The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Maccabees 10:24–38

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24  And Timothy, who had been overcome by the Jews before, calling together a multitude of foreign troops and gathering horsemen from Asia, arrived as if he would capture Judea with arms.

2Mc10:24  Now Timotheus, whom the Jews had overcome before, when he had gathered a great multitude of foreign forces, and horses out of Asia not a few, came as though he would take Jewry by force of arms.

25  But Maccabeus, and those who were with him, as he was approaching, beseeched the Lord, sprinkling dirt on their heads and wrapping their waists with haircloth.

2Mc10:25  But when he drew near, they that were with Maccabeus turned themselves to pray unto God, and sprinkled earth upon their heads, and girded their loins with sackcloth,

26  And lying prostrate at the pedestal of the altar, they beseeched him to be forgiving to them, but to be an enemy to their enemies, and an adversary to their adversaries, just as the law says.

2Mc10:26  And fell down at the foot of the altar, and besought him to be merciful to them, and to be an enemy to their enemies, and an adversary to their adversaries, as the law declareth.

27  And so, after prayer, taking up arms, they proceeded further from the city, and, reaching close proximity to the enemies, they settled in.

2Mc10:27  So after the prayer they took their weapons, and went on further from the city: and when they drew near to their enemies, they kept by themselves.

28  But, as soon as the sun rose, both sides joined battle: these ones having the guarantee of victory and success by the strength of the Lord, yet the others having courage as their leader in battle.

2Mc10:28  Now the sun being newly risen, they joined both together; the one part having together with their virtue their refuge also unto the Lord for a pledge of their success and victory: the other side making their rage leader of their battle

29  But, while they were fighting vehemently, to the adversaries there appeared from heaven five men on horses, which were adorned with bridles of gold, providing leadership to the Jews.

2Mc10:29  But when the battle waxed strong, there appeared unto the enemies from heaven five comely men upon horses, with bridles of gold, and two of them led the Jews,

30  Two of them, having Maccabeus in the middle and surrounding him with their weapons, kept him safe. But, at the enemy, they cast darts and lightning, so that they fell down, being both confused with blindness and filled with disturbances.

2Mc10:30  And took Maccabeus betwixt them, and covered him on every side weapons, and kept him safe, but shot arrows and lightnings against the enemies: so that being confounded with blindness, and full of trouble, they were killed.

31  Moreover, there were slain twenty thousand five hundred, along with six hundred horsemen.

2Mc10:31  And there were slain of footmen twenty thousand and five hundred, and six hundred horsemen.

32  In fact, Timothy fled away to Gazara, to a fortified stronghold, where Chaereas was in charge.

2Mc10:32  As for Timotheus himself, he fled into a very strong hold, called Gazara, where Chereas was governor.

33  Then Maccabeus, and those who were with him, joyfully besieged the stronghold for four days.

2Mc10:33  But they that were with Maccabeus laid siege against the fortress courageously four days.

34  But those who were inside, trusting to the strength of the place, spoke evil without limit and cast out nefarious words.

2Mc10:34  And they that were within, trusting to the strength of the place, blasphemed exceedingly, and uttered wicked words.

35  But when the fifth day began to dawn, twenty youths of those who were with Maccabeus, inflamed in soul because of the blasphemy, manfully approached to the wall, and, advancing with fierce courage, ascended it.

2Mc10:35  Nevertheless upon the fifth day early twenty young men of Maccabeus’ company, inflamed with anger because of the blasphemies, assaulted the wall manly, and with a fierce courage killed all that they met withal.

36  Moreover, others also getting up after them, went to set fire to the towers and the gates, and to burn the blasphemers alive.

2Mc10:36  Others likewise ascending after them, whiles they were busied with them that were within, burnt the towers, and kindling fires burnt the blasphemers alive; and others broke open the gates, and, having received in the rest of the army, took the city,

37  Then, having continued throughout two days to lay waste to the fortress, they killed Timothy, who was found hiding himself in a certain place. And they also killed his brother Chaereas, and Apollophanes.

2Mc10:37  And killed Timotheus, that was hid in a certain pit, and Chereas his brother, with Apollophanes.

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38  When this was done, they blessed the Lord with hymns and confessions, who had done great things in Israel and had given them the victory.