Mattathias flees to the hills (1 Macc 2:27-2:28)

“Then Mattathias cried out in the town with a loud voice, saying.

‘Let everyone who is zealous for the law

Everyone who supports the covenant,

Come out with me!’

He and his sons fled to the hills. They left all that they had in the town.”

Now there was no question about what to do. Mattathias and his sons got out of town. There was no mention of his brothers. He wanted everyone who supported and cared for the covenant Mosaic Law to follow him into the hills.

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