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Translation: 1 Maccabees 14:1-23

by PastorWilliams on September 11th, 2012

1 Then, in the one hundred seventy-second year, King Demetrius gathered together his mighty men and went into Media to draw help for himself, as he might make war with Tryphon. 2 When King Arsakes of Persia and Media heard that Demetrius had entered his domain, he sent one of his princes to bring him in alive. 3 He both went and struck Demetrius’ camp. And he took him and brought him to Arsakes, who placed him in prison.

4 And all the land of Judah was peaceful all of Simon’s days, and he sought the good of his nation, and his authority and his glory pleased them all these days. 5 And with all his glory he took Joppa into the harbor and made a way into the islands of the sea. 6 And the mountains extended to his nation and judged the country. 7 And he gathered together many prisoners and ruled Gazara and Baithsura and the tower; and he cast out the uncleanness out of it, and there is no one who lies against it. 8 Then there were cultivating their land with peace, and the land gave its produce and the trees in the plains their fruit. 9 Elders sat in the streets, everyone concerning good consulting together, and the young men dressed themselves in glorious military garments. 10 To the cities he supplied bread and appointed them in strong implements, until which his glorious name was named until the ends of the land. 11 He made peace in the land, and Israel rejoiced with great joy. 12 And each one sat under his vine and his fig tree, and there was no one for them to fear. 13 And they forsook their warring on the land, and the kings were crushed in those days. 14 And he protected all the poor of his people; he sought out the Law and cast out all the lawless ones and evildoers; 15 the sanctuary he glorified and furnished it with holy vessels.

16 When they heard in Rome that Jonathan had died and until Sparta, and they mourned greatly. 17 And as they heard that his brother Simon became high priest after him, and he firmly judged the country and the cities in it, 18 they wrote to him on bronze tablets so that they might renew to him friendship and alliance, which they established with his brothers Judas and Jonathan. 19 And it was read before the congregation in Jerusalem. 20 And this is a copy of the epistle, which the Spartans wrote:

20b “The rulers of the Spartans and the city to Simon the great priest and to the presbyters and to the priest and to the rest of the people of Judea, our brothers, greeting. 21 The presbyters that have been sent to our people reported to us concerning your glory and honor, and we have rejoiced over their visit. 22 And we have written again their report in the assembly of the people thus: ‘Noumenios, son of Antiochus, and Antipater, son of Jason, presbyters of Judea, came to us renewing our friendship. 23 And it was resolved in the assembly to receive the men with glory and to place the copy of their words in the books of the assembly archives so that there might be a remembrance by the citizens of the Spartans. And the copy fo these things have been written to Simon the high priest.”

From → OT Apocrypha

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