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Chapter 7 29 He came therefore to Judas, and they saluted one another peaceably. Howbeit the enemies were prepared to take away Judas by violence.30 Which thing after it was known to Judas, to wit, that he came unto him with deceit, he was sore afraid of him, and would see his face no more.31 Nicanor also, when he saw that his counsel was discovered, went out to fight against Judas beside Capharsalama:32 Where there were slain of Nicanor's side about five thousand men, and the rest fled into the city of David.33 After this went Nicanor up to mount Sion, and there came out of the sanctuary certain of the priests and certain of the elders of the people, to salute him peaceably, and to shew him the burnt sacrifice that was offered for the king.34 But he mocked them, and laughed at them, and abused them shamefully, and spake proudly,35 And sware in his wrath, saying, Unless Judas and his host be now delivered into my hands, if ever I come again in safety, I will burn up this house: and with that he went out in a great rage.36 Then the priests entered in, and stood before the altar and the temple, weeping, and saying,37 Thou, O Lord, didst choose this house to be called by thy name, and to be a house of prayer and petition for thy people:38 Be avenged of this man and his host, and let them fall by the sword: remember their blasphemies, and suffer them not to continue any longer.39 So Nicanor went out of Jerusalem, and pitched his tents in Bethhoron, where an host out of Syria met him.40 But Judas pitched in Adasa with three thousand men, and there he prayed, saying,41 O Lord, when they that were sent from the king of the Assyrians blasphemed, thine angel went out, and smote an hundred fourscore and five thousand of them.42 Even so destroy thou this host before us this day, that the rest may know that he hath spoken blasphemously against thy sanctuary, and judge thou him according to his wickedness.43 So the thirteenth day of the month Adar the hosts joined battle: but Nicanor's host was discomfited, and he himself was first slain in the battle.44 Now when Nicanor's host saw that he was slain, they cast away their weapons, and fled.45 Then they pursued after them a day's journey, from Adasa unto Gazera, sounding an alarm after them with their trumpets.46 Whereupon they came forth out of all the towns of Judea round about, and closed them in; so that they, turning back upon them that pursued them, were all slain with the sword, and not one of them was left.47 Afterwards they took the spoils, and the prey, and smote off Nicanors head, and his right hand, which he stretched out so proudly, and brought them away, and hanged them up toward Jerusalem.48 For this cause the people rejoiced greatly, and they kept that day a day of great gladness.49 Moreover they ordained to keep yearly this day, being the thirteenth of Adar.50 Thus the land of Juda was in rest a little while.

Chapter 8 1 Now Judas had heard of the the Romans, that they were mighty and valiant men, and such as would lovingly accept all that joined themselves unto them, and make a league of amity with all that came unto them;