1 Maccabees - Chapter 13
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3 and exhorted them thus, 'You know yourselves how much I and my brothers and my father's family have done for the laws and the sanctuary; you know what wars and hardships we have experienced.
7 The people's spirit rekindled as they listened to his words,
9 Fight our battles for us, and we will do whatever you tell us.'
14 When Trypho learned that Simon had taken the place of his brother Jonathan and that he intended to join battle with him, he sent envoys to him with this message,
18 who would have said that Jonathan had died because Simon would not send Trypho the money and the children.
21 The men in the Citadel kept sending messengers to Trypho, urging him to get through to them by way of the desert and send them supplies.
27 Over the tomb of his father and brothers, Simon raised a monument high enough to catch the eye, using dressed stone back and front.
29 surrounding them with a structure consisting of tall columns surmounted by trophies of arms to their everlasting memory and, beside the trophies of arms, ships sculpted on a scale to be seen by all who sail the sea.
34 He also sent a delegation to King Demetrius, to get him to grant the province a remission, since all Trypho did was to despoil.
35 King Demetrius replied to his request in a letter framed as follows:
39 We pardon all offences, unwitting or intentional, hitherto committed, and remit the crown tax you now owe us; and whatever other taxes were levied in Jerusalem are no longer to be levied.
44 The men in the mobile tower sprang out into the city, where great confusion ensued.
49 The occupants of the Citadel in Jerusalem, prevented as they were from coming out and going into the countryside to buy and sell, were in desperate need of food, and numbers of them were being carried off by starvation.
51 The Jews made their entry on the twenty-third day of the second month in the year 171, with acclamations and carrying palms, to the sound of lyres, cymbals and harps, chanting hymns and canticles, since a great enemy had been crushed and thrown out of Israel. Simon made it a day of annual rejoicing.
52 He fortified the Temple hill on the Citadel side, and took up residence there with his men.
53 Since his son John had come to manhood, Simon appointed him general-in-chief, with his residence in Gezer.
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