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1Mac 6:1 
About that time king Antiochus travelling through the high 
countries heard say, that Elymais in the country of Persia was a 
city greatly renowned for riches, silver, and gold; 
 
1Mac 6:2 
And that there was in it a very rich temple, wherein were 
coverings of gold, and breastplates, and shields, which 
Alexander, son of Philip, the Macedonian king, who reigned first 
among the Grecians, had left there. 
 
1Mac 6:3 
Wherefore he came and sought to take the city, and to spoil 
it; but he was not able, because they of the city, having had 
warning thereof, 
 
1Mac 6:4 
Rose up against him in battle: so he fled, and departed 
thence with great heaviness, and returned to Babylon. 
 
1Mac 6:5 
Moreover there came one who brought him tidings into Persia, 
that the armies, which went against the land of Judea, were put 
to flight: 
 
1Mac 6:6 
And that Lysias, who went forth first with a great power was 
driven away of the Jews; and that they were made strong by the 
armour, and power, and store of spoils, which they had gotten of 
the armies, whom they had destroyed: 
 
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Also that they had pulled down the abomination, which he had 
set up upon the altar in Jerusalem, and that they had compassed 
about the sanctuary with high walls, as before, and his city 
Bethsura. 
 
1Mac 6:8 
Now when the king heard these words, he was astonished and 
sore moved: whereupon he laid him down upon his bed, and fell 
sick for grief, because it had not befallen him as he looked 
for. 
 
1Mac 6:9 
And there he continued many days: for his grief was ever more 
and more, and he made account that he should die. 
 
1Mac 6:10 
Wherefore he called for all his friends, and said unto them, 
The sleep is gone from mine eyes, and my heart faileth for very 
care. 
 
1Mac 6:11 
And I thought with myself, Into what tribulation am I come, 
and how great a flood of misery is it, wherein now I am! for I 
was bountiful and beloved in my power. 
 
1Mac 6:12 
But now I remember the evils that I did at Jerusalem, and 
that I took all the vessels of gold and silver that were 
therein, and sent to destroy the inhabitants of Judea without a 
cause. 
 
1Mac 6:13 
I perceive therefore that for this cause these troubles are 
come upon me, and, behold, I perish through great grief in a 
strange land. 
 
1Mac 6:14 
Then called he for Philip, one of his friends, who he made 
ruler over all his realm, 
 
1Mac 6:15 
And gave him the crown, and his robe, and his signet, to the 
end he should bring up his son Antiochus, and nourish him up for 
the kingdom. 
 
1Mac 6:16 
So king Antiochus died there in the hundred forty and ninth 
year. 
 
1Mac 6:17 
Now when Lysias knew that the king was dead, he set up 
Antiochus his son, whom he had brought up being young, to reign 
in his stead, and his name he called Eupator. 
 
1Mac 6:18 
About this time they that were in the tower shut up the 
Israelites round about the sanctuary, and sought always their 
hurt, and the strengthening of the heathen. 
 
1Mac 6:19 
Wherefore Judas, purposing to destroy them, called all the 
people together to besiege them. 
 
1Mac 6:20 
So they came together, and besieged them in the hundred and 
fiftieth year, and he made mounts for shot against them, and 
other engines. 
 
1Mac 6:21 
Howbeit certain of them that were besieged got forth, unto 
whom some ungodly men of Israel joined themselves: 
 
1Mac 6:22 
And they went unto the king, and said, How long will it be 
ere thou execute judgment, and avenge our brethren? 
 
1Mac 6:23 
We have been willing to serve thy father, and to do as he 
would have us, and to obey his commandments; 
 
1Mac 6:24 
For which cause they of our nation besiege the tower, and are 
alienated from us: moreover as many of us as they could light on 
they slew, and spoiled our inheritance. 
 
1Mac 6:25 
Neither have they stretched out their hand against us only, 
but also against their borders. 
 
1Mac 6:26 
And, behold, this day are they besieging the tower at 
Jerusalem, to take it: the sanctuary also and Bethsura have they 
fortified. 
 
1Mac 6:27 
Wherefore if thou dost not prevent them quickly, they will do 
the greater things than these, neither shalt thou be able to 
rule them. 
 
1Mac 6:28 
Now when the king heard this, he was angry, and gathered 
together all his friends, and the captains of his army, and 
those that had charge of the horse. 
 
1Mac 6:29 
There came also unto him from other kingdoms, and from isles 
of the sea, bands of hired soldiers. 
 
1Mac 6:30 
So that the number of his army was an hundred thousand 
footmen, and twenty thousand horsemen, and two and thirty 
elephants exercised in battle. 
 
1Mac 6:31 
These went through Idumea, and pitched against Bethsura, 
which they assaulted many days, making engines of war; but they 
of Bethsura came out, and burned them with fire, and fought 
valiantly. 
 
1Mac 6:32 
Upon this Judas removed from the tower, and pitched in 
Bathzacharias, over against the king's camp. 
 
1Mac 6:33 
Then the king rising very early marched fiercely with his 
host toward Bathzacharias, where his armies made them ready to 
battle, and sounded the trumpets. 
 
1Mac 6:34 
And to the end they might provoke the elephants to fight, 
they shewed them the blood of grapes and mulberries. 
 
1Mac 6:35 
Moreover they divided the beasts among the armies, and for 
every elephant they appointed a thousand men, armed with coats 
of mail, and with helmets of brass on their heads; and beside 
this, for every beast were ordained five hundred horsemen of the 
best. 
 
1Mac 6:36 
These were ready at every occasion: wheresoever the beast 
was, and whithersoever the beast went, they went also, neither 
departed they from him. 
 
1Mac 6:37 
And upon the beasts were there strong towers of wood, which 
covered every one of them, and were girt fast unto them with 
devices: there were also upon every one two and thirty strong 
men, that fought upon them, beside the Indian that ruled him. 
 
1Mac 6:38 
As for the remnant of the horsemen, they set them on this 
side and that side at the two parts of the host giving them 
signs what to do, and being harnessed all over amidst the ranks. 
 
1Mac 6:39 
Now when the sun shone upon the shields of gold and brass, 
the mountains glistered therewith, and shined like lamps of 
fire. 
 
1Mac 6:40 
So part of the king's army being spread upon the high 
mountains, and part on the valleys below, they marched on safely 
and in order. 
 
1Mac 6:41 
Wherefore all that heard the noise of their multitude, and 
the marching of the company, and the rattling of the harness, 
were moved: for the army was very great and mighty. 
 
1Mac 6:42 
Then Judas and his host drew near, and entered into battle, 
and there were slain of the king's army six hundred men. 
 
1Mac 6:43 
Eleazar also, surnamed Savaran, perceiving that one of the 
beasts, armed with royal harness, was higher than all the rest, 
and supposing that the king was upon him, 
 
1Mac 6:44 
Put himself in jeopardy, to the end he might deliver his 
people, and get him a perpetual name: 
 
1Mac 6:45 
Wherefore he ran upon him courageously through the midst of 
the battle, slaying on the right hand and on the left, so that 
they were divided from him on both sides. 
 
1Mac 6:46 
Which done, he crept under the elephant, and thrust him 
under, and slew him: whereupon the elephant fell down upon him, 
and there he died. 
 
1Mac 6:47 
Howbeit the rest of the Jews seeing the strength of the king, 
and the violence of his forces, turned away from them. 
 
1Mac 6:48 
Then the king's army went up to Jerusalem to meet them, and 
the king pitched his tents against Judea, and against mount 
Sion. 
 
1Mac 6:49 
But with them that were in Bethsura he made peace: for they 
came out of the city, because they had no victuals there to 
endure the siege, it being a year of rest to the land. 
 
1Mac 6:50 
So the king took Bethsura, and set a garrison there to keep 
it. 
 
1Mac 6:51 
As for the sanctuary, he besieged it many days: and set there 
artillery with engines and instruments to cast fire and stones, 
and pieces to cast darts and slings. 
 
1Mac 6:52 
Whereupon they also made engines against their engines, and 
held them battle a long season. 
 
1Mac 6:53 
Yet at the last, their vessels being without victuals, (for 
that it was the seventh year, and they in Judea that were 
delivered from the Gentiles, had eaten up the residue of the 
store;) 
 
1Mac 6:54 
There were but a few left in the sanctuary, because the 
famine did so prevail against them, that they were fain to 
disperse themselves, every man to his own place. 
 
1Mac 6:55 
At that time Lysias heard say, that Philip, whom Antiochus 
the king, whiles he lived, had appointed to bring up his son 
Antiochus, that he might be king, 
 
1Mac 6:56 
Was returned out of Persia and Media, and the king's host 
also that went with him, and that he sought to take unto him the 
ruling of the affairs. 
 
1Mac 6:57 
Wherefore he went in all haste, and said to the king and the 
captains of the host and the company, We decay daily, and our 
victuals are but small, and the place we lay siege unto is 
strong, and the affairs of the kingdom lie upon us: 
 
1Mac 6:58 
Now therefore let us be friends with these men, and make 
peace with them, and with all their nation; 
 
1Mac 6:59 
And covenant with them, that they shall live after their 
laws, as they did before: for they are therefore displeased, and 
have done all these things, because we abolished their laws. 
 
1Mac 6:60 
So the king and the princes were content: wherefore he sent 
unto them to make peace; and they accepted thereof. 
 
1Mac 6:61 
Also the king and the princes made an oath unto them: 
whereupon they went out of the strong hold. 
 
1Mac 6:62 
Then the king entered into mount Sion; but when he saw the 
strength of the place, he broke his oath that he had made, and 
gave commandment to pull down the wall round about. 
 
1Mac 6:63 
Afterward departed he in all haste, and returned unto 
Antiochia, where he found Philip to be master of the city: so he 
fought against him, and took the city by force. 
 

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6:1 Now king Antiochus was going through the higher countries, and he heard that the city of Elymais in Persia was greatly renowned, and abounding in silver and gold.

6:2 And that there was in it a temple, exceeding rich: and coverings of gold, and breastplates, and shields which king Alexander, son of Philip the Macedonian that reigned first in Greece, had left there.

6:3 Lo, he came, and sought to take the city and to pillage it: But he was not able, because the design was known to them that were in the city.

6:4 And they rose up against him in battle, and he fled away from thence, and departed with great sadness, and returned towards Babylonia.

6:5 And whilst he was in Persia, there came one that told him, how the armies that were in the land of Juda were put to flight:

6:6 And that Lysias went with a very great power, and was put to flight before the face of the Jews, and that thy were grown strong by the armour, and power, and store of spoils, which they had gotten out of the camps which they had destroyed:

6:7 And that they had thrown down the abomination which he had set up upon the altar in Jerusalem, and that they had compassed about the sanctuary with high walls as before, and Bethsura also his city.

6:8 And it came to pass when the king heard these words, that he was struck with fear, and exceedingly moved: and he laid himself down upon his bed, and fell sick for grief, because it had not fallen out to him as he imagined.

6:9 And he remained there many days: for great grief came more and more and more upon him, and he made account that he should die.

6:10 And he called for all his friends, and said to them: Sleep is gone from my eyes, and I am fallen away, and my heart is cast down for anxiety.

6:11 And I said in my heart: Into how much tribulation am I come, and into what floods of sorrow, wherein now I am: I that was pleasant and beloved in my power!

6:12 But now I remember the evils that I have done in Jerusalem, from whence also I took away all the spoils of gold, and of silver that were in it, and I sent to destroy the inhabitants of Juda without cause.

6:13 I know therefore that for this cause these evils have found me: and behold I perish with great grief in a strange land.

6:14 Then he called Philip, one of his friends, and he made him regent over all his kingdom.

6:15 And he gave him the crown, and his robe, and his ring, that he should go to Antiochus his son, and should bring him up for the kingdom.

6:16 So king Antiochus died there in the year one hundred and forty-nine.

6:17 And Lysias understood that the king was dead, and he set up Antiochus his son to reign, whom he brought up young: and he called his name Eupator.

6:18 Now they that were in the castle, had shut up the Israelites round about the holy places: and they were continually seeking their hurt, and to strengthen the Gentiles.

6:19 And Judas purposed to destroy them: and he called together all the people, to besiege them.

6:20 And they came together, and besieged them in the year one hundred and fifty, and they made battering slings and engines.

6:21 And some of the besieged got out: and some wicked men of Israel joined themselves unto them.

6:22 And they went to the king, and said: How long dost thou delay to execute the judgment, and to revenge our brethren?

6:23 We determined to serve thy father and to do according to his orders, and obey his edicts:

6:24 And for this they of our nation are alienated from us, and have slain as many of us as they could find, and have spoiled our inheritances.

6:25 Neither have they put forth their hand against us only, but also against all our borders.

6:26 And behold they have approached this day to the castle of Jerusalem to take it, and they have fortified the stronghold of Bethsura:

6:27 And unless thou speedily prevent them, they will do greater things than these, and thou shalt not be able to subdue them.

6:28 Now when the king heard this, he was angry: and he called together all his friends, and the captains of his army, and them that were over the horsemen.

6:29 There came also to him from other realms, and from the islands of the sea hired troops.

6:30 And the number of his army was an hundred thousand footmen, and twenty thousand horsemen, and thirty-two elephants, trained to battle.

6:31 And they went through Idumea, and approached to Bethsura, and fought many days, and they made engines: but they sallied forth and burnt them with fire, and fought manfully.

6:32 And Judas departed from the castle, and removed the camp to Bethzacharam, over against the king's camp.

6:33 And the king rose before it was light, and made his troops march on fiercely towards the way of Bethzacharam: and the armies made themselves ready for the battle, and they sounded the trumpets:

6:34 And they shewed the elephants the blood of grapes, and mulberries to provoke them to fight.

6:35 And they distributed the beasts by the legions: and there stood by every elephant a thousand men in coats of mail, and with helmets of brass on their heads: and five hundred horsemen set in order were chosen for every beast.

6:36 These before the time wheresoever the beast was, the were there: and withersoever it went, they went, and they departed not from it.

6:37 And upon the beast, there were strong wooden towers, which covered every one of them: and engines upon them: and upon every one thirty-two valiant men, who fought from above; and an Indian to rule the beast.

6:38 And the rest of the horsemen he placed on this side and on that side at the two wings, with trumpets to stir up the army, and to hasten them forward that stood thick together in the legions thereof.

6:39 Now when the sun shone upon the shields of gold, and of brass, the mountains glittered therewith, and they shone like lamps of fire.

6:40 And part of the king's army was distinguished by the high mountains, and the other part by the low places: and they marched on warily and orderly.

6:41 And all the inhabitants of the land were moved at the noise of their multitude, and the marching of the company, and the rattling of the armour, for the army was exceeding great and strong.

6:42 And Judas and his army drew near for battle: and there fell of the king's army six hundred men.

6:43 And Eleazar the son of Saura saw one of the beasts harnessed with the king's harness: and it was higher than the other beasts: and it seemed to him that the king was on it:

6:44 And he exposed himself to deliver his people and to get himself an everlasting name.

6:45 And he ran up to it boldly in the midst of the legion, killing on the right hand, and on the left, and they fell by him on this side and that side.

6:46 And he went between the feet of the elephant, and put himself under it: and slew it, and it fell to the ground upon him, and he died there.

6:47 Then they seeing the strength of the king and the fierceness of his army, turned away from them.

6:48 But the king's army went up against them to Jerusalem: and the king's army pitched their tents against Judea and mount Sion.

6:49 And he made peace with them that were in Bethsura: and they came forth out of the city, because they had no victuals, being shut up there, for it was the year of rest to the land.

6:50 And the king took Bethsura: and he placed there a garrison to keep it.

6:51 And he turned his army against the sanctuary for many days: and he set up there battering slings, and engines and instruments to cast fire, and engines to cast stones and javelins, and pieces to shoot arrows, and slings.

6:52 And they also made engines against their engines, and they fought for many days.

6:53 But there were no victuals in the city, because it was the seventh year: and such as had stayed in Judea of them that came from among the nations, had eaten the residue of all that which had been stored up.

6:54 And there remained in the holy places but a few, for the famine had prevailed over them: and they were dispersed every man to his own place.

6:55 Now Lysias heard that Philip, whom king Antiochus while he lived had appointed to bring up his son Antiochus, and to reign, to be king,

6:56 Was returned from Persia, and Media, with the army that went with him, and that he sought to take upon him the affairs of the kingdom:

6:57 Wherefore he made haste to go, and say to the king and to the captains of the army: We decay daily, and our provision of victuals is small, and the place that we lay siege to is strong, and it lieth upon us to take order for the affairs of the kingdom.

6:58 Now therefore let us come to an agreement with these men, and make peace with them and with all their nation.

6:59 And let us covenant with them, that they may live according to their own laws as before. For because of our despising their laws, they have been provoked, and have done all these things.

6:60 And the proposal was acceptable in the sight of the king, and of the princes: and he sent to them to make peace: and they accepted of it.

6:61 And the king and the princes swore to them: and they came out of the stronghold.

6:62 Then the king entered into mount Sion, and saw the strength of the place: and he quickly broke the oath that he had taken, and gave commandment to throw down the wall round about.

6:63 And he departed in haste, and returned to Antioch, where he found Philip master of the city: and he fought against him, and took the city.

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