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.