Judas told them not to plunder the camp now (1 Macc 4:16-4:18)

“Then Judas and his force turned back from pursuing them. He said to the people.

‘Do not be greedy for plunder.

There is a battle before us.

Gorgias and his force are near us in the hills.

But stand now against our enemies!

Fight them!

Afterward seize the plunder boldly.’”

When they turned back from pursuing their enemy, Judas reminded them that the battle was not over yet. He told them not to be greedy for plunder because Gorgias and his forces were still in the surrounding hills. They should stand and fight now. Then afterwards they could seize the plunder.

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