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2. Now when Judas, the son of Judas, who was one of Si. mon's under officers, and a person entrusted by him to keep one of the towers, saw this procedure of Simon, he called together ten of those under him, that were most faithful to him (perhaps this was done partly out of pity to those that had lo barbarously been put to death, but principally in order to provide for his own lafety), and spake thus to them : “ How long thall we bear these miseries ? or what hopes have we of deliverance by thus continuing faithful to such wicked wretches ? Is not the famine already come against us? Are not the Romans in a manner gotten within the city ? Is not Simon become unfaithful to his benefactors ? and is there not reason to fear he will very soon bring us to the like punishment, while the security the Romans offer us is sure ? Come on, let us surrender up this wall, and save ourselves and the city: Nor will Simon be very much hurt, it, no'n he despairs of deliv. erance, he be brought to justice a little sooner than he thinks on."

Now these ten were prevailed upon by those argu. ments ; so he sent the rest of those that were under him, some one way, and some another, that no discovery might be made ot what they had resolved upon. Accordingly he called to the Romans from the tower about the third hour, but they, some of them out of pride, despised what he said, and others of them did not believe him to be in earnest, though the greatest number delayed the matter, as believing they should get possession of the city in a liule time, without any hazard. But when Titus was just coming thither with his armed men, Si. mon was acquainted with the matter before he came, and prelently took the tower into his own custody, before it was surrendered, and seized upon these men, and put them to death in the fight of the Romans themselves ; and when he had mana gled their dead bodies, he threw them down before cbe wall the city.

3. In the mean time Josephus, as he was going round the ciiy, had his head wounded by a stone that was thrown at him; upon which he fell down as giddy. Upon which fall of his the Jews made a fally, and he had been hurried away into the city, it Cæfar had not sent men to protect him immediately ; and, as these men were fighting, Josephus was taken up. though he heard little of what was done. So the seditious supposed they had now flain that man whom they were the most desirous of killing, and made thereupon a great noise in way of rejoicing. This accident was told in the city; and the multitude ihat remained became very disconsolate at the news, as being persuaded that he was really dead, on whose account alone they could venture to delers to the Romans. But when Josephus's mother heard in priton that her !on was dead, the Taid to those that watched about her, that " she had always been of opinion, since the siege of Jotapata, [that he would be Alain), and she thould never enjoy hin alive any more.'


also made great lamentation privately to the maid servants that were about her, and said, “ 'That this was all the advantage she had of bringing fo extraordinary a person as this son into the world, that she should not be able even to bury that son of hers, by whom she expected to have been buried herself." However, this false report did not put his mother to pain, nor afford merriment to the robbers long ; for Josephus foon recovered of his wound, and came out, and cried out aloud, “ That it would not be long ere they should be punished for this wound they had given him.” He also made a fresh exhortation to the people to come out upon the security that would be given them. This sight of Jofephus encouraged the people greatly, and brought a great confternation upon the seditious.

4. Hereupon some of the deserters, having no other way leaped down from the wall immediately, while others of them went out of the city with stones, as if they would fight them; but thereupon they fled away to the Romans. But here a worse fate accompanied these, than what they had tound within the city; and they met with a quicker dispatch from the too great abundance they had among the Romans, than they could have done from the famine among the Jews ; for when they came first to the Romans, they were puffed up by the famine, and fwelled like men in a dropsy; after which they all on the sudden overfilled those bodies that were betore empty, and so burst asunder, excepting such only as were skilful enough to restrain their appetites, and by degrees took in their food into bodies unaccustomed thereto. Yet did another plague seize upon those that were thus preserved; for there was found among the Syrian deserters a certain person who was caught gathering pieces of gold out of the excrements of the Jews bellies ; tor the deserters used to swallow fuch pieces of gold, as we told you before, when they came out ; and for these did the feditious search them all ; for there was a great quantity of gold in the city, inlomuch that as much was now fold (in the Roman camp] for twelve Attic (drams), as was sold before for twenty-five. But when this contrivance was discovered in one instance, the fame of it filled their several camps, that the deserters came to them full of gold. So the multitude of the Arabians with the Syrians, cut up thole that came as suppli. cants, and searched their bellies. "Nor does it feem to me, thas any misery befel the Jews that was more terrible than this, since in one night's time about two thousand of these delerters were thus dissected.

5. When Titus came to the knowledge of this wicked practice, he had like to have surrounded 1 hole that had been guilty of it with his horse, and have shot them dead; and he had done it, had not their number been so very great, and thote that were Jiable to this punishment would have been manitold, more than those whom they had fiain. However, he called together the commanders of the Roman legions, (for some of his own sol. diers had been also guilty herein, as he had been informed), and had great indignation against both forts of them, "What? have any of my own soldiers done such things as this out of the uncertain hope of gain, without regarding their own wea. pons, which are made of silver and gold ? Moreover, do the Arabians and Syrians now first of all begin to govern them. felves as they please and to indulge their appetites in a foreign war, and then, out of their barbarity in murdering men, and out of their hatred to the Jews, and get it ascribed to the Ro. mans ?" for this infamous practice was said to be spread a. mong some of his own soldiers also. Titus then threatened, that he would put fuch men to death, it any of them were dir. covered to be lo insolent as to do fo again ; moreover he gave it in charge to the legions, that they should make a search after such as were suspected and should bring them to him. But it appeared that the love of money was too hard for all their dread of punishment, and a vehement desire of gain is natural to men, and no passion is fo venturesome as covetousness; otherwise such paffions have certain bounds, and are subordinate to fear. But in reality it was God who condemned the whole nation, and turned every course that was taken for their preservation to their destruction. This, therefore, which was forbidden by Cæfar under such a threatening was ventured upon privately against the deserters, and these barbarians would go out still, and meet those that ran away before any saw them, and look ing about them to see that no Roman spied them, they disleet. ed them, and pulled this polluted money out of their bowels; which money was still found in a few of them, while yet a great many were destroyed by the bare hope there was of thus getting by them ; which milerable treatment made many that were deserting to return back again into the city.


6. But as for John, when he could no longer plunder the peo, ple, he betook himself to sacrilege, and melted down many of the sacred utensils, which had been given to the temple, as also many of those vessels which were necessary for such as minif. tered about holy things, the caldrons, the dishes, and the tables ; nay, he did not abstain from those pouring vessels that were fent them by Auguftus and his wife; for the Roman Emperors did ever both honour and adorn this temple; whereas this man, who was a Jew, seized upon what were the donations of foreigners, and said to those that were with him, that it was proper for them to use divine things, while they were fighting for the di. vinity, without fear, and that such' whose warfare is for the temple should live of the temple : On which account he emptied the vessels of that sacred wine and oil, which the priefts kept to be poured on the burnt-offerings, and which lay in the inner court of the temple, and distributed it among the multitude, who in their anointing themlelves, and drink. ing, used (each of them] above an hin of them. And bere

I cannot but Ipeak my mind, and what the concern I am un. der dictates to me, and it is this : I suppose, that had the Ro. mans made any longer delay in coming against these villians, that the city would either have been swallowed up by the ground opening upon them, or been overflowed by water, or else been destroyed by such thunder as the country of Sodom * perished by, for it had brought forth a generation of men much more atheiftical than were those that suffered such punishments; tor by their madness it was that all the people came to be destroyed.

7. And, indeed, why do I relate these particular calami. ties? while Manneus, the son of Lazarus, came running to Titus at this very time, and told him, that there had been car‘ried out through that one gate, which was intrusted to his care, no fewer than an hundred and fifteen thousand eight hùndred and eight dead bodies in the interval between the fourteenth day of the month Xanthicus [Nisan, when the Romans pitched their camp by the city and the first day of the month Panemus, (Tamuz]. This was itlelf a prodigious multitude : And though this man was not himself set as a governor at that gate, yet was he appointed to pay the public stipend for carrying these bodies out, and so was obliged of necessity to number them, while the rest were buried by their relations; though all their burial was but this, to bring them away, and cast them out of the city. After this man there ran away to Titus many of the eminent citizens, and told him the entire number of the poor that were dead, and that, no fewer than six hundred thousand were thrown out at the gates ; though still the number of the rest could not be disa covered: And they told him farther, that, when they were no longer able to carry out the dead bodies of the poor, they laid their corpses on heaps in very large houses, and shut them up therein ; as also that a medimnus of wheat was sold for a talent, and that when, a while afterward, it was not possible to gather herbs, by reason the city was all walled about, fome persons were driven to that terrible distress as to search the common shores and old dung hills of cattle, and to eat the dung which they got there ; and what they of old could not endure so much as to see, they now used for food. When the Romans barely heard all this, they commiserated their case ; while the seditious, who saw it allo, did not repent, but suffered the same distress to come upon themselves; for they were blinded by that fate which was already coming upon the city and upon themselves also.

* Josephus, both here and before, B. IV. ch. viii. $ 4. esteems the land of So. dom, not as part of the Lake Alphaltites, or under its walcrs, but near it only, as Tacitus also took the fame notion from him, Hift. V. vi. 7. which the great Reiand takes to be the very truth, both in his note on this place, and in his Palestina, tom. I. p.254_-258; though I rather fuppole part of that region of Pentapolis to be now under the waters of the louth part of that sea, but perhaps not the whole country?




Containing the Interval of about one month.

{From the great Extremity to which the Jews were reduced, to

the taking of Jerusalem by Titus.]


That the Miseries of the Jews fill grew worse ; and how the

Romans made an Ajjauli upon the Touer of Antonia, s 1. THUS did the miseries of Jerusalem grow worse and irritated by the calamities they were under, even while the famine preyed upon themselves, after it had preyed upon the people. And indeed the multitude of carcasses that lay in heaps one upon another, was an horrible sight, and produced a pestilential stench, which was an hindrance to those that would make fallies out of the city, and fight the enemy : But as those were to go in baitle-array, who had been already uled to ten thousand inurders, and must tread upon those dead bo. dies as they marched along, so were not they terrified, nor did they pity men as they marched over them ; nor did they deem this affront offered to the deceased to be any ill omen to them. felves ; but as they had their right hands already polluted with the murders of their own countrymen, and in that condirion ran out to fight with foreigners, they seem to me to have cast a reproach upon God himself, as if he were too flow in punilhing them: For the war was not now gone on with, as if they had any hope of victory; for they gloried after a brutish manner in that despair of deliverance they were already in. And now the Romans, although they were greatly dil. tressed in getting together their materials, raised their banks in one and iweniy days after they had cut down all the trees that were in the country that adjoined to the city, and that for nineiy turlongs round about, as I have already related. And truly the very view itself was a melancholy thing ; for those places which were before adorned with trees and pleasant gardens, were now become a desolate country every way, and its trees were all cut down : Nor could any foreigner that had formerly seen Judea and the most beautiful suburbs of the city, and now saw it as a desert, but lament and mourn fadly at so great a change; for the war had laid all the signs of beauty quite walle ; nor if any one that had known the place before had come on a ludden to it now, would he have known it again; but though he were at the city itself, yet would he have inquired for it notwithstanding.

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