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Passage Lookup: 2 Maccabees 11:1-13:8


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2 Maccabees 11:1
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A short time after this Lysias the king's lieutenant, and cousin, and who had chief charge over all the affairs, being greatly displeased with what had happened,
2 Maccabees 11:2
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Gathered together fourscore thousand men, and all the horsemen, and came against the Jews, thinking to take the city, and make it a habitation of the Gentiles :
2 Maccabees 11:3
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And to make a gain of the temple, as of the other temples of the Gentiles, and to set the high priesthood to sale every year:
2 Maccabees 11:4
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Never considering the power of God, but puffed up in mind, and trusting in the multitude of his foot soldiers, and the thousands of his horsemen, and his four- score elephants.
2 Maccabees 11:5
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So he came into Judea, and approaching to Bethsura, which was in a narrow place, the space of five furlongs from Jerusalem, he laid siege to that fortress.
2 Maccabees 11:6
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But when Machabeus and they that were with him, understood that the strong holds were besieged, they and all the people besought the Lord with lamentations and tears, that he would send a good angel to save Israel.
2 Maccabees 11:7
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Then Machabeus himself, first taking his arms, exhorted the rest to expose themselves together with him, to the danger, and to succour their brethren.
2 Maccabees 11:8
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And when they were going forth together with a willing mind, there appeared at Jerusatem a horseman going before them in white clothing, with golden armour, shaking a spear.
2 Maccabees 11:9
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Then they all together blessed merciful Lord, and took great courage, being ready to break through not only men, but also the fiercest beasts, walls of iron.
2 Maccabees 11:10
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So they went on courageously, having a helper from Peaven, and the who shewed mercy to them.
2 Maccabees 11:11
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And rushing violently upon the my, like lions, they slew of them eleven thousand footmen, and one thousand hundred horsemen:
2 Maccabees 11:12
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And put all the rest to flight: many of them being wounded, escaped naked: yea and Lysias himself fled away shamefully, and escaped.
2 Maccabees 11:13
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And as he was a man of understanding considering with himself, the loss he had suffered, and perceiving that the Hebrews could not be overcome, because they relied upon the help of the Almighty God, he sent to them:
2 Maccabees 11:14
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And promised that he would agree to all things that are just, and that he would persuade the king to be their friend.
2 Maccabees 11:15
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Then Machabeus consented to the request of Lysias, providing for the common Food in all things, and whatsoever Machabeus wrote to Lysias concerning the Jews, the king allowed of.
2 Maccabees 11:16
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For there were letters written to the Jews from Lysias, to this effect: Lysias to the people of the Jews, greeting.
2 Maccabees 11:17
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John and Abesalom who were sent from you, delivering your writings, re- quested that I would accomplish those things which were signified by them.
2 Maccabees 11:18
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Therefore whatsoever things could be reported to the king I have represented to him: and he hath granted as much as the matter permitted.
2 Maccabees 11:19
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If therefore you will keep yourselves loyal in affairs, hereafter also I will endeavour to be a means of your good.
2 Maccabees 11:20
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But as concerning other particulars, I have given orders by word both to these, and to them that are sent by me, to commune with you.
2 Maccabees 11:21
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Fare ye well. In the year one hundred and forty-eight, the four and twentieth day of the month of Dioscorus.
2 Maccabees 11:22
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But the king's letter contained these words: King Antiochus to Lysias his brother, greeting.
2 Maccabees 11:23
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Our father being translated amongst the gods, we are desirous that they that are in our realm should live quietly, and apply themselves diligently to their own concerns,
2 Maccabees 11:24
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And we have heard that the Jews would not consent to my father to turn to the rites of the Greeks, but that they would keep to their own manner of living, and therefore that they request us to allow them to live after their own laws.
2 Maccabees 11:25
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Wherefore being desirous that this nation also should be at rest, we have ordained and decreed, that the temple should be restored to them, and that they may live according to the custom of their ancestors.
2 Maccabees 11:26
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Thou shalt do well therefore to send to them, and grant them peace, that our pleasure being known, they may be of good comfort, and look to their own affairs.
2 Maccabees 11:27
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But the king's letter to the Jews was in this manner: King Antiochus to the senate of the Jews, and to the rest of the Jews, greeting.
2 Maccabees 11:28
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If you are well, you are as we desire, we ourselves also are well.
2 Maccabees 11:29
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Menelaus came to us, saying that you desired to come down to your countrymen, that are with us.
2 Maccabees 11:30
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We grant therefore a safe conduct to all that come and go, until the thirtieth day of the month of Xanthicus,
2 Maccabees 11:31
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That the Jews may use their own Bind of meats, and their own laws as be- fore, and that none of them any manner of ways be molested for things which have been done by ignorance.
2 Maccabees 11:32
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And we have sent also Menelaus to speak to you.
2 Maccabees 11:33
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Fare ye well. In the year one hundred and forty-eight, the fifteenth day of the month of Xanthicus.
2 Maccabees 11:34
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The Romans also sent them a letter, to this effect. Quintus Memmius, and Titus Manilius, ambassadors of the Romans, to the people of the Jews, greeting.
2 Maccabees 11:35
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Whatsoever Lysias the king's cousin hath granted you, we also have granted.
2 Maccabees 11:36
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But touching such things as he thought should be referred to the king, after you have diligently conferred among yourselves, send some one forthwith, that we may decree as it is convenient for you: for we are going to Antioch.
2 Maccabees 11:37
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And therefore make haste to write back, that we may know of what mind you are.
2 Maccabees 11:38
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Fare ye well. In the year one hundred and forty-eight, the fifteenth day of the month of Xanthicus.
2 Maccabees 12:1
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When these covenants were made, Lyslas went to the king, and the Jews gave themselves to husbandry.
2 Maccabees 12:2
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But they that were behind, namely, Timotheus and Apollonius the son of Genneus, also Hieronymus, and Demophon, and besides them Nicanor the governor of Cyprus, would not suffer them to live in peace, and to be quiet.
2 Maccabees 12:3
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The men of Joppe also were guilty of this kind of wickedness: they desired the Jews who dwelt among them to go with their wives and children into the boats, which they had prepared, as though they had no enmity to them.
2 Maccabees 12:4
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Which when they had consented to, according to the common decree of the city, suspecting nothing, because of the peace : when they were gone forth into the deep, they drowned no fewer than two hundred of them.
2 Maccabees 12:5
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But as soon as Judas heard of this cruelty done to his countrymen, he commanded the men that were with him: and after having called upon God the just judge,
2 Maccabees 12:6
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He came against those murderers of his brethren, and set the haven on fire in the night, burnt the boats, and slew with the sword them that escaped from the fire.
2 Maccabees 12:7
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And when he had done these things in this manner, he departed as if he would return again, and root out all the Joppites.
2 Maccabees 12:8
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But when he understood that the men of Jamnia also designed to do in like manner to the Jews that dwelt among them,
2 Maccabees 12:9
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He came upon the Jamnites also by night, end set the haven on fire with the ships, so that the light of the fire was seen at Jerusalem two hundred and forty furlongs off.
2 Maccabees 12:10
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And when they were now gone from thence nine furlongs, and were marching towards Timotheus, five thousand footmen and Ave hundred horsemen of the Arabians set upon them.
2 Maccabees 12:11
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And after a hard fight, in which by the help of God they got the victory, the rest of the Arabians being overcome, besought Judas for peace, promising to give him pastures, and to assist him in other things.
2 Maccabees 12:12
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And Judas thinking that they might be profitable indeed in many things, promised them peace, and after having joined hands, they departed to their tents.
2 Maccabees 12:13
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He also laid siege to a certain strong city, encompassed with bridges and walls, and inhabited by multitudes of different nations, the name of which is Casphin.
2 Maccabees 12:14
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But they that were within it, trusting in the strength of the walls, and the provision of victuals, behaved in a more negligent manner, and provoked Judas with railing and blaspheming, and uttering such words as were not to be spoken.
2 Maccabees 12:15
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But Machabeus calling upon the great Lord of the world, who without any rams or engines of war threw down the walls of Jericho in the time of Josue, fiercely assaulted the walls.
2 Maccabees 12:16
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And having taken the city by the will of the Lord, he made an unspeakable slaughter, so that a pool adjoining of two furlongs broad seemed to run with the blood of the slain.
2 Maccabees 12:17
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From thence they departed seven hundred and fifty furlongs, and came to Characa to the Jews that are called Tubianites.
2 Maccabees 12:18
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But as for Timotheus, they found him not in those places, for before he had dispatched any thing he went back, having left a very strong garrison in a certain hold :
2 Maccabees 12:19
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But Dositheus, and Sosipater, who were captains with Machabeus, slew them that were left by Timotheus in the hold, to the number of ten thousand men.
2 Maccabees 12:20
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And Machabeus having set in order about him six thousand men, and divided them by bands, went forth against Timetheus, who had with him a hundred and twenty thousand footmen, and two thousand five hundred horsemen.
2 Maccabees 12:21
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Now when Timotheus had knowledge of the coming of Judas, he sent the women and children, and the other baggage before him into a fortress, called Carnion: for it was impregnable and hard to come at, by reason of the straitness of the places.
2 Maccabees 12:22
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But when the first band of Judas came in sight, the enemies were struck with fear, by the presence of God, who seeth all things, and they were put to flight one from another, so that they were often thrown down by their own companions, and wounded with the strokes of their own swords.
2 Maccabees 12:23
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But Judas was vehemently earnest in punishing the profane, of whom he slew thirty thousand men.
2 Maccabees 12:24
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And Timotheus himself fell into the hands of the band of Dositheus and Sosipater, and with many prayers he besought them to let him go with his life, because he had the parents and brethren of many of the Jews, who, by his death, might happen to be deceived.
2 Maccabees 12:25
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And when he had given his faith that he would restore them according to the agreement, they let him go without hurt, for the saving of their brethren.
2 Maccabees 12:26
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Then Judas went away to Carnion, where he slew five and twenty thousand persons.
2 Maccabees 12:27
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And after he had put to flight and destroyed these, he removed his army to Ephron, a strong city, wherein there dwelt a multitude of divers nations: and stout young men standing upon the walls made a vigorous resistance: and in this place there were many engines of war, and a provision of darts.
2 Maccabees 12:28
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But when they had invocated the Almighty, who with his power breaketh the strength of the enemies, they took the city; and slew five and twenty thou- sand of them that were within.
2 Maccabees 12:29
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From thence they departed to Scythopolis, which lieth six hundred furlongs from Jerusalem.
2 Maccabees 12:30
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But the Jews that were among the Scythopolitans testifying that they were used kindly by them, and that even in the times of their adversity they had treated them with humanity:
2 Maccabees 12:31
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They gave them thanks exhorting them to be still friendly to their nation, and so they came to Jerusalem, the feast of the weeks being at hand.
2 Maccabees 12:32
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And after Pentecost they marched against Gorgias the governor of Idumea.
2 Maccabees 12:33
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And he came out with three thousand footmen, and four hundred horsemen.
2 Maccabees 12:34
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And when they had joined battle, it happened that a few of the Jews were slain.
2 Maccabees 12:35
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But Dositheus, a horseman, one of Bacenor's band, a valiant man, took hold of Gorgias: and when he would have taken him alive, a certain horseman of the Thracians came upon him, and cut off his shoulder: and so Gorgias escaped to Maresa.
2 Maccabees 12:36
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But when they that were with Esdrin had fought long, and were weary, Judas called upon the Lord to be their helper, and leader of the battle:
2 Maccabees 12:37
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Then beginning in his own language, and singing hymns with a loud voice, he put Gorgias' soldiers to flight.
2 Maccabees 12:38
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So Judas having gathered together his army, came into the city Odollam: and when the seventh day came, they purified themselves according to the custom, and kept the sabbath in the place.
2 Maccabees 12:39
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And the day following Judas cam with his company, to take away the bodies of them that were slain, and to bury them with their kinsmen, in the sepulchres of their fathers.
2 Maccabees 12:40
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And they found under the coats o the slain some of the donaries of the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbiddeth the Jews: 90 that all plainly saw, for this cause they were slain.
2 Maccabees 12:41
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Then they all blessed the just judgment of the Lord, who had discovered the things that were hidden.
2 Maccabees 12:42
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And so betaking themselves to prayers, they besought him, that the sin which had been committed might be forgotten. But the most valiant Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves from sin, forasmuch as they saw before their eyes what had happened, because of the sins of those that were slain.
2 Maccabees 12:43
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And making a gathering, he twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection,
2 Maccabees 12:44
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(For if he had not hoped that the that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,)
2 Maccabees 12:45
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And because he considered that the who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them.
2 Maccabees 13:1
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In the year one hundred and forty- nine, Judas understood that Antiochus Eupator was coming with a multitude against Judea,
2 Maccabees 13:2
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And with him Lysias the regent, who had charge over the affairs of the realm, having with him a hundred and ten thousand footmen, five thousand horse- men, twenty-two elephants, and three hundred chariots armed with hooks.
2 Maccabees 13:3
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Menelaus also joined himself with them: and with great deceitfulness besought Antiochus, not for the welfare of his country, but in hopes that he should be appointed chief ruler.
2 Maccabees 13:4
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But the King of kings stirred up the mind of Antiochus against the sinner, and upon Lysias suggesting that he was the cause of all the evils, he commanded (as the custom is with them) that he should be apprehended and put to death in the same place.
2 Maccabees 13:5
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Now there was in that place a tower fifty cubits high, having a heap of ashes on every side: this had a prospect steep down.
2 Maccabees 13:6
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From thence he commanded the sacrilegious wretch to be thrown down into the ashes, all men thrusting him forward unto death.
2 Maccabees 13:7
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And by such a law it happened that Menelaus the transgressor of the law was put to death: not having so much as burial in the earth.
2 Maccabees 13:8
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And indeed very justly, for insomuch as he had committed many sins against the altar of God, the fire and ashes of which were holy: he was condemned to die in ashes.
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