The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Maccabees 5:1–8

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And it happened that, when the surrounding nations heard that the altar and the sanctuary had been rebuilt as before, they were very angry.

Now when the nations round about heard that the altar was built and the sanctuary renewed as before, it displeased them very much.

And they intended to destroy the people of Jacob that were among them, and they began to kill some of the people, and to persecute them.

Wherefore they thought to destroy the generation of Jacob that was among them, and thereupon they began to slay and destroy the people.

Then Judas defeated in warfare the sons of Esau in Idumea, and those who were in Akrabattene, because they besieged the Israelites, and he struck them with a great scourging.

Then Judas fought against the children of Esau in Idumea at Arabattine, because they besieged Gael: and he gave them a great overthrow, and abated their courage, and took their spoils.

And he remembered the malice of the sons of Baean, who were a snare and a scandal to the people, lying in ambush for them in the way.

Also he remembered the injury of the children of Bean, who had been a snare and an offence unto the people, in that they lay in wait for them in the ways.

And they were trapped by him in the towers, and he took up a position near them, and he anathematized them, and he burned their towers with fire, along with all who were in them.

He shut them up therefore in the towers, and encamped against them, and destroyed them utterly, and burned the towers of that place with fire, and all that were therein.

Then he crossed over to the sons of Ammon, and he found a strong hand, and an abundant people, and Timothy was their commander.

Afterward he passed over to the children of Ammon, where he found a mighty power, and much people, with Timotheus their captain.

And he engaged in many battles with them, and they were crushed in their sight, and he struck them down.

So he fought many battles with them, till at length they were discomfited before him; and he smote them.

And he seized the city of Jazer, and her sister cities, and he returned to Judea.

And when he had taken Jazar, with the towns belonging thereto, he returned into Judea.