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1 Maccabees 1:30-38 Common English Bible (CEB)

30 The agent spoke peaceably and the Jews believed him, but he was deceitful. Without warning, he attacked the city, dealt it a brutal blow, and killed many Israelites. 31 He plundered the city. He set fires within it, destroyed its houses, and tore down its protective walls. 32 His forces took women and children as prisoners and seized livestock. 33 After all of this, the agent’s forces fortified David’s City with a very strong wall and powerful towers, and it became their fortress. 34 They stationed sinful, immoral people there, and these soldiers held down their position. 35 They stocked up with weapons and food, collected the spoils of Jerusalem, and stored them there. They were a great menace.

36 They[a] ambushed the sanctuary.
    They were an evil opponent of Israel
    at all times.
37 Its inhabitants shed innocent blood
all around the sanctuary,
    and they even polluted
    the sanctuary itself.
38 Because of them,
those who lived in Jerusalem fled.
    The city became
    a dwelling place for strangers.
        She was like a stranger to her offspring,
            and her children abandoned her.


  1. 1 Maccabees 1:36 Or It
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