He said: “Horrible! Why was I born to see this— the ruin of my people, the ruin of the holy city? Why was I born to live there when it was given over to the enemy, and when the sanctuary was given over to strangers?
he said: Why was I born to see these terrible things, the ruin of my people and of the holy city? Must I sit here helpless while the city is surrendered to enemies and the Temple falls into the hands of foreigners?
And Mattathias said, Woe to me! whereto am I born, for to see the destroying [or (the) constriction] of my people, and the defouling (or the defiling) of the holy city, and for to sit there, when it is given into the hands of (our) enemies? Holy things be made in the hand of strangers (The Temple is given into the hands of strangers);
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