The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Maccabees 13:18–26


18  But the king, having received a taste of the audacity of the Jews, attempted to take the difficult places by craftiness.

2Mc13:18  Now when the king had taken a taste of the manliness of the Jews, he went about to take the holds by policy,

19  And so, he moved his camp to Bethzur, which was a fortified garrison of the Jews. But as he struck, he was put to flight and reduced in number.

2Mc13:19  And marched toward Bethsura, which was a strong hold of the Jews: but he was put to flight, failed, and lost of his men

20  Then Judas sent necessities to those who were inside.

2Mc13:20  For Judas had conveyed unto them that were in it such things as were necessary.

21  But Rhodocus, a certain one from the Jewish army, reported the secrets to the enemies, so he was sought out, apprehended, and imprisoned.

2Mc13:21  But Rhodocus, who was in the Jews’ host, disclosed the secrets to the enemies; therefore he was sought out, and when they had gotten him, they put him in prison.

22  Again, the king held talks with those who were in Bethzur. He gave his right hand as a pledge, and accepted theirs, and he went away.

2Mc13:22  The king treated with them in Bethsura the second time, gave his hand, took their’s, departed, fought with Judas, was overcome;

23  He joined battle with Judas; he was overcome. But when he realized that Philip, who had been left out of these events, had rebelled at Antioch, he was in a consternation of mind, and, begging the Jews, and being submissive to them, he swore to all things that seemed just. And, being reconciled, he offered sacrifice, honored the temple, and left gifts.

2Mc13:23  Heard that Philip, who was left over the affairs in Antioch, was desperately bent, confounded, intreated the Jews, submitted himself, and sware to all equal conditions, agreed with them, and offered sacrifice, honoured the temple, and dealt kindly with the place,

24  He embraced Maccabeus, and he made him commander and leader from Ptolemais all the way to the Gerrenians.

2Mc13:24  And accepted well of Maccabeus, made him principal governor from Ptolemais unto the Gerrhenians;

25  But when he arrived at Ptolemais, the Ptolemaians considered the conditions of the alliance burdensome, being indignant lest perhaps they might break the pact.

2Mc13:25  Came to Ptolemais: the people there were grieved for the covenants; for they stormed, because they would make their covenants void

26  Then Lysias went up to the tribunal, and explained the reasons, and calmed the people, and so he returned to Antioch. And this is the way things went concerning the journey and return of the king.

2Mc13:26  Lysias went up to the judgement seat, said as much as could be in defence of the cause, persuaded, pacified, made them well affected, returned to Antioch. Thus it went touching the king’s coming and departing.