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91Furthermore, when Demetrius heard the Nicanor and his host were slain in battle, he sent Bacchides and Alcimus into the land of Judea the second time, and with them the chief strength of his host:

2Who went forth by the way that leadeth to Galgala, and pitched their tents before Masaloth, which is in Arbela, and after they had won it, they slew much people.

3Also the first month of the hundred fifty and second year they encamped before Jerusalem:

4From whence they removed, and went to Berea, with twenty thousand footmen and two thousand horsemen.

5Now Judas had pitched his tents at Eleasa, and three thousand chosen men with him:

6Who seeing the multitude of the other army to be so great were sore afraid; whereupon many conveyed themselves out of the host, insomuch as abode of them no more but eight hundred men.

7When Judas therefore saw that his host slipt away, and that the battle pressed upon him, he was sore troubled in mind, and much distressed, for that he had no time to gather them together.

8Nevertheless unto them that remained he said, Let us arise and go up against our enemies, if peradventure we may be able to fight with them.

9But they dehorted him, saying, We shall never be able: let us now rather save our lives, and hereafter we will return with our brethren, and fight against them: for we are but few.

10Then Judas said, God forbid that I should do this thing, and flee away from them: if our time be come, let us die manfully for our brethren, and let us not stain our honour.

11With that the host of Bacchides removed out of their tents, and stood over against them, their horsemen being divided into two troops, and their slingers and archers going before the host and they that marched in the foreward were all mighty men.

12As for Bacchides, he was in the right wing: so the host drew near on the two parts, and sounded their trumpets.

13They also of Judas’ side, even they sounded their trumpets also, so that the earth shook at the noise of the armies, and the battle continued from morning till night.

14Now when Judas perceived that Bacchides and the strength of his army were on the right side, he took with him all the hardy men,

15Who discomfited the right wing, and pursued them unto the mount Azotus.

16But when they of the left wing saw that they of the right wing were discomfited, they followed upon Judas and those that were with him hard at the heels from behind:

17Whereupon there was a sore battle, insomuch as many were slain on both parts.

18Judas also was killed, and the remnant fled.

19Then Jonathan and Simon took Judas their brother, and buried him in the sepulchre of his fathers in Modin.

20Moreover they bewailed him, and all Israel made great lamentation for him, and mourned many days, saying,

21How is the valiant man fallen, that delivered Israel!

22As for the other things concerning Judas and his wars, and the noble acts which he did, and his greatness, they are not written: for they were very many.

23Now after the death of Judas the wicked began to put forth their heads in all the coasts of Israel, and there arose up all such as wrought iniquity.

24In those days also was there a very great famine, by reason whereof the country revolted, and went with them.

25Then Bacchides chose the wicked men, and made them lords of the country.

26And they made enquiry and search for Judas’ friends, and brought them unto Bacchides, who took vengeance of them, and used them despitefully.

27So was there a great affliction in Israel, the like whereof was not since the time that a prophet was not seen among them.

28For this cause all Judas’ friends came together, and said unto Jonathan,

29Since thy brother Judas died, we have no man like him to go forth against our enemies, and Bacchides, and against them of our nation that are adversaries to us.

30Now therefore we have chosen thee this day to be our prince and captain in his stead, that thou mayest fight our battles.

31Upon this Jonathan took the governance upon him at that time, and rose up instead of his brother Judas.

32But when Bacchides gat knowledge thereof, he sought for to slay him

33Then Jonathan, and Simon his brother, and all that were with him, perceiving that, fled into the wilderness of Thecoe, and pitched their tents by the water of the pool Asphar.

34Which when Bacchides understood, he came near to Jordan with all his host upon the sabbath day.

35Now Jonathan had sent his brother John, a captain of the people, to pray his friends the Nabathites, that they might leave with them their carriage, which was much.

36But the children of Jambri came out of Medaba, and took John, and all that he had, and went their way with it.

37After this came word to Jonathan and Simon his brother, that the children of Jambri made a great marriage, and were bringing the bride from Nadabatha with a great train, as being the daughter of one of the great princes of Chanaan.

38Therefore they remembered John their brother, and went up, and hid themselves under the covert of the mountain:

39Where they lifted up their eyes, and looked, and, behold, there was much ado and great carriage: and the bridegroom came forth, and his friends and brethren, to meet them with drums, and instruments of musick, and many weapons.

40Then Jonathan and they that were with him rose up against them from the place where they lay in ambush, and made a slaughter of them in such sort, as many fell down dead, and the remnant fled into the mountain, and they took all their spoils.

41Thus was the marriage turned into mourning, and the noise of their melody into lamentation.

42So when they had avenged fully the blood of their brother, they turned again to the marsh of Jordan.

43Now when Bacchides heard hereof, he came on the sabbath day unto the banks of Jordan with a great power.

44Then Jonathan said to his company, Let us go up now and fight for our lives, for it standeth not with us to day, as in time past:

45For, behold, the battle is before us and behind us, and the water of Jordan on this side and that side, the marsh likewise and wood, neither is there place for us to turn aside.

46Wherefore cry ye now unto heaven, that ye may be delivered from the hand of your enemies.

47With that they joined battle, and Jonathan stretched forth his hand to smite Bacchides, but he turned back from him.

48Then Jonathan and they that were with him leapt into Jordan, and swam over unto the other bank: howbeit the other passed not over Jordan unto them.

49So there were slain of Bacchides’ side that day about a thousand men.

50Afterward returned Bacchides to Jerusalem and repaired the strong cites in Judea; the fort in Jericho, and Emmaus, and Bethhoron, and Beth-el, and Thamnatha, Pharathoni, and Taphon, these did he strengthen with high walls, with gates and with bars.

51And in them he set a garrison, that they might work malice upon Israel.

52He fortified also the city Bethsura, and Gazera, and the tower, and put forces in them, and provision of victuals.

53Besides, he took the chief men’s sons in the country for hostages, and put them into the tower at Jerusalem to be kept.

54Moreover in the hundred fifty and third year, in the second month, Alcimus commanded that the wall of the inner court of the sanctuary should be pulled down; he pulled down also the works of the prophets

55And as he began to pull down, even at that time was Alcimus plagued, and his enterprizes hindered: for his mouth was stopped, and he was taken with a palsy, so that he could no more speak any thing, nor give order concerning his house.

56So Alcimus died at that time with great torment.

57Now when Bacchides saw that Alcimus was dead, he returned to the king: whereupon the land of Judea was in rest two years.

58Then all the ungodly men held a council, saying, Behold, Jonathan and his company are at ease, and dwell without care: now therefore we will bring Bacchides hither, who shall take them all in one night.

59So they went and consulted with him.

60Then removed he, and came with a great host, and sent letters privily to his adherents in Judea, that they should take Jonathan and those that were with him: howbeit they could not, because their counsel was known unto them.

61Wherefore they took of the men of the country, that were authors of that mischief, about fifty persons, and slew them.

62Afterward Jonathan, and Simon, and they that were with him, got them away to Bethbasi, which is in the wilderness, and they repaired the decays thereof, and made it strong.

63Which thing when Bacchides knew, he gathered together all his host, and sent word to them that were of Judea.

64Then went he and laid siege against Bethbasi; and they fought against it a long season and made engines of war.

65But Jonathan left his brother Simon in the city, and went forth himself into the country, and with a certain number went he forth.

66And he smote Odonarkes and his brethren, and the children of Phasiron in their tent.

67And when he began to smite them, and came up with his forces, Simon and his company went out of the city, and burned up the engines of war,

68And fought against Bacchides, who was discomfited by them, and they afflicted him sore: for his counsel and travail was in vain.

69Wherefore he was very wroth at the wicked men that gave him counsel to come into the country, inasmuch as he slew many of them, and purposed to return into his own country.

70Whereof when Jonathan had knowledge, he sent ambassadors unto him, to the end he should make peace with him, and deliver them the prisoners.

71Which thing he accepted, and did according to his demands, and sware unto him that he would never do him harm all the days of his life.

72When therefore he had restored unto him the prisoners that he had taken aforetime out of the land of Judea, he returned and went his way into his own land, neither came he any more into their borders.

73Thus the sword ceased from Israel: but Jonathan dwelt at Machmas, and began to govern the people; and he destroyed the ungodly men out of Israel.

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101In the hundred and sixtieth year Alexander, the son of Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, went up and took Ptolemais: for the people had received him, by means whereof he reigned there,

2Now when king Demetrius heard thereof, he gathered together an exceeding great host, and went forth against him to fight.

3Moreover Demetrius sent letters unto Jonathan with loving words, so as he magnified him.

4For said he, Let us first make peace with him, before he join with Alexander against us:

5Else he will remember all the evils that we have done against him, and against his brethren and his people.

6Wherefore he gave him authority to gather together an host, and to provide weapons, that he might aid him in battle: he commanded also that the hostages that were in the tower should be delivered him.

7Then came Jonathan to Jerusalem, and read the letters in the audience of all the people, and of them that were in the tower:

8Who were sore afraid, when they heard that the king had given him authority to gather together an host.

9Whereupon they of the tower delivered their hostages unto Jonathan, and he delivered them unto their parents.

10This done, Jonathan settled himself in Jerusalem, and began to build and repair the city.

11And he commanded the workmen to build the walls and the mount Sion and about with square stones for fortification; and they did so.

12Then the strangers, that were in the fortresses which Bacchides had built, fled away;

13Insomuch as every man left his place, and went into his own country.

14Only at Bethsura certain of those that had forsaken the law and the commandments remained still: for it was their place of refuge.

15Now when king Alexander had heard what promises Demetrius had sent unto Jonathan: when also it was told him of the battles and noble acts which he and his brethren had done, and of the pains that they had endured,

16He said, Shall we find such another man? now therefore we will make him our friend and confederate.

17Upon this he wrote a letter, and sent it unto him, according to these words, saying,

18King Alexander to his brother Jonathan sendeth greeting:

19We have heard of thee, that thou art a man of great power, and meet to be our friend.

20Wherefore now this day we ordain thee to be the high priest of thy nation, and to be called the king’s friend; (and therewithal he sent him a purple robe and a crown of gold:) and require thee to take our part, and keep friendship with us.

21So in the seventh month of the hundred and sixtieth year, at the feast of the tabernacles, Jonathan put on the holy robe, and gathered together forces, and provided much armour.

22Whereof when Demetrius heard, he was very sorry, and said,

23What have we done, that Alexander hath prevented us in making amity with the Jews to strengthen himself?

24I also will write unto them words of encouragement, and promise them dignities and gifts, that I may have their aid.

25He sent unto them therefore to this effect: King Demetrius unto the people of the Jews sendeth greeting:

26Whereas ye have kept covenants with us, and continued in our friendship, not joining yourselves with our enemies, we have heard hereof, and are glad.

27Wherefore now continue ye still to be faithful unto us, and we will well recompense you for the things ye do in our behalf,

28And will grant you many immunities, and give you rewards.

29And now do I free you, and for your sake I release all the Jews, from tributes, and from the customs of salt, and from crown taxes,

30And from that which appertaineth unto me to receive for the third part or the seed, and the half of the fruit of the trees, I release it from this day forth, so that they shall not be taken of the land of Judea, nor of the three governments which are added thereunto out of the country of Samaria and Galilee, from this day forth for evermore.

31Let Jerusalem also be holy and free, with the borders thereof, both from tenths and tributes.

32And as for the tower which is at Jerusalem, I yield up authority over it, and give the high priest, that he may set in it such men as he shall choose to keep it.

33Moreover I freely set at liberty every one of the Jews, that were carried captives out of the land of Judea into any part of my kingdom, and I will that all my officers remit the tributes even of their cattle.

34Furthermore I will that all the feasts, and sabbaths, and new moons, and solemn days, and the three days before the feast, and the three days after the feast shall be all of immunity and freedom for all the Jews in my realm.

35Also no man shall have authority to meddle with or to molest any of them in any matter.

36I will further, that there be enrolled among the king’s forces about thirty thousand men of the Jews, unto whom pay shall be given, as belongeth to all king’s forces.

37And of them some shall be placed in the king’s strong holds, of whom also some shall be set over the affairs of the kingdom, which are of trust: and I will that their overseers and governors be of themselves, and that they live after their own laws, even as the king hath commanded in the land of Judea.

38And concerning the three governments that are added to Judea from the country of Samaria, let them be joined with Judea, that they may be reckoned to be under one, nor bound to obey other authority than the high priest’s.

39As for Ptolemais, and the land pertaining thereto, I give it as a free gift to the sanctuary at Jerusalem for the necessary expences of the sanctuary.

40Moreover I give every year fifteen thousand shekels of silver out of the king’s accounts from the places appertaining.

41And all the overplus, which the officers payed not in as in former time, from henceforth shall be given toward the works of the temple.

42And beside this, the five thousand shekels of silver, which they took from the uses of the temple out of the accounts year by year, even those things shall be released, because they appertain to the priests that minister.

43And whosoever they be that flee unto the temple at Jerusalem, or be within the liberties hereof, being indebted unto the king, or for any other matter, let them be at liberty, and all that they have in my realm.

44For the building also and repairing of the works of the sanctuary expences shall be given of the king’s accounts.

45Yea, and for the building of the walls of Jerusalem, and the fortifying thereof round about, expences shall be given out of the king’s accounts, as also for the building of the walls in Judea.

46Now when Jonathan and the people heard these words, they gave no credit unto them, nor received them, because they remembered the great evil that he had done in Israel; for he had afflicted them very sore.

47But with Alexander they were well pleased, because he was the first that entreated of true peace with them, and they were confederate with him always.

48Then gathered king Alexander great forces, and camped over against Demetrius.

49And after the two kings had joined battle, Demetrius’ host fled: but Alexander followed after him, and prevailed against them.

50And he continued the battle very sore until the sun went down: and that day was Demetrius slain.

51Afterward Alexander sent ambassadors to Ptolemee king of Egypt with a message to this effect:

52Forasmuch as I am come again to my realm, and am set in the throne of my progenitors, and have gotten the dominion, and overthrown Demetrius, and recovered our country;

53For after I had joined battle with him, both he and his host was discomfited by us, so that we sit in the throne of his kingdom:

54Now therefore let us make a league of amity together, and give me now thy daughter to wife: and I will be thy son in law, and will give both thee and her as according to thy dignity.

55Then Ptolemee the king gave answer, saying, Happy be the day wherein thou didst return into the land of thy fathers, and satest in the throne of their kingdom.

56And now will I do to thee, as thou hast written: meet me therefore at Ptolemais, that we may see one another; for I will marry my daughter to thee according to thy desire.

57So Ptolemee went out of Egypt with his daughter Cleopatra, and they came unto Ptolemais in the hundred threescore and second year:

58Where king Alexander meeting him, he gave unto him his daughter Cleopatra, and celebrated her marriage at Ptolemais with great glory, as the manner of kings is.

59Now king Alexander had written unto Jonathan, that he should come and meet him.

60Who thereupon went honourably to Ptolemais, where he met the two kings, and gave them and their friends silver and gold, and many presents, and found favour in their sight.

61At that time certain pestilent fellows of Israel, men of a wicked life, assembled themselves against him, to accuse him: but the king would not hear them.

62Yea more than that, the king commanded to take off his garments, and clothe him in purple: and they did so.

63And he made him sit by himself, and said unto his princes, Go with him into the midst of the city, and make proclamation, that no man complain against him of any matter, and that no man trouble him for any manner of cause.

64Now when his accusers saw that he was honored according to the proclamation, and clothed in purple, they fled all away.

65So the king honoured him, and wrote him among his chief friends, and made him a duke, and partaker of his dominion.

66Afterward Jonathan returned to Jerusalem with peace and gladness.

67Furthermore in the hundred threescore and fifth year came Demetrius son of Demetrius out of Crete into the land of his fathers:

68Whereof when king Alexander heard tell, he was right sorry, and returned into Antioch.

69Then Demetrius made Apollonius the governor of Celosyria his general, who gathered together a great host, and camped in Jamnia, and sent unto Jonathan the high priest, saying,

70Thou alone liftest up thyself against us, and I am laughed to scorn for thy sake, and reproached: and why dost thou vaunt thy power against us in the mountains?

71Now therefore, if thou trustest in thine own strength, come down to us into the plain field, and there let us try the matter together: for with me is the power of the cities.

72Ask and learn who I am, and the rest that take our part, and they shall tell thee that thy foot is not able to stand before our face; for thy fathers have been twice put to flight in their own land.

73Wherefore now thou shalt not be able to abide the horsemen and so great a power in the plain, where is neither stone nor flint, nor place to flee unto.

74So when Jonathan heard these words of Apollonius, he was moved in his mind, and choosing ten thousand men he went out of Jerusalem, where Simon his brother met him for to help him.

75And he pitched his tents against Joppa: but; they of Joppa shut him out of the city, because Apollonius had a garrison there.

76Then Jonathan laid siege unto it: whereupon they of the city let him in for fear: and so Jonathan won Joppa.

77Whereof when Apollonius heard, he took three thousand horsemen, with a great host of footmen, and went to Azotus as one that journeyed, and therewithal drew him forth into the plain. because he had a great number of horsemen, in whom he put his trust.

78Then Jonathan followed after him to Azotus, where the armies joined battle.

79Now Apollonius had left a thousand horsemen in ambush.

80And Jonathan knew that there was an ambushment behind him; for they had compassed in his host, and cast darts at the people, from morning till evening.

81But the people stood still, as Jonathan had commanded them: and so the enemies’ horses were tired.

82Then brought Simon forth his host, and set them against the footmen, (for the horsemen were spent) who were discomfited by him, and fled.

83The horsemen also, being scattered in the field, fled to Azotus, and went into Bethdagon, their idol’s temple, for safety.

84But Jonathan set fire on Azotus, and the cities round about it, and took their spoils; and the temple of Dagon, with them that were fled into it, he burned with fire.

85Thus there were burned and slain with the sword well nigh eight thousand men.

86And from thence Jonathan removed his host, and camped against Ascalon, where the men of the city came forth, and met him with great pomp.

87After this returned Jonathan and his host unto Jerusalem, having any spoils.

88Now when king Alexander heard these things, he honoured Jonathan yet more.

89And sent him a buckle of gold, as the use is to be given to such as are of the king’s blood: he gave him also Accaron with the borders thereof in possession.

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111And the king of Egypt gathered together a great host, like the sand that lieth upon the sea shore, and many ships, and went about through deceit to get Alexander’s kingdom, and join it to his own.

2Whereupon he took his journey into Spain in peaceable manner, so as they of the cities opened unto him, and met him: for king Alexander had commanded them so to do, because he was his brother in law.

3Now as Ptolemee entered into the cities, he set in every one of them a garrison of soldiers to keep it.

4And when he came near to Azotus, they shewed him the temple of Dagon that was burnt, and Azotus and the suburbs thereof that were destroyed, and the bodies that were cast abroad and them that he had burnt in the battle; for they had made heaps of them by the way where he should pass.

5Also they told the king whatsoever Jonathan had done, to the intent he might blame him: but the king held his peace.

6Then Jonathan met the king with great pomp at Joppa, where they saluted one another, and lodged.

7Afterward Jonathan, when he had gone with the king to the river called Eleutherus, returned again to Jerusalem.

8King Ptolemee therefore, having gotten the dominion of the cities by the sea unto Seleucia upon the sea coast, imagined wicked counsels against Alexander.

9Whereupon he sent ambasadors unto king Demetrius, saying, Come, let us make a league betwixt us, and I will give thee my daughter whom Alexander hath, and thou shalt reign in thy father’s kingdom:

10For I repent that I gave my daughter unto him, for he sought to slay me.

11Thus did he slander him, because he was desirous of his kingdom.

12Wherefore he took his daughter from him, and gave her to Demetrius, and forsook Alexander, so that their hatred was openly known.

13Then Ptolemee entered into Antioch, where he set two crowns upon his head, the crown of Asia, and of Egypt.

14In the mean season was king Alexander in Cilicia, because those that dwelt in those parts had revolted from him.

15But when Alexander heard of this, he came to war against him: whereupon king Ptolemee brought forth his host, and met him with a mighty power, and put him to flight.

16So Alexander fled into Arabia there to be defended; but king Ptolemee was exalted:

17For Zabdiel the Arabian took off Alexander’s head, and sent it unto Ptolemee.

18King Ptolemee also died the third day after, and they that were in the strong holds were slain one of another.

19By this means Demetrius reigned in the hundred threescore and seventh year.

20At the same time Jonathan gathered together them that were in Judea to take the tower that was in Jerusalem: and he made many engines of war against it.

21Then came ungodly persons, who hated their own people, went unto the king, and told him that Jonathan besieged the tower,

22Whereof when he heard, he was angry, and immediately removing, he came to Ptolemais, and wrote unto Jonathan, that he should not lay siege to the tower, but come and speak with him at Ptolemais in great haste.

23Nevertheless Jonathan, when he heard this, commanded to besiege it still: and he chose certain of the elders of Israel and the priests, and put himself in peril;

24And took silver and gold, and raiment, and divers presents besides, and went to Ptolemais unto the king, where he found favour in his sight.

25And though certain ungodly men of the people had made complaints against him,

26Yet the king entreated him as his predecessors had done before, and promoted him in the sight of all his friends,

27And confirmed him in the high priesthood, and in all the honours that he had before, and gave him preeminence among his chief friends.

28Then Jonathan desired the king, that he would make Judea free from tribute, as also the three governments, with the country of Samaria; and he promised him three hundred talents.

29So the king consented, and wrote letters unto Jonathan of all these things after this manner:

30King Demetrius unto his brother Jonathan, and unto the nation of the Jews, sendeth greeting:

31We send you here a copy of the letter which we did write unto our cousin Lasthenes concerning you, that ye might see it.

32King Demetrius unto his father Lasthenes sendeth greeting:

33We are determined to do good to the people of the Jews, who are our friends, and keep covenants with us, because of their good will toward us.

34Wherefore we have ratified unto them the borders of Judea, with the three governments of Apherema and Lydda and Ramathem, that are added unto Judea from the country of Samaria, and all things appertaining unto them, for all such as do sacrifice in Jerusalem, instead of the payments which the king received of them yearly aforetime out of the fruits of the earth and of trees.

35And as for other things that belong unto us, of the tithes and customs pertaining unto us, as also the saltpits, and the crown taxes, which are due unto us, we discharge them of them all for their relief.

36And nothing hereof shall be revoked from this time forth for ever.

37Now therefore see that thou make a copy of these things, and let it be delivered unto Jonathan, and set upon the holy mount in a conspicuous place.

38After this, when king Demetrius saw that the land was quiet before him, and that no resistance was made against him, he sent away all his forces, every one to his own place, except certain bands of strangers, whom he had gathered from the isles of the heathen: wherefore all the forces of his fathers hated him.

39Moreover there was one Tryphon, that had been of Alexander’s part afore, who, seeing that all the host murmured against Demetrius, went to Simalcue the Arabian that brought up Antiochus the young son of Alexander,

40And lay sore upon him to deliver him this young Antiochus, that he might reign in his father’s stead: he told him therefore all that Demetrius had done, and how his men of war were at enmity with him, and there he remained a long season.

41In the mean time Jonathan sent unto king Demetrius, that he would cast those of the tower out of Jerusalem, and those also in the fortresses: for they fought against Israel.

42So Demetrius sent unto Jonathan, saying, I will not only do this for thee and thy people, but I will greatly honour thee and thy nation, if opportunity serve.

43Now therefore thou shalt do well, if thou send me men to help me; for all my forces are gone from me.

44Upon this Jonathan sent him three thousand strong men unto Antioch: and when they came to the king, the king was very glad of their coming.

45Howbeit they that were of the city gathered themselves together into the midst of the city, to the number of an hundred and twenty thousand men, and would have slain the king.

46Wherefore the king fled into the court, but they of the city kept the passages of the city, and began to fight.

47Then the king called to the Jews for help, who came unto him all at once, and dispersing themselves through the city slew that day in the city to the number of an hundred thousand.

48Also they set fire on the city, and gat many spoils that day, and delivered the king.

49So when they of the city saw that the Jews had got the city as they would, their courage was abated: wherefore they made supplication to the king, and cried, saying,

50Grant us peace, and let the Jews cease from assaulting us and the city.

51With that they cast away their weapons, and made peace; and the Jews were honoured in the sight of the king, and in the sight of all that were in his realm; and they returned to Jerusalem, having great spoils.

52So king Demetrius sat on the throne of his kingdom, and the land was quiet before him.

53Nevertheless he dissembled in all that ever he spake, and estranged himself from Jonathan, neither rewarded he him according to the benefits which he had received of him, but troubled him very sore.

54After this returned Tryphon, and with him the young child Antiochus, who reigned, and was crowned.

55Then there gathered unto him all the men of war, whom Demetrius had put away, and they fought against Demetrius, who turned his back and fled.

56Moreover Tryphon took the elephants, and won Antioch.

57At that time young Antiochus wrote unto Jonathan, saying, I confirm thee in the high priesthood, and appoint thee ruler over the four governments, and to be one of the king’s friends.

58Upon this he sent him golden vessels to be served in, and gave him leave to drink in gold, and to be clothed in purple, and to wear a golden buckle.

59His brother Simon also he made captain from the place called The ladder of Tyrus unto the borders of Egypt.

60Then Jonathan went forth, and passed through the cities beyond the water, and all the forces of Syria gathered themselves unto him for to help him: and when he came to Ascalon, they of the city met him honourably.

61From whence he went to Gaza, but they of Gaza shut him out; wherefore he laid siege unto it, and burned the suburbs thereof with fire, and spoiled them.

62Afterward, when they of Gaza made supplication unto Jonathan, he made peace with them, and took the sons of their chief men for hostages, and sent them to Jerusalem, and passed through the country unto Damascus.

63Now when Jonathan heard that Demetrius’ princes were come to Cades, which is in Galilee, with a great power, purposing to remove him out of the country,

64He went to meet them, and left Simon his brother in the country.

65Then Simon encamped against Bethsura and fought against it a long season, and shut it up:

66But they desired to have peace with him, which he granted them, and then put them out from thence, and took the city, and set a garrison in it.

67As for Jonathan and his host, they pitched at the water of Gennesar, from whence betimes in the morning they gat them to the plain of Nasor.

68And, behold, the host of strangers met them in the plain, who, having laid men in ambush for him in the mountains, came themselves over against him.

69So when they that lay in ambush rose out of their places and joined battle, all that were of Jonathan’s side fled;

70Insomuch as there was not one of them left, except Mattathias the son of Absalom, and Judas the son of Calphi, the captains of the host.

71Then Jonathan rent his clothes, and cast earth upon his head, and prayed.

72Afterwards turning again to battle, he put them to flight, and so they ran away.

73Now when his own men that were fled saw this, they turned again unto him, and with him pursued them to Cades, even unto their own tents, and there they camped.

74So there were slain of the heathen that day about three thousand men: but Jonathan returned to Jerusalem.

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