The sons of Simon defeat the troops of Antiochus. Simon with two of his sons are treacherously murdered by Ptolemee his son in law.
 Then John came up from Gazara, and told Simon his father what Cendebeus had done against their people.
Et ascendit Joannes de Gazaris, et nuntiavit Simoni patri suo quae fecit Cendebaeus in populo ipsorum.
 And Simon called his two eldest sons, Judas and John, and said to them: I and my brethren, and my father's house, have fought against the enemies of Israel from our youth even to this day: and things have prospered so well in our hands that we have delivered Israel oftentimes.
Et vocavit Simon duos filios seniores, Judam et Joannem, et ait illis : Ego, et fratres mei, et domus patris mei expugnavimus hostes Israel ab adolescentia usque in hunc diem : et prosperatum est in manibus nostris liberare Israel aliquoties.
 And now I am old, but be you instead of me, and my brethren, and go out, and fight for our nation: and the help from heaven be with you.
Nunc autem senui : sed estote loco meo, et fratres mei, et egressi pugnate pro gente nostra : auxilium vero de caelo vobiscum sit.
 Then he chose out of the country twenty thousand fighting men, and horsemen, and they went forth against Cendebeus: and they rested in Modin.
Et elegit de regione viginti millia virorum belligeratorum, et equites : et profecti sunt ad Cendebaeum, et dormierunt in Modin.
 And they arose in the morning, and went into the plain: and behold a very great army of footmen and horsemen came against them, and there was a running river between them.
Et surrexerunt mane, et abierunt in campum : ecce exercitus copiosus in obviam illis peditum et equitum : et fluvius torrens erat inter medium ipsorum.
 And he and his people pitched their camp over against them, and he saw that the people were afraid to go over the river, so he went over first: then the men seeing him, passed over after him.
Et admovit castra contra faciem eorum ipse et populus ejus, et vidit populum trepidantem ad transfretandum torrentem : et transfretavit primus, et viderunt eum viri, et transierunt post eum.
 And he divided the people, and set the horsemen in the midst of the footmen: but the horsemen of the enemies were very numerous.
Et divisit populum et equites in medio peditum : erat autem equitatus adversariorum copiosus nimis.
 And they sounded the holy trumpets: and Cendebeus and his army were put to flight: and there fell many of them wounded, and the rest fled into the strong hold.
Et exclamaverunt sacris tubis, et in fugam conversus est Cendebaeus et castra ejus : et ceciderunt ex eis multi vulnerati : residui autem in munitionem fugerunt.
 At that time Judas John's brother was wounded: but John pursued after them, till he came to Cedron, which he had built:
Tunc vulneratus est Judas frater Joannis : Joannes autem insecutus est eos, donec venit Cedronem, quam aedificavit :
 And they fled even to the towers that were in the fields of Azotus, and he burnt them with fire. And there fell of them two thousand men, and he returned into Judea in peace.
et fugerunt usque ad turres, quae erant in agris Azoti, et succendit eas igni. Et ceciderunt ex illis duo millia virorum, et reversus est in Judaeam in pace.
 Now Ptolemee the son of Abobus was appointed captain in the plain of Jericho, and he had abundance of silver and gold,
Et Ptolemaeus filius Abobi constitutus erat dux in campo Jericho, et habebat argentum et aurum multum :
 For he was son in law of the high priest.
erat enim gener summi sacerdotis.
 And his heart was lifted up, and he designed to make himself master of the country, and he purposed treachery against Simon, and his sons, to destroy them.
Et exaltatum est cor ejus, et volebat obtinere regionem, et cogitabat dolum adversus Simonem et filios ejus, ut tolleret eos.
 Now Simon, as he was going through the cities that were in the country of Judea, and taking care for the good ordering of them, went down to Jericho, he and Mathathias and Judas his sons, in the year one hundred and seventy-seven, the eleventh month: the same is the month Sabath.
Simon autem, perambulans civitates quae erant in regione Judaeae, et sollicitudinem gerens earum, descendit in Jericho ipse, et Mathathias filius ejus, et Judas, anno centesimo septuagesimo septimo, mense undecimo : hic est mensis Sabath.
 And the son of Abobus received them deceitfully into a little fortress, that is called Doch which he had built: and he made them a great feast, and hid men there.
Et suscepit eos filius Abobi in munitiunculam, quae vocatur Doch, cum dolo, quam aedificavit : et fecit eis convivium magnum, et abscondit illic viros.
 And when Simon and his sons had drunk plentifully, Ptolemee and his men rose up and took their weapons, and entered into the banqueting place, and slew him, and his two sons, and some of his servants.
Et cum inebriatus esset Simon et filii ejus, surrexit Ptolemaeus cum suis, et sumpserunt arma sua, et intraverunt in convivium : et occiderunt eum, et duos filios ejus, et quosdam pueros ejus :
 And he committed a great treachery in Israel, and rendered evil for good.
et fecit deceptionem magnam in Israel, et reddidit mala pro bonis.
 And Ptolemee wrote these things and sent to the king that he should send him an army to aid him, and he would deliver him the country, and their cities, and tributes.
Et scripsit haec Ptolemaeus, et misit regi ut mitteret ei exercitum in auxilium, et traderet ei regionem, et civitates eorum, et tributa.
 And he sent others to Gazara to kill John: and to the tribunes he sent letters to come to him, and that he would give them silver, and gold, and gifts.
Et misit alios in Gazaram tollere Joannem : et tribunis misit epistolas, ut venirent ad se, et daret eis argentum, et aurum, et dona.
 And he sent others to take Jerusalem, and the mountain of the temple.
Et alios misit occupare Jerusalem et montem templi.
 Now one running before, told John in Gazara, that his father and his brethren were slain, and that he hath sent men to kill thee also.
Et praecurrens quidam, nuntiavit Joanni in Gazara quia periit pater ejus et fratres ejus, et quia misit te quoque interfici.
 But when he heard it he was exceedingly afraid: and he apprehended the men that came to kill him, and he put them to death: for he knew that they sought to take him away.
Ut audivit autem, vehementer expavit : et comprehendit viros, qui venerant perdere eum, et occidit eos : cognovit enim quia quaerebant eum perdere.
 And as concerning the rest of the acts of John, and his wars, and the worthy deeds, which he bravely achieved, and the building of the walls, which he made, and the things that he did:
Et cetera sermonum Joannis, et bellorum ejus, et bonarum virtutum, quibus fortiter gessit, et aedificii murorum, quos exstruxit, et rerum gestarum ejus :
 Behold these are written in the book of the days of his priesthood, from the time he was made high priest after his father.
ecce haec scripta sunt in libro dierum sacerdotii ejus, ex quo factus est princeps sacerdotum post patrem suum.