“In such words King Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom. He appointed inspectors over all the people. He commanded the towns of Judah to offer sacrifice, town by town. Many of the people, everyone who forsook the law, joined them. They did evil in the land. They drove Israel into hiding in every place of refuge they had.”
King Antiochus IV wrote to his whole kingdom, where he set up inspectors over the people. Somehow, he commanded each town in Judah to follow his law. They would be disobeying the Mosaic Law by doing evil. However, many of the Israelites began to hide.