Instructions about the poor (Sir 4:1-4:5)

“My child!

Do not cheat the poor of their living!

Do not keep needy eyes waiting!

Do not grieve the hungry!

Do not anger one in need!

Do not add to the troubles of the desperate!

Do not delay giving to the needy!

Do not reject a suppliant in distress!

Do not turn your face away from the poor!

Do not avert your eye from the needy!

Do not give anyone a reason to curse you!”

Here are a series of instructions about how you were to treat poor people. You should not cheat them of the living wages. You should not keep them waiting or grieving. You should not make them angry or desperate. You should not delay their requests. You should not turn your face or eye away from the poor. You should not give them any reason to curse at you.

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.