“After these things, Timothy gathered another army and encamped opposite Raphon, on the other side of the stream. Judas sent men to spy out the camp. They reported to him.
‘All the gentiles around us have gathered to him.
It is a very large force.
They also have hired Arabs to help them.
They are encamped across the stream,
They are ready to come and fight against you.’
Judas went to meet them. Now as Judas and his army drew near to the stream of water, Timothy said to the officers of his forces.
‘If he crosses over to us first,
We will not be able to resist him.
He will surely defeat us.
However, if he shows fear,
If he camps on the other side of the river,
We will cross over to him.
We will defeat him.’”
Timothy and his army gathered near a stream of the Yarmouk River, a tributary of the Jordan River called Raphon. Judas Maccabeus sent spies to figure out what he was up to. The spies came back to say that he had a large force. In fact, a number of Arab mercenaries had joined forces with Timothy. Timothy had a plan. If the troops of Judas rested on the other side of the stream in a camp, they would attack him. Otherwise, they might have a bit of a problem.