2 Maccabees 1

1 {\cf2 The brethren the Iewes, which be at Ierusalem, and they that are in the countrey of Iudea, vnto the brethren ye Iewes, that are throughout Egypt, send salutation, and prosperitie.}

2 {\cf2 God be gratious vnto you & remember his couenant made with Abraham, and Isaac, and Iacob his faithfull seruants,}

3 {\cf2 And giue you al an heart, to worship him, and to doe his will with a whole heart and with a willing minde,}

4 {\cf2 And open your hearts in his Lawe, and commandements, and send you peace,}

5 {\cf2 And heare your praiers, and be reconciled with you, and neuer forsake you in time of trouble.}

6 {\cf2 Thus nowe we praie here for you.}

7 {\cf2 When Demetrius reigned, in the hundreth, threescore and ninth yere, we Iewes wrote vnto you in the trouble, and violence that came unto vs in those yeeres, after that Iason, and his companie departed out of the holy land and kingdome,}

8 {\cf2 And burnt the porch, & shed innocent blood. Then we praied vnto the Lorde, and were heard: we offered sacrifices and fine flowre, and lighted the lampes, and set foorth the bread.}

9 {\cf2 Nowe therefore keepe ye the daies of ye feast of the Tabernacles in the moneth Chasleu.}

10 {\cf2 In the hundreth, fourescore & eight yeere, the people that was at Ierusalem, and in Iudea, and the counsell and Iudas, vnto Aristobulus King Ptolemeus master, which is of the stocke of the anointed Priestes, and to the Iewes that are in Egypt, sendeth greeting and health.}

11 {\cf2 In so much as God hath deliuered vs from great perils, wee thanke him highly, as though wee had ouercome the King.}

12 {\cf2 For he brought them into Persia by heapes, that fought against the holy citie.}

13 {\cf2 For albeit the captaine, and the armie, that was with him, seemed inuincible, yet they were slaine in the Temple of Nanea, by the deceit of Naneas Priests.}

14 {\cf2 For Antiochus, as though hee would dwell with her, came thither, he, and his friends with him, to receiue money vnder the title of a dowrie.}

15 {\cf2 But when the Priests of Nanea had laide it foorth, and hee was entred with a small companie within the Temple, they shut the Temple, when Antiochus was come in,}

16 {\cf2 And by opening a priuie doore of the vaute, they cast stones, as it were thunder, vpon the captaine and his, and hauing bruised them in pieces, they cut off their heads and threwe them to those that were without.}

17 {\cf2 God be blessed in all things, which hath deliuered vp the wicked.}

18 {\cf2 Whereas we are nowe purposed to keepe the purification of the Temple vpon the fiue and twentie day of the moneth Chasleu, we thought it necessarie to certifie you thereof, that yee also might keepe the feast of the Tabernacles, and of the fire which was giuen vs when Neemias offered sacrifice, after that he had built the Temple, and the altar.}

19 {\cf2 For when as our fathers were led away vnto Persia, the Priests, which sought the honor of God, tooke the fire of the altar priuilie, and hid it in an hollowe pit, which was drie in the bottome, and therein they kept it, so that ye place was vnknowen vnto euery man.}

20 {\cf2 Nowe after many yeres when it pleased God that Neemias shoulde be sent from the king of Persia, he sent of the posteritie of those Priestes, which had hid it to fetche the fire, and as they tolde vs, they found no fire, but thicke water.}

21 {\cf2 Then commaunded he them to drawe it vp, and to bring it: and when the things apperteining to the sacrifices were brought, Neemias commaunded the Priests to sprinkle the woode, and the things laide thereupon with water.}

22 {\cf2 When this was done, and the time came that the sunne shone, which afore was hid in the cloud, there was a great fire kindled, so that euery man marueiled.}

23 {\cf2 Nowe the Priests, and all praied, while the sacrifice was consuming: Ionathan began, and the other answered thereunto.}

24 {\cf2 And the praier of Neemias was after this maner, O Lord, Lord God maker of all things, which art feareful, and strong, and righteous, and merciful, and the onely and gratious king,}

25 {\cf2 Onely liberall, onely iust and almightie and euerlasting, thou that deliuerest Israel from al trouble, & hast chosen the fathers, and sanctified them,}

26 {\cf2 Receiue the sacrifice for thy whole people of Israel, and preserue thine owne portion, and sanctifie it.}

27 {\cf2 Gather those together, that are scattered from vs: deliuer them that serue among the heathen: looke vpon them which are despised, and abhorred, that ye heathen may knowe that thou art our God.}

28 {\cf2 Punish them that oppresse vs, and with pride doe vs wrong.}

29 {\cf2 Plant thy people againe in thine holy place as Moyses hath spoken.}

30 {\cf2 And the Priests sang Psalmes thereunto.}

31 {\cf2 Now when the sacrifice was consumed, Neemias commanded the great stones to be sprinkled with the residue of the water.}

32 {\cf2 Which when it was done, there was kindeled a flame, which was consumed by the light, that shined from the altar.}

33 {\cf2 So when this matter was knowen, it was told the King of Persia, that in the place where the Priests, which were led away, had hid fire, there appeared water, wherewith Neemias and his companie had purified the sacrifices.}

34 {\cf2 The King tried out the thing, and closed the place about, and made it holy.}

35 {\cf2 And to them that the King fauoured, he gaue and bestowed many gifts.}

36 {\cf2 And Neemias called the same place Ephthar, which is to say, purification: but many men call it Nephthar.}