Now when Simon heard that Tryphon gathered a great Host, to come into the land of Juda, and to destroy it, And saw that the people was in great fearfulness and care: He came up to Jerusalem, and gathered the people together, and gave them exhortation, saying: Ye know what great battles I and my brethren, and my fathers house, have stricken for the law and the Sanctuary, and what manner of troubles we have seen: Through occasion whereof, all my brethren are slain for Israels sake, and I am left alone. And now let me not spare mine own life in any manner of trouble, for I am no better than my brethren: but will avenge my people and the Sanctuary, our children and our wives: for all the Heathen are gathered together to destroy us of very malice.
In these words the hearts of the people were kindled together, so that they cried with a loud voice, saying: Thou shalt be our captain instead of Judas and Jonathas thy brother, order thou our battle, and whatsoever thou commandest us, we shall do it. So he gathered all the men of war, making haste to finish the walls of Jerusalem, which he made strong round about. Then sent he Jonathas the son of Absolomus with a fresh host unto Joppa, which drove them out that were in the castle, and remained there himself. Tryphon also removed from Ptolemais with a great army, to come into the land of Juda, and Jonathas with him in ward. And Simon pitched his tents at Addus before the plain field.
But when Tryphon knew that Simon stood up instead of his brother Jonathas, and that he would war against him: he sent messengers unto him, saying: Whereas we have kept Jonathas thy brother, it is for money that he is owing in the kings *accompte, concerning the business that he had in hand. Wherefore send now an hundred talents of silver, and his two sons for surety, that when he is let forth he shall not forsake us: and we shall send him again. Nevertheless Simon knew, that he disassembled in his words: yet commanded he the money and the children to be delivered unto him: least he should be the greater enemy against the people of Israel, and said: because he sent him not the money and the children, therefore is Jonathas dead.
So Simon sent him the children and an hundred talents, but he dissembled and would not let Jonathas go. Afterward came Tryphon into the land, to destroy it, and went round about by the way, that leadeth unto Adora: But wheresoever they went, thither went Simon and his host also. Now they that were in the castle, sent messengers unto Tryphon, that he should make haste to come by the wilderness, and to send them victuals: And Tryphon made ready all his horsemen to come that same night. Nevertheless it was a very great snow, so that he came not in Galaadithim. And when he drew nye Baschama, he slew Jonathas and his sons there, and then turned for to go into his own land.
Then sent Simon for to set his brothers dead corpse, and buried it in Modin his fathers city. So all Israel bewailed him with great lamentation, and mourned for him very long. And Simon made upon the sepulchre of his father and his brethren a building high to look unto of free stone behind and before: and set up *seven pillars, one against another,( for his father, and his mother, and four brethren ) and set great pillars round about, with arms upon them for a perpetual memory, and carved ships beside the arms: that they might be seen of men sailing in the sea.
Now Tryphon went forth to walk with the young king Antiochus, he slew him treacherously, and he reigned in his stead, crowned himself king of Asia, and did much evil in the land. Simon also built up the castles in Jewry, making them strong with high towers, great walls, ports, and locks, and laid up victuals in the strongholds. And Simon chose certain men, and sent them to king Demetrius: to desire him, that he would discharge the land from all bondage, for Tryphon had spoiled it very sore. Where upon Demetrius the king answered him, and wrote unto him after this manner.
Demetrius the king sendeth greeting unto Simon the high priest his friend, with the elders and people of the Jews. The golden crown and precious stone that ye sent unto us, have we received: and are ready to make a steadfast peace with you, yea and to write unto our officers, for to release you, concerning the things wherein we made you free: and the and the appointment that we make with you shall be firm and stable. The strong holds which ye have builded, shall be your own. As for any over sight or fault committed unto this day, we forgive it, and the crown tax that ye ought us also. And where as was any other tribute in Jerusalem, it shall now be no tribute: And look who are *mete among you to be in our court, let them be written up, that there may be peace betwixt us.
Thus the yoke of the Heathen was taken from Israel, in the hundred and seventieth year. And the people of the Jews began to write in their letters and acts on this manner. In the first year of Simon the high priest, and prince of the Jews.
In those days went Simon unto Gaza, and besieged it round about, where he set up ordinance of war. And won a tower which he took. So they that gat into the tower leapt in the city, which was in a great fear: Insomuch that the people of the city rent their clothes, and climbed up upon the walls with their wives and children, beseeching Simon to be at one with them: saying:
O' reward us not after our wickedness, but be gracious unto us, and we shall do thee service. Then Simon for very pity, would fight no more against them, but put them out of the city, and caused the houses ( wherein the Images were ) to be cleansed: and so entered the city with Psalms of praise, giving thanks unto the Lord. (kjv leaves out thanks unto the Lord) So when he had cast all abominations out of the city, he set much men in it as to keep the law of **God and made the city strong and builded a dwelling place for himself.
Now when they in the castle at Jerusalem were kept so straightly, that they could not come forth, ner into the country, and might neither buy nor sell: they were very hungry, and many of them famished to death: In so much that they besought Simon to be at one with them, which he granted them. So he had put them out from thence, and cleansed the castle from filthiness. And upon the twenty third day of the second month in the hundred seventy first year they entered into it with thanksgiving and branches of palm trees, with harps, *crowdes, cymbals, and*lutes, singing psalmes, and songs of praise unto God, for that the great enemy of Israel was over come.
And Simon ordained that same day should be kept every year in gladness, and made strong the hill of the temple that was beside the castle, where he dwelt himself with his company. Simon also perceiving that Jhon his son was a mighty man of arms, made him captain of all the hosts, and caused him to dwell at Gaza.