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1 Maccabees 13:41-53 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

41 In the one hundred seventieth year[a] the yoke of the Gentiles was removed from Israel, 42 and the people began to write in their documents and contracts, “In the first year of Simon the great high priest and commander and leader of the Jews.”

The Capture of Gazara by Simon

43 In those days Simon[b] encamped against Gazara[c] and surrounded it with troops. He made a siege engine, brought it up to the city, and battered and captured one tower. 44 The men in the siege engine leaped out into the city, and a great tumult arose in the city. 45 The men in the city, with their wives and children, went up on the wall with their clothes torn, and they cried out with a loud voice, asking Simon to make peace with them; 46 they said, “Do not treat us according to our wicked acts but according to your mercy.” 47 So Simon reached an agreement with them and stopped fighting against them. But he expelled them from the city and cleansed the houses in which the idols were located, and then entered it with hymns and praise. 48 He removed all uncleanness from it, and settled in it those who observed the law. He also strengthened its fortifications and built in it a house for himself.

Simon Regains the Citadel at Jerusalem

49 Those who were in the citadel at Jerusalem were prevented from going in and out to buy and sell in the country. So they were very hungry, and many of them perished from famine. 50 Then they cried to Simon to make peace with them, and he did so. But he expelled them from there and cleansed the citadel from its pollutions. 51 On the twenty-third day of the second month, in the one hundred seventy-first year,[d] the Jews[e] entered it with praise and palm branches, and with harps and cymbals and stringed instruments, and with hymns and songs, because a great enemy had been crushed and removed from Israel. 52 Simon[f] decreed that every year they should celebrate this day with rejoicing. He strengthened the fortifications of the temple hill alongside the citadel, and he and his men lived there. 53 Simon saw that his son John had reached manhood, and so he made him commander of all the forces; and he lived at Gazara.

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1 Maccabees 14:1-15 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Capture of Demetrius

14 In the one hundred seventy-second year[a] King Demetrius assembled his forces and marched into Media to obtain help, so that he could make war against Trypho. When King Arsaces of Persia and Media heard that Demetrius had invaded his territory, he sent one of his generals to take him alive. The general[b] went and defeated the army of Demetrius, and seized him and took him to Arsaces, who put him under guard.

Eulogy of Simon

The land[c] had rest all the days of Simon.
    He sought the good of his nation;
his rule was pleasing to them,
    as was the honor shown him, all his days.
To crown all his honors he took Joppa for a harbor,
    and opened a way to the isles of the sea.
He extended the borders of his nation,
    and gained full control of the country.
He gathered a host of captives;
    he ruled over Gazara and Beth-zur and the citadel,
and he removed its uncleanness from it;
    and there was none to oppose him.
They tilled their land in peace;
    the ground gave its increase,
    and the trees of the plains their fruit.
Old men sat in the streets;
    they all talked together of good things,
    and the youths put on splendid military attire.
10 He supplied the towns with food,
    and furnished them with the means of defense,
    until his renown spread to the ends of the earth.
11 He established peace in the land,
    and Israel rejoiced with great joy.
12 All the people sat under their own vines and fig trees,
    and there was none to make them afraid.
13 No one was left in the land to fight them,
    and the kings were crushed in those days.
14 He gave help to all the humble among his people;
    he sought out the law,
    and did away with all the renegades and outlaws.
15 He made the sanctuary glorious,
    and added to the vessels of the sanctuary.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Maccabees 14:1 140 b.c.
  2. 1 Maccabees 14:3 Gk He
  3. 1 Maccabees 14:4 Other ancient authorities add of Judah
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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