The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Maccabees 4:28–35

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28  And, in the following year, Lysias gathered together sixty thousand chosen men and five thousand horsemen, so that he might defeat them in warfare.

28  The next year therefore following Lysias gathered together threescore thousand choice men of foot, and five thousand horsemen, that he might subdue them.

29  And they came into Judea, and they positioned their camp in Bethzur, and Judas met them with ten thousand men.

29  So they came into Idumea, and pitched their tents at Bethsura, and Judas met them with ten thousand men.

30  And they saw the strength of the army, and so he prayed, and he said: “Blessed are you, Savior of Israel, who crushed the assault of the powerful by the hand of your servant David, and who delivered up the camp of the foreigners into the hand of Jonathan, the son of Saul, and his armor bearer.

30  And when he saw that mighty army, he prayed and said, Blessed art thou, O Saviour of Israel, who didst quell the violence of the mighty man by the hand of thy servant David, and gavest the host of strangers into the hands of Jonathan the son of Saul, and his armourbearer;

31  Enclose this army in the hand of your people Israel, and let them be confounded in their soldiers and their horsemen.

31  Shut up this army in the hand of thy people Israel, and let them be confounded in their power and horsemen

32  Strike them with dread, and melt away the boldness of their strength, and let them shudder in their grief.

32  Make them to be of no courage, and cause the boldness of their strength to fall away, and let them quake at their destruction

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33  Cast them down with the sword of those who love you, and let all who know your name praise you with hymns.”

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34  And they went forth to battle, and there fell from the army of Lysias five thousand men.

34  So they joined battle; and there were slain of the host of Lysias about five thousand men, even before them were they slain.

35  But Lysias, seeing their flight and the boldness of the Jews, and that they were prepared either to live or to die with fortitude, went to Antioch and chose soldiers, so that they might come back to Judea with greater numbers.

35  Now when Lysias saw his army put to flight, and the manliness of Judas’ soldiers, and how they were ready either to live or die valiantly, he went into Antiochia, and gathered together a company of strangers, and having made his army greater than it was, he purposed to come again into Judea.