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EXTRA

THE SECOND BOOK OF MACHABEES: Chapter 12


The Jews are still molested by their neighbours. Judas gains divers victories over them. He orders sacrifice and prayers for the dead.

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121When these covenants were made, Lysias went to the king, and the Jews gave themselves to husbandry.his factis pactionibus Lysias pergebat ad regem Iudaei autem agriculturae operam dabant
122But they that were behind, viz. Timotheus, and Apollonius, the son of Genneus, also Hieronymus, and Demophon, and besides them Nicanor, the governor of Cyprus, would not suffer them to live in peace, and to be quiet.sed hii qui resederant Timotheus et Apollonius gehennae filius sed et Hieronimus et Demofon super hos et Nicanor cypriarches non sinebant eos in silentio agere et quiete
123The men of Joppe also were guilty of this kind of wickedness: they desired the Jews, who dwelt among them, to go with their wives and children into the boats, which they had prepared, as though they had no enmity to them.Ioppitae vero tale quoddam flagitium perpetrarunt rogaverunt Iudaeos cum quibus habitabant ascendere scaphas quas paraverant cum uxoribus et filiis quasi nullis inimicitiis inter eos subiacentibus
124Which when they had consented to, according to the common decree of the city, suspecting nothing, because of the peace: when they were gone forth into the deep, they drowned no fewer than two hundred of them.secundum communem itaque decretum civitatis et ipsis adquiescentibus pacisque causa nihil suspectum habentibus cum in altum processissent submerserunt non minus ducentos
125But as soon as Judas heard of this cruelty done to his countrymen, he commanded the men that were with him: and after having called upon God, the just judge,quam crudelitatem Iudas in suae gentis homines factam ut cognovit praecepit viris qui erant cum ipso et invocato iusto iudice Deo
126He came against those murderers of his brethren, and set the haven on fire in the night, burnt the boats, and slew with the sword them that escaped from the fire.venit adversus interfectores fratrum et portum quidem noctu succendit scaphas exusit eos autem qui ab igne refugerant gladio peremit
127And when he had done these things in this manner, he departed as if he would return again, and root out all the Joppites.et cum haec ita egisset discessit quasi iterum reversurus et universos Ioppitas eradicaturus
128But when he understood that the men of Jamnia also designed to do in like manner to the Jews that dwelt among them,sed cum cognovisset et eos qui erant Iamniae velle pari modo facere habitantibus secum Iudaeis
129He came upon the Jamnites also by night, and set the haven on fire, with the ships, so that the light of the fire was seen at Jerusalem, two hundred and forty furlongs off.Iamnitis quoque nocte supervenit et portum cum navibus succendit ita ut lumen ignis pareret Hierosolymis ab stadiis ducentis quadraginta
1210And when they were now gone from thence nine furlongs, and were marching towards Timotheus, five thousand footmen, and five hundred horsemen of the Arabians, set upon them.inde cum abissent novem stadiis et iter facerent ad Timotheum commiserunt cum eo Arabes quinque milia viri et equites quingenti
1211And after a hard fight, in which, by the help of God, they got the victory, the rest of the Arabians being overcome, besought Judas for peace, promising to give him pastures, and to assist him in other things.cumque pugna valida fieret et auxilio Dei prospere cessisset residui victi Arabes petebant a Iuda dextras sibi dari promittentes pascua daturos et in ceteris profuturos
1212And Judas thinking that they might be profitable indeed in many things, promised them peace, and after having joined hands, they departed to their tents.Iudas autem arbitratus vere in multis eos utiles promisit pacem dextrisque acceptis discessere ad tabernacula sua
1213He also laid siege to a certain strong city, encompassed with bridges and walls, and inhabited by multitudes of different nations, the name of which is Casphin.adgressus est autem et civitatem quandam firmam pontibus murisque circumseptam quae a turbis habitabatur gentium promiscuarum cui nomen Caspin
1214But they that were within it, trusting in the strength of the walls, and the provision of victuals, behaved in a more negligent manner, and provoked Judas with railing and blaspheming, and uttering such words as were not to be spoken.hii vero qui intus erant confidentes in stabilitate murorum et adparatu alimoniarum remissius agebant maledictis lacessentes Iudam ac blasphemantes et loquentes quae fas non est
1215But Machabeus calling upon the great Lord of the world, who without any rams or engines of war threw down the walls of Jericho, in the time of Josue, fiercely assaulted the walls.Macchabeus autem invocato magno mundi principe qui sine arietibus et machinis temporibus Iesu praecipitavit Hiericho inruit ferociter muris
1216And having taken the city by the will of the Lord, he made an unspeakable slaughter, so that a pool adjoining, of two furlongs broad, seemed to run with the blood of the slain.et capta civitate per Domini voluntatem inenarrabiles caedes fecit ita ut adiacens stagnum stadiorum duo latitudinis sanguine infectum fluere videretur
1217From thence they departed seven hundred and fifty furlongs, and came to Characa, to the Jews that are called Tubianites.inde discesserunt stadia septingenta quinquaginta et venerunt in Characa ad eos qui dicuntur Tubianei Iudaeos
1218But as for Timotheus, they found him not in those places, for before he had dispatched any thing he went back, having left a very strong garrison in a certain hold:et Timotheum quidem in illis locis conprehenderunt nulloque negotio perfecto regressus est relicto in quodam loco firmissimo praesidio
1219But Dositheus, and Sosipater, who were captains with Machabeus, slew them that were left by Timotheus in the hold, to the number of ten thousand men.Dositheus autem et Sosipater qui erant duces cum Macchabeo peremerunt a Timotheo relictos in praesidio decem milia viros
1220And Machabeus having set in order about him six thousand men, and divided them by bands, went forth against Timotheus, who had with him a hundred and twenty thousand footmen, and two thousand five hundred horsemen.at Macchabeus ordinatis circum se sex milibus et constitutis per cohortes adversus Timotheum processit habentem secum centum viginti milia peditum equitumque duo milia quingentos
1221Now when Timotheus had knowledge of the coming of Judas, he sent the women and children, and the other baggage, before him into a fortress, called Carnion: for it was impregnable, and hard to come at, by reason of the straitness of the places.cognito autem Iudae adventu Timotheus praemisit mulieres et filios et reliquum adparatum in praesidium quod Carnion dicitur erat enim inexpugnabile et accessu difficile propter locorum angustias
1222But when the first band of Judas came in sight, the enemies were struck with fear, by the presence of God, who seeth all things, and they were put to flight one from another, so that they were often thrown down by their own companions, and wounded with the strokes of their own swords.cumque cohors Iudae prima apparuisset timor hostibus incussus est ex praesentia Dei qui universa conspicit et in fugam versi sunt alius alio ita ut magis a suis deicerentur et gladiorum suorum ictibus debilitarentur
1223But Judas pursued them close, punishing the profane, of whom he slew thirty thousand men.Iudas autem vehementer instabat puniens profanos et prostravit ex eis triginta milia virorum
1224And Timotheus himself fell into the hands of the band of Dositheus and Sosipater, and with many prayers he besought them to let him go with his life, because he had the parents and brethren of many of the Jews, who, by his death, might happen to be deceived.ipse vero Timotheus incidit in partes Dosithei et Sosipatri et multis precibus postulabat ut vivus dimitteretur eo quod multorum ex Iudaeis parentes haberet ac fratres quos morte eius decipi eveniret
1225And when he had given his faith that he would restore them according to the agreement, they let him go without hurt, for the saving of their brethren.et cum fidem dedisset restituturum se eos secundum constitutum inlaesum eum dimiserunt propter fratrum salutem
1226Then Judas went away to Carnion, where he slew five and twenty thousand persons.Iudas autem egressus est a Carnio interfectis viginti quinque milibus
1227And after he had put to flight and destroyed these, he removed his army to Ephron, a strong city, wherein there dwelt a multitude of divers nations: and stout young men standing upon the walls, made a vigorous resistance: and in this place there were many engines of war, and a provision of darts.post horum fugam et necem movit exercitum ad Efron civitatem munitam in qua multitudo diversarum gentium habitabat et robusti iuvenes pro muris consistentes fortiter repugnabant in hac autem machinae multae et telorum erat adparatus
1228But when they had invocated the Almighty, who with his power breaketh the strength of the enemies, they took the city: and slew five and twenty thousand of them that were within.sed cum Omnipotentem invocassent qui potestate vires hostium confregit ceperunt civitatem et ex eis qui intus erant viginti quinque milia prostraverunt
1229From thence they departed to Scythopolis, which lieth six hundred furlongs from Jerusalem.inde ad civitatem Scytarum abierunt quae ab Hierosolymis sescentis stadiis aberat
1230But the Jews that were among the Scythopolitans testifying that they were used kindly by them, and that even in the times of their adversity they had treated them with humanity:contestantibus autem his qui apud Scytopolitas erant Iudaeis quod benigne ab eis haberentur etiam temporibus infelicitatis quod modeste secum egerint
1231They gave them thanks, exhorting them to be still friendly to their nation, and so they came to Jerusalem, the feast of the weeks being at hand.gratias agentes eis exhortati etiam de cetero erga genus suum benignos esse venerunt Hierosolymam die sollemni septimanarum instante
1232And after Pentecost they marched against Gorgias, the governor of Idumea.et post pentecosten abierunt contra Gorgiam praepositum Idumeae
1233And he came out with three thousand footmen and four hundred horsemen.exivit autem cum peditibus tribus milibus et equitibus quadringentis
1234And when they had joined battle, it happened that a few of the Jews were slain.quibus congressis contigit paucos ruere Iudaeorum
1235But Dositheus, a horseman, one of Bacenor's band, a valiant man, took hold of Gorgias: and when he would have taken him alive, a certain horseman of the Thracians came upon him, and cut off his shoulder: and so Gorgias escaped to Maresa.Dositheus vero quidam de Bachenoris eques vir fortis Gorgiam tenebat et cum vellet illum capere vivum eques quidam de Thracibus inruit in eum umerumque eius amputavit atque ita Gorgias effugit in Marisa
1236But when they that were with Esdrin had fought long, and were weary, Judas called upon the Lord to be their helper, and leader of the battle:at illis qui cum Esdrin erant diutius pugnantibus et fatigatis invocavit Dominum Iudas adiutorem et ducem belli fieri
1237Then beginning in his own language, and singing hymns with a loud voice, he put Gorgias's soldiers to flight.incipiens voce patria et cum hymnis clamorem extollens fugam Gorgiae militibus incussit
1238So Judas having gathered together his army, came into the city Odollam: and when the seventh day came, they purified themselves according to the custom, and kept the sabbath in the same place.Iudas autem collecto exercitu venit in civitatem Odollam et cum septima dies superveniret secundum consuetudinem purificati in eodem loco sabbatum egerunt
1239And the day following Judas came with his company, to take away the bodies of them that were slain, and to bury them with their kinsmen, in the sepulchres of their fathers.et sequenti die venit cum suis Iudas ut corpora prostratorum tolleret et cum parentibus poneret in sepulchris paternis
1240And they found under the coats of the slain, some of the donaries of the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbiddeth to the Jews: so that all plainly saw, that for this cause they were slain.invenerunt autem sub tunicis interfectorum de donariis idolorum quae apud Iamnian fuerunt a quibus lex prohibet Iudaeos omnibus ergo manifestum factum est ob hanc causam eos corruisse
1241Then they all blessed the just judgment of the Lord, who had discovered the things that were hidden.omnes itaque benedixerunt iustum iudicium Domini qui occulta fecerit manifesta
1242And so betaking themselves to prayers, they besought him, that the sin which had been committed might be forgotten. But the most valiant Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves from sin, forasmuch as they saw before their eyes what had happened, because of the sins of those that were slain.atque ita ad preces conversi rogaverunt ut id quod factum erat delictum obliteraretur at vero fortissimus Iudas hortabatur populum conservare se sine peccato sub oculis videntes quae facta sint pro peccato eorum qui prostrati sunt
1243And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection.et facta conlatione duodecim milia dragmas argenti misit Hierosolymam offerri pro peccato sacrificium bene et religiose de resurrectione cogitans
1244(For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,)nisi enim eos qui ceciderant resurrecturos speraret superfluum videretur et vanum orare pro mortuis
1245And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them.et quia considerabat quod hii qui cum pietate dormitionem acceperant optimam haberent repositam gratiam
1246It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.sancta ergo et salubris cogitatio pro defunctis exorare ut a peccato solverentur
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