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Chapter 2 42 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 rest fled to the heathen for succour.45 Then Mattathias and his 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 hand.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 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 their time; so shall ye receive great honour and an everlasting name.52 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.57 David for being merciful possessed the throne of an everlasting kingdom.58 Elias 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 flame.60 Daniel for his innocency was delivered from the mouth of lions.