2nd book of Maccabees 2:15-29.T
he officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasy came to the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices.
Many of Israel joined them, but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart.
Then the officers of the king addressed Mattathias: "You are a leader, an honorable and great man in this city, supported by sons and kinsmen.
Come now, be the first to obey the king's command, as all the Gentiles and the men of Judah and those who are left in Jerusale… [More]