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a little house; and so he received a reward meet for his 10 And the man, that thought a little at wickedness.

reach to the stars of heaven, no man coul 34 As for that most ungracious Nicanor, who had carry for his intolerable stink. brought a thousand merchants to buy the Jews,

11 Here therefore being plagued, he b 35 He was, through the help of the Lord, brought off his great pride, and to come to the k down by them of whom he made least account; and himself, by the scourge of God, his pain inc putting off his glorious apparel, and discharging his moment. company, he came like a fugitive servant through the 12 And when he himself could not al midland unto Antioch, having very great dishonour, for smell, he said these words, It is meet to be that his host was destroyed.

God, and that a man that is mortal should 36 Thus he, that took upon him to make good to the think of himself, as if he were God. Romans their tribute by means of the captives in Jeru- 13 This wicked person vowed also ur salem, told abroad, that the Jews had God to fight for (who now no more would have mercy upon them, and therefore they could not be hurt, because they thus, followed the laws that he


14 That the holy city (to the which he

haste to lay it even with the ground, and CHAPTER IX.

common burying place,) he would set at lil 2 Antiochus is chased from Persepolis : 5 He is stricken with a 15 And as touching the Jews, whom he

sore disease, 14 and promiseth to become a Jew: 28 He dieth not worthy to be so much as buried, but t miserably.

with their children to be devoured of th ABOUT that time came Antiochus with dishonour out

wild beasts, he would make them all equ of the of

citizens of Athens : 2 For he had entered the city called Persepolis, and. 16 And the holy temple, which before he went about to rob the temple, and to hold the city; he would garnish with goodly gifts, and re: whereupon the multitude, running to defend themselves holy vessels with many more, and out of his with their weapons, put them to fight; and so it hap- defray the charges belonging to the sacrific pened, that Antiochus, being put to flight of the inhab- 17 Yea, and that also he would becom itants, returned with shame.

self, and go through all the world that w 3 Now when he came to Ecbatane, news was brought and declare the power of God. him what had happened unto Nicanor and Timotheus.

18 But for all this his pains would not c 4 Then swelling with anger, he thought to avenge just judgment of God was come upon hi upon the Jews the disgrace done unto him by those that despairing of his health, he wrote unto t made him flee. Therefore commanded he his chariot letters underwritten, containing the form o man to drive without ceasing, and to despatch the tion, after this manner : journey, the judgment of God now following him. For

19 Antiochus, king and governor, to th he had spoken proudly in this sort, That he would come his citizens, wisheth much joy, health, and to Jerusalem, and make it a common burying-place of

and your

children fare well, an the Jews.

be to your contentment, I give very great th 5 But the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, smote having my hope in heaven. him with an incurable and invisible plague : for as soon

21 As for me, I was weak, or else I wo as he had spoken these words, a pain of the bowels that membered kindly your honour and good wi was remediless came upon him, and sore torments of the ing out of Persia, and being taken with a inner parts;

ease, I thought it necessary to care for 6 And that most justly: for he had tormented other safety of all : men's bowels with many and strange torments.

22 Not distrusting mine health, but 7 Howbeit, he nothing at all ceased from his bragging, hope to escape this sickness. but still was filled with pride, breathing out fire in his 23 But considering that even my father, rage against the Jews, and commanding to haste the he led an army into the high countries, app journey: but it came to pass that he fell down from his

cessor, chariot, carried violently; so that having a sore fall, all

24 To the end that, if any thing fell our the members of his body were much pained.

expectation, or if any tidings were brough 8 And thus he that a little afore thought he might grievous, they of the land, knowing to wh command the waves of the sea, (so proud was he beyond was left, might not be troubled : the condition of man) and weigh the high mountains in 25 Again, considering how that the prin a balance, was now cast on the ground and carried in a borderers and neighbours unto my kingd horse-litter, showing forth unto all the manifest power opportunities, and expect what shall be the e of God.

appointed my son Antiochus king, whom I 9 So that the worms rose up out of the body of this mitted and commended unto many of you, w wicked man, and while he lived in sorrow and pain, his up into the high provinces; to whom I har flesh fell away, and the filthiness of his smell was

followeth : noisome to all his army.

26 Therefore I pray and request you to re


20 If ye





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s that I have done unto you generally, and in before Eupator, and called traitor at every word, because , and that every man will be still faithful to me he had left Cyprus, that Philometer had committed unto y son.

him, and departed unto Antiochus Epiphanes, and seeing For I am persuaded that he, understanding my that he was in no honourable place, he was so diswill favourably and graciously yield to your de couraged, that he poisoned himself and died.

14 But when Gorgias was governor of the holds, he Thus the murderer and blasphemer having suffered hired soldiers, and nourished war continually with the grievously, as he entreated other men, so died Jews : liserable death in a strange country in the moun- 15 And therewithal the Idumeans, having gotten into

their hands the most commodious holds, kept the Jews And Philip, that was brought up with him, carried occupied, and receiving those that were banished from is body, who also, fearing the son of Antiochus, Jerusalem, they went about to nourish war. nto Egypt to Ptolemeus Philometer.

16 Then they that were with Maccabeus made sup

plication, and besought God that he would be their CHAPTER X.

helper; and so they ran with violence upon the strong

holds of the Idumeans, a recovereth the city, and purifieth the temple. 14 Gorgias

17 And assaulting them strongly, they won the holds, the Jews. 16 Judas winneth their holds. 29 Timotheus his men are discomfited. 35 Gazara is taken, and T'imotheus

and kept off all that fought upon the wall, and slew all that fell into their hands, and killed no fewer than

twenty thousand. V Maccabeus and his company, the Lord guiding 18 And because certain, who were no less than nine lem, recovered the temple and the city :

thousand, were fled together into two very strong castles, But the altars which the heathen had built in the having all manner of things convenient to sustain the treet, and also the chapels, they pulled down. siege, und having cleansed the temple, they made another 19 Maccabeus left Simon and Joseph, and Zaccheus and striking stones they took fire out of them, | also, and them that were with him, who were enough to fered a sacrifice after two years, and set forth in- besiege them, and departed himself unto those places and lights, and show-bread.

which more needed his help. Vhen that was done, they fell flat down, and be- 20 Now they that were with Simon, being led with

the Lord that they might come no more into covetousness, were persuaded for money through certain roubles; but if they sinned any more against him, of those that were in the castle, and took seventy thoule himself would chasten them with mercy, and sand drachms, and let some of them escape. iey might not be delivered unto the blasphemous 21 But when it was told Maccabeus what was done, urbarous nations.

he called the governors of the people together, and acrow upon the same day that the strangers profaned cused those men that they had sold their brethren for mple, on the very same day it was cleansed again, money, and set their enemies free to fight against them. the five and twentieth day of the same month, 22 So he slew those that were found traitors, and imis Casleu.

mediately took the two castles. Ind they kept eight days with gladness, as in the 23 And having good success with his weapons in all of the tabernacles, remembering that not long afore things he took in hand, he slew in the two holds more iad held the feast of the tabernacles, when as they than twenty thousand. red in the mountains and dens like beasts.

24 Now Timotheus, whom the Jews had overcome Cherefore they bare branches, and fair boughs, and before, when he had gathered a great multitude of

also, and sang psalms unto him that had given foreign forces, and horses out of Asia not a few, came good success in cleansing his place.

as though he would take Jewry by force of arms. They ordained also by a common statute and de- 25 But when he drew near, they that were with MacThat every year those days should be kept of the cabeus turned themselves to pray unto God, and sprinnation of the Jews.

kled earth upon their heads, and girded their loins with And this was the end of Antiochus, called Epi- sackcloth,

26 And fell down at the foot of the altar, and be. Now will we declare the acts of Antiochus Eupa- sought him to be merciful to them, and to be an enemy iho was the son of this wicked man, gathering to their enemies, and an adversary to their adversaries, the calamities of the wars.

as the law declareth. So when he was come to the crown, he set one 27 So after the prayer, they took their weapons, and s over the affairs of his realm, and appointed him went on further from the city: and when they drew governor of Celosyria and Phenice.

near to their enemies, they kept by themselves. For Ptolemeus, that was called Macron, choosing 28 Now the sun being newly risen, they joined both c to do justice unto the Jews for the wrong that together; the one part having, together with their virtue, een done unto them, endeavoured to continue peace their refuge also unto the Lord for a pledge of their sucthem.

cess and victory: the other side making their rage leader Whereupon being accused of the king's friends of their battle.




II. MACCABEES, XI. 29 But when the battle waxed strong, there appeared together with him to help their brethren : s unto the enemies from heaven five comely men upon forth together with a willing mind. horses, with bridles of gold, and two of them led the 8 And as they were at Jerusalem, there : Jews,

fore them on horseback one in white cloth 30 And took Maccabeus betwixt them, and covered his armour of gold. him on every side with their weapons

, and kept him 9 Then they praised the merciful God : safe, but shot arrows and lightnings against the enemies : and took heart, insomuch that they were rea so that being confounded with blindness, and full of to fight with men, but with most cruel be trouble, they were killed.

pierce through walls of iron. 31 And there were slain of footmen twenty thousand 10 Thus they marched forward in th and five hundred, and six hundred horsemen.

having an helper from heaven: for the Lo 32 As for Timotheus himself, he fled into a very ciful unto them. strong hold, called Gazara, where Chereas was governor.

or 11 And giving a charge upon their enemi 33 But they that were with Maccabeus laid siege they slew eleven thousand footmen, and siat against the fortress courageously four days.

horsemen, and put all the other to flight. 34 And they that were within, trusting in the strength 12 Many of them also being wound of the place, blasphemed exceedingly, and uttered wicked naked; and Lysias himself filed away shar words.

so escaped. 35 Nevertheless, upon the fifth day early, twenty 13 Who, as he was a man of understan young men of Maccabeus's company, inflamed with with himself what loss he had had, and con: anger because of the blasphemies, assaulted the wall the Hebrews could not be overcome, beca manly, and with a fierce courage killed all that they met mighty God helped them, he sent unto them withal.

14 And persuaded them to agree to al 36 Others likewise ascending after them, while they conditions, and promised that he would ] were busied with them that were within, burned the king that he must needs be a friend unto th towers, and kindling fires, burned the blasphemers alive;

15 Then Maccabeus consented to all that and others broke open the gates, and having received in sired, being careful of the common good ; the rest of the army, and took the city,

ever Maccabeus wrote unto Lysias concernir 37 And killed Timotheus, that was hid in a certain the king granted it. pit, and Chereas bis brother, with Apollophanes.

16 For there were letters written unto th 38 When this was done, they praised the Lord with Lysias to this effect: Lysias unto the people psalms and thanksgiving, who had done so great things sendeth greeting. for Israel, and given them the victory.

17 John and Absalom, who were sent fr

livered me the petition subscribed, and madı CHAPTER XI.

the performance of the contents thereof.

18 Therefore what things soever were m 2 Lysias thinking to get Jerusalem, 8 is put to flight. 16 The ported to the king, I have declared them, a

letters of Lysias to the Jews : 22 of the king unto Lysias, 27 granted as much as might be. and to the Jews : 34 of the Romans to the

19 If then ye will keep yourselves loyal

hereafter also will I endeavour to be a me: TOT long after this, Lysias the king's protector and good.

cousin, who also managed the affairs, took sore dis- 20 But of the particulars I have given or pleasure for the things that were done.

these, and the others that came from me, t 2 And when he had gathered about fourscore thou, with you. sand with all the horsemen, he came against the Jews, 21 Fare ye well. The hundred and eight thinking to make the city an babitation of the Gentiles, year, the four and twentieth day of the mo

3 And to make a gain of the temple, as of the other rinthius. chapels of the heathen, and to set the high priesthood 22 Now the king's letter contained these s to sale every year :

Antiochus unto his brother Lysias sendeth g; 4 Not at all considering the power of God, but puffed 23 Since our father is translated unto th up with his ten thousands of footmen, and his thousands will is, that they that are in our realm live 9 of horsemen, and fourscore elephants.

every one may attend upon his own affairs. 5 So he came to Judea, and drew near to Bethsura, 24 We understand also that the Jews wou which was a strong town, but distant from Jerusalem sent to our father, for to be brought unto tb. about five furlongs; and he laid sore siege unto it. the Gentiles, but had rather keep their own

6 Now when they that were with Maccabeus heard living: for the which cause they require of that he besieged the holds, they and all the people with should suffer them to live after their own law lamentation and tears besought the Lord that he would 25 Wherefore our mind is, that this nati send a good angel to deliver Israel.

in rest, and we have determined to restore 7 Then Maccabeus himself first of all took weapons, temple, that they may live according to the di eshorting the other that they would jeopard themselves their forefathers.






desire was

ou shalt do well therefore to send unto them, countrymen, he commanded those that were with him to t them peace, that when they are certified of make them ready. 1, they may be of good comfort, and ever go 6 And calling upon God the righteous Judge, he y about their own affairs.

came against those murderers of his brethren, and id the letter of the king unto the nation of the burned the haven by night, and set the boats on fire, 3 after this manner: King Antiochus sendeth and those that fled thither he slew. unto the council, and the rest of the Jews : 7 And when the town was shut up, he went backye fare well, we have our desire; we are also ward, as if he would return to root out all them of the lealth.

city of Joppe. anelaus declared unto us, that


8 But when he heard that the Jamnites were minded home, and to follow your own business : to do in like manner unto the Jews that dwelt among herefore they that will depart shall have safe them, till the thirtieth day of Xanthicus with security. 9 He came upon the Jamnites also by night, and set ad the Jews shall use their own kind of meats fire on the haven and the navy, so that the light of the , as before; and none of them any manner of fire was seen at Jerusalem two hundred and forty fur11 be molested for things ignorantly done. longs off. aave sent also Menelaus, that he may comfort 10 Now when they were gone from thence nine fur

longs in their journey towards Timotheus, no fewer than re ye well

. In the hundred forty and eighth five thousand men on foot and five hundred horsemen of Z in the fifteenth day of the month Xanthicus.

the Arabians set upon

him. le Romans also sent unto them a letter contain- 11 Whereupon there was a very sore battle: but ; words : Quintus Memmius and Titus Manlius, Judas' side, by the help of God, gat the victory; so lors of the Romans, send greeting unto the peo- that the Nomades of Arabia, being overcome, besought e Jews.

Judas for peace, promising both to give him cattle, and hatsoever Lysias the king's cousin hath granted, to pleasure him otherwise. 1 we also are well pleased.

12 Then Judas, thinking indeed that they would be it touching such things as he judged to be re- profitable in many things, granted them peace: where

the king, after ye have advised thereof, send upon they shook hands, and so they departed to their iwith, that we may declare as it is convenient tents. for we are now going to Antioch.

13 He went also about to make a bridge to a certain lerefore send some with speed, that we may strong city, which was fenced about with walls, and inlat is your mind.

habited by people of diverse countries; and the name irewell. This hundred and eighth and fortieth of it was Caspis. : fifteenth day of the month Xanthicus.

14 But they that were within it put such trust in the strength of the walls and provisions of victuals, that

they behaved themselves rudely towards them that were CHAPTER XII.

with Judas, railing and blaspheming, and uttering such

words as were not to be spoken. g's lieutenants ver the Jews : 3 They of Joppe drown two

15 Wherefore Judas with his company, calling upon 1 Jews. 6 Judas is avenged upon them: 11 He maketh rith the Arabians, 16 and taketh Caspis. 22 Timotheus' the great Lord of the world, who without any rams or Olerthrown.

engines of war did cast down Jericho in the time of

Joshua, gave a fierce assault against the walls, N these covenants were made, Lysias went 16 And took the city by the will of God, and made ito the king, and the Jews were about their unspeakable slaughters, insomuch that a lake two furry.

longs broad near adjoining thereunto, being filled full, t of the governors of several places, Timotheus, was seen running with blood. llonius the son of Genneus, also Hieronymus, 17 Then departed they from thence seven hundred lophon, and besides them Nicanor the governor and fifty furlongs, and came to Characa unto the Jews is, would not suffer them to be quiet, and live in that are called Tubieni.

18 But as for Timotheus, they found him not in the e men of Joppe also did such an ungodly deed: places : for before he had despatched any thing, he deayed the Jews that dwelt among them to go parted from thence, having left a very strong garrison in eir wives and children into the boats which a certain hold. prepared, as though they had meant them no 19 Howbeit, Dositheus and Sosipater, who were of

Maccabeus' captains, went forth, and slew those that ho accepted of it according to the common de Timotheus had left in the fortress, above ten thousand the city, as being desirous to live in peace, and men. og nothing: but when they were gone forth 20 And Maccabeus ranged his army by bands, and deep, they drowned no less than two hundred set them over the bands, and went against Timotheus,

who had about him a hundred and twenty thousand men hen Judas heard of this cruelty done unto his of foot, and two thousand and five hundred horsemen. 152





were slain.


II. MACCABEES, XIII. 21 Now when Timotheus had knowledge of Judas' | long, and were weary, Judas called upon t coming, he sent the women and children and the other he would show himself to be their helper baggage unto a fortress called Carnion : for the town was the battle. hard to besiege, and uneasy to come unto, by reason of 37 And with that he began in his own the straitness of all the places.

sung psalms with a loud voice, and rush 22 But when Judas his first band came in sight, the upon Gorgias' men, he put them to flight. enemies, being smitten with fear and terror through the 38 So Judas gathered his host, and appearing of him that seeth all things, fled amain, one city Odollam. And when the seventh d: running this

way, another that way, so as that they were purified themselves, as the custom was, often hurt of their own men, and wounded with the sabbath in the same place. points of their own swords. 23 Judas also was very earnest in pursuing them, Judas and his company came to take up

39 And upon the day following, as the killing those wicked wretches, of whom he slew about them that were slain, and to bury them wi thirty thousand men.

men in their fathers' graves. 24 Moreover Timotheus himself fell into the hands

40 Now under the coats of every one of Dositheus and Sosipater, whom he besought with much craft to let him go with his life, because he had they found things consecrated to the idols many of the Jews' parents, and the brethren of some

nites, which is forbidden the Jews by thi of them, who, if they put him to death, should not be every man saw that this was the cause v regarded. 25 So when he had assured them with many words

41 All men therefore praising the Lord. that he would restore them without hurt, according to Judge, who had opened the things that we the agreement, they let him go for the saving of their 42 Betook themselves unto prayer, and brethren.

that the sin committed might wholly be i 26 Then Maccabeus marched forth to Carnion, and to membrance. Besides, that noble Judas the temple of Atargatis, and there he slew five and people to keep themselves from sin, forası twenty thousand persons.

saw before their eyes the things that cam 27 And after he had put to flight and destroyed them, the sins of those that were slain. Judas removed the host towards Ephron, a strong city,

43 And when he had made a gatherin wherein Lysias abode, and a great multitude of divers the company to the sum of two thousang nations, and the strong young men kept the walls, and silver, he sent it to Jerusalem to offer defended them mightily: wherein also was great pro- doing therein very well and honestly, in vision of engines and darts.

mindful of the resurrection : 28 But when Judas and his company had called upon

44 For if he had not hoped that they t Almighty God, who with his power breaketh the strength should have risen again, it had been su of his enemies, they won the city, and slew twenty and vain to pray for the dead. five thousand of them that were within.

45 And also in that he perceived th 29 From thence they departed to Scythopolis, which great favour laid up for those that die lieth six hundred furlongs from Jerusalem.

was an holy and good thought. Whereup 30 But when the Jews that dwelt there had testified

reconciliation for the dead, that they migh that the Scythopolitans dealt lovingly with them, and

from sin. entreated them kindly in the time of their adversity :

CHAPTER XIII. 31 They gave them thanks, desiring them to be friendly still unto them: and so they came to Jerusalem, 1 Eupator invadeth Judea. 15 Judas by sriga the feasts of the weeks approaching.

18 Eupator's purpose is defeated ; 23 Hemd

Judas. 32 And after the feast called Pentecost, they went forth against Gorgias the governor of Idumea,

IN 33 Who came out with three thousand men of foot, that Antiochus Eupator was coming and four hundred horsemen.

power into Judea, 34 And it happened, in their fighting together, a few

2 And with him Lysias his protector, of the Jews were slain.

his affairs, having either of them a Gr 35 At which time, Dositheus, one of Bacenor's com

of footmen a hundred and ten thousand pany, who was on horseback, and a strong man, men five thousand and three hundred, a still upon Gorgias, and taking hold of his coat drew two and twenty, and three hundred chariot him by force; and when he would have taken that hooks. cursed man alive, a horseman of Thracia coming upon 3 Menelaus also joined himself with th him smote off his shoulder, so that Gorgias filed unto great dissimulation encouraged Antiochus Marisa.

safeguard of the country, but because by 36 Now when they that were with Gorgias had fought I have been made governor.


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