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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 .



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to the Lord, that hath the holy knowledge,
14 For not as with other nations whom that whereas I might have been delivered

the Lord patiently forbeareth to punish, till from death, I now endure fore pains in body,
they be come to the fulness of their sins, so by being beaten : but in soul am well content
dealeth he with us,

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;
16 And therefore he never withdraweth

and a memorial of virtue, not only unte
his mercy from us.. And though he punish young men, but unto all his nation:
with adversity, yet doth he never forsake


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-
tenance, was constrained to open his mouth, pelled by the king against the law to taste
and to eat swines flesh.

Iwines flesh, and were tormented with ews

19 But he choosing rather to die glori- scourges and whips.
ously, than to live stained with such an a- 2 But one of them that spake first, faid

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
crifice commanded by the king ;

his members, he commanded him being yet
22 That in so doing he might be deliver- alive to be brought to the fire, and to be
ed from death, and for the old friendship fried in the pan : and as the vapour of the
with them, find favour.

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
in any wise to dissemble, whereby many him a mocking-stock : and when they had
young persons might think that Eleazar be pulled off the skin of his head with the
ing fourscore years old and ten, were now hair, they asked him, Wilt thou eat before
gone to a strange religion,

thou be punished throughout every member
25 And so they through mine hypocrisie, of thy body ?
and desire to live a little time, and a mo-

8 But he answered in his own language;
ment longer, should be deceived by me, and and said, No. Wherefore he also received
I get a stain to mine old age, and make it the next torment in order, as the former did.

9 And when he was at the last gasp, he
26. For though for the present time I should said, Thou like a fury takest us out of this
be delivered from the punishment of men : present life, but the King of the world shall
yet should I not escape the hand of the Al- raise us up, who have died for his laws, un-
mighty, neither alive, nor dead.

to everlasting life.
27 Wherefore now manfully changing this 10 'After him was the third made a mocka
life, I will thew my self such an one as mine ing-stock : and when he was required, he
age requireth,

put out his tongue, and that right soon,
28 And leave a notable example to such holding forth his hands manfully,
as be young, to die willingly and couragiously, 11 And faid couragiously, These I had from
for the honourable and holy laws: and when heaven; and for his laws i despise them, and
he had said these words, immediately he went from him I hope to receive them again.
to the torment.

12 Insomuch that the king, and they that
29 They that led him, changing the good were with him, marvelled at the young mans

will they bare him a little before, into hatred, courage, for that he nothing regarded the *Osmadress

, because the foresaid speeches proceeded, as pains.
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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

16; 167.

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
23 But doubtless the Creator of the world, wrath of the Almighty, which is justly brought
who formed the generation of man, and found upon all our nation, may cease.
out the beginning of all things, will also of 39 Then the king being in a rage, hand-
his own mercy give you breath and life a- led him worse than all the rest, and took it
gain, as you now regard not your own felves grievously that he was mocked.
for his laws sake.

40 So this man died undefiled, and put
Now Antiochus thinking himself despi- his whole trust in the Lord.
fed, and suspecting it to be a reproachful 41 Last of all after the fons, the mother
speech, whilst the youngest was yet alive, died.
did not only exhort him by words, but also 42

Let this be enough now to have fpo-
assured him with oaths, that he would make ken concerning the idolatrous feasts, and
him both a rich and a happy man, if he the extreme tortures.
would turn from the laws of his fathers

and that also he would take him for his I Judas gathereth an hoft. 9 Nicanor is fent
friend, and trust him with affairs.

against him: who prefumeth to make much
25 But when the young man would in money

, 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.
many words, the promised him that she Hen Judas Maccabeus, and they that 166.
would counsel her son.

were with him, went privily into the
27 But she bowing her self towards him, towns, and called their kinsfolks together,
laughing the cruel tyrant to scorn, fpake in and took unto them all such as continued
her country language on this manner, O my in the Jews religion, and assembled about
fon, have pity upon me that bare thee nine six thousand men.
months in my womb, and gave thee fuck 2 And they called upon the Lord, that
three years, and nourished thee, and brought he would look upon the people that was
thee up unto this age, and endured the troden down of all, and also pity the temple,
troubles of education.

profaned of ungodly men,
28 I beseech thee, my son, look upon the

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


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down both them that come against us, and

4 And remember the wicked slaughter of also all the world.
66. harmless infants, and the blafphemies com- 19 Moreover, he recounted unto them

mitted against his name, and that he would what helps their forefathers had found, and
fhew his hatred against the wicked.

d how they were delivered, when 'under -1 Mac.7.41.
5 Now when Maccabeus had his company Sennacherib an hundred fourscore and five Chap.
about him, he could not be withstood by the

thoufand perished.
heathen: for the wrath of the Lord was turn- 20, And he told them of the battle that
ed into mercy,

they had in Babylon with the Galatians,
6 Therefore he came at unawares, and how they came but eight thousand in all
burnt up towns and cities, and got into his to the business, with four thousand Ma-
hands the most commodious places, and over- cedonians, and that the Macedonians being
came and put to flight no small number of perplexed, the eight thousand destroyed an
his enemies.

hundred and twenty thousand, because of
7 But specially took he advantage of the the help that they had from heaven, and so
night, for such privy attempts, infomuch that received a great booty.
the bruit of his manliness was spread every

21 Thus when he had made them bold

with these words, and ready to die for the
8 So when Philip saw that this man in- laws, and the country, he divided his army
creafed by little and little, and that things into four parts :
prospered with him itill more and more, he 22 And joyned with himself his own bre-

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
kings affairs,

fifteen hundred men.
9 Then forthwith choosing Nicanor the

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.
also Gorgias a captain, who in matters of war 24. And by the help of the Almighty, they
had great experience.

slew above nine thousand of their enemies,

10 So Nicanor undertook to make so much and wounded and maimed the most

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.
for one talent, not expecting the vengeance, 27 So when they had gathered * their .That is, the
that was to follow upon him from the al- armour together, and spoiled their enemies,
mighty God.

they occupied themselves about the fabbath,
12 Now when word was brought unto yielding exceeding praise and thanks to the
Judas of Nicanors coming, and he had im- Lord, who had preserved them unto that
parted unto those that were with him, that day, which was the beginning of mercy di-
the army was at hand,

stilling upon them. here. 56.

They that were fearful; and distrusted 28 And after the fabbath, when they had
the justice of God, fled, and conveyed them- given part of the spoils to the † maimed, and tOr, lamed with

the widows, and orphans, the residue they
14 Others sold all that they had left, and divided among themselves and their servants,
withal besought the Lord to deliver them, 29 When this was done, and they had
being sold by the wicked Nicanor before made a common fupplication, they befought
they met together :

the merciful Lord to be reconciled with his
15 And if not for their own fakes, yet

servants for ever.
for the covenants he had made with their 30 Moreover, of those that were with
fathers, and for his holy and glorious names

Timotheus and Bacchides,who fought against
fake, by which they were called.

them, they slew above twenty thousand, and
16 So Maccabeus called his men together very easily got high and strong holds, and
unto the number of fix thousand, and exhort- divided amongst themselves many spoils
ed them not to be stricken with terror of more, and made the # maimed, orphans, # Or, lameda
the enemy, nor to fear the great multitude widows, yea, and the aged alsó, equal in
of the heathen, who came wrongfully against spoils with themselves.
them, but to fight manfully,

31 And when they had gathered their ar-
17 And to set before their eyes the injury mour together, they laid them up all carefully
that they had unjustly done to the holy place, in convenient places, and the remnant of the
and the cruel handling of the city, whereof spoils they brought to Jerusalem.
they made a mockery, and also the taking a- 32 They slew also Philarches that wicked
way of the government of their forefathers : person, who was with Timotheus, and had

18 For they (Jaid he) truft in their wea- annoyed the Jews many ways.
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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.

upon the holy gates, who was fled into a So that « the worms rose up out of the

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,
ineet for his wickedness.

34 As for that most ungracious Nicanor, and the filthiness of his smell was noisom to
who had brought a thousand merchants to
buy the Jews,

10 And the man that thought a little a-
35 He was through the help of the Lord fore he could reach to the stars of heaven,
brought down by them of whom he made no man could endure to carry for his into-

lerable stink.
leait account, and putting off his glorious ap-
parel, and discharging his company, he came

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,
and promiseth to become a few. 28 He 14 That the holy city (to the which he
dieth miserably.

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-
was brought him what had happened unto ny more, and out of his own revenue defray Solis
Nicanor and Timotheus.

the charges belonging to the sacrifices :
Then swelling with anger, he thought

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,

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