So when these covenants had been made, Lysias departed to the king, and the Jews went about their husbandry. But certain of the governors of districts, Timotheus and Apollonius the son of Gennaeus, and Hieronymus also and Demophon, and beside them Nicanor the governor of Cyprus, would not suffer them to enjoy tranquillity and live in peace. And men of Joppa perpetrated this great impiety: they invited the Jews that lived among them to go with their wives and children into the boats which they had provided, as though they had no ill will towards them; and when they the Jews, relying on the common decree of the city, accepted the invitation, as men desiring to live in peace and suspecting nothing, they took them out to sea and drowned them, in number not less than two hundred. But when Judas heard of the cruelty done to his fellow-countrymen, giving command to the men that were with him and calling upon God the righteous Judge, he came against the murderers of his brethren, and set the haven on fire by night, and burned the boats, and put to the sword those that had fled there. But when the town was closed against him, he withdrew, intending to come again to root out the whole community of the men of Joppa. But learning that the men of Jamnia were minded to do in like manner to the Jews that sojourned among them, he fell upon the Jamnites also by night, and set fire to the haven together with the fleet, so that the glare of the light was seen at Jerusalem, two hundred and forty furlongs distant.
10 Now when they had drawn off nine furlongs from thence, as they marched against Timotheus, a host of Arabians attacked him, no fewer than five thousand footmen and five hundred horsemen. 11 And when a sore battle had been fought, and Judas and his company by the help of God had good success, the nomads being overcome implored Judas to grant them friendship, promising to give him cattle, and to help his people in all other ways. 12 So Judas, thinking that they would indeed be profitable in many things, agreed to live in peace with them; and receiving pledges of friendship they departed to their tents. 13 And he also fell upon a certain city Theisthe1 Gephyrun, strong and fenced about with walls, and inhabited by a mixed multitude of various nations; and it was named Caspin. 14 But they that were within, trusting to the strength of the walls and to their store of provisions, behaved themselves rudely toward Judas and them that were with him, railing, and furthermore blaspheming and speaking impious words. 15 But Judas and his company, calling upon the great sovereign of the world, who without rams and cunning engines of war hurled down Jericho in the times of Joshua, rushed wildly against the wall; 16 and having taken the city by the will of God, they made unspeakable slaughter, insomuch that the adjoining lake, which was two furlongs broad, appeared to be filled with the deluge of blood.
17 And when they had drawn off seven hundred and fifty furlongs from thence, they made their way to Charax, to the Jews that are called Thatmensee Tubieni. 18 And Timotheus they found not in occupation of that district, for he had then departed from the district without accomplishing anything, but had left behind a garrison, and that a very strong one, in a certain post. 19 But Dositheus and Sosipater, who were of Maccabaeus’s captains, sallied forth and destroyed those that had been left by Timotheus in the stronghold, above ten thousand men. 20 And Maccabaeus, ranging his own army by bands, set these two over the bands, and marched in haste against Timotheus, who had with him a hundred and twenty thousand footmen and two thousand and five hundred horsemen. 21 But when Timotheus heard of the inroad of Judas, he at once sent away the women and the children and also the baggage into the fortress called 1 Carnion; for the place was hard to besiege and difficult of access by reason of the narrowness of the approaches on all sides. 22 But when the band of Judas, who led the van, appeared in sight, and when terror came upon the enemy and fear, because the manifestation of him who sees all things came upon them, they fled amain, carried this way and that, so that they were often hurt of their own men, and pierced with the points of their swords. 23 And Judas continued the pursuit the more hotly, putting the wicked wretches to the sword, and he destroyed as many as thirty thousand men. 24 But Timotheus himself, falling in with the company of Dositheus and Sosipater, implored them with much crafty guile to let him go with his life, because he had in his power the parents of many of them and the brethren of some: andThe otherwise, said he, little regard will have be shewn to these. 25 So when he had with many words confirmed the agreement to restore them without hurt, they let him go that they might save their brethren.
26 And Judas, marching against 1 Carnion and the temple of Atergatis, killed five and twenty thousand persons. 27 And after he had put these to flight and destroyed them, he marched against Ephron also, a strong city, The wherein were multitudes of people of all nations; and stalwart young men placed in on the walls made a vigorous defence; and there were great stores of engines and darts there. 28 But calling upon the Sovereign who with might breaks in pieces the Some strength of his the enemy, they got the city into their hands, and killed as many as twenty and five thousand of them that were within. 29 And setting out from thence they marched in haste against Scythopolis, which is distant from Jerusalem six hundred furlongs. 30 But when the Jews that were settled there testified of the good will that the Scythopolitans had shewn toward them, and of their kindly bearing toward them in the times of their misfortune, 31 they gave thanks, and further exhorted them to remain well affected toward the race for the future; and they went up to Jerusalem, the feast of weeks being close to hand.
32 But after the feast called Pentecost they marched in haste against Gorgias the governor of Idumaea: 33 and he came out with three thousand footmen and four hundred horsemen. 34 And when they had set themselves in array, it came to pass that a few of the Jews fell. 35 And a certain Dositheus, one The of Bacenor’s company, who was on horseback and a strong man, pressed hard on Gorgias, and taking hold of his cloke drew him along by main force; and while he was minded to take the accursed man alive, one of the Thracian horsemen bore down upon him and disabled his shoulder, and so Gorgias escaped to Compare Marisa. 36 And when they that were with Esdris had been fighting long and were wearied out, Judas called upon the Lord to show himself, fighting on their side and leading the van of the battle; 37 and then in the language of his fathers he raised the battle-cry joined with hymns, and rushing unawares upon the troops of Gorgias put them to flight.
38 And Judas gathering his army came to the city of Adullam; and as the seventh day was coming on, they purified themselves according to the custom, and kept the Sabbath there. 39 And on the day following, The at which time it had become necessary, Judas and his company came to take up the bodies of them that had fallen, and and in company with their kinsmen to bring them back to the sepulchres of their fathers. 40 But under the garments of each one of the dead they found Perhaps consecrated tokens of the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbids the Jews to have anything to do with; and it became clear to all that it was for this cause that they had fallen. 41 All therefore, blessing the works of the Lord, the righteous Judge, who makes manifest the things that are hid, 42 betook themselves to supplication, beseeching that the sin committed might be wholly blotted out. And the noble Judas exhorted the multitude to keep themselves from sin, forsomuch as they had seen before their eyes what things had come to pass because of the sin of them that had fallen. 43 And when he had made a collection man by man to the sum of two thousand drachmas of silver, he sent to Jerusalem to offer a sacrifice for sin, doing therein right well and honorably, in that he took thought for a resurrection. 44 For if he were not expecting that they that had fallen would rise again, it were superfluous and idle to pray for the dead. 45 (And if he did it looking to an honorable memorial of gratitude laid up for them that fall die on in godliness, holy and godly was the thought.) Wherefore he made the propitiation for them that had died, that they might be released from their sin.
1:3+1:3Gr.1:3wills.1:8+1:8Or,1:8porch1:8+1:8Gr.1:8loaves1:14+See1:142 Maccabees 8:91:15+1:15Gr.1:15them.1:16+1:16Gr.struck1:16down as with a thunderbolt.1:16+Or,1:16his company1:18+The1:18Greek text here is corrupt.1:21+1:21Gr.the1:21things of the sacrifices.Similarily1:21in verses 31, 33, and 2 Maccabees 2:10.1:31+Some1:31authorities readthat1:31great stones should inclose the water that was left.Both1:31the Greek text and the meaning of this verse and the next are uncertain.1:32+1:32Or,but1:32it spent itself, whereas the...shone still.1:32+1:32Or,shone1:32back2:4+2:4Gr.and2:4when.The2:4Greek text here is probably corrupt.2:5+2:5Gr.a2:5cavernous chamber.2:7+2:7Gr.gather2:7together a gathering of the people.2:8+2:8Or,cloud,2:8as...temple. As Moses2:11+See2:11Leviticus 10:16 and 9:24.2:13+2:13Or,2:13also2:13+2:13Or,Nehemiah’s2:13records2:18+2:18Gr.2:18the2:18earthunder2:18heaven.2:19+2:19Gr.2:19greatest.2:21+2:21Gr.took2:21for a prey.2:22+2:22Gr.2:22propitious.2:24+Or,2:24weariness2:25+Or,2:25the past2:28+2:28Or,making2:28no effort2:28+2:28Or,enlarge2:28on2:29+2:29Gr.2:29foundation.2:29+2:29Gr.decorate2:29in encaustic.2:30+2:30Or,provide2:30a place for discussions2:32+2:32Or,spoken2:32of3:4+3:4Or,charge3:4of the buildings3:4Gr.office3:4of aedile.3:5+3:5Or,3:5ThraseasThe3:5Greek text is probably corrupt. Perhaps the true reading isApollonius3:5of Tarsus.3:9+Some3:9authorities readand3:9of the city.3:9+3:9Or,3:9him3:11+Or,3:11and3:11notsuch3:11a manas3:11that impious Simon slanderously alleged3:13+Some3:13authorities readthe3:13other.3:19+3:19Or,3:19porches3:22+3:22Gr.safe3:22with all security.3:24+3:24Gr.3:24manifestation.3:35+3:35Gr.3:35greatest.3:36+3:36Gr.3:36greatest.4:3+4:3Gr.those4:3that had been approved by Simon.4:4+4:4Or,4:4severity4:4+Compare4:42 Maccabees 4:21. See also 2 Maccabees 3:5. The Greek as commonly read meansApollonius,4:4as4:4beingthe4:4governor...Phoenicia, did rage, and increase etc.4:5+4:5Gr.4:5multitude.4:9+4:9Gr.through4:9his.4:14+4:14Or,take4:14part in the unlawful provision for the palaestra4:14+4:14Or,4:14tothe4:14game ofthe4:14discus4:17+4:17Or,this4:17the due seasonof4:17requitalwill4:17make plain4:19+See4:19ver 9.4:19+4:19Or,reserve4:19for4:20+Some4:20authorities readthe4:20bearers.4:21+The4:21exact meaning of the Greek word is uncertain.4:23+4:23Or,4:23conveyto4:23him4:23reports4:24+The4:24Greek text of this verse is uncertain.4:24+4:24Or,4:24him4:24+4:24Or,4:24by4:24flatteringthe4:24dignity of his authority4:27+4:27Gr.was4:27in due order.4:29+4:29Gr.4:29successor.4:31+4:31Gr.4:31successor.4:34+4:34Or,to4:34get Onias into his hands4:34+The4:34Greek text of this sentence is probably corrupt.4:34+4:34Or,imprisoned4:34him4:34Gr.shut4:34him off.4:36+4:36Or,in4:36the several cities4:38+4:38Or,tore4:38his4:50+4:50Or,growing4:50in4:50+4:50Gr.established4:50as a.5:3+5:3Or,5:3charges5:4+5:4Gr.5:4manifestation.5:5+5:5Gr.5:5perpetrated.5:8+The5:8Greek text here is uncertain.5:9+See5:91 Maccabees 12:7.5:23+Some5:23authorities readtoward5:23the Jews, he sent.The5:23Greek text of this sentence is uncertain.5:23+Compare5:232 Maccabees 4:9, 19; 9:19.5:24+5:24Gr.5:24mysarch,which5:24also may meanruler5:24of the Mysians.5:27+5:27Gr.the5:27grassy food.6:1+6:1Or,Geron6:1an Athenian6:2+6:2Gr.6:2Zeus.6:2+6:2Gr.6:2Zeus.6:2+6:2Or,6:2did6:4+6:4Or,idled6:4with their fellows6:5+6:5Or,the6:5altar6:7+6:7Gr.feast6:7of Dionysia.6:7+6:7Gr.6:7Dionysus.6:15+6:15Or,when6:15our sins be come to their height6:15+6:15Gr.6:15end.6:23+The6:23Greek text appears to be corrupt.6:23+Some6:23authorities readmanner6:23of life.6:23+6:23Or,but6:23yet more6:23+6:23Gr.6:23legislation.6:25+6:25Or,while6:25I shall get6:28+6:28Gr.one6:28that has left behind.6:29+The6:29Greek text of this verse is uncertain.6:29+6:29Gr.the6:29aforesaid words were.6:30+6:30Or,6:30blows7:5+7:5Gr.7:5useless.7:6+7:6Or,comforted7:6in7:6+See7:6Deuteronomy 31:21 and 32:36.7:6+7:6Or,comforted7:6in7:16+7:16Gr.7:16him.7:22+7:22Or,7:22breath7:23+7:23Or,first7:23origin7:23+7:23Or,first7:23origin7:23+7:23Or,7:23breath7:24+7:24Gr.make7:24him one that is counted happy.7:24+See7:242 Maccabees 8:9.7:36+7:36Gr.short7:36pain of ever-flowing life.7:36+7:36Gr.7:36fallen.By7:36the omission of one Greek letter the words would signifyhaving7:36endured a short pain, have now drunk of ever-flowing life under God’s covenant.7:37+7:37Gr.7:37propitious.7:38+Some7:38authorities readmay7:38be stayed.8:4+8:4Gr.8:4destruction.8:4+8:4Gr.concerning8:4the blasphemies.8:6+The8:6Greek text of verses 6 and 7 is uncertain.8:9+See8:91 Maccabees 10:65. Compare 2 Maccabees 1:14; 7:24; 10:13; 14:11; 1 Maccabees 2:18.8:10+8:10Or,8:10resolved8:11+8:11Gr.8:11bodies.8:11+8:11Gr.8:11bodies.8:13+The8:13Greek text here is uncertain.8:20+8:20Gr.8:20Galatians.8:20+Some8:20authorities read8:20eight.8:22+8:22Gr.appointing8:22his brethren also leaders.8:24+8:24Gr.disabled8:24in their limbs.8:25+8:25Or,8:25while8:27+The8:27exact meaning of this clause is uncertain.8:27+8:27Gr.their8:27arms...the spoils of the enemy.8:28+8:28Or,8:28wounded8:28Gr.shamefully8:28handled.8:30+8:30Or,8:30wounded8:30Gr.shamefully8:30handled.8:31+The8:31exact meaning of this clause is uncertain.8:31+8:31Gr.of8:31them.8:32+That8:32is, probably, the captain of an irregular auxiliary force. Some write8:32Phylarches,as8:32a proper name.8:33+The8:33Greek text here is perhaps corrupt.8:33+8:33Or,8:33country8:33+8:33Or,8:33porches8:33+8:33Or,a8:33solitary hut8:35+8:35Gr.having8:35made himself solitary.8:35+8:35Or,having8:35won the greatest possible favor by reason of the destruction of his host8:36+8:36Or,because8:36of this8:36theirway8:36of life8:36Gr.because8:36of this manner.9:1+9:1Or,with9:1dishonor9:2+9:2Or,9:2temples9:2+Or,9:2the people of the country9:2turned9:4+9:4Or,in9:4his spirit9:5+9:5Gr.9:5remediless.9:8+9:8Or,showing9:8manifestly to all the power of God9:12+Some9:12authorities readbe9:12minded as9:12ifequal9:12to God.9:14+9:14Gr.9:14build.9:20+9:20Or,You⌃9:20fare well, and your children; and your affairs are to your mind.The9:20Greek text in verses 20 and 21 is uncertain.10:3+10:3Gr.10:3firing.10:6+10:6Or,not10:6long before they kept the feast of tabernacles by wandering10:9+10:9Gr.such10:9were the10:9eventsof10:9the end10:10+That10:10is,son10:10of a good father.10:10+10:10Or,10:10chief10:12+10:12Or,settle10:12his relations with10:13+See10:132 Maccabees 8:910:13+The10:13Greek text here is corrupt.10:24+10:24Or,10:24horses10:26+10:26Gr.10:26propitious.10:26+See10:26Exodus 23:22.10:27+10:27Gr.were10:27by themselves.10:29+Some10:29authorities readand10:29leading on the Jews; who also, taking.10:32+See10:32ver 37.10:35+10:35Gr.passion10:35as of wild beasts.11:3+11:3Or,on11:3all the sacred places of the heathen11:5+The11:5Greek text here is uncertain.11:8+11:8Gr.a11:8panoply.11:9+11:9Gr.11:9wound.11:14+The11:14Greek text here is corrupt.11:16+11:16Gr.11:16multitude.11:17+11:17Or,11:17document11:20+11:20Or,but11:20as to this.11:21+This11:21name is not found elsewhere, and is perhaps corrupt.11:23+11:23Or,should11:23not be disquieted but11:25+11:25Or,11:25disquiet11:30+11:30Gr.right11:30hand.11:38+11:38Gr.Be11:38in good health.12:4+12:4Gr.they12:4also.12:4+12:4Gr.12:4after.12:11+12:11Gr.12:11them.12:13+The12:13relation between the names12:13Gephyrun12:13and12:13Caspinis12:13unknown, and perhaps the Greek text is corrupt. Compare12:13Gephrun,the12:13name of a city of Gilead mentioned by Polybius, 5.70.12.; and12:13Casphor,112:13Maccabees 5:26, 36.12:17+That12:17is,men12:17of Tob:see12:17Judges 11:3, 2 Samuel 10:6, and compare 1 Maccabees 5:13.12:20+12:20Gr.12:20them.12:21+12:21Compare12:21Carnain,112:21Maccabees 5:26, 43, 44.12:24+12:24Gr.12:24jugglery.12:24+12:24Gr.and12:24the result will be that these be disregarded.The12:24Greek text here is perhaps corrupt.12:24+12:24Or,have12:24been shewn12:26+12:26Compare12:26Carnain,112:26Maccabees 5:26, 43, 44.12:27+The12:27Greek text here is perhaps corrupt.12:27+12:27Gr.in12:27front of.12:28+Some12:28authorities read12:28weight.12:28+12:28Or,his12:28enemies12:35+The12:35Greek text is uncertain.12:35+Compare12:351 Maccabees 5:65.12:38+12:38Gr.12:38Odollam.12:39+The12:39Greek text here is uncertain.12:39+12:39Or,and12:39to bring them back to be with their kinsmen in the sepulchres12:40+Perhaps12:40these were consecrated images of the idols.12:45+12:45Gr.fall12:45asleep.12:45+12:45Or,on12:45the side of godliness