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Chapter 5 1 Now when the nations round about heard that the altar was built and the sanctuary renewed as before, it displeased them very much.2 Wherefore they thought to destroy the generation of Jacob that was among them, and thereupon they began to slay and destroy the people.3 Then Judas fought against the children of Esau in Idumea at Arabattine, because they besieged Gael: and he gave them a great overthrow, and abated their courage, and took their spoils.4 Also he remembered the injury of the children of Bean, who had been a snare and an offence unto the people, in that they lay in wait for them in the ways.5 He shut them up therefore in the towers, and encamped against them, and destroyed them utterly, and burned the towers of that place with fire, and all that were therein.6 Afterward he passed over to the children of Ammon, where he found a mighty power, and much people, with Timotheus their captain.7 So he fought many battles with them, till at length they were discomfited before him; and he smote them.8 And when he had taken Jazar, with the towns belonging thereto, he returned into Judea.9 Then the heathen that were at Galaad assembled themselves together against the Israelites that were in their quarters, to destroy them; but they fled to the fortress of Dathema.10 And sent letters unto Judas and his brethren, The heathen that are round about us are assembled together against us to destroy us:11 And they are preparing to come and take the fortress whereunto we are fled, Timotheus being captain of their host.12 Come now therefore, and deliver us from their hands, for many of us are slain:13 Yea, all our brethren that were in the places of Tobie are put to death: their wives and their children also they have carried away captives, and borne away their stuff; and they have destroyed there about a thousand men.14 While these letters were yet reading, behold, there came other messengers from Galilee with their clothes rent, who reported on this wise,15 And said, They of Ptolemais, and of Tyrus, and Sidon, and all Galilee of the Gentiles, are assembled together against us to consume us.16 Now when Judas and the people heard these words, there assembled a great congregation together, to consult what they should do for their brethren, that were in trouble, and assaulted of them.17 Then said Judas unto Simon his brother, Choose thee out men, and go and deliver thy brethren that are in Galilee, for I and Jonathan my brother will go into the country of Galaad.18 So he left Joseph the son of Zacharias, and Azarias, captains of the people, with the remnant of the host in Judea to keep it.19 Unto whom he gave commandment, saying, Take ye the charge of this people, and see that ye make not war against the heathen until the time that we come again.20 Now unto Simon were given three thousand men to go into Galilee, and unto Judas eight thousand men for the country of Galaad.21 Then went Simon into Galilee, where he fought many battles with the heathen, so that the heathen were discomfited by him.22 And he pursued them unto the gate of Ptolemais; and there were slain of the heathen about three thousand men, whose spoils he took.23 And those that were in Galilee, and in Arbattis, with their wives and their children, and all that they had, took he away with him, and brought them into Judea with great joy.