3 Maccabees Chapter 02


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P. 151 – 155 Book 3 B.C. 125 [PDF: 201/205 of P.524]

CHAPTER 2

(i) The letter continued. The authors design in this book.

1 ” It is also found in the records, that Jeremy the prophet commanded them which went into captivity[1]P. 151 Foot Note a. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge], to take of the fire, as it hath been 2 signified : and how that the prophet, having given them the law, charged them which went into captivity not to forget the commandments of the Lord ; and that they should not err in their minds, on beholding images of gold and 3 silver, with their ornaments. And with other such speeches exhorted he them, that the law 4 should not depart from their hearts. It was p. 152 also contained in the same writing, that the prophet, being- warned of God, commanded the tabernacle and the ark to go with him, as he went forth into the mountain, where Moses climbed up, and saw the heritage of God. And 5 when Jeremy came thither, he found a hollow cave ; wherein he laid the tabernacle, and the ark, and the altar of incense, and so stopped the door. And some of those who followed him 6 came to mark the way, but they could not find it. Which, when Jeremy perceived, he blamed 7 them, saying, As for that place, it shall be unknown until the time that God gather his people again together, and be merciful unto them. Then shall the Lord shew them these things, 8 and the glory of the Lord shall appear, and the cloud also, as it was shewed under Moses, and as when Solomon desired that the place might be honourably sanctified. It was also declared, 9 that he. being wise, offered the sacrifice of dedication, and of the finishing of the temple. And as 10 Moses prayed unto the Lord, and the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the sacrifices even so prayed Solomon also, and the fire came down, and consumed the burnt-offerings. And 11 Moses said, Because the sin-offering was not eaten[2]P. 152 Foot Note b. See Leviticus, ch. x. 16—I8., it was consumed. So also Solomon kept 12 those eight days.

13 The same things also were reported in the writings and commentaries of Neemias ; and how lie, founding a library, gathered together the acts of the kings and the prophets, and of David, and the epistles of the kings concerning 14 the holy gifts. In like manner also Judas gathered together all those things which were dispersed by reason of the war which we had, 15 and they remain with us. Wherefore, if ye have need thereof, send some to fetch them 16 unto you. Whereas we then are about to celebrate the purification, we have written unto you ; and ye shall do well, if ye keep the same 17 days. But it is God who delivered all his people, and gave them all an heritage, and the kingdom, and the priesthood, and the 18 sanctuary[3]P. 153 Foot Note c. details here Gr. [ click on image to enlarge], literally, ” sanctification.”, as he promised in the law. For we hope in God that he will shortly have mercy upon us, and gather us together out of every land under heaven, unto the holy place : for he hath delivered us out of great troubles, and 19 hath purified the place.”

20 NOW as concerning Judas Maccabaeus, and his brethren, and the purification of the great temple, and the dedication of the altar ; and the wars 21 against Antiochus Epiphanes, and Eupator his son ; and the manifest signs which came from heaven unto those who behaved themselves manfully to their honour for Judaism : so that being 22 but a few, they overcame the whole country, and chased barbarous multitudes; and recovered again the temple renowned all the world over, and freed the city, and upheld the laws, which were about 23 to be dissolved, the Lord being gracious unto them with all favour : things which have been 24 declared by Jason of Cyrene in five books—we will assay to abridge in one volume. For considering p. 154 the infinite number[4]P. 154 Foot Note d. Gr. [https://fourcornerministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/P.154-3.Macca_.2-FN-d-01-00-20mm-h.fw_-150x20.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 156px) 100vw, 156px" /> click on image to enlarge] the multitude, either of events or of narratives to be considered., and the difficulty which they find who desire to enter deeply[5]P. 154 Foot Note e. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] literally, ” to involve themselves.” into the narrations of the story, for the variety of the matter ; 25 we have been careful, that they which will read might have delight, and that they which are desirous to commit to memory, might have ease; and that all, into whose hands it comes, may have profit. Indeed to us, who have taken upon 26 us this painful labour of abridging, it was not easy, but a matter of sweat and watching ; even 27 as it is no ease unto him who prepareth a banquet, and seeketh the benefit of others : yet for the pleasuring of many we will undertake gladly this painful task ; leaving to the author the exact 28 handling of every particular, and labouring to follow the rules[6]P. 154 Foot Note f. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] ” lines traced for a pattern.” of an abridgment. For as the 29 master-builder of a new house must care for the whole building ; but he who under taketh to deck it with painting and sculpture[7]P. 154 Foot Note g. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] ” to burn in,” meaning, ” to paint in ” encaustic,” a species of decoration in which the nations of antiquity … Continue reading, must seek out fit things for the adorning thereof: even so I think it is with us. To stand upon every point, and 30 discourse of all things at large, and to be curious in particulars, belongeth to the first author of the story : but to study brevity, and avoid much 31 labouring of the work, is to be granted to him who will make an abridgment[8]P. 154 Foot Note h. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge], literally, a ” transmutation,” either into another form or another language.. Here then let 32 us begin the narrative ; only adding thus much to p. 155 that which hath been said before; for it is a foolish thing to make a long prologue to a story, and to be short in the story itself.


Original Source: Transcribed from PDF copy of Book "The Five Books of Maccabees in English. With Notes and Illustrations", by HENRY COTTON, D.C.L.(Sir) Archdeacon of Cashel, and Late Student of Christ Church, Oxford. Publication date 1832 | PDF


References

References
1 P. 151 Foot Note a. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge]
2 P. 152 Foot Note b. See Leviticus, ch. x. 16—I8.
3 P. 153 Foot Note c. details here Gr. [ click on image to enlarge], literally, ” sanctification.”
4 P. 154 Foot Note d. Gr. [https://fourcornerministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/P.154-3.Macca_.2-FN-d-01-00-20mm-h.fw_-150x20.png 150w" sizes="(max-width: 156px) 100vw, 156px" /> click on image to enlarge] the multitude, either of events or of narratives to be considered.
5 P. 154 Foot Note e. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] literally, ” to involve themselves.”
6 P. 154 Foot Note f. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] ” lines traced for a pattern.”
7 P. 154 Foot Note g. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] ” to burn in,” meaning, ” to paint in ” encaustic,” a species of decoration in which the nations of antiquity delighted to indulge their taste.
8 P. 154 Foot Note h. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge], literally, a ” transmutation,” either into another form or another language.

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