1 Maccabees - Chapter 7
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4 The army put them to death, and Demetrius ascended his throne.
11 The latter, however, did not put any faith in their words, aware that they had come with a large force.
13 The first among the Israelites to ask them for peace terms were the Hasidaeans,
19 Bacchides then left Jerusalem and encamped at Beth-Zeth, and from there sent and arrested many of the men who had deserted him and a few of our people too; he had them killed and thrown down the great well.
20 He then put Alcimus in charge of the province, leaving an army with him to support him; Bacchides himself returned to the king.
24 Judas went right round the whole territory of Judaea to take vengeance on those who had deserted him and to prevent their free movement about the country.
25 When Alcimus saw how strong Judas and his supporters had grown and realised that he was powerless to resist them, he went back to the king, to whom he made malicious accusations against them.
27 Reaching Jerusalem with a large force, Nicanor sent a friendly, yet treacherous, message to Judas and his brothers, as follows:
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33 After these events Nicanor went up to Mount Zion. Some of the priests came out of the Holy Place with some elders, to give him a friendly welcome and show him the burnt offering being presented for the king.
35 'Unless Judas is handed over to me this time with his army, as soon as I am safely back, I promise you, I shall burn this building down!'
37 'You have chosen this house to be called by your name, to be a house of prayer and petition for your people.
38 Take vengeance on this man and on his army, and let them fall by the sword; remember their blasphemies and give them no respite.'
39 Nicanor left Jerusalem and encamped at Beth-Horon, where he was joined by an army from Syria.
41 'When the king's envoys blasphemed, your angel went out and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand of his men.
42 In the same way let us see you crush this army today, so that everyone else may know that this man has spoken blasphemously against your sanctuary: pass judgement on him as his wickedness deserves!'
45 The Jews pursued them a day's journey, from Adasa to the approaches of Gezer; they sounded their trumpets in warning as they followed them,
47 Having collected the spoils and booty, they cut off Nicanor's head and the right hand he had stretched out in a display of insolence; these were taken and displayed within sight of Jerusalem.
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