The death of Judas Maccabeus (1 Macc 9:14-9:18)

“Judas saw that Bacchides and the strength of his army were on the right side. Then all the stouthearted men went with him. They crushed the right wing. He pursued them as far as Mount Azotus. When those on the left wing saw that the right wing was crushed, they turned and followed close behind Judas and his men. The battle became desperate. Many on both sides were wounded and fell. Judas also fell, while the rest fled.”

Judas Maccabeus saw how strong the right side of the army was, so he decided to attack it with his stouthearted men. They crushed this right side and pursued them for 6 miles to Mount Azotus. However, the left side of the Syrian army followed behind Judas and his men. Then they had a great battle where many people died, including Judas Maccabeus himself. The rest of his men fled.

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