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1 Maccabees 1:

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39A-1:1†††† And it happened, after that Alexander sonne of Philip, the Macedonian, who came out of the land of Chettum, had smitten Darius king of the Persians and Medes, that hee reigned in his stead, the first ouer Greece,

39A-1:2†††† And made many wars, and wan many strong holds, and slew the kings of the earth,

39A-1:3†††† And went through to the ends of the earth, and tooke spoiles of many nations, insomuch, that the earth was quiet before him, whereupon he was exalted, and his heart was lifted vp.

39A-1:4†††† And he gathered a mighty strong hoste, and ruled ouer countries, and nations and kings, who became tributaries vnto him.

39A-1:5†††† And after these things he fell sicke, and perceiued that he should die.

39A-1:6†††† Wherefore he called his seruants, such as were honourable, and had bin brought vp with him from his youth, and parted kis kingdome among them, while he was yet aliue:

39A-1:7†††† So Alexander reigned twelue yeeres, and (then) died.

39A-1:8†††† And his seruants bare rule euery one in his place.

39A-1:9†††† And after his death they all put crownes so did their sonnes after them, many yeeres, and euils were multiplied in the earth.

39A-1:10††† And there came out of them a wicked roote, Antiochus Epiphanes, sonne of Antiochus the king, who had beene an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in the hundreth and thirty and seuenth yeere of the kingdome of the Greekes.

39A-1:11††† In those daies went there out of Israel wicked men, who perswaded many, saying, Let vs goe, and make a couenant with the heathen, that are round about vs: for since we departed from them, we haue had much sorrow.

39A-1:12††† So this deuise pleased them well.

39A-1:13††† Then certaine of the people were so forward heerein, that they went to the king, who gaue them licence to doe after the ordinances of the heathen.

39A-1:14††† Whereupon they built a place of exercise at Ierusalem, according to the customes of the heathen,

39A-1:15††† And made themselues, vncircumcised, and forsooke the holy couenant, and ioyned themselues to the heathen, and were sold to doe mischiefe.

39A-1:16††† Now when the kingdome was established, before Antiochus, hee thought to reigne ouer Egypt, that he might haue ye dominion of two realms:

39A-1:17††† Wherefore he entred into Egypt with a great multitude, with chariots, and elephants, and horsemen, and a great nauie,

39A-1:18††† And made warre against Ptolomee king of Egypt, but Ptolomee was afraide of him, and fled: and many were wounded to death.

39A-1:19††† Thus they got the strong cities in the land of Egypt, and hee tooke the spoiles thereof.

39A-1:20††† And after that Antiochus had smitten Egypt, he returned againe in the hundreth fortie and third yeere, and went vp against Israel and Ierusalem with a great multitude,

39A-1:21††† And entred proudly into the sanctuarie, and tooke away the golden altar, and the candlesticke of light, and all the vessels thereof,

39A-1:22††† And the table of the shewbread, and the powring vessels, and the vials, and the censers of gold, & the vaile, and the crownes, & the golden ornaments that were before the temple, all which he pulled off.

39A-1:23††† Hee tooke also the siluer and the gold, and the pretious vessels: also he tooke the hidden treasures which hee found:

39A-1:24††† And when hee had taken all away, he went into his owne land, hauing made a great massacre, and spoken very proudly.

39A-1:25††† Therfore there was great mourning in Israel, in euery place where they were;

39A-1:26††† So that the Princes and Elders mourned, the virgines and yong men were made feeble, and the beautie of women was changed.

39A-1:27††† Euery bridegrome tooke vp lamentation, and she that sate in the marriage chamber, was in heauinesse.

39A-1:28††† The land also was moued for the inhabitants thereof, and all the house of Iacob was couered with confusion.

39A-1:29††† And after two yeeres fully expired, the king sent his chiefe collectour of tribute vnto the cities of Iuda, who came vnto Ierusalem with a great multitude,

39A-1:30††† And spake peaceable wordes vnto them, but deceit: for when they had giuen him credence, he fell suddenly vpon the citie, and smote it very sore, & destroyed much people of Israel.

39A-1:31††† And when hee had taken the spoiles of the citie, hee set it on fire, and pulled downe the houses, and walles thereof on euery side.

39A-1:32††† But the women & children tooke they captiue, and possessed the cattell.

39A-1:33††† Then builded they the citie of Dauid with a great and strong wall, with mightie towers, and made it a strong hold for them,

39A-1:34††† And they put therein a sinfull nation, wicked men, and fortified therein.

39A-1:35††† They stored it also with armour and victuals, and when they had gathered together the spoiles of Ierusalem, they layd them vp there, and so they became a sore snare:

39A-1:36††† For it was a place to lie in wait against the Sanctuary, and an euill aduersary to Israel.

39A-1:37††† Thus they shed innocent blood on euery side of the Sanctuary, and defiled it.

39A-1:38††† In so much that the inhabitants of Ierusalem fledde because of them, whereupon was made an habitation of strangers, & became strange to those that were borne in her, and her owne children left her:

39A-1:39††† Her Sanctuary was laid waste like a wildernesse, her feasts were turned into mourning, her Sabbaths into reproch, her honour into contempt.

39A-1:40††† As had bene her glory, so was her dishonour encreased, and her excellencie was turned into mourning.

39A-1:41††† Moreouer king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdome, that all should be one people,

39A-1:42††† And euery one should leaue his lawes: so all the heathen agreed, according to the commandement of the king.

39A-1:43††† Yea many also of the Israelites consented to his religion, and sacrificed vnto idols, and prophaned the Sabbath.

39A-1:44††† For the king had sent letters by messengers vnto Ierusalem, and the cities of Iuda, that they should follow the strange lawes of the land,

39A-1:45††† And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and drinke offerings in the temple; and that they should prophane the Sabbaths, and festiuall dayes:

39A-1:46††† And pollute the Sanctuarie and holy people:

39A-1:47††† Set vp altars, and groues, and chappels of idols, and sacrifice swines flesh, and vncleane beasts:

39A-1:48††† That they should also leaue their children vncircumcised, and make their soules abominable with all maner of vncleannesse, and prophanation:

39A-1:49††† To the end they might forget the Law, and change all the ordinances.

39A-1:50††† And whosoeuer would not doe according to the commandement of the king he should die.

39A-1:51††† In the selfe same maner wrote he to his whole kingdome, and appointed ouerseers ouer all the people, commanding the cities of Iuda to sacrifice, citie by citie.

39A-1:52††† Then many of the people were gathered vnto them, to wit, euery one that forsooke the Lawe, and so they committed euils in the land:

39A-1:53††† And droue the Israelites into secret places, euen wheresoeuer they could flie for succour.

39A-1:54††† Now the fifteenth day of the moneth Casleu, in the hundreth fourtie and fift yeere, they set vp the abomination of desolation vpon the Altar, and builded idole altars throughout the cities of Iuda, on euery side:

39A-1:55††† And burnt incense at the doores of their houses, and in the streetes.

39A-1:56††† And when they had rent in pieces the bookes of the Lawe which they found, they burnt them with fire.

39A-1:57††† And wheresoeuer was found with any, the booke of the Testament, or if any consented to the Lawe, the kings commandement was, that they should put him to death.

39A-1:58††† Thus did they by their authority, vnto the Israelites euery moneth, to as many as were found in the cities.

39A-1:59††† Now the fiue and twentieth day of the moneth, they did sacrifice vpon the idole altar, which was vpon the Altar of God.

39A-1:60††† At which time, according to the commandement, they put to death certaine women that had caused their children to be circumcised.

39A-1:61††† And they hanged the infants about their neckes, and rifled their houses, and slewe them that had circumcised them.

39A-1:62††† Howbeit, many in Israel were fully resolued and confirmed in themselues, not to eate any vncleane thing.

39A-1:63††† Wherfore they chose rather to die, that they might not be defiled with meats, and that they might not profane the holy Couenant: So then they died.

39A-1:64††† And there was very great wrath vpon Israel.

 

 

 

 

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1 Maccabees 2:

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39A-2:1†††† In those daies arose Mattathias the son of Iohn, the sonne of Simeon, a Priest of the sonnes of Ioarib, from Ierusalem, and dwelt in Modin.

39A-2:2†††† And he had fiue sonnes, Ioannan called Caddis:

39A-2:3†††† Simon, called Thassi:

39A-2:4†††† Iudas, who was called Maccabeus:

39A-2:5†††† Eleazar, called Auaran, and Ionathan, whose surname was Apphus.

39A-2:6†††† And when hee saw the blasphemies that were committed in Iuda and Ierusalem,

39A-2:7†††† He said, Woe is me, wherfore was I borne to see this misery of my people, and of the holy citie, and to dwell there, when it was deliuered into the hand of the enemie, and the Sanctuary into the hand of strangers?

39A-2:8†††† Her Temple is become as a man without glory.

39A-2:9†††† Her glorious vessels are caried away into captiuitie, her infants are slaine in the streets, her yong men with the sword of the enemie.

39A-2:10††† What nation hath not had a part in her kingdome, and gotten of her spoiles?

39A-2:11††† All her ornaments are taken away, of a free-woman shee is become a bondslaue.

39A-2:12††† And behold, our Sanctuarie, euen our beautie, aud our glory is laid waste, & the Gentiles haue profaned it.

39A-2:13††† To what ende therefore shall we liue any longer?

39A-2:14††† Then Mattathias and his sons rent their clothes, and put on sackcloth, and mourned very sore.

39A-2:15††† In the meane while the kings officers, such as compelled the people to reuolt, came into the city Modin to make them sacrifice.

39A-2:16††† And when many of Israel came vnto them, Mattathias also and his sonnes came together.

39A-2:17††† Then answered the kings officers, and said to Mattathias on this wise; Thou art a ruler, and an honourable and great man in this citie, and strengthened with sons and brethren:

39A-2:18††† Now therefore come thou first and fulfill the kings commandement, like as all the heathen haue done; yea and the men of Iuda also, and such as remaine at Ierusalem: so shalt thou and thine house be in the number of the kings friends, and thou and thy children shall be honoured with siluer, and golde, and many rewards.

39A-2:19††† Then Mattathias answered, and spake with a loude voice, Though all the nations that are vnder the kings dominion obey him, and fall away euery one from the religion of their fathers, and giue consent to his commandements:

39A-2:20††† Yet will I, and my sonnes, and my brethren walke in the couenant of our fathers.

39A-2:21††† God forbid that we should forsake the Law, and the ordinances:

39A-2:22††† We will not hearken to the kings words, to goe from our religion, either on the right hand, or the left.

39A-2:23††† Now when he had left speaking these words, there came one of the Iewes in the sight of all, to sacrifice on the altar, which was at Modin, according to the kings commandement.

39A-2:24††† Which thing when Mattathias saw, he was inflamed with zeale, and his reines trembled, neither could hee forbeare to shew his anger according to iudgement: wherefore he ranne, and slew him vpon the altar.

39A-2:25††† Also the kings commissioner who compelled men to sacrifice, he killed at that time, & the altar he pulled downe.

39A-2:26††† Thus dealt he zealously for the Law of God, like as Phineas did vnto Zambri the sonne of Salom.

39A-2:27††† And Mattathias cried throughout the citie with a loud voyce, saying, Whosoeuer is zealous of the law, and maintaineth the couenant, let him follow me.

39A-2:28††† So he and his sonnes fled into the mountaines, and left all that euer they had in the citie.

39A-2:29††† Then many that sought after iustice and iudgement, went downe into the wildernesse to dwell there.

39A-2:30††† Both they and their children, and their wiues, and their cattell, because afflictions increased sore vpon them.

39A-2:31††† Now when it was told the kings seruants, and the hoste that was at Ierusalem, in the citie of Dauid, that certaine men, who had broken the kings commandement, were gone downe into the secret places in the wildernesse.

39A-2:32††† They pursued after them, a great number, and hauing ouertaken them, they camped against them, and made war against them on the Sabbath day.

39A-2:33††† And they said vnto them, Let that which you haue done hitherto, suffice: Come foorth, and doe according to the commandement of the king, and you shall liue.

39A-2:34††† But they said, We will not come forth, neither will we do the kings commandement to profane the Sabbath day.

39A-2:35††† So then they gaue them the battell with all speed.

39A-2:36††† Howbeit, they answered them not, neither cast they a stone at them, nor stopped the places where they lay hid,

39A-2:37††† But said, Let vs die all in our innocencie: heauen and earth shall testifie for vs, that you put vs to death wrongfully.

39A-2:38††† So they rose vp against them in battell on the Sabbath, and they slew them with their wiues & children, and their cattell, to the number of a thousand people.

39A-2:39††† Now when Mattathias and his friends vnderstood hereof, they mourned for them right sore.

39A-2:40††† And one of them said to another: If we all do as our brethren haue done, and fight not for our liues, and lawes against the heathen, they wil now quickly root vs out of the earth.

39A-2:41††† At that time therfore they decreed, saying, Whosoeuer shall come to make battell with vs on the Sabbath day, we will fight against him, neither will wee die all, as our brethren that were murdered in the secret places.

39A-2:42††† Then came there vnto him a company of Assideans, who were mightie men of Israel, euen all such as were voluntarily deuoted vnto the Lawe.

39A-2:43††† Also all they that fled for persecution ioyned themselues vnto them, and were a stay vnto them.

39A-2:44††† So they ioyned their forces, and smote sinfull men in their anger, and wicked men in their wrath: but the rest fled to the heathen for succour.

39A-2:45††† Then Mattathias & his friends went round about, and pulled downe the altars.

39A-2:46††† And what children soeuer they found within the coast of Israel vncircumcised, those they circumcised valiantly.

39A-2:47††† They pursued also after ye proud men, & the work prospered in their hand.

39A-2:48††† So they recouered the Law out of the hand of the Gentiles, and out of the hande of Kings, neither suffered they the sinner to triumph.

39A-2:49††† Now when the time drew neere, that Mattathias should die, he said vnto his sonnes, Now hath pride & rebuke gotten strength, and the time of destruction, and the wrath of indignation:

39A-2:50††† Now therefore, my sonnes, be ye zealous for the Law, & giue your liues for the couenant of your fathers.

39A-2:51††† Call to remembrance what actes our fathers did in their time, so shall ye receiue great honour, & an euerlasting name.

39A-2:52††† Was not Abraham found faithfull in tentation, and it was imputed vnto him for righteousnesse?

39A-2:53††† Ioseph in the time of his distresse kept the commaundement, and was made Lord of Egypt.

39A-2:54††† Phineas our father in being zealous and feruent, obtained the couenant of an euerlasting priesthood.

39A-2:55††† Iesus for fulfilling the word, was made a iudge in Israel.

39A-2:56††† Caleb for bearing witnesse, before the congregation, receiued the heritage of the land.

39A-2:57††† Dauid for being mercifull, possessed the throne of an euerlasting kingdome.

39A-2:58††† Elias for being zealous and feruent for the law, was taken vp into heauen.

39A-2:59††† Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, by beleeuing were saued out of the flame

39A-2:60††† Daniel for his innocencie was deliuered from the mouth of Lyons.

39A-2:61††† And thus consider ye throughout all ages, that none that put their trust in him shall be ouercome.

39A-2:62††† Feare not then the words of a sinfull man: for his glory shall bee dung and wormes.

39A-2:63††† To day he shall be lifted vp, and to morrow hee shall not be found, because he is returned into his dust, and his thought is come to nothing.

39A-2:64††† Wherefore you my sonnes be valiant, and shew your selues men in the behalfe of the law, for by it shall you obtaine glory.

39A-2:65††† And behold, I know that your brother Simon is a man of counsell, giue eare vnto him alway: he shall be a father vnto you.

39A-2:66††† As for Iudas Maccabeus hee hath bin mighty and strong, euen from his youth vp, let him be your captaine, and fight the battaile of the people.

39A-2:67††† Take also vnto you, all those that obserue the law, and auenge ye the wrong of your people.

39A-2:68††† Recompence fully the heathen, and take heed to the commandements of the law.

39A-2:69††† So he blessed them, and was gathered to his fathers.

39A-2:70††† And he died in the hundreth fortie, and sixth yeere, and his sonnes buried him in the Sepulchre of his fathers, at Modin, and all Israel made great lamentation for him.

 

 

 

 

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39A-3:1†††† Then his sonne Iudas, called Maccabeus, rose vp in his stead.

39A-3:2†††† And all his brethren helped him, and so did all they that held with his father, and they fought with cheerefulnesse, the battaile of Israel.

39A-3:3†††† So he gate his people great honor, and put on a brestplate as a giant, and girt his warlike harnesse about him, and he made battels, protecting the host with his sword.

39A-3:4†††† In his acts he was like a lyon, and like a lyons whelp roaring for his pray.

39A-3:5†††† For hee pursued the wicked, and sought them out, and burnt vp those that vexed his people.

39A-3:6†††† Wherefore the wicked shrunke for feare of him, and all the workers of iniquity were troubled, because saluation prospered in his hand.

39A-3:7†††† He grieued also many kings, and made Iacob glad with his acts, and his memoriall is blessed for euer.

39A-3:8†††† Moreouer he went through the citties of Iuda, destroying the vngodly out of them, and turning away wrath from Israel.

39A-3:9†††† So that he was renowned vnto the vtmost part of the earth, & he receiued vnto him such as were ready to perish.

39A-3:10††† Then Apollonius gathered the Gentiles together, and a great host out of Samaria to fight against Israel.

39A-3:11††† Which thing when Iudas perceiued he went forth to meete him, and so he smote him, and slew him, many also fell downe slaine, but the rest fled.

39A-3:12††† Wherefore Iudas tooke their spoiles, and Apollonius sword also, and therewith he fought, all his life long.

39A-3:13††† Now when Seron a prince of the armie of Syria, heard say that Iudas had gathered vnto him a multitude and company of the faithfull, to goe out with him to warre.

39A-3:14††† He said, I will get me a name and honour in the kingdome, for I will goe fight with Iudas, and them that are with him, who despise the kings commandement.

39A-3:15††† So he made him ready to goe vp, and there went with him a mighty host of the vngodly to helpe him, and to be auenged of the children of Israel.

39A-3:16††† And when hee came neere to the going vp of Bethoron, Iudas went forth to meet him with a smal company.

39A-3:17††† Who when they saw the host comming to meet them, said vnto Iudas; How shall wee be able, being so few to fight against so great a multitude, and so strong, seeing wee are ready to faint with fasting all this day?

39A-3:18††† Unto whom Iudas answered: It is no hard matter for many to bee shut vp in the hands of a few; and with the God of heauen it is all one, to deliuer with a great multitude, or a small company:

39A-3:19††† For the victory of battell standeth not in the multitude of an hoste, but strength commeth from heauen.

39A-3:20††† They come against vs in much pride and iniquitie to destroy vs, and our wiues & children, and to spoile vs:

39A-3:21††† But wee fight for our liues, and our Lawes.

39A-3:22††† Wherefore the Lord himselfe will ouerthrow them before our face: and as for you, be ye not afraid of them.

39A-3:23††† Now as soone as hee had left off speaking, he lept suddenly vpon them, and so Seron and his host was ouerthrowen before him.

39A-3:24††† And they pursued them from the going downe of Bethoron, vnto the plaine, where were slaine about eight hundred men of them; and the residue fledde into the land of the Philistines.

39A-3:25††† Then began the feare of Iudas and his brethren, & an exceeding great dread to fall vpon the nations round about them:

39A-3:26††† In so much, as his fame came vnto the king, and all nations talked of the battels of Iudas.

39A-3:27††† Now when King Antiochus heard these things, he was full of indignation: wherefore hee sent and gathered together all the forces of his realme a very strong armie.

39A-3:28††† He opened also his treasure, and gaue his souldiers pay for a yeere, commanding them to be ready, whensoeuer he should need them.

39A-3:29††† Neuerthelesse, when he saw that the money of his treasures failed, and that the tributes in the countrey were small, because of the dissention, and plague which he had brought vpon the land, in taking away the Lawes which had bene of old time,

39A-3:30††† Hee feared that he should not be able to beare the charges any longer, nor to haue such gifts to giue so liberally, as he did before: for hee had abounded aboue the Kings that were before him.

39A-3:31††† Wherefore, being greatly perplexed in his minde, hee determined to goe into Persia, there to take the tributes of the countreys, and to gather much money.

39A-3:32††† So hee left Lysias a noble man, and one of the blood royall, to ouersee the affaires of the King, from the riuer Euphrates, vnto the borders of Egypt:

39A-3:33††† And to bring vp his sonne Antiochus, vntill he came againe.

39A-3:34††† Moreouer he deliuered vnto him the halfe of his forces, and the Elephants, and gaue him charge of all things that he would haue done, as also concerning them that dwelt in Iuda and Ierusalem.

39A-3:35††† To wit, that he should send an armie against them, to destroy and root out the strength of Israel, and the remnant of Ierusalem, and to take away their memoriall from that place:

39A-3:36††† And that he should place strangers in all their quarters, and diuide their land by lot.

39A-3:37††† So the king tooke the halfe of the forces that remained, and departed from Antioch his royall city, the hundreth fourtie and seuenth yeere, and hauing passed the riuer Euphrates, hee went through the high countreys.

39A-3:38††† Then Lysias chose Ptoleme, the son of Dorymenes and Nicanor, & Gorgias, mighty men of the kings friends:

39A-3:39††† And with them hee sent fourtie thousand footmen, and seuen thousand horsemen to goe into the land of Iuda, and to destroy it as the king comanded.

39A-3:40††† So they went forth with all their power, and came and pitched by Emmaus in the plaine countrey.

39A-3:41††† And the merchants of the countrey, hearing the fame of them, tooke siluer, & gold very much, with seruants, and came into the campe to buy the children of Israel for slaues; A power also of Syria, and of the land of the Philistines, ioyned themselues vnto them.

39A-3:42††† Now when Iudas and his brethren saw that miseries were multiplied, & that the forces did encampe themselues in their borders, (for they knewe how the king had giuen commaundement to destroy the people, and vtterly abolish them.)

39A-3:43††† They said one to another, Let vs restore the decayed estate of our people, and let vs fight for our people and the Sanctuarie.

39A-3:44††† Then was the Congregation gathered together, that they might be ready for battell, and that they might pray, and aske mercy and compassion.

39A-3:45††† Now Ierusalem lay voide as a wildernesse, there was none of her children that went in or out: the Sanctuarie also was troden downe, and aliens kept the strong holde: the heathen had their habitation in that place, and ioy was taken from Iacob, and the pipe with the harpe ceased.

39A-3:46††† Wherefore the Israelites assembled themselues together, and came to Maspha ouer-against Ierusalem; for in Maspha was the place where they prayed aforetime in Israel.

39A-3:47††† Then they fasted that day, and put on sackecloth, and cast ashes vpon their heads, and rent their clothes:

39A-3:48††† And laide open the booke of the Law, wherein ye heathen had sought to paint the likenesse of their images.

39A-3:49††† They brought also the Priestes garments, and the first fruits, and the tithes, and the Nazarites they stirred vp, who had accomplished their dayes.

39A-3:50††† Then cried they with a loud voice toward heauen, saying, What shall we doe with these, and whither shall wee cary them away?

39A-3:51††† For thy Sanctuarie is troden downe and profaned, and thy Priestes are in heauinesse, and brought low.

39A-3:52††† And loe, the heathen are assembled together against vs, to destroy vs: what things they imagine against vs, thou knowest.

39A-3:53††† How shall wee be able to stand against them, except thou (O God) be our helpe?

39A-3:54††† Then sounded they with trumpets, and cryed with a loude voice.

39A-3:55††† And after this, Iudas ordained captains ouer the people, euen captains ouer thousands, and ouer hundreds, and ouer fifties, and ouer tennes.

39A-3:56††† But as for such as were building houses, or had betrothed wiues, or were planting vineyards, or were fearefull, those hee commanded that they should returne, euery man to his owne house, according to the Law.

39A-3:57††† So the campe remooued, and pitched vpon the South side of Emmaus.

39A-3:58††† And Iudas sayde, Arme your selues, and be valiant men, and see that ye be in readinesse against the morning, that yee may fight with these nations, that are assembled together against vs, to destroy vs and our Sanctuarie.

39A-3:59††† For it is better for vs to die in battell, then to behold the calamities of our people, and our Sanctuarie.

39A-3:60††† Neuerthelesse, as the will is in heauen, so let him doe.

 

 

 

 

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1 Maccabees 4:

Chapter 4:61 Verses

39A 1 Maccabees

(K.J.V. 1611)

39A-4:1†††† Then tooke Gorgias fiue thousand footmen, and a thousand of the best horsemen, and remooued out of the campe by night:

39A-4:2†††† To the end he might rush in vpon the camp of the Iewes, and smite them suddenly. And the men of the fortresse were his guides.

39A-4:3†††† Now when Iudas heard thereof, hee himselfe remooued, and the valiant men with him, that hee might smite the Kings armie which was at Emmaus,

39A-4:4†††† While as yet the forces were dispersed from the campe.

39A-4:5†††† In the meane season came Gorgias by night into the campe of Iudas: and when hee found no man there, hee sought them in the mountaines: for said hee, these fellowes flee from vs.

39A-4:6†††† But assoone as it was day, Iudas shewed himselfe in the plaine with three thousand men, who neuerthelesse had neither armour, nor swordes to their mindes.

39A-4:7†††† And they sawe the campe of the heathen, that it was strong, and well harnessed, and compassed round about with horsemen; and these were expert of warre.

39A-4:8†††† Then said Iudas to the men that were with him: feare ye not their multitude, neither be ye afraid of their assault

39A-4:9†††† Remember how our fathers were deliuered in the red Sea, when Pharao pursued them with an armie.

39A-4:10††† Now therfore let vs crie vnto heauen, if peraduenture the Lord wil haue mercie vpon vs, and remember the couenant of our fathers, and destroy this hoste before our face this day.

39A-4:11††† That so all the heathen may know that there is one, who deliuereth and saueth Israel.

39A-4:12††† Then the strangers lift vp their eyes, & saw them coming ouer against them.

39A-4:13††† Wherefore they went out of the campe to battell, but they that were with Iudas sounded their trumpets.

39A-4:14††† So they ioyned battell, and the heathen being discomfited, fled into the plaine.

39A-4:15††† Howbeit all the hindmost of them were slaine with the sword: for they pursued them vnto Gazera, and vnto the plaines of Idumea, and Azotus, and Iamnia, so that there were slaine of them, vpon a three thousand men.

39A-4:16††† This done, Iudas returned againe with his hoste fro pursuing them,

39A-4:17††† And said to the people, Bee not greedie of the spoiles, in as much as there is a battell before vs,

39A-4:18††† And Gorgias and his hoste are here by vs in the mountaine, but stand ye now against your enemies, and ouercome them, & after this you may boldly take the spoiles.

39A-4:19††† As Iudas was yet speaking these words, there appeared apart of them looking out of the mountaine.

39A-4:20††† Who when they perceiued that the Iewes had put their hoste to flight, and were burning the tents: (for the smoke that was seene declared what was done)

39A-4:21††† When therefore they perceiued these things, they were sore afraid, and seeing also the hoste of Iudas in the plaine ready to fight:

39A-4:22††† They fled euery one into the land of strangers.

39A-4:23††† Then Iudas returned to spoile the tents, where they got much golde, and siluer, and blew silke, and purple of the sea, and great riches.

39A-4:24††† After this, they went home, and sung a song of thankesgiuing, & praised the Lord in heauen: because it is good, because his mercie endureth for euer.

39A-4:25††† Thus Israel had a great deliuerance that day.

39A-4:26††† Now all the strangers that had escaped, came and told Lysias what had happened.

39A-4:27††† Who when hee heard thereof, was confounded, and discouraged, because neither such things as he would, were done vnto Israel, nor such things as the king commanded him were come to passe.

39A-4:28††† The next yeere therefore following, Lysias gathered together threescore thousand choice men of foote, and fiue thousand horsemen, that he might subdue them.

39A-4:29††† So they came into Idumea, and pitched their tents at Bethsura, and Iudas met with them ten thousand men.

39A-4:30††† And when he saw that mighty armie, he prayed, and said, Blessed art thou, O sauiour of Israel, who diddest quaile the violence of the mighty man by the hand of thy seruant Dauid, and gauest, the host of strangers into the hands of Ionathan the sonne of Saul, and his armour bearer.

39A-4:31††† Shut vp this armie in the hand of thy people Israel, and let them be confounded in their power and horsemen.

39A-4:32††† Make them to be of no courage, and cause the boldnesse of their strength to fall away, & let them quake at their destruction.

39A-4:33††† Cast them downe with the sword of them that loue thee, and let all those that know thy name, praise thee with thanksgiuing.

39A-4:34††† So they ioyned battaile, and there were slaine of the host of Lysias about fiue thousand men, euen before them were they slaine.

39A-4:35††† Now when Lysias saw his armie put to flight, and the manlinesse of Iudas souldiers, and how they were ready, either to liue or die valiantly, he went into Antiochia, and gathered together a company of strangers, and hauing made his armie greater then it was, he purposed to come againe into Iudea.

39A-4:36††† Then saide Iudas and his brethren, behold our enemies are discomfited: let vs goe vp to cleanse, and dedicate the Sanctuarie.

39A-4:37††† Upon this all the host assembled themselues together, and went vp into mount Sion.

39A-4:38††† And when they saw the sanctuarie desolate, and the altar prophaned, and the gates burnt vp, and shrubs growing in the courts, as in a forrest, or in one of the mountaines, yea