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The First Book of Maccabees

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- Chapter 16 -

The sons of Simon defeat the troops of Antiochus. Simon with two of his sons are treacherously murdered by Ptolemee his son in law.

John went up from Gazara and told Simon his father what Cendebaeus was doing.
Simon called his two oldest sons, Judas and John, and said to them, “I and my brothers and my father’s house have fought the battles of Israel from our youth, even to this day; and things have prospered in our hands, that we have often delivered Israel.
But now I am old, and you moreover, by his mercy, are of a sufficient age. Take the place of me and my brother, and go out and fight for our nation; and let the help which is from heaven be with you.
He chose out of the country twenty thousand men of war and cavalry, and they went against Cendebaeus, and slept at Modin.
Rising up in the morning, they went into the plain, and, behold, a great army of infantry and cavalry came to meet them. There was a brook between them.
He encamped near them, he and his people. He saw that the people were afraid to pass over the brook, and he passed over first. When the men saw him, they passed over after him.
He divided the people, and placed the calvary in the midst of the infantry; but the enemies’ cavalry were exceedingly many.
They sounded the trumpets; and Cendebaeus and his army were put to flight, and many of them fell wounded to death, but those who were left fled to the stronghold.
At that time Judas, John’s brother, was wounded; but John pursued after them until he came to Kidron, which Cendebaeus had built.
They fled to the towers that are in the fields of Azotus; and he burned it with fire. About two thousand men men of them fell. Then he returned into Judea in peace.
Ptolemy the son of Abubus had been appointed governor over the plain of Jericho, and he had much silver and gold;
for he was the high priest’s son-in-law.
His heart was lifted up, and he planned to make himself master of the country, and he made deceitful plans against Simon and his sons, to do away with them.
Now Simon was visiting the cities that were in the country, and attending to their needs. He went down to Jericho—himself with Mattathias and Judas his sons—in the one hundred seventy-seventh year,(a) in the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat.
The son of Abubus received them deceitfully into the little stronghold that is called Dok, which he had built, and made them a great banquet, and hid men there.
When Simon and his sons had drunk freely, Ptolemy and his men rose up, took their weapons, rushed in against Simon in the banqueting place, and killed him, his two sons, and some of his servants.
He committed a great iniquity, and repaid evil for good.
Ptolemy wrote these things and sent to the king, that he should send him forces to aid him, and should deliver him their country and the cities.
He sent others to Gazara to do away with John. To the captains of thousands, he sent letters to come to him, that he might give them silver, gold, and gifts.
He sent others to take possession of Jerusalem and the temple hill.
One ran before to Gazara, and told John that his father and kindred had perished, and he has sent to kill you also.
When he heard, he was greatly shocked. He seized the men who came to destroy him and killed them; for he perceived that they were seeking to destroy him.
And the rest of the acts of John and of his wars and of his valiant deeds which he did, and of the building of the walls which he built, and of his achievements,
behold, they are written in the chronicles(b) of his high priesthood, from the time that he was made high priest after his father.


(a)16:14 circa B.C. 136.
(b)16:24 Gr. book of days.