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Chapter 14 1 After three years was Judas informed, that Demetrius the son of Seleucus, having entered by the haven of Tripolis with a great power and navy,2 Had taken the country, and killed Antiochus, and Lysias his protector.3 Now one Alcimus, who had been high priest, and had defiled himself wilfully in the times of their mingling with the Gentiles, seeing that by no means he could save himself, nor have any more access to the holy altar,4 Came to king Demetrius in the hundred and one and fiftieth year, presenting unto him a crown of gold, and a palm, and also of the boughs which were used solemnly in the temple: and so that day he held his peace.5 Howbeit having gotten opportunity to further his foolish enterprize, and being called into counsel by Demetrius, and asked how the Jews stood affected, and what they intended, he answered thereunto:6 Those of the Jews that he called Assideans, whose captain is Judas Maccabeus, nourish war and are seditious, and will not let the rest be in peace.7 Therefore I, being deprived of mine ancestors' honour, I mean the high priesthood, am now come hither:8 First, verily for the unfeigned care I have of things pertaining to the king; and secondly, even for that I intend the good of mine own countrymen: for all our nation is in no small misery through the unadvised dealing of them aforersaid.9 Wherefore, O king, seeing knowest all these things, be careful for the country, and our nation, which is pressed on every side, according to the clemency that thou readily shewest unto all.10 For as long as Judas liveth, it is not possible that the state should be quiet.11 This was no sooner spoken of him, but others of the king's friends, being maliciously set against Judas, did more incense Demetrius.12 And forthwith calling Nicanor, who had been master of the elephants, and making him governor over Judea, he sent him forth,13 Commanding him to slay Judas, and to scatter them that were with him, and to make Alcimus high priest of the great temple.14 Then the heathen, that had fled out of Judea from Judas, came to Nicanor by flocks, thinking the harm and calamities ot the Jews to be their welfare.15 Now when the Jews heard of Nicanor's coming, and that the heathen were up against them, they cast earth upon their heads, and made supplication to him that had established his people for ever, and who always helpeth his portion with manifestation of his presence.16 So at the commandment of the captain they removed straightways from thence, and came near unto them at the town of Dessau.17 Now Simon, Judas' brother, had joined battle with Nicanor, but was somewhat discomfited through the sudden silence of his enemies.18 Nevertheless Nicanor, hearing of the manliness of them that were with Judas, and the courageousness that they had to fight for their country, durst not try the matter by the sword.19 Wherefore he sent Posidonius, and Theodotus, and Mattathias, to make peace.