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2 Maccabees 5:5 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

When a false rumor arose that Antiochus was dead, Jason took no fewer than a thousand men and suddenly made an assault on the city. When the troops on the wall had been forced back and at last the city was being taken, Menelaus took refuge in the citadel.

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2 Maccabees 5:5 Common English Bible (CEB)

When a false rumor spread that Antiochus had died, Jason took no fewer than a thousand soldiers and made an unexpected assault on the city. When the troops on the wall had been defeated, and the city had been seized at last, Menelaus fled into the elevated fortress.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Maccabees 5:5 Gk acropolis
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2 Maccabees 5:11-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

11 When news of what had happened reached the king, he took it to mean that Judea was in revolt. So, raging inwardly, he left Egypt and took the city by storm. 12 He commanded his soldiers to cut down relentlessly everyone they met and to kill those who went into their houses.

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2 Maccabees 5:11-12 Common English Bible (CEB)

11 When the news of these events reached the king, he thought Judea was in revolt. So he broke camp and marched from Egypt while wild with emotion, and took the city by force. 12 He commanded his soldiers to cut down without mercy anyone they met and to slaughter those fleeing into their houses.

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2 Maccabees 5:14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

14 Within the total of three days eighty thousand were destroyed, forty thousand in hand-to-hand fighting, and as many were sold into slavery as were killed.

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2 Maccabees 5:14 Common English Bible (CEB)

14 Over a three-day period, eighty thousand people’s lives were ruined. Forty thousand were killed in hand-to-hand fighting, and no fewer than those slaughtered were sold as slaves.

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2 Maccabees 6:1 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Suppression of Judaism

Not long after this, the king sent an Athenian[a] senator[b] to compel the Jews to forsake the laws of their ancestors and no longer to live by the laws of God;

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Maccabees 6:1 Other ancient authorities read Antiochian
  2. 2 Maccabees 6:1 Or Geron an Athenian
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2 Maccabees 6:1 Common English Bible (CEB)

Judaism is outlawed

Shortly afterward the king sent out an Athenian elder[a] to force the Jews to turn away from their ancestral laws and stop living according to God’s laws.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Maccabees 6:1 Or Geron, an Athenian
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2 Maccabees 6:6-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

People could neither keep the sabbath, nor observe the festivals of their ancestors, nor so much as confess themselves to be Jews.

On the monthly celebration of the king’s birthday, the Jews[a] were taken, under bitter constraint, to partake of the sacrifices; and when a festival of Dionysus was celebrated, they were compelled to wear wreaths of ivy and to walk in the procession in honor of Dionysus. At the suggestion of the people of Ptolemais[b] a decree was issued to the neighboring Greek cities that they should adopt the same policy toward the Jews and make them partake of the sacrifices, and should kill those who did not choose to change over to Greek customs. One could see, therefore, the misery that had come upon them.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Maccabees 6:7 Gk they
  2. 2 Maccabees 6:8 Cn: Gk suggestion of the Ptolemies (or of Ptolemy)
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2 Maccabees 6:6-9 Common English Bible (CEB)

It was impossible to keep the Sabbath or the ancestral festivals, or even simply to profess to be a Jew. Instead, out of bitter necessity, they had to observe the birthday of the king each month by eating the organs of sacrificial animals. When the Festival of Dionysus arrived, they were forced to take part in a procession honoring Dionysus, holding ivy wreaths. At Ptolemais’ suggestion,[a] a decision was announced to the neighboring Greek cities that they should adopt the same policy against the Jews and that they should be made to eat the sacrificial portions, and that those who refused to change to Greek practices should be slaughtered. At that point it was easy to see the miserable state that had arrived.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Maccabees 6:8 Or At the suggestion of the people of Ptolemais
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2 Maccabees 6:16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

16 Therefore he never withdraws his mercy from us. Although he disciplines us with calamities, he does not forsake his own people.

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2 Maccabees 6:16 Common English Bible (CEB)

16 Therefore, he never withdraws his mercy from us. Although disciplining us with misfortunes, God doesn’t forsake his own people.

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