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Chapter 15 17 Thus being well comforted by the words of Judas, which were very good, and able to stir them up to valour, and to encourage the hearts of the young men, they determined not to pitch camp, but courageously to set upon them, and manfully to try the matter by conflict, because the city and the sanctuary and the temple were in danger.18 For the care that they took for their wives, and their children, their brethren, and folks, was in least account with them: but the greatest and principal fear was for the holy temple.19 Also they that were in the city took not the least care, being troubled for the conflict abroad.20 And now, when as all looked what should be the trial, and the enemies were already come near, and the army was set in array, and the beasts conveniently placed, and the horsemen set in wings,21 Maccabeus seeing the coming of the multitude, and the divers preparations of armour, and the fierceness of the beasts, stretched out his hands toward heaven, and called upon the Lord that worketh wonders, knowing that victory cometh not by arms, but even as it seemeth good to him, he giveth it to such as are worthy:22 Therefore in his prayer he said after this manner; O Lord, thou didst send thine angel in the time of Ezekias king of Judea, and didst slay in the host of Sennacherib an hundred fourscore and five thousand:23 Wherefore now also, O Lord of heaven, send a good angel before us for a fear and dread unto them;24 And through the might of thine arm let those be stricken with terror, that come against thy holy people to blaspheme. And he ended thus.25 Then Nicanor and they that were with him came forward with trumpets and songs.26 But Judas and his company encountered the enemies with invocation and prayer.27 So that fighting with their hands, and praying unto God with their hearts, they slew no less than thirty and five thousand men: for through the appearance of God they were greatly cheered.28 Now when the battle was done, returning again with joy, they knew that Nicanor lay dead in his harness.29 Then they made a great shout and a noise, praising the Almighty in their own language.30 And Judas, who was ever the chief defender of the citizens both in body and mind, and who continued his love toward his countrymen all his life, commanded to strike off Nicanor's head, and his hand with his shoulder, and bring them to Jerusalem.31 So when he was there, and called them of his nation together, and set the priests before the altar, he sent for them that were of the tower,32 And shewed them vile Nicanor's head, and the hand of that blasphemer, which with proud brags he had stretched out against the holy temple of the Almighty.33 And when he had cut out the tongue of that ungodly Nicanor, he commanded that they should give it by pieces unto the fowls, and hang up the reward of his madness before the temple.34 So every man praised toward the heaven the glorious Lord, saying, Blessed be he that hath kept his own place undefiled.35 He hanged also Nicanor's head upon the tower, an evident and manifest sign unto all of the help of the Lord.