Judas Machabeus gathering an army gains divers victories.
1 But Judas Machabeus, and they that were with him, went privately into the towns: and calling together their kinsmen and friends, and taking unto them such as continued in the Jews' religion, they assembled six thousand men.
Judas vero Machabaeus, et qui cum illo erant, introibant latenter in castella : et convocantes cognatos, et amicos, et eos qui permanserunt in Judaismo assumentes, eduxerunt ad se sex millia virorum.
2 And they called upon the Lord that he would look upon his people that was trodden down by all, and would have pity on the temple, that was defiled by the wicked:
Et invocabant Dominum, ut respiceret in populum qui ab omnibus calcabatur, et misereretur templo quod contaminabatur ab impiis :
3 That he would have pity also upon the city that was destroyed, that was ready to be made even with the ground, and would hear the voice of the blood that cried to him:
misereretur etiam exterminio civitatis, quae esset illico complananda, et vocem sanguinis ad se clamantis audiret :
4 That he would remember also the most unjust deaths of innocent children, and the blasphemies offered to his name, and would shew his indignation on this occasion.
memoraretur quoque iniquissimas mortes parvulorum innocentum, et blasphemias nomini suo illatas, et indignaretur super his.
5 Now when Machabeus had gathered a multitude, he could not be withstood by the heathens: for the wrath of the Lord was turned into mercy.
At Machabaeus, congregata multitudine, intolerabilis gentibus efficiebatur : ira enim Domini in misericordiam conversa est.
6 So coming unawares upon the towns and cities, he set them on fire, and taking possession of the most commodious places, he made no small slaughter of the enemies,
Et superveniens castellis et civitatibus improvisus, succendebat eas : et opportuna loca occupans, non paucas hostium strages dabat :
7 And especially in the nights he went upon these expeditions, and the fame of his valour was spread abroad everywhere.
maxime autem noctibus ad hujuscemodi excursus ferebatur, et fama virtutis ejus ubique diffundebatur.
8 Then Philip, seeing that the man gained ground by little and little, and that things for the most part succeeded prosperously with him, wrote to Ptolemee the governor of Celesyria and Phenicia, to send aid to the king's affairs.
Videns autem Philippus paulatim virum ad profectum venire, ac frequentius res ei cedere propere, ad Ptolemaeum ducem Coelesyriae et Phoenicis scripsit ut auxilium ferret regis negotiis.
9 And he with all speed sent Nicanor the son of Patroclus, one of his special friends, giving him no fewer than twenty thousand armed men of different nations, to root out the whole race of the Jews, joining also with him Gorgias, a good soldier, and of great experience in matters of war.
At ille velociter misit Nicanorem Patrocli de primoribus amicum, datis ei de permistis gentibus, armatis non minus viginti millibus, ut universum Judaeorum genus deleret, adjuncto ei Gorgia viro militari, et in bellicis rebus experientissimo.
10 And Nicanor purposed to raise for the king the tribute of two thousand talents, that was to be given to the Romans, by making so much money of the captive Jews:
Constituit autem Nicanor, ut regi tributum, quod Romanis erat dandum, duo millia talentorum de captivitate Judaeorum suppleret :
11 Wherefore he sent immediately to the cities upon the sea coast, to invite men together to buy up the Jewish slaves, promising that they should have ninety slaves for one talent, not reflecting on the vengeance, which was to follow him from the Almighty.
statimque ad maritimas civitates misit, convocans ad coemptionem Judaicorum mancipiorum, promittens se nonaginta mancipia talento distracturum, non respiciens ad vindictam, quae eum ab Omnipotente esset consecutura.
12 Now when Judas found that Nicanor was coming, he imparted to the Jews that were with him, that the enemy was at hand.
Judas autem ubi comperit, indicavit his qui secum erant Judaeis Nicanoris adventum.
13 And some of them being afraid, and distrusting the justice of God, fled away:
Ex quibus quidam formidantes, et non credentes Dei justitiae, in fugam vertebantur :
14 Others sold all that they had left, and withal besought the Lord, that he would deliver them from the wicked Nicanor, who had sold them before he came near them:
alii vero si quid eis supererat vendebant, simulque Dominum deprecabantur ut eriperet eos ab impio Nicanore, qui eos priusquam cominus veniret, vendiderat :
15 And if not for their sakes, yet for the covenant that he had made with their fathers, and for the sake of his holy and glorious name that was invoked upon them.
etsi non propter eos, propter testamentum tamen quod erat ad patres eorum, et propter invocationem sancti et magnifici nominis ejus super ipsos.
16 But Machabeus calling together seven thousand that were with him, exhorted them not to be reconciled to the enemies, nor to fear the multitude of the enemies who came wrongfully against them, but to fight manfully:
Convocatis autem Machabaeus septem millibus, qui cum ipso erant, rogabat ne hostibus reconciliarentur, neque metuerent inique venientium adversum se hostium multitudinem, sed fortiter contenderent,
17 Setting before their eyes the injury they had unjustly done the holy place, and also the injury they had done to the city, which had been shamefully abused, besides their destroying the ordinances of the fathers.
ante oculos habentes contumeliam, quae loco sancto ab his injuste esset illata, itemque et ludibrio habitae civitatis injuriam, adhuc etiam veterum instituta convulsa.
18 For, said he, they trust in their weapons, and in their boldness: but we trust in the Almighty Lord, who at a beck can utterly destroy both them that come against us, and the whole world.
Nam illi quidem armis confidunt, ait, simul et audacia : nos autem in omnipotente Domino, qui potest et venientes adversum nos, et universum mundum uno nutu delere, confidimus.
19 Moreover he put them in mind also of the helps their fathers had received from God: and how under Sennacherib a hundred and eighty-five thousand had been destroyed.
Admonuit autem eos et de auxiliis Dei, quae facta sunt erga parentes : et quod sub Sennacherib centum octoginta quinque millia perierunt :
20 And of the battle that they had fought against the Galatians in Babylonia, how they, being in all but six thousand, when it came to the point, and the Macedonians their companions were a stand, slew a hundred and twenty thousand, because of the help they had from heaven, and for this they received many favours.
et de praelio, quod eis adversus Galatas fuit in Babylonia, ut omnes, ubi ad rem ventum est, Macedonibus sociis haesitantibus, ipsi sex millia soli peremerunt centum viginti millia propter auxilium illis datum de caelo, et beneficia pro his plurima consecuti sunt.
21 With these words they were greatly encouraged, and disposed even to die for the laws and their country.
His verbis constantes effecti sunt, et pro legibus et patria mori parati.
22 So he appointed his brethren captains over each division of his army, Simon, and Joseph, and Jonathan, giving to each one fifteen hundred men.
Constituit itaque fratres suos duces utrique ordini, Simonem, et Josephum, et Jonathan, subjectis unicuique millenis et quingentenis.
23 And after the holy Book had been read to them by Esdras, and he had given them for a watchword, The help of God: himself leading the first band, he joined battle with Nicanor:
Ad hoc etiam ab Esdra lecto illis sancto libro, et dato signo adjutorii Dei, in prima acie ipse dux commisit cum Nicanore.
24 And the Almighty being their helper, they slew above nine thousand men: and having wounded and disabled the greater part of Nicanor's army, they obliged them to fly.
Et facto sibi adjutore Omnipotente, interfecerunt super novem millia hominum : majorem autem partem exercitus Nicanoris vulneribus debilem factam fugere compulerunt.
25 And they took the money of them that came to buy them, and they pursued them on every side.
Pecuniis vero eorum, qui ad emptionem ipsorum venerant, sublatis, ipsos usquequaque persecuti sunt,
26 But they came back for want of time: for it was the day before the sabbath: and therefore they did not continue the pursuit.
sed reversi sunt hora conclusi, nam erat ante sabbatum : quam ob causam non perseveraverunt insequentes.
27 But when they had gathered together their arms and their spoils, they kept the sabbath: blessing the Lord who had delivered them that day, distilling the beginning of mercy upon them.
Arma autem ipsorum, et spolia congregantes, sabbatum agebant, benedicentes Dominum, qui liberavit eos in isto die, misericordiae initium stillans in eos.
28 Then after the sabbath they divided the spoils to the feeble and the orphans, and the widows: and the rest they took for themselves and their servants.
Post sabbatum vero debilibus, et orphanis, et viduis diviserunt spolia : et residua ipsi cum suis habuere.
29 When this was done, and they had all made a common supplication, they besought the merciful Lord to be reconciled to his servants unto the end.
His itaque gestis, et communiter ab omnibus facta obsecratione, misericordem Dominum postulabant, ut in finem servis suis reconciliaretur.
30 Moreover they slew above twenty thousand of them that were with Timotheus and Bacchides who fought them, and they made themselves masters of the high strong holds: and they divided amongst them many spoils, giving equal portions to the feeble, the fatherless and the widows, yea and the aged also.
Et ex his, qui cum Timotheo et Bacchide erant contra se contendentes, super viginti millia interfecerunt, et munitiones excelsas obtinuerunt : et plures praedas diviserunt, aequam portionem debilibus, pupillis, et viduis, sed et senioribus facientes.
31 And when they had carefully gathered together their arms, they laid them all up in convenient places, and the residue of their spoils they carried to Jerusalem:
Et cum arma eorum diligenter collegissent, omnia composuerunt in locis opportunis, residua vero spolia Jerosolymam detulerunt :
32 They slew also Philarches who was with Timotheus, a wicked man, who had many ways afflicted the Jews.
et Philarchen, qui cum Timotheo erat, interfecerunt, virum scelestum, qui in multis Judaeos afflixerat.
33 And when they kept the feast of the victory at Jerusalem, they burnt Callisthenes, that had set fire to the holy gates, who had taken refuge in a certain house, rendering to him a worthy reward for his impieties:
Et cum epinicia agerent Jerosolymis, eum qui sacras januas incenderat, id est, Callisthenem, cum in quoddam domicilium refugisset, incenderunt, digna ei mercede pro impietatibus suis reddita.
34 But as for that most wicked man Nicanor, who had brought a thousand merchants to the sale of the Jews,
Facinorosissimus autem Nicanor, qui mille negotiantes ad Judaeorum venditionem adduxerat,
35 Being through the help of the Lord brought down by them, of whom he had made no account, laying; aside his garment of glory, fleeing through the midland country, he came alone to Antioch, being rendered very unhappy by the destruction of his army.
humiliatus auxilio Domini ab his quos nullos existimaverat, deposita veste gloriae, per mediterranea fugiens, solus venit Antiochiam, summam infelicitatem de interitu sui exercitus consecutus.
36 And he that had promised to levy the tribute for the Romans by the means of the captives of Jerusalem, now professed that the Jews had God for their protector, and therefore they could not be hurt, because they followed the laws appointed by him.
Et qui promiserat Romanis se tributum restituere de captivitate Jerosolymorum, praedicabat nunc protectorem Deum habere Judaeos, et ob ipsum invulnerabiles esse, eo quod sequerentur leges ab ipso constitutas.