The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Maccabees 13:9–17

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But the king, with his mind being unbridled, came to reveal himself as more wicked to the Jews than his father was.

2Mc13:9  Now the king came with a barbarous and haughty mind to do far worse to the Jews, than had been done in his father’s time.

10  When Judas understood this, he instructed the people to call upon the Lord day and night, so that, just as always, now also he would help them.

2Mc13:10  Which things when Judas perceived, he commanded the multitude to call upon the Lord night and day, that if ever at any other time, he would now also help them, being at the point to be put from their law, from their country, and from the holy temple

11  Of course, they were afraid to be deprived of their law and their country, and of the holy temple, and also that he might allow the people, who had recently taken a breath for a little while, to be again subdued by blasphemous nations.

2Mc13:11  And that he would not suffer the people, that had even now been but a little refreshed, to be in subjection to the blasphemous nations.

12  And so, having together done all these things, and having sought mercy from the Lord with weeping and fasting, lying prostrate on the ground continually for three days, Judas exhorted them to prepare themselves.

2Mc13:12  So when they had all done this together, and besought the merciful Lord with weeping and fasting, and lying flat upon the ground three days long, Judas, having exhorted them, commanded they should be in a readiness.

13  In truth, with the elders he decided that, before the king could move his army into Judea and obtain the city, they would go out and commit the outcome of the event to the judgment of the Lord.

2Mc13:13  And Judas, being apart with the elders, determined, before the king’s host should enter into Judea, and get the city, to go forth and try the matter in fight by the help of the Lord.

14  And so, giving everything to God, the Creator of the world, and having exhorted his own to contend with fortitude and to stand up, even unto death, for the laws, the temple, the city, their country and the citizens: he positioned his army around Modin.

2Mc13:14  So when he had committed all to the Creator of the world, and exhorted his soldiers to fight manfully, even unto death, for the laws, the temple, the city, the country, and the commonwealth, he camped by Modin

15  And having given his own a sign of the victory of God, he attacked the quarters of the king by night, with the strongest chosen young men, and he slew four thousand men in the camp, and the greatest of the elephants, along with those who would have been positioned on them.

2Mc13:15  And having given the watchword to them that were about him, Victory is of God; with the most valiant and choice young men he went in into the king’s tent by night, and slew in the camp about four thousand men, and the chiefest of the elephants, with all that were upon him.

16  And so, having filled the camp of their enemies with the greatest fear and disturbance, they went away with good success.

2Mc13:16  And at last they filled the camp with fear and tumult, and departed with good success.

17  Now this was done at the first light of day, with the Lord assisting and protecting them.

2Mc13:17  This was done in the break of the day, because the protection of the Lord did help him.