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2 Maccabees 1:

Chapter 1:36 Verses

39B 2 Maccabees

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39B-1:1†††† The brethren the Iewes that bee at Ierusalem, and in the lande of Iudea, wish vnto the brethren the Iewes that are throughout Egypt, health and peace.

39B-1:2†††† God be gracious vnto you, and remember his Couenant that hee made with Abraham, Isaac, and Iacob, his faithfull seruants:

39B-1:3†††† And giue you all an heart to serue him, and to doe his will, with a good courage, and a willing minde:

39B-1:4†††† And open your hearts in his law and commandements, & send you peace:

39B-1:5†††† And heare your prayers, and be at one with you, and neuer forsake you in time of trouble.

39B-1:6†††† And now wee be here praying for you.

39B-1:7†††† What time as Demetrius reigned, in the hundred threescore and ninth yeere, wee the Iewes wrote vnto you, in the extremitie of trouble, that came vpon vs in those yeeres, from the time that Iason and his company reuolted from the holy land, and kingdome,

39B-1:8†††† And burnt the porch, and shed innocent blood. Then we prayed vnto the Lord, and were heard: we offered also sacrifices, and fine flowre, and lighted the lampes, and set forth the loaues.

39B-1:9†††† And now see that ye keepe the feast of Tabernacles in the moneth Casleu.

39B-1:10††† In the hundreth, fourescore, and eight yeere, the people that were at Ierusalem, and in Iudea, and the counsel, and Iudas, sent greeting and health vnto Aristobulus, king Ptolomeus master, who was of the stock of the anointed priests, and to the Iewes that were in Egypt.

39B-1:11††† Insomuch as God hath deliuered vs from great perils, wee thanke him highly, as hauing bin in battell against a king.

39B-1:12††† For he cast them out that fought within the holy citie.

39B-1:13††† For when the leader was come into Persia, and the armie with him that seemed inuincible, they were slaine in the temple of Nanea, by the deceit of Naneas priests.

39B-1:14††† For Antiochus, as though hee would marrie her, came into the place, and his friends that were with him, to receiue money in name of a dowrie.

39B-1:15††† Which when the priests of Nanea had set forth, and he was entred with a small company into the compasse of the temple, they shut the temple assoone as Antiochus was come in.

39B-1:16††† And opening a priuie doore of the roofe, they threw stones like thunderbolts, and stroke downe the captaine, hewed them in pieces, smote off their heads, and cast them to those that were without.

39B-1:17††† Blessed be our God in all things, who hath deliuered vp the vngodly.

39B-1:18††† Therefore whereas we are nowe purposed to keep the purification of the Temple vpon the fiue & twentieth day of the moneth Casleu, we thought it necessary to certifie you thereof, that ye also might keepe it, as the of the tabernacles, and of the fire when Neemias offered sacrifice, after that he had builded the Temple, and the Altar.

39B-1:19††† For when our fathers were led into Persia, the Priests that were then deuout, took the fire of the Altar priuily, & hid it in a hollow place of a pit without water, where they kept it sure, so that the place was vnknowen to all men.

39B-1:20††† Now after many yeeres, when it pleased God, Neemias being sent from the king of Persia, did send of the posteritie of those Priests that had hid it, to the fire: but when they tolde vs they found no fire, but thicke water,

39B-1:21††† Then comanded he them to draw it vp, and to bring it: and when the sacrifices were laid on, Neemias comanded the Priests to sprinkle ye wood, and the things laid thereupon with ye water.

39B-1:22††† When this was done, and the time came that the Sun shone which afore was hid in the cloude, there was a great fire kindled, so that euery man marueiled.

39B-1:23††† And the Priests made a prayer whilest the sacrifice was consuming, both the Priests, and all the rest, Ionathan beginning, and the rest answering thereunto, as Neemias did.

39B-1:24††† And the prayer was after this maner, O Lord, Lord God, Creatour of all things, who art fearefull, and strong, and righteous, and mercifull, and the onely, and gracious king,

39B-1:25††† The onely giuer of all things, the onely iust, almightie & euerlasting, thou that deliuerest Israel from al trouble, & didst choose the fathers, & sanctifie them:

39B-1:26††† Receiue the sacrifice for thy whole people Israel, and preserue thine owne portion, and sanctifie it.

39B-1:27††† Gather those together that are scattered fro vs, deliuer them that serue among the heathen, looke vpon them that are despised & abhorred, and let the heathen know that thou art our God.

39B-1:28††† Punish them that oppresse vs, and with pride doe vs wrong.

39B-1:29††† Plant thy people againe in thy holy place, as Moises hath spoken.

39B-1:30††† And the Priests sung psalmes of thankesgiuing.

39B-1:31††† Now when the sacrifice was consumed, Neemias commanded the water that was left, to bee powred on the great stones.

39B-1:32††† When this was done, there was kindled a flame: but it was consumed by the light that shined from the Altar.

39B-1:33††† So when this matter was knowen, it was told the king of Persia, that in the place, where the Priests that were led away, had hid the fire, there appeared water, and that Neemias had purified the sacrifices therewith.

39B-1:34††† Then the king inclosing the place, made it holy after he had tried ye matter.

39B-1:35††† And the king tooke many gifts, and bestowed thereof, on those whom he would gratifie.

39B-1:36††† And Neemias called this thing Naphthar, which is as much to say as a cleansing: but many men call it Nephi.

 

 

 

 

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2 Maccabees 2:

Chapter 2:32 Verses

39B 2 Maccabees

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39B-2:1†††† It is also found in the records, that Ieremie the Prophet, commaunded them that were caried away, to take of the fire as it hath beene signified,

39B-2:2†††† And how that the Prophet hauing giuen them the law, charged them not to forget the commaundements of the Lord, and that they should not erre in their minds, when they see images of siluer, and gold, with their ornaments.

39B-2:3†††† And with other such speeches exhorted he them, that the law should not depart from their hearts.

39B-2:4†††† It was also contained in the same writing, that the Prophet being warned of God, commanded the Tabernacle, and the Arke to goe with him, as he went forth into the mountaine, where Moises climed vp, and sawe the heritage of God.

39B-2:5†††† And when Ieremie came thither, he found an hollow caue wherin he laid the Tabernacle, and the Arke, and the altar of incense, & so stopped the doore.

39B-2:6†††† And some of those that followed him, came to marke the way, but they could not find it.

39B-2:7†††† Which when Ieremie perceiued, hee blamed them, saying, As for that place, it shall be vnknowen vntill the time that God gather his people againe together, and receiue them vnto mercy.

39B-2:8†††† Then shall the Lord shew them these things, and the glory of the Lord shall appeare, and the cloud also as it was shewed vnder Moises, and as when Solomon desired that the place might be honourably sanctified.

39B-2:9†††† It was also declared that he being wise, offered the sacrifice of dedication, and of the finishing of the Temple.

39B-2:10††† And as when Moises prayed vnto the Lord, the fire came down from heauen, and consumed the sacrifices: euen so prayed Solomon also, and the fire came downe from heauen, and consumed the burnt offerings.

39B-2:11††† And Moises said, because the sinne offering was not to be eaten, it was consumed.

39B-2:12††† So Solomon kept those eight dayes.

39B-2:13††† The same things also were reported in the writings, and commentaries of Neemias, and how he founding a librarie, gathered together the acts of the Kings, and the Prophets, and of Dauid, and the Epistles of the Kings concerning the holy gifts.

39B-2:14††† In like maner also, Iudas gathered together all those things that were lost, by reason of the warre we had, and they remaine with vs.

39B-2:15††† Wherefore if yee haue neede thereof, send some to fetch them vnto you.

39B-2:16††† Whereas we then are about to celebrate the purification, we haue written vnto you, and yee shall doe well if yee keepe the same dayes.

39B-2:17††† We hope also that the God, that deliuered all his people, and gaue them all an heritage, and the kingdome, and the priesthood, and the Sanctuarie,

39B-2:18††† As he promised in the lawe, will shortly haue mercy vpon vs, and gather vs together out of euery land vnder heauen into the holy place: for he hath deliuered vs out of great troubles, and hath purified the place.

39B-2:19††† Now as concerning Iudas Maccabeus, and his brethren, and the purification of the great Temple, and the dedication of the altar,

39B-2:20††† And the warres against Antiochus Epiphanes, & Eupator his sonne,

39B-2:21††† And the manifest signes that came from heauen, vnto those that behaued themselues manfully to their honour for Iudaisme: so that being but a few, they ouercame the whole country, and chased barbarous multitudes,

39B-2:22††† And recouered againe the Temple renowned all the world ouer, and freed the citie, and vpheld the lawes, which were going downe, the Lord being gracious vnto them with al fauour:

39B-2:23††† All these things (I say) being declared by Iason of Cyrene in fiue books, we will assay to abridge in one volume.

39B-2:24††† For considering the infinite number, and the difficulty, which they find that desire to looke into the narrations of the story, for the variety of ye matter,

39B-2:25††† We haue beene carefull, that they that will read might haue delight, and that they that are desirous to commit to memorie, might haue ease, and that all, into whose hands it comes might haue profit.

39B-2:26††† Therefore to vs that haue taken vpon vs this paineful labour of abridging, it was not easie, but a matter of sweat, and watching.

39B-2:27††† Euen as it is no ease vnto him, that prepareth a banquet, and seeketh the benefit of others: yet for the pleasuring of many we will vndertake gladly this great paines:

39B-2:28††† Leauing to the authour the exact handling of euery particular, and labouring to follow the rules of an abridgement.

39B-2:29††† For as the master builder of a new house, must care for the whole building: but hee that vndertaketh to set it out, and paint it, must seeke out fit things for the adorning thereof: euen so I thinke it is with vs.

39B-2:30††† To stand vpon euery point, and goe ouer things at large, and to be curious in particulars, belongeth to the first authour of the storie.

39B-2:31††† But to vse breuitie, and auoyde much labouring of the worke, is to bee granted to him that will make an abridgement.

39B-2:32††† Here then will we begin the story: onely adding thus much to that which hath bene said, That it is a foolish thing to make a long prologue, and to be short in the story it selfe.

 

 

 

 

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2 Maccabees 3:

Chapter 3:40 Verses

39B 2 Maccabees

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39B-3:1†††† Now when the holy Citie was inhabited with all peace, and the Lawes were kept very well, because of the godlinesse of Onias the high Priest, and his hatred of wickednesse,

39B-3:2†††† It came to passe that euen the Kings themselues did honour the place, and magnifie the Temple with their best gifts;

39B-3:3†††† Insomuch that Seleucus king of Asia, of his owne reuenues, bare all the costes belonging to the seruice of the sacrifices.

39B-3:4†††† But one Simon of the tribe of Beniamin, who was made gouernour of the Temple, fell out with the high Priest about disorder in the citie.

39B-3:5†††† And when he could not ouercome Onias, he gate him to Apollonius the sonne of Thraseas, who then was gouernour of Coelosyria, and Phenice,

39B-3:6†††† And told him that the treasurie in Ierusalem was full of infinite summes of money, so that the multitude of their riches which did not pertaine to the account of the sacrifices, was innumerable, and that it was possible to bring all into the kings hand.

39B-3:7†††† Now when Apollonius came to the king, and had shewed him of the money, whereof he was told, the king chose out Heliodorus his treasurer, and sent him with a commaundement, to bring him the foresaid money.

39B-3:8†††† So foorthwith Heliodorus tooke his iourney vnder a colour of visiting the cities of Coelosyria, and Phenice, but indeed to fulfill the kings purpose.

39B-3:9†††† And when he was come to Ierusalem, & had bene courteously receiued of the high Priest of the citie, hee told him what intelligence was giuen of the money, & declared wherefore hee came, and and asked if these things were so in deed.

39B-3:10††† Then the high Priest tolde him that there was such money layde vp for the reliefe of widowes, and fatherlesse children,

39B-3:11††† And that some of it belonged to Hircanus, sonne of Tobias, a man of great dignitie, and not as that wicked Simon had misinformed: the summe whereof in all was foure hundred talents of siluer, and two hundred of gold,

39B-3:12††† And that it was altogether impossible that such wrong should be done vnto them, that had committed it to the holinesse of the place, and to the maiestie and inuiolable sanctitie of the Temple, honoured ouer all the world.

39B-3:13††† But Heliodorus because of the kings commandement giuen him, said, That in any wise it must be brought into the kings treasury.

39B-3:14††† So at the day which hee appointed, hee entred in to order this matter, wherefore, there was no small agonie throughout the whole citie.

39B-3:15††† But the Priests prostrating themselues before the Altar in their Priests Uestments, called vnto heauen vpon him that made a Lawe concerning things giuen to bee kept, that they should safely bee preserued for such as had committed them to be kept.

39B-3:16††† Then whoso had looked the hie Priest in the face, it would haue wounded his heart: for his countenance, and the changing of his colour, declared the inward agonie of his minde:

39B-3:17††† For the man was so compassed with feare, and horror of the body, that it was manifest to them that looked vpon him, what sorrow hee had now in his heart.

39B-3:18††† Others ran flocking out of their houses to the generall Supplication, because the place was like to come into contempt.

39B-3:19††† And the women girt with sackecloth vnder their breasts, abounded in the streetes, and the virgins that were kept in, ran some to the gates, and some to the walles, and others looked out of the windowes:

39B-3:20††† And all holding their handes towards heauen, made supplication.

39B-3:21††† Then it would haue pitied a man to see the falling downe of the multitude of all sorts, and the feare of the hie Priest, being in such an agony.

39B-3:22††† They then called vpon the Almightie Lord, to keepe the things committed of trust, safe and sure, for those that had committed them.

39B-3:23††† Neuerthelesse Heliodorus executed that which was decreed.

39B-3:24††† Now as hee was there present himselfe with his guard about the treasurie, the Lord of spirits, & the Prince of all power caused a great apparition, so that all that presumed to come in with him, were astonished at the power of God, and fainted, and were sore afraid.

39B-3:25††† For there appeared vnto them a horse, with a terrible rider vpon him, and adorned with a very faire couering, and he ranne fiercely, and smote at Heliodorus with his forefeet, and it seemed that hee that sate vpon the horse, had complete harnesse of golde.

39B-3:26††† Moreouer two other yong men appeared before him, notable in strength, excellent in beautie, and comely in apparell, who stood by him on either side, and scourged him continually, and gaue him many sore stripes.

39B-3:27††† And Heliodorus fell suddenly vnto the ground, and was compassed with great darkenesse: but they that were with him, tooke him vp, and put him into a litter.

39B-3:28††† Thus him that lately came with a great traine, and with all his guard into the said treasury, they caried out, being vnable to helpe himselfe with his weapons: and manifestly they acknowledged the power of God.

39B-3:29††† For hee by the hand of God was cast downe, and lay speechlesse without all hope of life.

39B-3:30††† But they praised the Lord that had miraculously honoured his owne place: for the Temple which a little afore was full of feare and trouble, when the Almightie Lord appeared, was filled with ioy and gladnesse.

39B-3:31††† Then straightwayes certaine of Heliodorus friends, prayed Onias that hee would call vpon the most High to graunt him his life, who lay ready to giue vp the ghost.

39B-3:32††† So the high Priest suspecting lest the king should misconceiue that some treachery had beene done to Heliodorus by the Iewes, offered a sacrifice for the health of the man.

39B-3:33††† Now as the high Priest was making an atonement, the same yong men, in the same clothing, appeared and stood beside Heliodorus, saying, Giue Onias the high Priest great thankes, insomuch as for his sake the Lord hath granted thee life.

39B-3:34††† And seeing that thou hast beene scourged from heauen, declare vnto all men the mightie power of God: and when they had spoken these wordes, they appeared no more.

39B-3:35††† So Heliodorus after he had offered sacrifice vnto the Lord, and made great vowes vnto him that had saued his life, and saluted Onias, returned with his hoste to the king.

39B-3:36††† Then testified hee to all men, the workes of the great God, which he had seene with his eyes.

39B-3:37††† And when the king asked Heliodorus, who might be a fit man to be sent yet once againe to Ierusalem, he said,

39B-3:38††† If thou hast any enemy or traitor, send him thither, and thou shalt receiue him well scourged, if he escape with his life: for in that place, no doubt, there is an especiall power of God.

39B-3:39††† For hee that dwelleth in heauen hath his eye on that place, and defendeth it, and hee beateth and destroyeth them that come to hurt it.

39B-3:40††† And the things concerning Heliodorus, and the keeping of the treasurie, fell out on this sort.

 

 

 

 

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2 Maccabees 4:

Chapter 4:50 Verses

39B 2 Maccabees

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39B-4:1†††† This Simon now (of who wee spake afore) hauing bin a bewrayer of the money, and of his countrey, slandered Onias, as if he had terrified Heliodorus, and bene the worker of these euils.

39B-4:2†††† Thus was hee bold to call him a traitour, that had deserued well of the citie, and tendred his owne nation, and was so zealous of the lawes.

39B-4:3†††† But when their hatred went so farre, that by one of Simons faction murthers were committed,

39B-4:4†††† Onias seeing the danger of this contention, and that Appollonius, as being the gouernour of Coelosyria and Phenice, did rage, and increase Simons malice,

39B-4:5†††† He went to the king, not to be an accuser of his countrey men, but seeking the good of all, both publike, & priuate.

39B-4:6†††† For he saw that it was impossible, that the state should continue quiet, and Simon leaue his folly, vnlesse the king did looke thereunto.

39B-4:7†††† But after the death of Seleucus, when Antiochus called Epiphanes, tooke the kingdom, Iason the brother of Onias, laboured vnder hand to bee hie Priest,

39B-4:8†††† Promising vnto the king by intercession, three hundred and threescore talents of siluer, and of another reuenew, eightie talents:

39B-4:9†††† Besides this, he promised to assigne an hundred and fiftie more, if he might haue licence to set him vp a place for exercise, and for the training vp of youth in the fashions of the heathen, and to write them of Ierusalem Antiochians.

39B-4:10††† Which when the king had granted, and hee had gotten into his hand the rule, he foorthwith brought his owne nation to the Greekish fashion.

39B-4:11††† And the royal priuiledges granted of speciall fauour to the Iewes, by the meanes of Iohn the father of Eupolemus, who went Embassador to Rome, for amitie and aid, he tooke away, and putting down the gouernments which were according to the law, he brought vp new customes against the law.

39B-4:12††† For he built gladly a place of exercise vnder the towre it selfe, and brought the chiefe yong men vnder his subiection, and made them weare a hat.

39B-4:13††† Now such was the height of Greek fashions, and increase of heathenish maners, through the exceeding profanenes of Iason that vngodly wretch, and no high priest:

39B-4:14††† That the priests had no courage to serue any more at the altar, but despising the Temple, and neglecting the sacrifices, hastened to be partakers of the vnlawfull allowance in the place of exercise, after the game of Discus called them forth.

39B-4:15††† Not setting by the honours of their fathers, but liking the glory of the Grecians best of all.

39B-4:16††† By reason whereof sore calamity came vpon them: for they had them to be their enemies and auengers, whose custome they followed so earnestly, and vnto whom they desired to be like in all things.

39B-4:17††† For it is not a light thing to doe wickedly against the lawes of God, but the time following shall declare these things.

39B-4:18††† Now when the game that was vsed euery fift yere was kept at Tyrus, the king being present,

39B-4:19††† This vngracious Iason sent speciall messengers from Ierusalem, who were Antiochians, to carie three hundred drachmes of siluer to the sacrifice of Hercules, which euen the bearers therof thought fit not to bestow vpon the sacrifice, because it was not conuenient, but to be reserued for other charges.

39B-4:20††† This money then in regard of the sender, was appointed to Hercules sacrifice, but because of the bearers thereof, it was imployed to the making of gallies.

39B-4:21††† Now when Apollonius the sonne of Manastheus was sent vnto Egypt, for the coronation of king Ptolomeus Philometor, Antiochus vnderstanding him not to bee well affected to his affaires, prouided for his owne safetie: whereupon he came to Ioppe, & from thence to Ierusalem.

39B-4:22††† Where he was honourably receiued of Iason, and of the citie, and was brought in with torchlight, and with great shoutings: and so afterward went with his hoste vnto Phenice.

39B-4:23††† Three yeere afterward, Iason sent Menelaus the foresaid Simons brother, to beare the money vnto the king, and to put him in minde of certaine necessary matters.

39B-4:24††† But he being brought to the presence of the king, when he had magnified him, for the glorious appearance of his power, got the priesthood to himselfe, offering more then Iason by three hundred talents of siluer.

39B-4:25††† So he came with the kings Mandate, bringing nothing worthy the high priesthood, but hauing the fury of a cruell Tyrant, and the rage of a sauage beast.

39B-4:26††† Then Iason, who had vndermined his owne brother, being vndermined by another, was copelled to flee into the countrey of the Ammonites.

39B-4:27††† So Menelaus got the principalitie: but as for the money that he had promised vnto the king, hee tooke no good order for it, albeit Sostratus the ruler of the castle required it.

39B-4:28††† For vnto him appertained the gathering of the customes. Wherefore they were both called before the king.

39B-4:29††† Now Menelaus left his brother Lysimachus in his stead in the priesthood, and Sostratus left Crates, who was gouernour of the Cyprians.

39B-4:30††† While those things were in doing, they of Tharsus and Mallos made insurrection, because they were giuen to the kings concubine called Antiochis.

39B-4:31††† Then came the king in all haste to appease matters, leauing Andronicus a man in authority, for his deputy.

39B-4:32††† Now Menelaus supposing that he had gotten a conuenient time, stole certaine vessels of gold, out of the temple, and gaue some of them to Andronicus, and some he sold into Tyrus, and the cities round about.

39B-4:33††† Which when Onias knew of a surety, he reprooued him, and withdrew himselfe into a Sanctuarie at Daphne, that lieth by Antiochia.

39B-4:34††† Wherefore Menelaus, taking Andronicus apart, prayed him to get Onias into his hands, who being perswaded thereunto, and comming to Onias in deceit, gaue him his right hand with othes, and though hee were suspected (by him) yet perswaded he him to come forth of the Sanctuarie: whom forthwith he shut vp without regard of Iustice.

39B-4:35††† For the which cause not onely the Iewes, but many also of other nations tooke great indignation, and were much grieued for the vniust murder of the man.

39B-4:36††† And when the king was come againe from the places about Cilicia, the Iewes that were in the citie, and certaine of the Greekes, that abhorred the fact also, complained because Onias was slaine without cause.

39B-4:37††† Therefore Antiochus was heartily sorry, and mooued to pity, and wept, because of the sober and modest behauiour of him that was dead.

39B-4:38††† And being kindled with anger, forthwith he tooke away Andronicus his purple, and rent off his clothes, and leading him through the whole city vnto that very place, where he had committed impietie against Onias, there slew he the cursed murtherer. Thus the Lord rewarded him his punishment, as he had deserued.

39B-4:39††† Now when many sacriledges had beene committed in the citie by Lysimachus, with the consent of Menelaus, and the bruit therof was spread abroad, the multitude gathered themselues together against Lysimachus, many vessels of gold being already caried away.

39B-4:40††† Whereupon the common people rising, and being filled with rage, Lysimachus armed about three thousand men, and beganne first to offer violence on Auranus, being the leader, a man farre gone in yeeres, & no lesse in folly.

39B-4:41††† They then seeing the attempt of Lysimachus, some of them caught stones, some clubs, others taking handfuls of dust, that was next at hand, cast them all together vpon Lysimachus, and those that set vpon them.

39B-4:42††† Thus many of them they wounded, & some they stroke to the ground, and all they forced to flee: but as for the Churchrobber himselfe, him they killed besides the treasury.

39B-4:43††† Of these matters therefore there was an accusation laide against Menelaus.

39B-4:44††† Now when the king came to Tyrus, three men that were sent from the Senate, pleaded the cause before him:

39B-4:45††† But Menelaus being now conuicted, promised Ptolomee the sonne of Dorymenes, to giue him much money, if hee would pacifie the King towards him.

39B-4:46††† Whereupon Ptolomee taking the king aside into a certaine gallerie, as it were to take the aire, brought him to be of another minde;

39B-4:47††† Insomuch that hee discharged Menelaus from the accusations, who notwithstanding was cause of all the mischiefe: and those poore men, who if they had told their cause, yea, before the Scythians, should haue bene iudged innocent, them he condemned to death.

39B-4:48††† Thus they that followed the matter for the citie, and for the people, and for the holy vessels, did soone suffer vniust punishment.

39B-4:49††† Wherefore euen they of Tyrus mooued with hatred of that wicked deed, caused them to bee honourably buried.

39B-4:50††† And so through the couetousnesse of them that were in power, Menelaus remained still in authority, increasing in malice, and being a great traitour to the citizens.

 

 

 

 

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39B 2 Maccabees

(K.J.V. 1611)

39B-5:1†††† About the same time Antiochus prepared his second voyage into Egypt:

39B-5:2†††† And then it happened, that through all the citie, for the space almost of fourtie dayes, there were seene horsemen running in the aire, in cloth of golde, and armed with lances, like a band of souldiers,

39B-5:3†††† And troupes of horsemen in aray, incountring, and running one against another with shaking of shieldes, and multitude of pikes, and drawing of swords, and casting of darts, and glittering of golden ornaments, and harnesse of all sorts.

39B-5:4†††† Wherefore euery man praied that that apparition might turne to good.

39B-5:5†††† Now when there was gone forth a false rumour, as though Antiochus had bene dead, Iason tooke at the least a thousand men, and suddenly made an assault vpon the citie, and they that were vpon the walles, being put backe, and the citie at length taken, Menelaus fled into the castle:

39B-5:6†††† But Iason slew his owne citizens without mercy, (not considering that to get the day of them of his owne nation, would be a most vnhappy day for him: but thinking they had bene his enemies, and not his countrey men whom he conquered.)

39B-5:7†††† Howbeit, for all this hee obtained not the principalitie, but at the last receiued shame for the reward of his treason, and fled againe into the countrey of the Ammonites.

39B-5:8†††† In the end therefore hee had an vnhappy returne, being accused before Aretas the king of the Arabians, fleeing from city to city, pursued of all men, hated as a forsaker of the Lawes, and being had in abomination, as an open enemie of his countrey, and countreymen, he was cast out into Egypt.

39B-5:9†††† Thus hee that had driuen many out of their countrey, perished in a strange land, retiring to the Lacedemonians, and thinking there to finde succour by reason of his kindred.

39B-5:10††† And hee that had cast out many vnburied, had none to mourne for him, nor any solemne funerals at all, nor sepulchre with his fathers.

39B-5:11††† Now when this that was done came to the kings eare, he thought that Iudea had reuolted, whereupon remouing out of Egypt in a furious minde, he tooke the citie by force of armes,

39B-5:12††† And commaunded his men of warre not to spare such as they met, and to slay such as went vp vpon the houses.

39B-5:13††† Thus there was killing of yong and old, making away of men, women and children, slaying of virgins and infants.

39B-5:14††† And there were destroyed within the space of three whole daies, fourescore thousand, whereof fourty thousand were slaine in the conflict; and no fewer sold, then slaine.

39B-5:15††† Yet was he not content with this, but presumed to goe into the most holy Temple of all the world: Menelaus that traitour to the Lawes, and to his owne countrey, being his guide.

39B-5:16††† And taking the holy vessels with polluted handes, and with prophane handes, pulling downe the things that were dedicated by other kings, to the augmentation and glory and honour of the place, he gaue them away.

39B-5:17††† And so haughtie was Antiochus in minde, that hee considered not that the Lord was angry for a while for the sinnes of them that dwelt in the citie, and therefore his eye was not vpon the place.

39B-5:18††† For had they not beene formerly wrapped in many sinnes, this man as soone as hee had come, had foorthwith beene scourged, and put backe from his presumption, as Heliodorus was, whom Seleucus the king sent to view the treasurie.

39B-5:19††† Neuerthelesse God did not choose the people for the places sake, but the place for the peoples sake.

39B-5:20††† And therefore the place it selfe that was partaker with them of the aduersities that happened to the nation, did afterward communicate in the benefits sent from the Lord: and as it was forsaken in the wrath of the Almighty, so againe the great Lord being reconciled, it was set vp with all glory.

39B-5:21††† So when Antiochus had caried out of the Temple, a thousand and eight hundred talents, hee departed in all haste into Antiochia, weening in his pride to make the land nauigable, and the Sea passable by foot: such was the haughtinesse of his minde.

39B-5:22††† And he left gouernours to vexe the nation: at Ierusalem Philip, for his countrey a Phrygian, and for manners more barbarous then hee that set him there:

39B-5:23††† And at Garizim, Andronicus; and besides, Menelaus, who worse then all the rest, bare an heauie hand ouer the citizens, hauing a malicious minde against his countreymen the Iewes.

39B-5:24††† He sent also that detestable ringleader Apollonius, with an armie of two and twentie thousand, commaunding him to slay all those that were in their best age, and to sell the women and the yonger sort:

39B-5:25††† Who comming to Ierusalem, and pretending peace, did forbeare till the holy day of the Sabbath, when taking the Iewes keeping holy day, hee commanded his men to arme themselues.

39B-5:26††† And so hee slewe all them that were gone to the celebrating of the Sabbath, and running through the city with weapons, slewe great multitudes.

39B-5:27††† But Iudas Maccabeus, with nine others, or thereabout, withdrew himselfe into the wildernesse, and liued in the mountaines after the maner of beasts, with his company, who fed on herbes continually, lest they should be