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Passage Lookup: 2 Maccabees 4:23-10:38


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2 Maccabees 4:23
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Three years afterwards Jason sent Menelaus, brother of the aforesaid Simon, to carry money to the king, and to bring answers from him concerning certain necessary affairs.
2 Maccabees 4:24
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But he being recommended to the king, when he had magnified the appearance of his power, got the high priesthood for himself, by offering more than Jason by three hundred talents of silver.
2 Maccabees 4:25
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So having received the king's man- date, he returned bringing nothing worthy of the high priesthood: but having the mind of a cruel tyrant, and the rage of a savage beast.
2 Maccabees 4:26
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Then Jason, who had undermined his own brother, being himself undermined, was driven out a fugitive into the country of the Ammonites
2 Maccabees 4:27
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So Menelaus got the principality: but as for the money he had promised to the king he took no care, when Sostratus the governor of the castle called for
2 Maccabees 4:28
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For to him appertained the gathering of the taxes: wherefore they were both called before the king.
2 Maccabees 4:29
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And Menelaus was removed from the priesthood, Lysimachus his brother succeeding: and Sostratus was made governor of the Cyprians.
2 Maccabees 4:30
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When these things were in doing, it fell out that they of Tharsus and Mallos raised a sedition, because they were given for a gift to Antiochis, the king's concubine.
2 Maccabees 4:31
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The king therefore went in all haste to appease them, leaving Andronicus, one of his nobles, for his deputy.
2 Maccabees 4:32
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Then Menelaus supposing that he had found a convenient time, having stolen certain vessels of gold out of the temple, gave them to Andronicus, and others he had sold at Tyre, and in the neighbouring cities.
2 Maccabees 4:33
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Which when Onias understood most certainly, he reproved him, keeping him- self in a safe place at Antioch beside Daphne.
2 Maccabees 4:34
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Whereupon Menelaus coming to Andronicus, desired him to kill Onias. And he went to Onias, and gave him his right hand with an oath, and (though he were suspected by him) persuaded him to come forth out of the sanctuary, and immediately slew him, without any regard to justice.
2 Maccabees 4:35
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For which cause not only the Jews, but also the other nations, conceived indignation, and were much grieved for the unjust murder of so great a man.
2 Maccabees 4:36
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And when the king was come back from the places of Cilicia, the Jews that were at Antioch, and also the Creaks went to him: complaining of the unjust murder of Onias.
2 Maccabees 4:37
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Antiochus therefore was grieved in his mind for Onias, and being moved to pity, shed tears, remembering the sobriety and modesty of the deceased.
2 Maccabees 4:38
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And being inflamed to anger, he commanded Andronicus to be stripped of his purple, and to be led about through all the city: and that in the same place wherein he had committed the impiety against Onias, the sacrilegious wretch should be put to death, the Lord repaying him his deserved punishment.
2 Maccabees 4:39
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Now when many sacrileges had been committed by Lysimachus in the temple by the counsel of Menelaus, and the rumour of it was spread abroad, the multitude gathered themselves together against Lysimachus, a great quantity of gold being already carried away.
2 Maccabees 4:40
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Wherefore the multitude making an insurrection, and their minds being filled with anger, Lysimachus armed about three thousand men, and began to use violence, one Tyrannus being captain, a man far gone both in age, and in madness.
2 Maccabees 4:41
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But when they perceived the attempt of Lysimachus, some caught up stones, some strong clubs: and some threw ashes upon Lysimachus,
2 Maccabees 4:42
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And many of them were wounded, and some struck down to the ground, but all were put to flight: and as for the sacrilegious fellow himself, they slew him beside the treasury.
2 Maccabees 4:43
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Now concerning these matters, an accusation was laid against Menelaus.
2 Maccabees 4:44
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And when the king was come to Tyre, three men were sent from the ancients to plead the cause before him.
2 Maccabees 4:45
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But Menelaus being convicted, promised Ptolemee to give him much money to persuade the king to favour him.
2 Maccabees 4:46
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So Ptolemee went to the king in a certain court where he was, as it were to cool himself, and brought him to be of another mind:
2 Maccabees 4:47
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So Menelaus who was guilty of all the evil, was acquitted by him of the accusations: and those poor men, who, if they had pleaded their cause even before Scythians, should have been judged innocent, were condemned to death.
2 Maccabees 4:48
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Thus they that prosecuted the cause for the city, and for the people, and the sacred vessels, did soon suffer unjust punishment.
2 Maccabees 4:49
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Wherefore even the Tyrians being moved with indignation, were liberal towards their burial.
2 Maccabees 4:50
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And so through the covetousness of them that were in power, Menelaus continued in authority, increasing in malice to the betraying of the citizens.
2 Maccabees 5:1
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At the same time Antiochus prepared for a second journey into Egypt.
2 Maccabees 5:2
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And it came to pass that through the whole city of Jerusalem for the space of forty days there were seen horsemen running in the air, in gilded raiment, and armed with spears, like bands of soldiers.
2 Maccabees 5:3
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And horses set in order by ranks, running one against another, with the shakings of shields, and a multitude of men in helmets, with drawn swords, and casting of darts, and glittering of golden armour, and of harnesses of all sorts.
2 Maccabees 5:4
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Wherefore all men prayed that these prodigies might turn to good.
2 Maccabees 5:5
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Now when there was gone forth a false rumour, as though Antiochus had been dead, Jason taking with him no fewer than a thousand men, suddenly assaulted the city: and though the citizens ran together to the wall, the city at length was taken, and Menelaus fled into the castle.
2 Maccabees 5:6
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But Jason slew his countrymen without mercy, not considering that prosperity against one's own kindred is a very great evil, thinking they had been enemies, and not citizens, whom he conquered.
2 Maccabees 5:7
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Yet he did not gee the principality, but received confusion at tile end, for the reward of his treachery, and fled again into the country of the Ammonites.
2 Maccabees 5:8
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At the last having been shut up by Aretas the king of the Arabians, in order for his destruction, flying from city to city, hated by all men, as a forsaker of the laws, and execrable, as an enemy of his country and countrymen, he was thrust out into Egypt:
2 Maccabees 5:9
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And he that had driven many out of their country, perished in a strange land, going to Lacedemon, as if for kindred sake he should have refuge there:
2 Maccabees 5:10
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But he that had cast out many unburied, was himself cast forth both unlamented and unburied, neither having foreign burial, nor being partaker of the sepulchre of his fathers.
2 Maccabees 5:11
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Now when these things were done, the king suspected that the Jews would forsake the alliance: whereupon departing out of Egypt with a furious mind, he took the city by force of arms.
2 Maccabees 5:12
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And commanded the soldiers to kill, and not to spare any that came in their way, and to go up into the houses slay.
2 Maccabees 5:13
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Thus there was a slaughter of young and old, a destruction of women children, and killing of virgins and infants.
2 Maccabees 5:14
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And there were slain in the space o three whole days fourscore thousand, forty thousand were made prisoners, and as many sold.
2 Maccabees 5:15
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But this was not enough; he presumed also to enter into the temple, the most holy in all the world, Menelaus, that traitor to the laws, and to his country, being his guide.
2 Maccabees 5:16
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And taking in his wicked hands the holy vessels, which were given by other kings and cities, for the ornament and the glory of the place, he unworthily handled and profaned them.
2 Maccabees 5:17
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Thus Antiochus going astray in mind, did not consider that God was angry for a while, because of the sins of the habitants of the city: and therefore contempt had happened to the place:
2 Maccabees 5:18
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Otherwise had they not been involved in many sins, as Heliodorus, who was sent by king Seleucus to rob treasury, so this man also, as soon as had come, had been forthwith scourged, and put back from his presumption.
2 Maccabees 5:19
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But God did not choose the people for the place's sake, but the place for the people's sake.
2 Maccabees 5:20
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And therefore the place also itself was made partaker of the evils of the people: but afterward shall communicate in the good things thereof, and as it was forsaken in the wrath of almighty God, shall be exalted again with great glory, when the great Lord shall be reconciled.
2 Maccabees 5:21
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So when Antiochus had taken away out of the temple a thousand and eight hundred talents, he went back in all haste to Antioch, thinking through pride, that he might now make the land navigable, and the sea passable on foot: such was the haughtiness of his mind.
2 Maccabees 5:22
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He left also governors to afflict the people: at Jerusalem, Philip, a Phrygian by birth, but in manners more barbarous than he that set him there:
2 Maccabees 5:23
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And in Gazarim, Andronicus and Menelaus, who bore a more heavy hand upon the citizens than the rest.
2 Maccabees 5:24
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And whereas he was set against the Jews, he sent that hateful prince Apollonius with an army of two and twenty thousand men, commanding him to kill all that were of perfect age, and to sell the women and the younger sort.
2 Maccabees 5:25
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Who when he was come to Jerusalem, pretending peace, rested till the holy day of the sabbath: and then the Jews keeping holiday, he commanded his men to take arms.
2 Maccabees 5:26
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And he slew all that were come forth to see: and running through the city with armed men, he destroyed a very great multitude.
2 Maccabees 5:27
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But Judas Machabeus, who was the tenth, had withdrawn himself into a desert place, and there lived amongst wild beasts in the mountains with his company: and they continued feeding on herbs, that they might not be partakers of the pollution.
2 Maccabees 6:1
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But not long after the king sent a certain old man of Antioch, to compel the Jews to depart from the laws of their fathers and of God:
2 Maccabees 6:2
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And to defile the temple that was in Jerusalem, and to call it the temple of Jupiter Olympius: and that in Gazarim of Jupiter Hospitalis, according as they were that inhabited the place.
2 Maccabees 6:3
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And very bad was this invasion of evils and grievous to all.
2 Maccabees 6:4
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For the temple was full of the riot and revellings of the Gentiles: and of men lying with lewd women. And women thrust themselves of their accord into the holy places, and brought in things that were not lawful.
2 Maccabees 6:5
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The altar also was filled with unlawful things, which were forbidden by the laws.
2 Maccabees 6:6
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And neither were the sabbaths kept, nor the solemn days of the fathers observed, neither did any man plainly profess himself to be a Jew.
2 Maccabees 6:7
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But they were led by bitter constraint on the king's birthday to the sacrifices: and when the feast of Bacchus was kept, they wore compelled to go about crowned with ivy in honour of Bacchus.
2 Maccabees 6:8
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And there went out a decree into the neighbouring cities of the Gentiles, by the suggestion of the Ptolemeans, that they also should act in like manner against the Jews, to oblige them to sacrifice:
2 Maccabees 6:9
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And whosoever would not conform themselves to the ways of the Gentiles, should be put to death: then was misery to be seen.
2 Maccabees 6:10
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For two women were accused to have circumcised their children: whom, when they had openly led about through the city with the infants hanging at their breasts, they threw down headlong from the walls.
2 Maccabees 6:11
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And others that had met together in caves that were near, and were keeping the sabbath day privately, being discovered by Philip, were burnt with fire, because they made a conscience to help themselves with their hands, by reason of the religious observance of the day.
2 Maccabees 6:12
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Now I beseech those that shall read this book, that they be not shocked at these calamities, but that they consider the things that happened, not as being for the destruction, but for the correction of our nation.
2 Maccabees 6:13
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For it is a token of great goodness when sinners are not suffered to go on in their ways for a long time, but are presently punished.
2 Maccabees 6:14
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For, not as with other nations (whom the Lord patiently expecteth, that when the day of judgment shall come, he may punish them in the fulness of their sins:)
2 Maccabees 6:15
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Doth he also deal with us, so as to suffer our sins to come to their height, and then take vengeance on us.
2 Maccabees 6:16
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And therefore he never withdraweth his mercy from us: but though he chastise his people with adversity, he forsaketh them not.
2 Maccabees 6:17
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But let this suffice in a few words for a warning to the readers. And now we must come to the narration.
2 Maccabees 6:18
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Eleazar one of the chief of the scribes, a man advanced in years, and of a comely countenance, was pressed to open his mouth to eat swine's flesh.
2 Maccabees 6:19
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But he, choosing rather a most glorious death than a hateful life, went forward voluntarily to the torment.
2 Maccabees 6:20
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And considering in what manner he was come to ii;, patiently bearing, he determined not to do any unlawful things for the love of life.
2 Maccabees 6:21
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But they that stood by, being moved with wicked pity, for the old friendship they had with the man, taking him aside, desired that flesh might be brought, which it was lawful for him to eat, that he might make as if he had eaten, as the king had commanded of the flesh of the sacrifice:
2 Maccabees 6:22
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That by so doing he might be delivered from death: and for the sake of their old friendship with the man they did him this courtesy.
2 Maccabees 6:23
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But he began to consider the dignity of his age, and his ancient years, and the inbred honour of his grey head, and his good life and conversation from a child: and he answered without delay, according to the ordinances of the holy law made by God, saying, that he would rather be sent into the other world.
2 Maccabees 6:24
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For it doth not become our age, said he, to dissemble: whereby many young persons might think that Eleazar, at the age of fourscore and ten years, was gone over to the life of the heathens:
2 Maccabees 6:25
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And so they, through my dissimulation, and for a little time of a corruptible life, should be deceived, end hereby I should bring a stain and a curse upon my old age.
2 Maccabees 6:26
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For though, for the present time, I should be delivered from the punishments of men, yet should I not escape the hand of the Almighty neither alive nor dead.
2 Maccabees 6:27
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Wherefore by departing manfully out of this life, I shall shew myself worthy of my old age:
2 Maccabees 6:28
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And I shall leave an example of fortitude to young men, if with a ready mind and constancy I suffer an honourable death, for the most venerable and most holy laws. And having spoken thus, he was forthwith carried to execution.
2 Maccabees 6:29
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And they that led him, and had been a little before more mild, were changed to wrath for the words he had spoken, which they thought were uttered out of arrogancy.
2 Maccabees 6:30
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But when he was now ready to die with the stripes, he groaned, and said: O Lord, who hast the holy knowledge, thou knowest manifestly that whereas I might be delivered from death, I suffer grevious pains in body: but in soul am well content to suffer these things be- cause I fear thee.
2 Maccabees 6:31
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Thus did this man die, leaving not only to young men, but also to the whole nation, the memory of his death for an example of virtue and fortitude.
2 Maccabees 7:1
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To came to pass also, that seven brethren, together with their mother, were apprehended, and compelled by the king to eat swine's flesh against the law, for which end they were tormented with whips and scourges.
2 Maccabees 7:2
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But one of them, who was the eldest, said thus: What wouldst thou ask, or learn of us? we are ready to die rather than to transgress the laws of God, received from our fathers.
2 Maccabees 7:3
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Then the king being angry commanded fryingpans, and brazen caldrons to be made hot: which forthwith being heated,
2 Maccabees 7:4
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He commanded to cut out the tongue of him that had spoken first: and the skin of his head being drawn off, to chop off also the extremities of his hands and feet, the rest of his brethren, and his mother, looking on.
2 Maccabees 7:5
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And when he was now maimed in all parts, he commanded him, being yet alive, to be brought to the Are, and to be fried in the fryingpan: and while he was suffering therein long torments, the rest, together with the mother, exhorted one another to die manfully,
2 Maccabees 7:6
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Saying: The Lord God will look upon the truth, and will take pleasure in us, "as Moses declared in the profession of the canticle: And In his servants he will take pleasure.
2 Maccabees 7:7
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So when the first was dead after this manner, they brought the next to make him a, mocking stock: and when they had pulled off the skin of his head with the hair, they asked him if he would eat, before he were punished throughout the whole body in every limb.
2 Maccabees 7:8
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But he answered in his own language, and said: I will not do it. Wherefore Ire also in the next place, received the torments of the first:
2 Maccabees 7:9
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And when he was at the last gasp, he said thus: Thou indeed, O most wicked man, destroyest us out of this present life: but the King of the world will raise us up, who die for his laws, in the resurrection of eternal life.
2 Maccabees 7:10
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After him the third was made a mocking stock, and when he was required, he quickly put forth his tongue, and courageously stretched out his hands:
2 Maccabees 7:11
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And said with confidence: These

1 have from heaven, but for the laws of God I now despise them: because I hope to receive them again from him.

2 Maccabees 7:12
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So that the king, and they that were with him, wondered at the young man's courage, because he esteemed the torments as nothing.
2 Maccabees 7:13
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And after he was thus dead, they tormented the fourth in the like manner
2 Maccabees 7:14
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And when he was now ready to die, he spoke thus: It is better, being put to death by men, to look for hope from God, to be raised up again by him: for, as to thee thou shalt have no resurrection unto life.
2 Maccabees 7:15
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And when they had brought the fifth, they tormented him. But he looking upon the king,
2 Maccabees 7:16
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Said: Whereas thou hast power among men, though thou art corruptible, thou dost what thou wilt: but think not that our nation is forsaken by God.
2 Maccabees 7:17
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But stay patiently a while, and thou shalt see his great power, in what manner he will torment thee and thy seed.
2 Maccabees 7:18
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After him they brought the sixth, and he being ready to die, spoke thus: Be not deceived without cause: for we suffer these things for ourselves, having sinned against our God, and things worthy of admiration are done to us:
2 Maccabees 7:19
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But do not think that thou s escape unpunished, for that thou attempted to fight against God.
2 Maccabees 7:20
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Now the mother was to be ad above measure, and worthy to be remembered by good men, who beheld seven sons slain in the space of one day, and bore it with a good courage, for the hope that she had in God:
2 Maccabees 7:21
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And she bravely exhorted every o of them in her own language, being filled with wisdom: and joining a man's heart to a woman's thought,
2 Maccabees 7:22
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She said to them: I know not how you were formed in my womb: for I neither gave you breath, nor soul, nor life, neither did I frame the limbs of every one of you.
2 Maccabees 7:23
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But the Creator of the world, that formed the nativity of man, and that found out the origin of all, he will re- store to you again in his mercy, both breath and life, as now you despise your- selves for the sake of his laws.
2 Maccabees 7:24
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Now Antiochus, thinking himself despised, and withal despising the voice of the upbraider, when the youngest was yet alive, did not only exhort him by words, but also assured him with an oath, that he would make him a rich and a happy man, and, if he would turn from the laws of his fathers, would take him for a friend, and furnish him with things necessary.
2 Maccabees 7:25
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But when the young man was not moved with these things, the king called the mother, and counselled her to deal with the young man to save his life.
2 Maccabees 7:26
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And when he had exhorted her with many words, she promised that she would counsel her son.
2 Maccabees 7:27
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So bending herself towards him, mocking the cruel tyrant, she said her own language: My son, have pi upon me, that bore thee nine months my womb, and save thee suck years, and nourished thee, and b thee up unto this age.
2 Maccabees 7:28
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I beseech thee, my son, look upon heaven and earth, and all that is in them: and consider that God made the out of nothing, and mankind also:
2 Maccabees 7:29
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So thou shalt not fear this tormentor, but being made a worthy partner with thy brethren, receive death, that in that mercy I may receive thee again with thy brethren.
2 Maccabees 7:30
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While she was yet speaking these words, the young man said: For whom do you stay ? I will not obey the commandment of the king, but the commandment of the law, which was given us by Moses.
2 Maccabees 7:31
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But thou that hast been the author of all mischief against the Hebrews, shalt not escape the hand of God.
2 Maccabees 7:32
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For we suffer thus for our sine.
2 Maccabees 7:33
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And though the Lord our God is angry with us a little while for our chastisement and correction: yet he will be reconciled again to his servants.
2 Maccabees 7:34
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But thou, O wicked and of all men most flagitious, be not lifted up without cause with vain hopes, whilst thou art raging against his servants.
2 Maccabees 7:35
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For thou hast not yet escaped the judgment of the almighty God, who beholdeth all things.
2 Maccabees 7:36
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For my brethren, having now undergone a short pain, are under the covenant of eternal life: but thou by the judgment of God shalt receive just punishment for thy pride.
2 Maccabees 7:37
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But I, like my brethren, offer up my life and my body for the laws of our fathers: calling upon God to be speedily merciful to our nation, and that thou by torments and stripes mayst confess that he alone is God.
2 Maccabees 7:38
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But in me and in my brethren the wrath of the Almighty, which hath justly been brought upon all our nation, shall cease.
2 Maccabees 7:39
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Then the king being incensed with anger, raged against him more cruelly than all the rest, taking it grievously that he was mocked.
2 Maccabees 7:40
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So this man also died undefiled, wholly trusting in the Lord.
2 Maccabees 7:41
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And last of all after the sons the mother also was consumed.
2 Maccabees 7:42
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But now there is enough said of the sacrifices, and of the excessive cruelties.
2 Maccabees 8:1
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But Judas Machabeus, and they that were with him, went privately into the towns: and calling together their kinsmen and friends, and taking unto them such as continued in the Jews' religion, they assembled six thousand men.
2 Maccabees 8:2
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And they called upon the Lord that he would look upon his people that was trodden down by all, and would have pity on the temple, that was defiled by the wicked:
2 Maccabees 8:3
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That he would have pity also upon the city that was destroyed, that was ready to be made even with the ground, and would hear the voice of the blood that cried to him:
2 Maccabees 8:4
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That he would remember also the most unjust deaths of innocent children, and the blasphemies offered to his name, and would shew his indignation on this occasion.
2 Maccabees 8:5
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Now when Machabeus had gathered a multitude, he could not be withstood by the heathens: for the wrath of the Lord was turned into mercy.
2 Maccabees 8:6
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So coming unawares upon the towns and cities, he set them on fire, and taking possession of the most commodious places, he made no small slaughter of the enemies
2 Maccabees 8:7
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And especially in the nights he went upon these expeditions, and the fame of his valour was spread abroad every where.
2 Maccabees 8:8
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Then Philip, seeing that the man gained ground by little and little, and that things for the most part succeeded prosperously with him, wrote to Ptolemee the governor of Celesyria and Phenicia, to send aid to the king's affairs.
2 Maccabees 8:9
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And he with all speed sent Nicanor the son of Patroclus, one of his special friends, giving him no fewer than twenty thousand armed men of different nations, to root out the whole race of the Jews, joining also with him Gorgias, a good soldier, and of great experience in matters of war.
2 Maccabees 8:10
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And Nicanor purposed to raise for the king the tribute of two thousand talents, that was to be given to the Romans, by making so much money of the captive Jews:
2 Maccabees 8:11
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Wherefore he sent immediately to the cities upon the sea coast, to invite men together to buy up the Jewish slaves, promising that they should have ninety slaves for one talent, not reflecting on the vengeance, which was to follow him from the Almighty.
2 Maccabees 8:12
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Now when Judas found that Nicanor was coming, he imparted to the Jews that were with him, that the enemy was at hand.
2 Maccabees 8:13
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And some of them being afraid, and distrusting the justice of God, fled away:
2 Maccabees 8:14
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Others sold all that they had left, and withal besought the Lord, that he would deliver them from the wicked Nicanor, who had sold them before he came near them:
2 Maccabees 8:15
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And if not for their sakes, yet for the covenant that he had made with their fathers, and for the sake of his holy and glorious name that was invoked upon them.
2 Maccabees 8:16
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But Machabeus calling together seven thousand that were with him, exhorted them not to be reconciled to the enemies, nor to fear the multitude of the enemies who came wrongfully against them, but to fight manfully:
2 Maccabees 8:17
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Setting before their eyes the injury they had unjustly done the holy place, and also the injury they had done to the city, which had been shamefully abused, besides their destroying the ordinances of the fathers.
2 Maccabees 8:18
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For, said he, they trust in their weapons, and in their boldness: but we trust in the Almighty Lord, who at a beck can utterly destroy both them that come against us, and the whole world.
2 Maccabees 8:19
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Moreover he put them in mind also of the helps their fathers had received from God: and how under Sennacherib a hundred and eighty-five thousand had been destroyed.
2 Maccabees 8:20
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And of the battle that they had fought against the Galatians in Babylonia, how they, being in all but six thousand, when it came to the point, and Macedonians their companions were a stand, slew a hundred and twenty thousand, because of the help they had from heaven, and for this they received many favours.
2 Maccabees 8:21
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With these words they were greatly encouraged, and disposed even to die for the laws and their country.
2 Maccabees 8:22
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So he appointed his brethren cap over each division of his army, Simon, and Joseph, and Jonathan, giving to one fifteen hundred men.
2 Maccabees 8:23
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And after the holy Book had been read to them by Esdras, and he had given them for a watchword, The help of God: himself leading the first band, he joined battle with Nicanor:
2 Maccabees 8:24
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And the Almighty being their helper, they slew above nine thousand men: and having wounded and disabled the greater part of Nicanor's army, they obliged them to fly.
2 Maccabees 8:25
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And they took the money of them that came to buy them, and they pursued them on every side.
2 Maccabees 8:26
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But they came back for want of time: for it was the day before the sabbath: and therefore they did not continue the pursuit.
2 Maccabees 8:27
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But when they had gathered together their arms and their spoils, they kept the sabbath: blessing the Lord who had delivered them that day, distilling the beginning of mercy upon them.
2 Maccabees 8:28
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Then after the sabbath they divided the spoils to the feeble and the orphans, and the widows: and the rest they took for themselves and their servants.
2 Maccabees 8:29
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When this was done, and they had all made a common supplication, they besought the merciful Lord to be reconciled to his servants unto the end.
2 Maccabees 8:30
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Moreover they slew above twenty thousand of them that were with Timotheus and Bacchides who fought them, and they made themselves masters of the high strong holds: and they divided amongst them many spoils, giving equal portions to the feeble, the fatherless and the widows, yea and the aged also.
2 Maccabees 8:31
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And when they had carefully gathered together their arms, they laid them all up in convenient places, and the residue of their spoils they carried to Jerusalem :
2 Maccabees 8:32
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They slew also Philarches who was with Timotheus, a wicked man, who had many ways afflicted the Jews.
2 Maccabees 8:33
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And when they kept the feast of the victory at Jerusalem, they burnt Callisthenes, that had set fire to the holy gates, who had taken refuge in a certain house, rendering to him a worthy reward for his impieties:
2 Maccabees 8:34
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But as for that most wicked man Nicanor, who had brought a thousand merchants to the sale of the Jews,
2 Maccabees 8:35
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Being through the help of the Lord brought down by them, of whom he had made no account, laying; aside his garment of glory, fleeing through the midland country, he came alone to Antioch, being rendered very unhappy by the destruction of his army.
2 Maccabees 8:36
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And he that had promised to levy the tribute for the Romans by the means of the captives of Jerusalem, now professed that the Jews had God for their protector, and therefore they could not be hurt, because they followed the laws appointed by him.
2 Maccabees 9:1
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At that time Antiochus returned with dishonour out of Persia.
2 Maccabees 9:2
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For he had entered into the city called Persepolis, and attempted to rob the temple, and to oppress the city: but the multitude running together to arms, put them to flight: and so it fell out that Antiochus being put to flight returned with disgrace.
2 Maccabees 9:3
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Now when he was come about Ecbatana, he received the news of what had happened to Nicanor and Timotheus.
2 Maccabees 9:4
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And swelling with anger he thought to revenge upon the Jews the injury done by them that had put him to flight. And therefore he commanded his chariot to be driven, without stopping in his journey, the judgment of heaven urging him forward, because he had spoken so proudly, that he would come to Jerusalem, and make it a common burying place of the Jews.
2 Maccabees 9:5
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But the Lord the God of Israel, that seeth all things, struck him with an in- curable and an invisible plague. For as soon as he had ended these words, a dreadful pain in his bowels came upon him, and bitter torments of the inner parts.
2 Maccabees 9:6
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And indeed very justly, seeing he had tormented the bowels of others with many and new torments, albeit he by no means ceased from his malice.
2 Maccabees 9:7
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Moreover being filled with pride, breathing out fire in his rage against the Jews, and commanding the matter to be hastened, it happened as he was going with violence that he fell from the chariot, so that his limbs were much pained by a grievous bruising of the body.
2 Maccabees 9:8
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Thus he that seemed to himself to command even the waves of the sea, being proud above the condition of man, and to weigh the heights of the mountains in a balance, now being cast down to the ground, was carried in a litter, bearing witness to the manifest power of God in himself:
2 Maccabees 9:9
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So that worms swarmed out of the body of this man, and whilst he lived in sorrow and pain, his flesh fell off, and the filthiness of his smell was noisome to the army.
2 Maccabees 9:10
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And the man that thought a little to before he could reach the stars of heaven, no man could endure to carry, for the intolerable stench.
2 Maccabees 9:11
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And by this means, being brought from his great pride, he began to come to the knowledge of himself, being admonished by the scourge of God, his pains increasing every moment
2 Maccabees 9:12
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And when he himself could not now abide his own stench, he spoke thus: It is just to be subject to God, and that a mortal man should not equal himself to God.
2 Maccabees 9:13
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Then this wicked man prayed to the Lord, of whom he was not like to obtain mercy.
2 Maccabees 9:14
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And the city to which he was going in haste to lay it even with the ground, and to make it a, common buryingplace, he now desireth to make free.
2 Maccabees 9:15
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And the Jews whom he said he would not account worthy to be so much as buried, but would give them up to be devoured by the birds and wild beasts, and would utterly destroy them with their children, he now promiseth to make equal with the Athenians.
2 Maccabees 9:16
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The holy temple also which before he had spoiled, he promiseth to adorn with goodly gifts, and to multiply the holy vessels, and to allow out of his revenues the charges pertaining to the sacrifices.
2 Maccabees 9:17
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Yea also, that he would become a Jew himself, and would go through every place of the earth, and declare the power of God.
2 Maccabees 9:18
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But his pains not ceasing (for the just judgment of God was come upon him) despairing of life he wrote to the Jews in the manner of a supplication, a letter in these words:
2 Maccabees 9:19
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To his very good subjects the Jews, Antiochus king and ruler wisheth much health and welfare, and happiness.
2 Maccabees 9:20
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If you and your children are well, and if all matters go with you to your mind, we give very great thanks.
2 Maccabees 9:21
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As for me, being infirm, but yet kindly remembering you, returning out of the places of Persia, and being taken with a grievous disease, I thought it necessary to take care for the common good:
2 Maccabees 9:22
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Not distrusting my life, but having great hope to escape the sickness.
2 Maccabees 9:23
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But considering that my father also, at what time she led an army into the higher countries, appointed who should reign after him:
2 Maccabees 9:24
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To the end that if any thing contrary to expectation should fall out, or ally bad tidings should be brought, they that were in the countries, knowing to whom the whole government was left, might not be troubled.
2 Maccabees 9:25
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Moreover, considering that neighbouring princes and borderers wait for opportunities, and expect what shall be the event, I have appointed my son Antiochus king, whom I often recommended to many of you, when I went into the higher provinces: and I have written to him what I have joined here below.
2 Maccabees 9:26
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I pray you therefore, and request of you, that remembering favours both public and private, you will every man of you continue to be faithful to me and to my son.
2 Maccabees 9:27
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For I trust that he will behave with I moderation and humanity, and following my intentions, will be gracious unto you.
2 Maccabees 9:28
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Thus the murderer and blasphemer, being grievously struck, as himself had treated others, died a miserable death in a strange country among the mountains.
2 Maccabees 9:29
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But Philip that was brought up with him, carried away his body: and out of fear of the son of Antiochus, went into Egypt to Ptolemee Philometor.
2 Maccabees 10:1
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But Machabeus, and they that were with him, by the protection of the Lord, recovered the temple and the city again.
2 Maccabees 10:2
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But he threw down the altars, which the heathens had set up in the streets, as also the temples of the idols.
2 Maccabees 10:3
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And having purified the temple, they made another altar: and taking fire out of the fiery stones, they offered sacrifices after two years, and set forth incense, and lamps, and the leaves of proposition.
2 Maccabees 10:4
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And when they had done these things, they besought the Lord, lying prostrate on the ground, that they might no more fall into such evils; but if they should at any time sin, that they might be chastised by him more gently, and not be delivered up to barbarians and blasphemous men.
2 Maccabees 10:5
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Now upon the same day that the temple had been polluted by the strangers, on the very same day it was cleansed again, to wit, on the five and twentieth day of the month of Casleu.
2 Maccabees 10:6
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And they kept eight days with joy, after the manner of the feast of the tabernacles, remembering that not long before they had kept the feast of the tabernacles when they were in the mountains, and in dens like wild beasts.
2 Maccabees 10:7
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Therefore they now, carried boughs, and green branches, and palms for Him that had given them good success in cleansing his place.
2 Maccabees 10:8
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And they ordained by a common statute, and decree, that all the nation of the Jews should keep those days every year.
2 Maccabees 10:9
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And this was the end of Antiochus that was called the Illustrious.
2 Maccabees 10:10
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But now we will relate the acts of Eupator the son of that wicked Antiochus, abridging the account of the evils that happened in the wars.
2 Maccabees 10:11
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For when he was come to the crown. he appointed over the affairs of his realm one Lysias, general of the army of Phenicia and Syria.
2 Maccabees 10:12
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For Ptolemee that was called Macer, was determined to be strictly just to the Jews, and especially by reason of the wrong that had been done them, and to deal peaceably with them.
2 Maccabees 10:13
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But being accused for this to Eupator by his friends, and being oftentimes called traitor, because he had left Cyprus which Philometor had committed to him, and coming over to Antiochus the Illustrious, had revolted also from him, he put an end to his life by poison.
2 Maccabees 10:14
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But Gorgias, who was governor of the holds, taking with him the strangers, often fought against the Jews.
2 Maccabees 10:15
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And the Jews that occupied the most commodious hold, received those that were driven out of Jerusalem, and at- tempted to make war.
2 Maccabees 10:16
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Then they that were with Machabeus, beseeching the Lord by prayers to be their helper, made a strong attack upon the strong holds of the Idumeans:
2 Maccabees 10:17
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And assaulting them with great force, won the holds, killed them that came in the way, and slew altogether no fewer than twenty thousand.
2 Maccabees 10:18
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And whereas some were fled into very strong towers, having all manner of provision to sustain a siege,
2 Maccabees 10:19
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Machabeus left Simon and Joseph, and Zacheus, and them that were with them in sufficient number to besiege them, and departed to those expeditions which urged more.
2 Maccabees 10:20
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Now they that were with Simon, being led with covetousness, were persuaded For the sake of money by some that were in the towers: and taking seventy thousand didrachmas, let some of them escape.
2 Maccabees 10:21
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But when it was told Machabeus what was done, he assembled the rulers of the people, and accused those men that they had sold their brethren for money, having let their adversaries escape.
2 Maccabees 10:22
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So he put these traitors to death, and forthwith took the two towers.
2 Maccabees 10:23
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And having good success in arms and in all things he took in hand, he slew more than twenty thousand in the two holds.
2 Maccabees 10:24
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But Timotheus who before had been overcome by the Jews, having called together a multitude of foreign troops, and assembled horsemen out of Asia, came as though he would take Judea by force of arms.
2 Maccabees 10:25
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But Machabeus and they that were with him, when he drew near, prayed to the Lord, sprinkling earth upon their heads and girding their loins with hair- cloth,
2 Maccabees 10:26
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And lying prostrate at the foot of the altar, besought him to be merciful to them, and to be an enemy to their enemies, and an adversary to their adversaries, as the law saith.
2 Maccabees 10:27
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And so after prayer taking their arms, they went forth further from the city, and when they were come very near the enemies they rested.
2 Maccabees 10:28
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But as soon as the sun was risen both sides joined battle: the one part having with their valour the Lord for a surety o victory and success: but the other side making their rage their leader in battle.
2 Maccabees 10:29
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But when they were in the heat of the engagement there appeared to the enemies from heaven five men upon horses, comely with golden bridles, con- ducting the Jews:
2 Maccabees 10:30
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Two of whom took Machabeus between them, and covered him on every side with their arms, and kept him safe: but cast darts and fireballs against the enemy, so that they fell down, being both confounded with blindness, and filled with trouble.
2 Maccabees 10:31
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And there were slain twenty thousand five hundred, and six hundred horsemen.
2 Maccabees 10:32
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But Timotheus fled into Gazara a strong hold, where Chereas was governor.
2 Maccabees 10:33
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Then Machabeus, and they that were with him, cheerfully laid siege to the fortress four days.
2 Maccabees 10:34
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But they that were within, trusting to the strength of the place, blasphemed exceedingly, and cast forth abominable words.
2 Maccabees 10:35
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But when the fifth day appeared, twenty young men of them that were with Machabeus, inflamed in their minds because of the blasphemy, approached manfully to the wall, and pushing forward with fierce courage got up upon it.
2 Maccabees 10:36
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Moreover others also getting up after them, went to set Are to the towers and the gates, and to burn the blasphemers alive.
2 Maccabees 10:37
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And having for two days together pillaged and sacked the fortress, they killed Timotheus, who was found hid in a certain place: they slew also his brother Chereas, and Apollophanes.
2 Maccabees 10:38
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And when this was done, they blessed the Lord with hymns and thanksgiving, who had done great things in Israel, and given them the victory.
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Sunday, September 15th, 2019
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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