Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158
53 Faintness has taken hold of me, because of the sinners, those who abandon your law.
61 The ropes of the impious have encircled me, and I have not forgotten your law.
134 Redeem me from the slanders of men, so that I may keep your commandments.
150 Those who persecute me have drawn near to iniquity, but they been brought far from your law.
155 Salvation is far from sinners, because they have not inquired about your justifications.
158 I saw the prevaricators, and I pine away. For they have not kept your word.
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
10 And they all put diadems on themselves after his death, and their sons after them, for many years; and evils were multiplied on the earth.
11 And there went forth from among them a sinful root, Antiochus the illustrious, the son of king Antiochus, who had been a hostage at Rome. And he reigned in the one hundred and thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.
12 In those days, there went forth from Israel sons of iniquity, and they persuaded many, saying: "Let us go and negotiate a covenant with the Gentiles that are all around us. For since we have withdrawn from them, many evils have found us."
13 And the word seemed good in their eyes.
14 And some of the people determined to do this, and they went to the king. And he gave them the power to act according to the justice of the Gentiles.
15 And they built a sports arena in Jerusalem, according to the laws of the Nations.
41 Her sanctuary was desolate, like a place of solitude, her feast days were turned into mourning, her sabbaths into disgrace, her honors into nothing.
42 Her shame was multiplied according to her glory, and her loftiness was turned into lamentation.
43 And king Antiochus wrote to all his kingdom, that all the people must be one, and that each one should relinquish his own law.
54 And these ordered the cities of Judah to sacrifice.
55 And many from the people, who had abandoned the law of the Lord, were gathered together by them. And they committed evils upon the land.
56 And they drove the people of Israel into hiding and into the secret places of fugitives.
57 On the fifteenth day of the month of Kislev, in the one hundred and forty-fifth year, king Antiochus set up the abominable idol of desolation on the altar of God, and they built altars throughout all the surrounding cities of Judah.
62 And on the twenty-fifth day of the month, they sacrificed on that altar which was opposite the high altar.
63 And the women who circumcised their sons were butchered, according to the order of king Antiochus.
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