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spired againft the king, saying, The king is become a Jew, and he hash destroyed Bel, he hath flain the dragon, and put the priests to death.
»9 So they came to the king, and said, Deliver us Daniel, or else we will destroy thee and thine house.
30 Now when the king saw that they pressed him sore, being constrained, he delivered Daniel unto them:
31 Who cast him into the lions' den: where he was six days.
31 \ And in the den there were seven lions, and they had given them every day two carcases, and two sheep; which then were not given to them, to the intent they might devour Daniel.
33 Now there was in Jewry a prophet, called Habbacuc.who had madepottage, and had broken bread in a bowl, and was going into the field, for to bring it to the reapers.
34 But toe angel of the Lord said unto Habbacuc, Go, carry the dinner that thou hast into Babylon unto Daniel, who is in the lions' den.
35 And Habbacuc said, Lord, I never saw Babylon; neither do 1 know where the den is.
36 Then the angel of the Lord took him by the crown, and bare him by the hair of his head, and through the vehemency of his spirit set him in Babylon over the den.
37 And Habbacuc cried, saying, O Daniel, Daniel, take the dinner which God hath sent thee.
38 And Daniel said, thou bast remembered me, O God: neither haft thou forsaken them that seek thee and love thee,
39 So Daniel arose, and did eat: and the angel of the Lord set Habbacuc in his own place again immediately.
40Upon the seventh day the king went to bewail Daniel: and when he came to the den.lie lookedin,and,behohd,Danicl was sitting.
41 Then cried the king with a load voice, faying, Great art thou, O Lord God of Daniel, and there is none other beside thee.
411 And he drew him out, and at those that were the cause of nis destruction into the den: and they were devoured in a moment' before his face. ■ ■
The Prayer of MANASSES King of Judah, when he was holdea captive in Babylon.
OLORD, Almighty God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and of their righteous feed; who hast made heaven and earth, with ail the ornament thereof; who hast bound the sea by the word of thy commaedment; who haft shut up the deep, and scaled it Fly thy terrible and glorious name • whom all men fear, and tremble before thy power; for the majesty of thy glory cannot be borne, and thine angry threatening toward sinners is importable: but thy merciful promise is unmeasuiable and unsearchable; for thou art the mo& high Lord, of great compassion, longsufTering, very merciful, and repentest of the evils of men. Thou, O Lord, according to thy great goodness, hast promised repentance and forgiveness to them that have sinned against thee: and of thine iefinite mercies haft appointed repentance unto sinners, that they may be feted. Thou therefore, O Lord, that art the God of the just, hast not appointed repentance to the just, as to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, which have not sinned 1gainst thee; but thou hast appointed repentance unto me that am a sinner: for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea. My transgressions, O Lord, are multiplied: my transgressions are multiplied, and I am not worthy to behold and see the htight of heaven for the multitude of mine iniquities. I am bowed down with many iron bands, that I cannot lift up mine head, neither have any release: for 1 have provoked thy wrath, and done evil before thee: I did not thy will, neither kept I thy commandments: I have set up abominations, and have multiplied offences. Now therefore, I bow the knee of mine heart, beseeching thee c grace. I have sinned, O Lord, I have finned, and I acknowledge mine iniquities: wherefore, I humbly beseech thee, forgive me, O Lord, forgive me, and destroy ac not with mine iniquities. Be not angry with me for ever, by reserving evii for ltie • neither condemn me into the lower parts of the earth. For thou art the God,evi n the God ot them that repent; and in me thou wilt shew all thy goodneu: for thou wilt save me that am unworthy, according to thy great mercy. There. fore 1 will praise thee for ever a'.l the days of my life: for all the powers of the heavens do praise thee, and thine it the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The First Book of the MACCABEES.
C H A P. I.
14 Anticchus gave leave to set up the faJhions of the Gentiles in Jcrujalem, 4* and spoiled it, (Se.
AND it happened, after that Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian, who came out of the land of Chettiim, had smitten Darius king of the Persians and Medes, that he reigned in his stead, the first over Greece,
a And made many wars, and won many strong holds, and flew the kings of the earth,
3 And went through to the ends of the earth, and took spoils of many nations, insomuch that the earth was quiet before him; whereupon he was exalted, and his heart was lifted up.
4 And he gathered a mighty strong host, and ruled over countries, and nations, and kings, whobteame tributaries unto h\m.
5 And after these things he fell sick, and perceived that he mould die..
6 Wherefore he called his servants, such as were honourable, and had been brought up with him from his youth, and parted his kingdom among them, while he was yet alive.
7 So Alexander reigned twelve years, -and then died.
8 And his servants bare rule every one in his place.
9 And after his death, they all put crowns upon themselves; so did their sons after them many years: and evils were multiplied in the earth.
10 And there came out of them a wicked root, Antiochus,/KrHÆros'a Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king, who had been an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in the hundred and thirty and seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.
Ii In those days went there out of Israel wicked men, who persuaded many, saying, Let us go and make a covenant with the heathen that are round about us: for since we departed from them we have had much sorrow.
i* So this device pleased them well.
13 Then certain of the people were so forward herein, that they went to the king, who gave them licence to do after the ordinances of the heathen:
14H Whereupon they built a place of exercise at Jerusalem according to the customs of the heathen:
ii And made themselves uncircumcistd, and forsook the holy covenant,
and joined themselves to the heathen, and were fold to do mischief.
16 Now when the kingdom was establiihed before Antiochus, he thought to reign over Egypt, that he might have the dominion of two realms.
17 Wherefore he entered into Egypt with a great multitude, with chariots, and elephants,and horsemen, and a great navy,
18 And made war against Ptolemee king of Egypt: but Ptolemee was afraid of him, and fled; and many were wounded to death.
19 Thus they got the strong cities in the land of Egypt, and he took the spoils thereof.
20 And after that Antiochus had smitten ligypt, he returned again in the hundred forty and third year, and went up against Israel and Jerusalem with a great multitude,
4i And entered proudly into the sanctuary, and took away the golden altar, and the candlestick of light, and all the vessels thereof,
ai f And the table of the shewbread, and the pouring vessels, and the vials, and the censers of gold, and the vail, and the crowns, and the golden ornaments that were before the temple, all which he pulled oJf.
13 He took also the silver and the gold, and the precious vessels: also he took the hidden treasures which he found.
44 And when he had taken all away, he went into his own land, having made a great massacre, and spoken very proudly,,..
45 Therefore there was great mourning in Israel, in every place where they were; .
i6 So that the princes and eiders mourned, the virgins and voung men were made feeble, aud the beauty of women was changed.
47 Every bridegroom took up lamentation, and ihe that lat in the marriage chamber, was in heaviness.
48 The land also was moved for the inhabitants thereof, and all the house of Jacob was covered with confusion.
49 And after two years fully expired the king sent his chief collector of tribute unto the cities of Juda, who came unto Jerusalem with a great multitude,
30 And spake peaceable words unto them, but all <was deceit: for when they had given him credence, he fell suddenly upon the city, and smote it Apocrypha. I. MACC
very sore, and destroyed much people of lirae!.
31 And when he had taken the spoils of the city, he set it on fire, and pulled down the houses and walls thereof on every side.
31 But the women and children took they captive, and possessed the cattle.
3 3 Then builded they the city of David with a great and strong wall, and with mightytowers, and made it a strong hold for them.
34 And they put therein a sinful nation, wicked men,and fortified themselves therein.
35 They stored it also with armour and victuals, and when they had gathered together the spoils of Jerusalem, they laid them up there, and so they became a sore snare:
36 For it was a place to lie in wait against the sanctuary, and an evil adversary to Israel.
37 Thus they shed innocent blood on every side of the sanctuary,and denied it:
38 Insomuch that the inhabitants of Jerusalem fled because of them: whereupon the city was made an habitation of strangers, and became strange to those that were born in her; and her own children left her.
391 Her sanctuary was laid waste like a wilderness, her feasts were turned into mourning, her sabbaths into reproach, her honour into contempt.
40 As had been her glory, so was her dishonour increased, and her excellency w«a turned into mourning.
41 Moreover king Antiochus wrote to hiswhole kingdom, that all should be one people.
4» And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen agreed according to the commandment of the king.
43 Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his religion, and sacrificed unto idols, and profaned the sabbath.
44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Juda, that they should follow the Arange laws of the land,
45 And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and drink offerings, in the temple; and that they should profane the sabbaths and festival days:
46 And pollute the sanctuary and hopeople:
47 Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and sacrifice swine's flesh, and unclean beasts:
48 That they should also leave their children uucisc umcised, and make their
souls abominable with all manner of un. cleanness and profanation:
49 To the end they might forget the law, and change all the ordinances.
50 And whosoever would not do according to the commandment of the king, he said, he should die.
51 In the selfsame manner wrote be to bis whole kingdom, and appointed overseers over all the people, commanding the cities of Juda to sacrifice, city by city.
j» Then many of the people were gathered unto them, to wit, every one that forsook the law, and so they committed evils in the land;
53 And drove the Israelites into secret places, even wheresoever they could flee for succour.
54 Now the fifteenth day of the m;r.ti Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Juda oa every side;
55 And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and in the streets.
56 And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which they found, they burnt them with fire.
57 And wheresoever was found with any the book of the testament, or if any consented to the law, the king's commandment was, that they should put him to death.
58 Thus did they by their authority unto the Israelites every month, to a many ac were found in the cities.
59 Now the five and twentieth day of the month they did sacrifice upon the idol altar, which was upon the altar of God.
60 At which time, according to the commandment they put to death certain women, that had caused their children to be circumcised.
61 And they hanged the infants about their necks, and rifled their houses, and flew them that bad circumcised them.
61 Howbeit many in Israel were fully resolved and confirmed in themselves not to eat any unclean thing.
63 Wherefore they chose rather to die, that they might not be defiled with meats, and that they might not profane the holy covenant: so then they died.
64 And there was very great wrath upon Israel.
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• tern: so he ditth,andinfiruclcth hu/ttt:
IN those days arose Mattathias the son of John, the son of Simeon, a priest of the sons of joarib, from Jerusalem,
and dwelt in Modin
a And he had five sons, Joannan, called Caddis:
3 Simon, called Thassi:
4 Judas, who was called Maccabeus:
5 Eleazar, called Avaran: and Jonathan, whbse surname was Apphus.
6t And when he saw the blasphemies that were committed in Juda and Jerusalem,
7 He said, Woe is me I wherefore was I born to fee this misery of my people, and of the holy city, and to dwell there, when it was delivered into the hand of the enemy, and the sanctuary into the hand of strangers t
8 Her temple is become as a man without glory.
9 Her glorious vessels are carried aw»ay into captivity, her infants are slain In the streets, her young men with the sword of the enemy.
io What nation hath not had a part in her kingdom, and gotten of her spoils?
11 All her ornaments are taken away; of a free woman she is become a bondslave.
ra And, behold, our sanctuary, even our beauty and our glory, is laid waste, and the Gentiles have profaned it.
I j To what end therefore shall we live any longer?
14 Then Mattathias and his sens rent their clothes, and put on sackcloth, and mourned very sore.
15 In the mean while the king's officers, such as compelled the people to revolt, came into the city Modin, to make them sacrifice.
16 And when many of Israel came unto them, Mattathias also and his sons came together.
17 Then answered the king's officers, and said to Mattathias on this wise.Thou art a ruler, and an honourable and great man in this city, and strengthened with sons and brethren:
18 Nowtherefore come thou first, and fulfil the king's commandment, like as all the heathen have done, yea, and the men of Juda also, and such as remain at Jerusalem: so (halt thou and thy house be in the number of the king's friends, and thou and thy children (hall be honoured with silver and gold, and many rewards.
19 Then Mattathias answered and space with a loud voice, Though all the rations that are under the king's dorai
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nion obey him, and Tall away every one from the religion of their fathers, and give consent to his commandments:
io Yet will I and my sons and my brethren walk in the covenant of our fathers.
a i God forbid that we should forsake the law and the ordinances.
»* We will not hearken to the king's words, to go from our religion, either on the right hand, or the left.
43 Now when he had left speaking these words, there came one of the Jews in the fight of all to sacrifice on the altar which was at Modin, according to the king's commandment.
14 Which thing when Mattathias saw, he was inflamed with zeal, and his reins trembled, neither could he forbear to shew his anger according tojudgement: wherefore he ran, and flew him upon the altar.
»5 Also the king's commissioner, who compelled men to sacrifice, he killed at that time, and the altar he pulled down.
16 Thus dealt he zealously for the law of God, like as Phinees did unto Zambri the son of Salom.
17 And Mattathias cried throughout the city with a loud voice, saying. Whosoever is zealous of the law, and maintaineth the covenant, let him follow me.
a 8 So he and his sons (led into the mountains, and left all that ever they had in the city.
19 Then many that sought after justice and judgement went down into the wilderness, to dwell there:
30 Both they, and their children, and their wives, and their cattle; because afflictions increased sore upon them.
31 Now when it was told the king's servants, and the host that was at Jerusalem, in the city of David, that certain men, who had broken the king's commandment, were gone down into the secret places in the wilderness,
31 They pursued after them a great number, and having overtaken them, they camped against them, and made war against them on the sabbath day.
33 And they said unto them, Let that which ye have done hitherto suffice; come forth, and do according to the commandment of the king, and ye (hall live.
34 But they said, We will not come forth, neither will we do the king's commandment, to profane the sabbath day.
35 So then they gave them the battle with all speed.
36 Howbeit they answered them not,
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neither cast they a stone at them, nor stopped the places where they lay hid;
37 But said, Let ut die all in our innocency; heaven and earth (hall testify for u«, that ye put us to death wrongfully.
38 So they rose up against them in battle on the sabbath, and they flew them, with their wives and children, and their cattle, to the number of a thousand people.
39 NovJ^when Mattathias and his friends understood hereof, they mourned for them right fore.
40 And one of them said to another, If we all do as our brethren have done, and fight not for our lives and laws against the heathen, they will now quickly root us out of the earth.
4i At thattime therefore they decreed, saying, Whosoever shall come to make battle with us on the sabbath day, we will fight against him; neither will we die all, as our brethren that were murdered in the secret places.
41 Then came there unto him a company of Assideans, who were mighty men of Israel, even all such as were voluntarily devoted unto the law.
43 Also all they that fled for persecution joined themselves unto them, and were a stay unto them.
44 So they joined their forces, and smote sinful men in their anger, and wicked men in their wrath: but the reft Bed to the heathen for succour.
45 Then Mattathias and hit friends went round about, and pulled down the altars:
46 And what children soever they found within the coast of Israel uncircumcised, those they circumcised valiantly.
47 They pursued also after the proud men, and the work prospered in their band.
48 So they recovered the law out of the hand of the Gentiles, and out of the hand of kings, neither suffered they the sinner to triumph.
49 Now when the time drew near that Mattathias should die, he said.unto his sons, Now hath pride and rebuke gotten strength, and the time of destruction, and the wrath of indignation:
50 H Now therefore, my sons, be ye zealous for the law, and give your.lives for the covenant of your fathers.
51 Call to remembrance what acts our fathers did in theirtime; so thall ye receive great honour and an everlasting name.
51 Was not Abraham found faithful in temptation, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness?
53 Joseph in the time of his distress kept the commandment, and was made lord of Egypt.
54 Phinees our father in being zealous and fervent obtained the covenant of an everlasting priesthood.
55 Jesus for fulfilling the word was made a.judge in Israel.
56 Caleb for bearing witness before the congregation received the heritage of the land.
J7 David for being merciful possessed the throne of an everlasting kingdom.
j 8 Eliat for being zealous and fervent for the law was taken up into heaven.
59 Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, by believing were saved out of the Same.
60 Daniel for his innocency was delivered from the mouth of lions.
61 And thus consider ye throughout all ages, that none that put their trust ia him shall be overcome.
61 Fear not then the words of a sinful man: for his glory (hall be dung and worms.
63 To day he shall be lifted up, and to morrow he shall not be found, because he is returned into his dust, and his thought is come to nothing.
64 Wherefore, ye my sons, be valiant, and shew yourselves men in the behalf of the law, for by it shall ye obtain glory.
65 And, behold, I know that your brother Simon is a man of counsel, give ear unto him alway: he shall be a father unto you.
661 At for Judas Maccabeus, be hath been mighty and strong, even from his youth up: let him be your captain, and fight the battle of the people.
67 Take also unto you all those that observe the law, and avenge ye the wrong of your people.
68 Recompense fully the heathen, and take heed 10 the commandments of the law.
69 So he blessed them, and was gathered to his fathers.
70 And he died in the hundred forty and sixth year, and his sons buried him in the sepulchres of his fathers at Modin, and all Israel made great lamentation for him.
CHAP. III. I The valour and fame of Judas Maccabcui! 10 he overthreivclh the forces tf Samaria and Syria.
THEN his son Judas, called Maccabeus, rose up in bis stead.