Restoration of the Davidic rule (Am 9:11-9:12)

“On that day,

I will raise up

The booth of David

That is fallen.

I will repair

Its breaches.

I will raise up

Its ruins.

I will rebuild it

As in the days of old.

Thus,

They may possess

The remnant of Edom.

They may possess

All the nations

Who are called

By my name.’

Says Yahweh

Who does this.”

This oracle of Yahweh might be a later addition.  However, it asked for the restoration of the Davidic rule.  Yahweh wanted the fallen booth or tent of David to be restored, since it needed to be repaired.  Yahweh was going to raise up the ruins of that dynasty, so that it would be like the good old days.  Then Israel would possess whatever was left over of Edom.  Just like at the time of David, the other neighbors of Israel would come under the rule of Israel.  Thus, there was an allusion to the other countries who were called by the name of Yahweh.  Yahweh had said this, now he was going to do it.

Judas Maccabeus learns about the Syrian forces (1 Macc 3:42-3:43)

“Judas and his brothers saw that misfortunes had increased.  They saw that the forces were encamped in their territory.  They also learned what the king had commanded to do to the people to cause their final destruction.  But they said to one another.

‘Let us restore the ruins of our people.

Let us fight for our people and the sanctuary.’”

Judas Maccabeus and his brothers saw the Syrian forces in the plain.  They also learned about King Antiochus IV’s plan to destroy their people.  However, they all joined together.  They were going to fight for their people and their temple.