1 A Psalm of Asaph. The God of gods, the Lord has spoken, and he has called the earth, from the rising of the sun even to its setting,
2 from Zion, the brilliance of his beauty.
3 God will arrive manifestly. Our God also will not keep silence. A fire will flare up in his sight, and a mighty tempest will surround him.
4 He will call to heaven from above, and to the earth, to discern his people.
5 Gather his holy ones to him, you who order his covenant above sacrifices.
6 And the heavens will announce his justice. For God is the judge.
7 Listen, my people, and I will speak. Listen, Israel, and I will testify for you. I am God, your God.
8 I will not reprove you for your sacrifices. Moreover, your holocausts are ever in my sight.
9 I will not accept calves from your house, nor he-goats from your flocks.
10 For all the wild beasts of the forest are mine: the cattle on the hills and the oxen.
11 I know all the flying things of the air, and the beauty of the field is with me.
12 If I should be hungry, I would not tell you: for the whole world is mine, and all its plentitude.
13 Shall I gnaw on the flesh of bulls? Or would I drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God the sacrifice of praise, and pay your vows to the Most High.
15 And call upon me in the day of tribulation. I will rescue you, and you will honor me.
1 Maccabees 2:15-29
15 And those who had been sent from king Antiochus came to that place, to compel those who fled into the city of Modin to immolate, and to burn frankincense, and to depart from the law of God.
16 And many of the people of Israel consented and came to them. But Mattathias and his sons stood firm.
17 And those who had been sent from Antiochus, responding, said to Mattathias: "You are a ruler, and very splendid and great in this city, and you are adorned with sons and brothers.
18 Therefore, approach first, and carryout the order of the king, as all the nations have done, and the men of Judah, and those who remained in Jerusalem. And you and your sons will be among the friends of the king, and enriched with gold and silver and many gifts."
19 And Mattathias responded, and he said with a loud voice: "Even if all nations obey king Antiochus, so that each one departs from the service of the law of his fathers and consents to his commandments,
20 I and my sons and my brothers will obey the law of our fathers.
21 May God be forgiving to us. It is not useful for us to abandon the law and the justices of God.
22 We will not listen to the words of king Antiochus, nor will we sacrifice, transgressing the commandments of our law, so as to set out on another way."
23 And, as he ceased speaking these words, a certain Jew approached in the sight of all to sacrifice to the idols upon the altar in the city of Modin, according to the order of the king.
24 And Mattathias saw, and he grieved, and his temperament trembled, and his fury was enkindled according to the judgment of the law, and leaping up, he slaughtered him on the altar.
25 Moreover, the man whom king Antiochus had sent, who compelled them to immolate, he killed at the same time, and he destroyed the altar,
26 and he was zealous for the law, just as Phinehas did to Zimri, the son of Salomi.
27 And Mattathias exclaimed with a loud voice in the city, saying, "All who hold zeal for the law, maintaining the covenant, let them follow me."
28 And he and his sons fled to the mountains, and they left behind whatever they had in the city.
29 Then many who sought judgment and justice went down into the desert.
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