The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Maccabees 13:43–48

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43  In those days, Simon took up a position at Gaza, and he encamped around it, and he made machines of war, and he applied them to the city, and he struck one tower and captured it.

1Mc13:43  In those days Simon camped against Gaza and besieged it round about; he made also an engine of war, and set it by the city, and battered a certain tower, and took it.

44  And those who were within the machine broke forth into the city. And a great commotion occurred in the city.

1Mc13:44  And they that were in the engine leaped into the city; whereupon there was a great uproar in the city

45  And those who were in the city ascended upon the wall, with their wives and children, having torn their tunics. And they cried out with a loud voice, asking Simon to grant them a pledge.

1Mc13:45  Insomuch as the people of the city rent their clothes, and climbed upon the walls with their wives and children, and cried with a loud voice, beseeching Simon to grant them peace.

46  And they said, “Do not repay us according to our malice, but according to your mercy.”

1Mc13:46  And they said, Deal not with us according to our wickedness, but according to thy mercy.

47  And weeping, Simon did not destroy them. Yet he cast them out of the city, and he cleansed the buildings, in which there had been idols. And then he entered into it with hymns, blessing the Lord.

1Mc13:47  So Simon was appeased toward them, and fought no more against them, but put them out of the city, and cleansed the houses wherein the idols were, and so entered into it with songs and thanksgiving.

48  And, having cast out of it all uncleanness, he placed in it men who would observe the law. And he fortified it and made it his dwelling place.

1Mc13:48  Yea, he put all uncleanness out of it, and placed such men there as would keep the law, and made it stronger than it was before, and built therein a dwellingplace for himself.