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1 Then Judas Maccabeus, and they with him, went secretly into the towns, and called their kinsfolks together, and took to them all such as continued in the Jews’ religion, and assembled about 6 thousand men.
2 And they called upon the Adonai, that he would look upon the people trodden down of all; and also pity the temple profaned of wicked* men;
3 And that he would have compassion on the city, sore defaced, and ready to be made even with the ground; and hear the blood that cried to him,
4 And remember the wicked slaughter of harmless infants, and the blasphemies committed against his name; and that he would show his hatred against the wicked.
5 Now when Maccabeus had his company about him, he could not be withstood by the beast-nations: for the fire-rage of the Adonai was turned into mercy.
6 So he came at unawares, and burnt up towns and cities, and got into his hands the most commodious places, and overcame and put to flight no small number of his enemies.
7 But specially took he advantage of the night for such privy attempts, insomuch that the fruit of his holiness was spread every where.
8 So when Philip {Horse-Lover} saw that this man increased by little and little, and that things prospered with him still more and more, he wrote to Ptolemeus, the governor of Celosyria and Phenice, to yield more aid to the king's affairs.
9 Then immediately choosing Nicanor the son of Patroclus, one of his special friends, he sent him with no fewer than 20 thousand of all nations under him, to root out the whole generation of the Jews; and with him he joined also Gorgias a captain, who in matters of war had great experience.
10 So Nicanor undertook to make so much money of the captive Jews, as should defray the tribute of 2000 talents, which the king was to pay to the Romans.
11 So immediately he sent to the cities upon the sea coast, proclaiming a sale of the captive Jews, and promising that they should have 80 and 10 bodies for one talent, not expecting the vengeance that was to follow upon him from the Almighty Elohim.
12 Now when word was brought to Judas of Nicanor's coming, and he had imparted to those with whoever the army was at hand,
13 Everyone who was fearful, and distrusted the justice of Elohim, fled, and conveyed themselves away.
14 Others sold all that they had left, and even begged the Adonai to deliver them, sold by the wicked Nicanor before they met together:
15 And if not for their own sakes, yet for the covenants he had made with their fathers, and for his holy and glorious name's sake, by which they were called.
16 So Maccabeus called his men together to the number of 6 thousand, and exhorted them not to be stricken with terror of the enemy, nor to fear the great multitude of the beast-nations, who came wrongly against them; but to fight manfully,
17 And to set before their eyes the injury that they had unjustly done to the holy place, and the cruel handling of the city, of which they made a mockery, and also the taking away of the government of their forefathers:
18 For they, said he, trust in their weapons and boldness; but our confidence is in the Almighty who at a beck can cast down both them that come against us, and also all the world.
19 Plus, he recounted to them what helps their forefathers had found, and how they were delivered, when under Sennacherib 100 80 and 5000 perished.
20 And he told them of the battle that they had in Babylon with the Galatians, how they came but 8000 in all to the business, with 4000 Macedonians, and that the Macedonians being perplexed, the 8000 destroyed 120 thousand because of the help that they had from heaven, and so received a great booty.
21 Thus when he had made them bold with these words, and ready to die for the law and the country, he divided his army into four parts;
22 And joined with himself his own brothers, leaders of each band, to wit Simon {Listener}, and Joseph {Increaser}, and JAHnathan {JAH's-Gift}, giving each one 15 hundred men.
23 Also he appointed ELeazar {El's-Aid} to read the holy book: and when he had given them this watchword, The help of Elohim; himself leading the 1st band,
24 And by the help of the Almighty they murder over 9000 of their enemies, and wound and maim the majority of Nicanor's host, and so put all to flight;
25 And took their money that came to buy them, and pursued them far: but lacking time they returned:
26 For it was the day before the sabbath, and therefore they would no longer pursue them.
27 So when they had gathered their armor together, and spoiled their enemies, they occupied themselves about the sabbath, yielding exceeding praise and thanks to the Adonai, who had preserved them to that day, which was the beginning of mercy distilling upon them.
28 And after the sabbath, when they had given part of the spoils to the maimed, and the widows, and orphans, the residue they divided among themselves and their servants.
29 When this was done, and they had made a common supplication, they begged the merciful Adonai to be reconciled with his servants forever.
30 Plus, of those that were with Timothy {Lover-Of-YAH} and Bacchides, who fought against them, they murder above 20 thousand, and very easily got high and strong holds, and divided among themselves many spoils more, and made the maimed, orphans, widows, yes, and the aged also, equal in spoils with themselves.
31 And when they had gathered their armor together, they laid them up all carefully in convenient places, and the remnant of the spoils they brought to Jerusalem.
32 They also murder Philarches, that wicked person, who was with Timothy {Lover-Of-YAH}, and had annoyed the Jews many ways.
33 Furthermore at such time as they kept the feast for the victory in their country they burnt Callisthenes, that had set fire upon the holy gates, who had fled into a little house; and so he received a reward meet for his wickedness.
34 As for that most ungracious Nicanor, who had brought 1000 merchants to buy the Jews,
35 He was through the help of the Adonai brought down by them, of whom he made least account; and putting off his glorious apparel, and discharging his company, he came like a fugitive servant through the midland to Antioch having very great dishonor, for that his host was destroyed.
36 Thus he, that took upon him to make good to the Romans their tribute by means of captives in Jerusalem, told abroad, that the Jews had Elohim to fight for them, and therefore they could not be hurt, because they followed the laws that he gave them.
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