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Chapter 12 47 And with himself he retained but three thousand men, of whom he sent two thousand into Galilee, and one thousand went with him.48 Now as soon as Jonathan entered into Ptolemais, they of Ptolemais shut the gates and took him, and all them that came with him they slew with the sword.49 Then sent Tryphon an host of footmen and horsemen into Galilee, and into the great plain, to destroy all Jonathan's company.50 But when they knew that Jonathan and they that were with him were taken and slain, they encouraged one another; and went close together, prepared to fight.51 They therefore that followed upon them, perceiving that they were ready to fight for their lives, turned back again.52 Whereupon they all came into the land of Judea peaceably, and there they bewailed Jonathan, and them that were with him, and they were sore afraid; wherefore all Israel made great lamentation.53 Then all the heathen that were round about then sought to destroy them: for said they, They have no captain, nor any to help them: now therefore let us make war upon them, and take away their memorial from among men.

Chapter 13 1 Now when Simon heard that Tryphon had gathered together a great host to invade the land of Judea, and destroy it,2 And saw that the people was in great trembling and fear, he went up to Jerusalem, and gathered the people together,3 And gave them exhortation, saying, Ye yourselves know what great things I, and my brethren, and my father's house, have done for the laws and the sanctuary, the battles also and troubles which we have seen.4 By reason whereof all my brethren are slain for Israel's sake, and I am left alone.5 Now therefore be it far from me, that I should spare mine own life in any time of trouble: for I am no better than my brethren.6 Doubtless I will avenge my nation, and the sanctuary, and our wives, and our children: for all the heathen are gathered to destroy us of very malice.7 Now as soon as the people heard these words, their spirit revived.8 And they answered with a loud voice, saying, Thou shalt be our leader instead of Judas and Jonathan thy brother.9 Fight thou our battles, and whatsoever, thou commandest us, that will we do.10 So then he gathered together all the men of war, and made haste to finish the walls of Jerusalem, and he fortified it round about.11 Also he sent Jonathan the son of Absolom, and with him a great power, to Joppa: who casting out them that were therein remained there in it.12 So Tryphon removed from Ptolemaus with a great power to invade the land of Judea, and Jonathan was with him in ward.