The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Maccabees 10:1–8

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But Maccabeus and those who were with him, the Lord protecting them, even recovered the temple and the city.

2Mc10:1  Now Maccabeus and his company, the Lord guiding them, recovered the temple and the city

Then he demolished the altars, which the foreigners had constructed in the streets, and likewise the shrines.

2Mc10:2  But the altars which the heathen had built in the open street, and also the chapels, they pulled down.

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And, having purged the temple, they made another altar. And, taking glowing stones from the fire, they began to offer sacrifices again after two years, and they set out incense, and lamps, and the bread of the Presence.

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Having done these things, they petitioned the Lord, lying prostrate on the ground, lest they should fall once more into such evils, but also, if they should at any time sin, that they might be chastised by him more mildly, and not be delivered over to barbarians and blasphemous men.

2Mc10:4  When that was done, they fell flat down, and besought the Lord that they might come no more into such troubles; but if they sinned any more against him, that he himself would chasten them with mercy, and that they might not be delivered unto the blasphemous and barbarous nations.

Then, on the day that the temple had been polluted by the foreigners, it happened on the same day that the purification was accomplished, on the twenty-fifth day of the month, which was Kislev.

2Mc10:5  Now upon the same day that the strangers profaned the temple, on the very same day it was cleansed again, even the five and twentieth day of the same month, which is Casleu.

And they celebrated for eight days with joy, in the manner of the Feast of Tabernacles, remembering that, a little time before, they had celebrated the solemn days of the Feast of Tabernacles in mountains and caves, in the manner of wild beasts.

2Mc10:6  And they kept the eight days with gladness, as in the feast of the tabernacles, remembering that not long afore they had held the feast of the tabernacles, when as they wandered in the mountains and dens like beasts.

Because of this, they now preferred to carry boughs and green branches and palms, for him who had prospered the cleansing of his place.

2Mc10:7  Therefore they bare branches, and fair boughs, and palms also, and sang psalms unto him that had given them good success in cleansing his place.

And they decreed a common precept and decree, that all the people of the Jews should keep those days every year.

2Mc10:8  They ordained also by a common statute and decree, That every year those days should be kept of the whole nation of the Jews.