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Translation: 1 Maccabees 16

by PastorWilliams on October 3rd, 2012

Finally finished with translating 1 Maccabees!! Happy (liturgical) dance may commence!!

1 And John went up from Gazara and reported to Simon his father what had happened at Kendebaius. 2 And Simon called his two sons, the presbyters of Judea, and John and said to them, “I and my brothers and my father’s house have fought Israel’s wars from youth until today, and we have prospered by our hands to deliver Israel often; 3 but now, I have become old, and you but by great mercy you are in the years; become after me and my brother and going out fight for our nation, and Heaven’s help will be with you.” 4 Then he chose out of the country twenty thousand warriors and horses, and they went to Kendebaius and rested in Modein. 5 And rising the next day they went by foot, and behold many mighty men stood against them, foot-soldiers and horses, and there was a brook between them. 6 So he and his people encamped against them. When he saw the people afraid to cross the brook, he crossed first. Then the men saw him and crossed after him. 7 And he divided the people and the horses between the foot-soldiers, but the enemy’s horses were very many. 8 They sounded the trumpets, and Kendebaius and his army were put to flight, and there fell out of them many wounded; but those who remained fled into the stronghold. 9 Then John’s brother Judas was wounded, but John pursued them, until they came to Kedron, which [Kendebaius] had built. 10 Then they fled to the towers in the fields of Azotus, and they set them on fire, and there fell out of them two thousand men. Then they returned to Judea with peace.
11 And Ptolemais son of Abubu was dwelling as a commander in the plain of Jericho and had much silver and gold; 12 for he was the chief priest’s in-law1. 13 And his heart was elevated, and he sought to subdue the country and he consulted deceitfully against Simon and his sons to destroy them. 14 But Simon was visiting the cities that were in the countryside and considering how to care for them; and he and Mattathias and Judas his sons went down to Jericho in the one hundred seventy-seventh year in the eleventh month (which is called Sabat). 15 And Abubu received them deceitfully into the little hold called Dok, which he had built, and made them a great banquet and he had hidden men there. 16 And when Simon and his sons had become drunk, Ptolemais and those with him showed themselves and took their weapons and came against Simon at the banquet and put him, his two sons and some of his servants to death. 17 And he made a great treachery and handed over evil for good. 18 Then Ptolemais wrote these things and sent them to the king, that he should send mighty men to him to help and subdue his country and the cities. 19 And he sent others into Gazara to destroy John, and to the commanders of thousands he sent epistles to come near to him, so that he might give them silver and gold and gifts, 20 and others he sent to seize Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. 21 And running forward, some reported to John in Gazara that his father and his brothers had been killed, and, “[Ptolemais] has sent to put you to death also.” 22 When he heard, he was greatly astonished and went with the men of the nations to kill him and put them to death; for he knew that they sought to put him to death.
23 And the rest of John’s words and his battles and his bravery, which he performed, and the building of the walls, which he built, and his deeds, 24 behold these things have been written in the book of the days of his high priesthood, from which he was made high priest after his father.

From → OT Apocrypha

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