134 Redeem me from the slanders of men, so that I may keep your commandments.
135 Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your justifications.
136 My eyes have gushed like springs of water, because they have not kept your law.
137 SADE. You are just, O Lord, and your judgment is right.
138 You have commanded justice: your testimonies and your truth even more so.
139 My zeal has caused me to pine away, because my enemies have forgotten your words.
140 Your eloquence has been greatly enflamed, and your servant has loved it.
141 I am young and treated with contempt. But I have not forgotten your justifications.
142 Your justice is justice for all eternity, and your law is truth.
143 Tribulation and anguish have found me. Your commandments are my meditation.
144 Your testimonies are fairness unto eternity. Give me understanding, and I will live.
145 COPH. I cried out with my whole heart. Heed me, O Lord. I will ask for your justifications.
146 I cried out to you. Save me, so that I may keep your commandments.
147 I arrived first in maturity, and so I cried out. For in your words, I have hoped beyond hope.
148 My eyes preceded the dawn for you, so that I might meditate on your eloquence.
149 Hear my voice according to your mercy, O Lord. And revive me according to your judgment.
150 Those who persecute me have drawn near to iniquity, but they been brought far from your law.
151 You are near, O Lord, and all your ways are truth.
152 I have known from the beginning about your testimonies. For you founded them in eternity.
153 RES. See my humiliation and rescue me, for I have not forgotten your law.
154 Judge my judgment and redeem me. Revive me because of your eloquence.
155 Salvation is far from sinners, because they have not inquired about your justifications.
156 Many are your mercies, O Lord. Enliven me according to your judgment.
157 Many are those who persecute me and who trouble me. I have not turned away from your testimonies.
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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