The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Maccabees 14:1–15

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In the one hundred and seventy-second year, king Demetrius gathered together his army, and he went into Media to obtain auxiliaries to fight against Trypho.

1Mc14:1  Now in the hundred threescore and twelfth year king Demetrius gathered his forces together, and went into Media to get him help to fight against Tryphon.

And Arsaces, the king of Persia and Media, heard that Demetrius entered his confines, and so he sent one of his princes to capture him alive and to bring him to him.

1Mc14:2  But when Arsaces, the king of Persia and Media, heard that Demetrius was entered within his borders, he sent one of his princes to take him alive

And he went out and struck the camp of Demetrius. And captured him and brought him to Arsaces, and he placed him under guard.

1Mc14:3  Who went and smote the host of Demetrius, and took him, and brought him to Arsaces, by whom he was put in ward.

And the entire land of Judah was quiet during all the days of Simon, and he sought what was good for his people. And his power and his glory pleased them through all his days.

1Mc14:4  As for the land of Judea, that was quiet all the days of Simon; for he sought the good of his nation in such wise, as that evermore his authority and honour pleased them well.

And, with all his glory, he accepted Joppa as a port, and he made it an entrance to the islands of the sea.

1Mc14:5  And as he was honourable in all his acts, so in this, that he took Joppa for an haven, and made an entrance to the isles of the sea,

And he enlarged the boundaries of his nation, and he controlled the countryside.

1Mc14:6  And enlarged the bounds of his nation, and recovered the country,

And he gathered together many captives, and he was the ruler of Gazara and Bethzur, and the stronghold. And he took uncleanness away from it, and there was no one who could withstand him.

1Mc14:7  And gathered together a great number of captives, and had the dominion of Gazera, and Bethsura, and the tower, out of the which he took all uncleanness, neither was there any that resisted him.

And each one cultivated his land in peace, and the land of Judah produced its fruits, and the trees of the fields their fruit.

1Mc14:8  Then did they till their ground in peace, and the earth gave her increase, and the trees of the field their fruit.

All the elders sat in the streets, and they discussed what was good for the country, and the youths clothed themselves in glory and in the robes of war.

1Mc14:9  The ancient men sat all in the streets, communing together of good things, and the young men put on glorious and warlike apparel.

10  And he gave tributes of provisions to the cities, and he decreed that they would have equipment for fortification, so that the fame of his glory was renowned, even to the ends of the earth.

1Mc14:10  He provided victuals for the cities, and set in them all manner of munition, so that his honourable name was renowned unto the end of the world.

11  He caused there to be peace over the land, and Israel was rejoicing with great joy.

1Mc14:11  He made peace in the land, and Israel rejoiced with great joy

12  And each one sat under his vine and under his fig tree. And there was no one who would terrify them.

1Mc14:12  For every man sat under his vine and his fig tree, and there was none to fray them

13  There was nothing left of those who might fight against them in the land; kings had been crushed in those days.

1Mc14:13  Neither was there any left in the land to fight against them: yea, the kings themselves were overthrown in those days.

14  And he confirmed all the humble of his people, and he sought the law, and he took away every iniquity and evil.

1Mc14:14  Moreover he strengthened all those of his people that were brought low: the law he searched out; and every contemner of the law and wicked person he took away.

15  He glorified the sanctuary, and he multiplied the vessels of the holy places.

1Mc14:15  He beautified the sanctuary, and multiplied vessels of the temple.