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10 And he that had cast out many unbu- of the fabbath, when taking the Jews keep-2BE1
ried, had none to mourn for him, nor any ing holy day, he commanded his men to Christ
Ch: solemn funerals at all, nor sepulchre with arm themselves.
16 170. his fathers.
26 And so he flew all them that were 11 Now when this that was done came gone to the celebrating of the fabbath, and
to the kings ear, he thought that Judea had running through the city with weapons, New 31 Mac. to 20, revolted : whereupon removing out of E
great multitudes. gypt in a furious mind, he took the city 27. But Judas Maccabeus, # with nine o- $64 >> by force of arms,
thers, or thereabout, withdrew himself into it 12 And commanded his men of war not the wilderness, and lived in the mountains Hes to fpare such as they met, and to slay such after the manner of beasts, with his comas went up upon the houses.
pany, who fed on herbs continually, left 13
Thus there was killing of young and they should be partakers of the pollution. old, making away of men, women, and chil
C H A P. VI. dren, Ilaying of virgins and infants.
i The Jews are compelled to leave the law of 14 And there were destroyed within the
God. The temple is defiled. 8 Cruelty upon space of three whole days, fourscore thou- the people and the women. 12 An exhortation fand, whereof forty thousand were slain in to bear affliction, by the example of the valithe conflict ; and no fewer sold than Nain. ant courage of Eleazarus, cruelly tortured.
15 Yet was he not content with this, but TOT long after this the king sent an old presumed to go into the most holy temple of man of * Athens, to compel the Jews, all the world, Menelaus that traitor to the to depart from the laws of their fathers, time laws, and to his own country, being his guide:
and not to live after the laws of God : 16 And taking the holy vessels with pollut- 2 And to pollute also the temple in Jeed hands, and with profane hands pulling rusalem, and to call it the temple of Jupidown the things that were dedicated by other ter Olympius ; and that in Garizim, of jukings to the augmentation, and glory, and piter the defender of strangers, t as they tours honour of the place, he gave them away.
did desire that dwelt in the place. 17. And fo haughty was Antiochus in 3. The coming in of this mischief was mind, that he considered not that the Lord fore and grievous to the people : was angry for a while for the sins of them 4 For the temple was filled with riot and that dwelt in the city, and therefore his revelling, by the Gentiles, who dallied with eye was not upon the place.
harlots, and had to do with women within the 18 For had they not been formerly wrap- circuit of the holy places, and besides that, ped in many sins, this man afsoon as he had brought in things that were not lawful.
come, had forthwith been scourged, and 5 The altar also was filled with profane ! ikk Chap3. 25, put back from his presumption, as Helio
Helio- things which the law forbiddeth. dorus was, whom Seleucus the king sent to
6 Neither was it lawful for a man to view the treasury.
keep sabbath-days, or ancient feasts, or to 19 Nevertheless, God did not choose the profess himself at all to be a Jew. people for the places fake, but the place 7 And in the day of the kings birth every for the peoples sake.
month they were brought by bitter constraint 20 And therefore the place it self, that to eat of the facrifices; and when the feast of was partaker with them of the adversity that Bacchus was kept, the Jews were compelled happened to the nation, did afterward com- to go in procession to Bacchus, carrying ivy. municate in the benefits sent from the Lord : 8 Moreover, there went out a decree to and as it was forsaken in the wrath of the the neighbour cities of the heathen, by the G ** Almighty, so again the great Lord being suggestion of Ptolemee, against the Jews, reconciled, it was set up with all glory. that they should observe the same fashions,
21 So when Antiochus had carried out of and be partakers of their sacrifices : the temple a thousand and eight hundred 9 And whofo would not conform themtalents, he departed in all haste unto Antio- selves to the manners of the Gentiles, should chia, weening in his pride to make the land be put to death. Then might a man have navigable, and the sea pasTable by foot : seen the present misery. such was the haughtiness of his mind.
10 Forb there were two women brought, 22. And he left governors to vex the who had circumcised their children, whom nation : at Jerusalem Philip, for his country when they had openly led round about the a Phrygian, and for manners more barba- city, the babes hanging at their breasts, they rous than he that fet him there :
cast them down headlong from the wall. 23 And at Garizim, Andronicus; and be- 11 And others that had run together into fides, Menelaus, who worse than all the rest, caves near by, to keep the fabbath-day sebare an heavy hand over the citizens, ha- cretly, being discovered to Philip, were all ving a malicious mind against his country- burnt together, because they made a conmen the Jews.
science to help themselves, for the honour 168.
24 He sent also d that detestable ringleader of the most sacred day. • Mac. 1. 29. Apollonius, with an army of two and twenty
12 Now I beseech those that read this thousand, commanding him to slay all those book, that they be not discouraged for these that were in their best age, and to sell the calamities, but that they judge those punishwomen, and the younger fort:
ments not to be for destruction, but for a 25 Who coming to Jerusalem, and pre- chastning of our nation. tending peace, did forbear till the holy day .
e 0-4 into tains Com
Before 13 For it is a 'token of his great goodness; ' 30 But when he was ready to die with Before Chritt when wicked doers are not fufered any long stripes, he groned, and said, It is manifest un- Chritt time, but forthwith punished.
to the Lord, that hath the holy knowledge,
to suffer these things, because I fear him. 15 Lest that being come to the height of fin, 31 And thus this man died, leaving his afterwards he should take vengeance of us.
death for an example of a noble courage;
and a memorial of virtue, not only unte
CHA P. VII.
The constancy and cruel death of seven bries 167. 17 But let this that we have spoken be for a
thren and their mother in one day, because warning unto us. And now will we come to they would not eat swines flesh at the kings
the declaring of the matter in few words. commandment. 21108
18 Eleazar one of the principal fcribes, T came to pass also that feven brethren vali
an aged man, and of a well-favoured coun- with their mother were taken, and com-
Iwines flesh, and were tormented with ews
19 But he choosing rather to die glori- scourges and whips.
bomination, spit it forth, and came of his thus, What wouldst thou ask or learn of us? Je Hebr. 11. 35. own accord to the torment.
we are ready to die, rather than to transpi
20 As it behoved them to come, that are gress the laws of our fathers. ju resolute to stand out against such things as are
3 Then the king being in a rage, combeyti
not lawful for love of life to be tasted. manded pans and caldrons to be made hotu
21 But they that had the charge of that 4 Which forthwith being heated, he comwicked feast, for the old acquaintance they manded to cut out the tongue of him that
had with the man, taking him alide, besought spake first, and to cut off the utmost parts und
him to bring flesh of his own provifion, such of his body, the rest of his brethren and his ith
as was lawful for him to use, and make as mother looking on. the
if he did eat of the flesh taken from the fa- 5 Now when he was thus maimed in all
his members, he commanded him being yet
pan was for a good space dispersed, they to
23 But he began to consider discreetly, exhorted one another with the mother, to to and as became his age, and the excellency of
and the excellency of die manfully, saying thus, his ancient years, and the honour of his gray
6 The Lord God looketh upon us, and head, whereunto he was come, and his most in truth hath comfort in us, as a Mofes in Deut. 3ds 36 honest education from a child, or rather the his song, which witnessed to their faces, deholy law made and given by God : therefore clared, saying, And he shall be comforted he answered accordingly, and willed them in his servants. Itraightways to send him to the grave.
7 So when the first was dead after this 24 For it becometh not our age (Said he ) manner, they
manner, they brought the second to make
thou be punished throughout every member
8 But he answered in his own language;
9 And when he was at the last gasp, he
to everlasting life.
put out his tongue, and that right soon,
12 Insomuch that the king, and they that
will they bare him a little before, into hatred, courage, for that he nothing regarded the *Osmadress
, because the foresaid speeches proceeded, as pains.
II. Maccabees .
2Befoze 13 Now when this man was dead also, things that were not ; and so was mankind Bef: Chrilt they tormented and mangled the fourth in made likewise
Chu like manner.
29 Fear not this tormentor, but being
14 So when he was ready to die, he said worthy of thy brethren, take thy death, that thus, It is good, being put to death by men, I may receive thee again in mercy with thy to look for hope from God, to be raised up brethren. again by him : as for thee, thou shalt have 30 While she was yet speaking these words, no resurrection to life.
the young man said, whom wait ye for? I 15 Afterward they brought the fifth also, will not obey the kings commandment : but and mangled him.
I will obey the commandment of the law 16 Then looked he unto the king, and faid, that was given unto our fathers by Moses. Thou hast power over men, thou art corrup- 31 And thou that haft been the author of tible, thou dost what thou wilt ; yet think all mischief against the Hebrews, fhalt not not that our nation is forsaken of God. escape the hands of God.
17 But abide a while, and behold his great 32 For we suffer because of our sins. power,how he will torment thee,and thy feed. 33 And though the living Lord be angry
18 After him also they brought the sixth, with us a little while for our chaltning and who being ready to die, faid, Be not deceived correction, yet shall he be at one again with without cause : for we suffer thefe things for
his servants. our selves, having linned against our God : 34 But thou, O godless man, and of all therefore marvellous things are done unto us. other most wicked, be not lifted up without
19 But think not thou that takeft in hand a cause, nor puffed up with uncertain hopes, to strive against God, that thou shalt escape lifting up thy hand against the servants of unpunished.
God : 20 But the mother was marvellous above 35 For thou hast not yet escaped the judgall, and worthy of honourable memory : for ment of almighty God, who seeth all things. when she saw her seven sons slain within 36 For our brethren who now have sufthe space of one day, she bare it with a good fered a short pain, are dead under Gods courage, because of the hope that she had covenant of everlasting life: but thou through in the Lord.
the judgment of God, fhalt receive just pu21 Yea, The exhorted every one of them in nishment for thy pride. her own language, filled with couragious fpi- 37 But I, as my brethren, offer up my rits; and stirring up her womanish thoughts body and life for the laws of our fathers, with a manly stomach, she said unto them, beseeching God that he would speedily be
22 I cannot tell how you came into my merciful unto our nation, and that thou 1 Mac * womb : for I neither gave you breath nor by torments and plagues mayst confess, that &c life, neither was it I that formed the mem- he alone is God ; bers of every one of you.
38 And that in me, and my brethren, the
40 So this man died undefiled, and put
Let this be enough now to have fpo-
CH A P. VIII.
against him: who prefumeth to make much
, of his prisoners. 16 Judas encouno case hearken unto him, the king called his rageth his, men, and putteth Nicanor to mother, and exhorted her, that the would flight, 28 and divideth the spoils. 30 Ocounsel the young man to save his life. ther enemies are also defeated, 35 and Ni
26 And when he had exhorted her with canor fleeth with grief to Antioch.
were with him, went privily into the
profaned of ungodly men,
3. And that he would have compassion heaven, and the earth, and all that is there- upon the city, sore defaced and ready to be Rom. 4. 27. in, and consider that b God made them of
foze made even with the ground, and hear the the almighty God, who at a beck can cast 25efoze blood that cried unto him,
down both them that come against us, and
d how they were delivered, when 'under -1 Mac.7.41.
they had in Babylon with the Galatians,
hundred and twenty thousand, because of
21 Thus when he had made them bold
with these words, and ready to die for the
wrote unto Ptolemeus the governor of Ce-thren, leaders of each band, to wit, Simon edt
losyria and Phenice to yield more aid to the and Joseph, and Jonathan, giving each one
fifteen hundred men.
for 23 Alfo he appointed Eleazar to read the of Patroclus, one of his special friends, he sent holy book : and when he had given them unde
him with no fewer than twenty thousand of all this watch-word, The help of God; himself hours
nations under him, to root out the whole ge- leading the first band, he joyned battle with Pire
neration of the Jews; and with him he joyned Nicanor.
slew above nine thousand of their enemies,
part of money of 'the captive Jews as should defray Nicanors host, and so put all to flight ; the tribute of two thousand talents, which the 25 And took · their money that came to Ver. 10, 11} king was to pay to the Romans.
buy them, and pursued them far : but lack- 34. 11 Wherefore immediately he sent to the ing time, they returned. rethane
cities upon the sea-coast, proclaiming a sale 26 For it was the day before the fabbath, tort of the captive Jews, and promising that and therefore they would no longer pursue
they should have fourscore and ten bodies them.
they occupied themselves about the fabbath,
stilling upon them. here. 56.
They that were fearful; and distrusted 28 And after the fabbath, when they had
the widows, and orphans, the residue they
the merciful Lord to be reconciled with his
servants for ever.
Timotheus and Bacchides,who fought against
them, they slew above twenty thousand, and
31 And when they had gathered their ar-
18 For they (Jaid he) truft in their wea- annoyed the Jews many ways.
II. Maccabees. .
all his army.
1 Mat. 6. 1; &c.
2Before 33 Furthermore, at, such time as they was now cast on the ground, and carried in Bets
an horse-litter, shewing forth unto all the Chrit kept the feast for the victory in their coun
try, they burnt Callisthenes that had set fire manifest power of God.
164 little house, and so he received a reward body of this wicked man, and while he 'Aas ::
lived in forrow and pain, his flesh fell away,
34 As for that most ungracious Nicanor, and the filthiness of his smell was noisom to
10 And the man that thought a little a-
ir Here therefore being plagued, he belike a fugitive servant through the mid-land gan to leave off his great pride, and to unto Antioch, having very great dishonour come to the knowledge of himself by the for that his host was destroyed.
scourge of God, his pain increasing every 36 Thus he that took upon him to make moment. good to the Romans their tribute by means of
12 And when he himself could not abide the captives in Jerusalem, told abroad, that the his own.smell, he faid these words, It is Jews had God to fight for them, and therefore meet to be subject unto God, and that a they could not be hurt, because they followed man that is mortal should not proudly think the laws that he gave them.
of himself, as if he were God. CHA P. IX.
13 This wicked person vowed also unto I Antiochus is chased from Persepolis. 5 the Lord, (who now no more would have
He is stricken with a fore disease, 14 mercy upon him) saying thus,
was going in haste to lay it even with the 164.
Bout that time came Antiochus * with ground, and to make it a common burying
dishonour out of Perlia.
15 And as touching the Jews, whom he 2 For he had entred the city called Per- had judged not worthy to be so much as sepolis, and went about to rob the temple, buried, but to be cast out with their chiland to hold the city, whereupon the multi- dren to be devoured of the fowls and wild tude running to defend themselves with their beasts, he would make them all equals to weapons, put them to flight; and so it hap- the citizens of † Athens. pened, that Antiochus being put to flight of 16 And the holy temple which before he the inhabitants, returned with shame. had spoiled, he would garnish with goodly
3 Now when he came to Ecbatana, news gifts, and restore all the holy vessels with ma-
the charges belonging to the sacrifices :
17 Yea, and that also he would become to avenge upon the Jews the disgrace done a Jew himself, and go through all the world unto him by those that made him flee.
that was inhabited, and declare the power Therefore commanded he his chariot-man of God. to drive without ceasing, and to dispatch
18 But for all this his pains would not the journey, the judgment of God now fol- cease : for the just judgment of God was lowing him. For he had spoken proudly come upon him : therefore despairing of his in this fort, that he would come to Jerusa- health, he wrote unto the Jews the letters lem, and make it a common burying-place underwritten, containing the form of a fupof the Jews.
plication, after this manner : 5 But the Lord almighty, the God of Il- 19 Antiochus king and governor, to the rael, smote him with an incurable and in- good Jews his citizens, wisheth much joy,
visible plague : for assoon as he had spoken health and prosperity. > Mac. 6. 8, these words, a pain of the bowels that was 20 If ye and your children fare well, and
remediless, came upon him, and fore tor- your affairs be to your contentment, I give ments of the inner parts ;
very great thanks to God, having my hope 6 And that most justly : for he had tor- in heaven. mented other mens bowels with many and 21 As for me, I was weak, or else I would strange torments.
have remembred kindly your honour, and 7 Howbeit he nothing at all ceased from good will. Returning out of Persia, and his bragging, but still was filled with pride, being taken with a grievous disease, I thought breathing out fire in his rage against the it necessary to care for the common safety Jews, and commanding to haste the journey: of all : but it came to pass that he fell down from 22 Not distrusting mine health, but having his chariot, carried violently ; so that having great hope to escape this sickness. a sore fall, all the members of his body were 23 But considering that even my father, much pained.
at what time he led an army into the high 8 And thus he that a little afore thought countries, appointed a successor, he might command the waves of the sea, (fo 24 To the end, that if any thing fell out proud was he beyond the condition of man) contrary to expectation, or if any tidings and weigh the high mountains in a balance,