The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE FIRST BOOK OF MACCABEES

IT CAME to pass after Alexander1 of Macedon, the son of Philip, who came from the land of Chittim, had utterly defeated Darius, the king of the Medes and Persians, that he reigned in his stead, as he had before reigned over Greece. And he waged2 many wars and captured fortresses and slaughtered the kings of the earth; and3 he made his way to the ends of the earth and despoiled a multitude of nations. The whole earth was silent before him, and he became exalted, and his heart was uplifted. He mustered a very4 mighty army and ruled over the lands and rulers of the heathen, and they paid him tribute. Afterward he fell5 sick, and knew that he was going to die. So he called in his distinguished serv-6 ants who had been brought up with him, and divided his kingdom among them while he was still alive. Alexander7 had reigned twelve years when he died. His servants succeeded him, each in8 his own domain. After his death they9 all put on crowns, as did their sons after them, for many years, and they did much evil on the earth.

There sprang from them a sinful10 shoot named Antiochus Epiphanes, the son of King Antiochus; he had been a hostage in Rome and he became king in the one hundred and thirty-seventh year of the Greek kingdom.

In those days there arose out of11 Israel lawless men who persuaded many, saying,

"Let us go and make a treaty with the heathen around us, for ever since the time we became separated from them, many misfortunes have overtaken us." The plan seemed good in their eyes,12 and some of the people went eagerly to13 the king, and he authorized them to introduce the practices of the heathen. And they built a gymnasium in Jerusa-14 lem, in the heathen fashion, and sub-15 mitted to uncircumcision, and disowned the holy agreement; they allied themselves with the heathen and became the slaves of wrongdoing.

When his rule appeared to Antiochus16 to be established, he conceived the idea of becoming king of the land of Egypt, so that he might reign over the two kingdoms. So he entered Egypt17 with a strong force, with chariots and elephants and cavalry and a great fleet. And he made war on Ptolemy; king of is Egypt, and Ptolemy turned and fled before him, and many fell wounded. And they captured the walled cities in 19 the land of Egypt, and he plundered the land of Egypt.

After subduing Egypt, in the one 20 hundred and forty-third year, Antiochus turned back and came up against Israel and entered Jerusalem with a strong force. And in his arrogance he 21 went into the sanctuary and took the gold altar and the lampstand for the light, and all its furniture and the table 22 for the Presentation Bread and the cups and the bowls and the gold censers and the curtain and the crowns and the gold ornamentation on the front of the temple, for he stripped it all off. And 23 he took the silver and the gold, and the choice dishes, and he took the secret treasures, which he found; he took them 24 all and went back to his own country. He massacred people and spoke with great arrogance.

And there was great mourning 25everywhere throughout Israel. Rulers 26 and elders groaned, girls and young men fainted away, and the beauty of the women was altered. Every bride 27 groom began to lament, and she that sat in the bridal chamber grieved. The very earth was shaken over its 28 inhabitants, and the whole household of Jacob was covered with shame.

After two years the king sent an 29 officer to collect tribute, to the towns of Judah, and he entered Jerusalem with a strong force. And he spoke to 30 them craftily in peaceful terms, and they trusted him. Then he suddenly fell upon the city and struck it a great

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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