. Paul's letters to the Corinthians wherein he says (in the same context of enduring through trials faithfully):
1 Corinthians 10:10-13 (DRB) For I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea. 2 And all in Moses were baptized, in the cloud, and in the sea: 3 And did all eat the same spiritual food, 4 And all drank the same spiritual drink; (and they drank of the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.) 5 But with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the desert. 6 Now these things were done in a figure of us, that we should not covet evil things as they also coveted. 7 Neither become ye idolaters, as some of them, as it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9 Neither let us tempt Christ: as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents [a serpéntibus periérunt]. 10 Neither do you murmur: as some of them murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them in figure: and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall. 13 Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human. And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able: but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.
This appears to be a somewhat overt reference or even quotation of Judith. You could even put quotation marks in there, or italics, as the particular convention might have it.
What arguments militate against this assessment, or what arguments might support the conclusion that this is a quotation from/reference to the book of Judith?
Warning: this question assumes that, if there is a reference, it would be to the Old Aramaic tradition preserved by Jerome2 which you have read above, and not to the different-across-the-board Septuagint (Greek) version of the Book.
Cf. Wis 16:4-5.
Thanks in advance.
1 Cf. Jerome, Præf. in Lib. Judith: Multorum codicum varietatem vitiosissimam amputavi: sola ea, quae intelligentia integra in verbis Chaldaeis invenire potui, Latinis expressi. "I have discarded altogether the many varying and hopelessly error-ridden codices: only what I could find in the Chaldean words, with understanding intact, did I express in Latin ones."