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Chapter 12 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.13 But Simon pitched his tents at Adida, over against the plain.14 Now when Tryphon knew that Simon was risen up instead of his brother Jonathan, and meant to join battle with him, he sent messengers unto him, saying,15 Whereas we have Jonathan thy brother in hold, it is for money that he is owing unto the king's treasure, concerning the business that was committed unto him.16 Wherefore now send an hundred talents of silver, and two of his sons for hostages, that when he is at liberty he may not revolt from us, and we will let him go.