Part I. The Actual Words of Judas Maccabaeus
For they trust in arms and acts of daring, but we trust in the Almighty God, who is still able with a single gesture, to strike down those who are coming against us and even the entire world.
- Judas Maccabaeus (II Maccabees 8:18)
It is an easy matter for many to be defeated by the hands of a few and there is no difference in the sight of the God of heaven to deliver with a great multitude, or with a small number. For the success of war is not in the size of the army, but in the strength that comes down from Heaven. They come against us with an insolent large army, with pride to destroy us, and our wives, and our children, and to take our possessions. However, we will fight for our lives and our laws. The LORD Himself will overthrow them right in front of our faces. So as for you fellow soldiers, fear them not.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabaeus 3:18-23)
Prepare yourselves, be valiant men, and be ready against the morning, that you may fight with these nations that are assembled against us to destroy us and our sanctuary. For it is better for us to die in battle, than to see the evils of our nation, and of the holy places. For it shall be the will of God in Heaven that this can be done.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabaeus 3:58-60)
Fear ye not their multitude, neither be afraid of their assault. Remember in what manner our fathers were saved in the Red Sea, when Pharaoh pursued them with a great army. Now let us cry unto heaven, so that the LORD will have mercy on us and will remember the covenant of our fathers, and thus will destroy this army standing before us this day. Let all the nations know that there is one that redeems and delivers Israel.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 4:1-11)
Be not greedy of the plunder, for there is still war before us. And Gorgias and his army are near us in the mountain, instead stand now against our enemies, overthrow them, so that you can take the plunder afterwards with safety.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 4:17-18)
Blessed art thou, O Saviour of Israel, who destroyed the violence of the mighty by the hand of your servant David and did deliver up the camp of the strangers into the hands of Jonathan, the son of Saul and of his armourbearer. Let this army be defeated by the hands of your people Israel and let them be confounded in their host and their horsemen. Strike them with fear, and cause the boldness of their strength to languish, let them tremble at their own destruction. Cast them down with the sword of them who love you and let all that know your name praise thee with hymns.
Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 4:30-33)
Behold our enemies are scattered and defeated, let us now go to cleanse the holy places and to heal them.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 4:36)
Allow no man to stay behind, but let all come forth and do battle.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 5:2)
Behold, our enemies are crushed; let us go up to cleanse the sanctuary and dedicate it.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabaeus 4:36)
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabaeus 5:32)
All the Gentiles around us have gathered to him; it is a very large force.They also have hired Arabs to help them, and they are encamped across the stream, ready to come and fight against you." And Judas went to meet them.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 5:38-39)
Permit no man to encamp, but make them all engage in battle.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 5:42)
When the messengers from the king spoke blasphemy, thy angel went forth and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand of the Assyrians. So also crush this army before us today. Let them know and learn that Nicanor has spoken wickedly against the sanctuary, and judge him according to this wickedness.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 7:41-42)
Let us pass through your land to get to our land. No one will do you harm; we will simply pass by on foot.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 5:48)
O LORD, when they that were sent by king Sennacherib blasphemed You, an angel went out, and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand of them. Even so destroy this army that stands before today, and let the rest know that he has spoken ill against Your sanctuary and judge him according to his wickedness.
- Judas Macabaeus (I Maccabees 7:41-42)
Let us arise, and go against our enemies, for we may still be able to fight against them and win.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 9:7)
God forbid we should ever back down and flee away from the enemy, for if our time has truly come, let us die manfully for our brothers so we don't leave stains upon our glory.
- Judas Maccabaeus (I Maccabees 9:10)
May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Maccabees.