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1 Maccabees 7:26-32 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Defeat of Nicanor. 26 Then the king sent Nicanor, one of his honored officers, who was a bitter enemy of Israel, with orders to destroy the people. 27 Nicanor came to Jerusalem with a large force and deceitfully sent to Judas[a] and his brothers this peaceable message: 28 “Let there be no fight between me and you. I will come with a few men to meet you face to face in peace.”

29 So he came to Judas, and they greeted one another peaceably. But Judas’ enemies were prepared to seize him. 30 When he became aware that Nicanor had come to him with deceit in mind, Judas was afraid of him and would not meet him again. 31 When Nicanor saw that his plan had been discovered, he went out to fight Judas near Capharsalama.[b] 32 About five hundred men of Nicanor’s army fell; the rest fled to the City of David.[c]


  1. 7:27 Nicanor…deceitfully sent to Judas: a more favorable picture of Nicanor, as an honest man who became a personal friend of Judas, is given in 2 Mc 14:17–25. Their friendship was broken by the intrigues of Alcimus (2 Mc 14:26–30).
  2. 7:31 Capharsalama: a village north of Jerusalem whose precise location is disputed.
  3. 7:32 City of David: the citadel occupied by the Seleucid garrison in Jerusalem.
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