Psalm 9:2-19 and 1 Maccabees 6:1-13
2 I will confess to you, Lord, with my whole heart. I will recount all your wonders.
3 I will rejoice and exult in you. I will sing a psalm to your name, O Most High.
4 For my enemy will be turned back. They will be weakened and perish before your face.
5 For you have accomplished my judgment and my cause. You have sat upon the throne that judges justice.
6 You have rebuked the Gentiles, and the impious one has perished. You have deleted their name in eternity and for all generations.
7 The spears of the enemy have failed in the end, and their cities, you have destroyed. Their memory has perished with a loud noise.
8 But the Lord remains in eternity. He has prepared his throne in judgment.
9 And he will judge the whole world in equity. He will judge the people in justice.
10 And the Lord has become a refuge for the poor, a helper in opportunity, in tribulation.
11 And may they hope in you, who know your name. For you have not abandoned those seeking you, Lord.
12 Sing a psalm to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. Announce his study among the Gentiles.
13 Because of those who yearned for their blood, he has remembered them. He has not forgotten the cry of the poor.
14 Have mercy on me, Lord. See my humiliation from my enemies.
15 You lift me up from the gates of death, so that I may announce all your praises at the gates of the daughter of Zion.
16 I will exult in your salvation. The Gentiles have become trapped in the ruin that they made. Their foot has been caught in the same snare that they themselves had hidden.
17 The Lord will be recognized when making judgments. The sinner has been caught in the works of his own hands.
18 The sinners will be turned into Hell: all the Gentiles who have forgotten God.
19 For the poor will not be forgotten in the end. The patience of the poor will not perish in the end.
1 Maccabees 6:1-13
1 And king Antiochus was traveling through the upper regions, and he heard that the city of Elymais in Persia was very noble and abundant in silver and gold,
2 and that the temple in it was very opulent, and that there were, in that place, coverings of gold, and breastplates and shields, which Alexander, the son of Philip, king of Macedonia, who reigned first in Greece, had left behind.
3 So he came and sought to seize the city and to pillage it. And he was not able, because this plan became known to those who were in the city.
4 And they rose up in battle, and he fled away from there, and he departed with great sadness, and he returned into Babylon.
5 And someone arrived to report to him in Persia, that those who were in the land of Judah were forced to flee the camp,
6 and that Lysias went forth with a particularly strong army, and he was forced to flee before the face of the Jews, and that they were strengthened by the weapons, and resources, and many spoils which they seized from the camps they demolished,
7 and that they had destroyed the abomination, which he had established on the altar that was in Jerusalem, and that the sanctuary, just as before, had been encircled with high walls, along with Bethzur, his city.
8 And it happened that, when the king heard these words, he was terrified and very moved. And he fell down on his bed, and he fell into feebleness out of grief. For it had not happened to him as he had intended.
9 And he was in that place through many days. For a great grief was renewed in him, and he concluded that he would die.
10 And he called all his friends, and he said to them: "Sleep has withdrawn from my eyes, and I am declining, and my heart has collapsed out of anxiety.
11 And I said in my heart: How much trouble has come to me, and what floods of sorrow there are, where I am now! I used to be cheerful and beloved in my power!
12 Truly, now, I remember the evils that I did in Jerusalem, from which place I also took away all the spoils of gold and silver that were in it, and I sent to carry away the inhabitants of Judah without cause.
13 Therefore, I know that it is because of this that these evils have found me. And behold, I perish with great sorrow in a foreign land."
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