Jonathan rallies the troops (1 Macc 9:43-9:46)

“When Bacchides heard of this, he came with a large force on the Sabbath day to the banks of the Jordan River. Jonathan said to those with him.

‘Let us rise up now.

Let us fight for our lives.

Today things are not as they were before.

Look!

The battle is in front of us and behind us.

The water of the Jordan is on this side and on that,

With marsh and thicket.

There is no place to turn.

Cry out now to Heaven!

Cry that you may be delivered from the hands of our enemies.’”

Once again, Bacchides came on the Sabbath day to the banks of the Jordan River. Jonathan rallied his men to rise up and fight for their lives. The battle was on all sides of them and they were at the water’s edge. He wanted them to cry out to heaven to be delivered from their enemies. His speech was a pep talk and prayer at the same time.