The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Maccabees 9:58–73

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58  And all the iniquitous considered together, saying, “Behold, Jonathan, and those who are with him, live in quietude and confidence. Now, therefore, let us bring forth Bacchides, and he will capture them all, in one night.”

58  Then all the ungodly men held a council, saying, Behold, Jonathan and his company are at ease, and dwell without care: now therefore we will bring Bacchides hither, who shall take them all in one night.

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59  So they went and gave counsel to him.

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60  And he rose up, so as to advance with a great army. And he secretly sent letters to his associates who were in Judea, to seize Jonathan and those who were with him. But they were not able, for their plan became known to them.

60  Then removed he, and came with a great host, and sent letters privily to his adherents in Judea, that they should take Jonathan and those that were with him: howbeit they could not, because their counsel was known unto them.

61  And he apprehended, from the men of the region, those who were the leaders of this malice, fifty men. And he killed them.

61  Wherefore they took of the men of the country, that were authors of that mischief, about fifty persons, and slew them.

62  And Jonathan, and Simon, and those who were with him, withdrew into Bethbasi, which is in the desert. And he repaired its breaches, and they fortified it.

62  Afterward Jonathan, and Simon, and they that were with him, got them away to Bethbasi, which is in the wilderness, and they repaired the decays thereof, and made it strong.

63  And Bacchides knew about it, and he gathered together all his multitude. And he reported it to those who were from Judea.

63  Which thing when Bacchides knew, he gathered together all his host, and sent word to them that were of Judea.

64  And he came and made camp above Bethbasi, and he fought against it for many days, and he made machines of war.

64  Then went he and laid siege against Bethbasi; and they fought against it a long season and made engines of war.

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65  But Jonathan left behind his brother Simon in the city, and he went out into the country, and he approached with a number of men,

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66  and he struck Odomera and his brothers, and the sons of Phasiron, in their tents. And he began to slaughter and to increase in forces.

66  And he smote Odonarkes and his brethren, and the children of Phasiron in their tent.

67  In truth, Simon, and those who were with him, went forth from the city and burned the machines of war,

67  And when he began to smite them, and came up with his forces, Simon and his company went out of the city, and burned up the engines of war,

68  and they fought against Bacchides, and he was crushed by them. And they afflicted him greatly, because his counsel and his meetings were in vain.

68  And fought against Bacchides, who was discomfited by them, and they afflicted him sore: for his counsel and travail was in vain.

69  And he was angry with the men of iniquity who had given him counsel to come into their region, and he killed many of them. But he decided to depart with the remainder into their country.

69  Wherefore he was very wroth at the wicked men that gave him counsel to come into the country, inasmuch as he slew many of them, and purposed to return into his own country.

70  And Jonathan knew of it, and he sent ambassadors to him to arrange a peace with him, and to restore the captives to him.

70  Whereof when Jonathan had knowledge, he sent ambassadors unto him, to the end he should make peace with him, and deliver them the prisoners.

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71  And he accepted it willingly, and he acted according to his words, and he swore that he would do him no evil all the days of his life.

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72  And he restored to him the captives which he previously had been given from the land of Judah. And he turned back and went away into his own land, and he no longer drew near, in order to enter into their borders.

72  When therefore he had restored unto him the prisoners that he had taken aforetime out of the land of Judea, he returned and went his way into his own land, neither came he any more into their borders.

73  And so the sword ceased from Israel. And Jonathan lived in Michmash, and, in that place, Jonathan began to judge the people, and he destroyed the impious out of Israel.

73  Thus the sword ceased from Israel: but Jonathan dwelt at Machmas, and began to govern the people; and he destroyed the ungodly men out of Israel.