What Bible mentions about the name Jason

The Bible in the standard translation


The second book of the Maccabees, chapter 4


The onset of sin: 4.1-50


New activities for Simeon

2 Macc 4.1The above-mentioned Simeon, who had betrayed the temple treasures and the fatherland, slandered Onias that it was he who had Heliodorus struck and who had set the calamity in motion.2 Macc 4.2He dared to call the city's benefactor, the caring protector of his fellow citizens and zealot for the law, a traitor.2 Macc 4.3The enmity grew to such an extent that one of Simeon's confidants committed several murders.2 Makk 4,4Onias realized that the quarrel was becoming unbearable and that, in addition, Apollonius, the son of Menestheus, commander of Celesyria and Phenicia, still supported the wickedness of Simeon.2 Makk 4,5That is why he went to the king not to sue his fellow citizens, but because he had the general and special welfare of the whole people in mind.2 Macc 4.6For he recognized that public peace could not be restored without the intervention of the king; for Simeon would not let go of his frenzy..

The introduction of pagan customs in Jerusalem

2 Makk 4.7Seleucus died and Antiochus, nicknamed Epiphanes, took control. Jason, Onias' brother, sneaked into the office of high priest.2 Macc 4.8During an interview he promised the king three hundred and sixty talents of silver, plus eighty talents from other income.2 Makk 4.9In addition, he wanted to undertake in writing to pay another 150 talents if he was given the authority to build a sports school and a practice area for young people - because that was very important to him - and to give the residents of Jerusalem Antiochian citizenship.2 Macc 4.10The king agreed. As soon as Jason took office, he introduced the Greek way of life among his compatriots.2 Macc 4.11He abolished the favorable privileges which the Jews had received from the king through Johanan's mediation. This Johanan was the father of Eupolemus, who had gone to Rome as an envoy to make an alliance of friendship there. Jason rescinded the old constitution and introduced new, illegal customs.2 Macc 4.12He deliberately had a sports school built directly below the castle and he got the sons of the best families to wear the Greek hat.2 Macc 4:13This is how Greek culture came into fashion; one fell back to the strange kind. The fault was the immoderate wickedness of the nefarious Jason, who wrongly bore the name of the high priest.2 Macc 4:14Eventually the priests stopped taking care of the altar service; the temple was nothing in their eyes and they hardly had time for the sacrifices. To do this, they hurried to the sports field as soon as they were asked to throw a discus, in order to take part in the game, which was forbidden by law.2 Makk 4.15They paid little attention to the honors of their fatherland, but they were quite obsessed with Greek awards.2 Macc 4:16That is why they should be in dire straits. It was precisely those whom they imitated and whom they wanted to become completely like their enemies and tormentors.2 Makk 4:17One cannot easily disregard the divine laws. But that will be clearly shown in the following years.2 Macc 4:18When the king attended the competitions that are held in Tire every five years,2 Macc 4:19The worthless Jason sent men from Jerusalem, who had acquired Antiochene citizenship, to watch there and gave them three hundred silver drachms for the sacrifice to Heracles. But the bearers asked not to use the money as a sacrifice, because it was not fitting, but to put it aside for another purpose.2 Makk 4.20According to the client's intention, it would have been intended for the Heracles sacrifice; it was entirely up to the bearers that it was used to equip the galleys.2 Makk 4,21For King Philometor's accession to the throne, Antiochus sent Apollonius, the son of Menestheus, to Egypt. In doing so, he learned that the Egyptian king was hostile to his policies and was concerned about his safety. So he moved to Jafo and from there to Jerusalem.2 Makk 4,22Jason and the city gave him a great welcome; He made his entrance under torchlight and shouts of joy. Then he brought his troops back to the quarters in Phenicia..

The office of high priest is in the hands of sinners

2 Macc 4.23Three years later Jason sent Menelaus, the brother of the aforementioned Simeon, to the king; he was supposed to deliver him the money and bring pending negotiations on important state business to an end.2 Macc 4.24Menelaus, however, obtained recommendations to the king, appeared as an important man and flattered him, outbid Jason by three hundred talents of silver and thus gained the office of high priest.2 Macc 4.25He came back with the royal certificate of appointment. Otherwise there was nothing in him that was worthy of the high priestly office. Instead, he had the passion of a brutal tyrant and the fury of a wild beast.2 Macc 4.26Jason, who had insidiously suppressed his own brother, was now himself insidiously suppressed by another and driven as a refugee into Ammonite Land.2 Macc 4.27Menelaus had seized the rule, but made no move to raise the money he had promised the king,2 Macc 4.28although Sostratus, the commander of the castle, warned him repeatedly; he had to collect the money. Therefore the king ordered both in front of him.2 Macc 4.29Menelaus left his brother Lysimachus as deputy in the high priesthood, but Sostratus left Krates, the commander of the Cypriot troops..

The murder of the rightful high priest

2 Makk 4.30At that moment a revolt broke out in the cities of Tarsus and Mallus because they had been bequeathed as a gift to Antiochis, the king's concubine.2 Makk 4.31In a great hurry the king went there to settle the matter, leaving a high official, Andronicus, as his deputy.2 Macc 4:32Menelaus believed that he had found a favorable opportunity: he stole some gold implements from the temple and gave them to Andronicus; others he had been able to sell to Tire and the neighboring cities.2 Makk 4.33Onias, who had received certain knowledge of this, rebuked him sharply; he had retired to a place of asylum near Daphne, a suburb of Antioch.2 Macc 4:34Menelaus therefore went to Andronicus, spoke to him in private and urged him to get Onias out of the way. Andronicus went to Onias. Since he had allowed himself to be tricked, he raised his right hand in an oath, then handed it to Onias and persuaded him to leave the place despite his suspicions. Then Andronicus had him killed on the spot, without fear of the law.2 Makk 4.35Not only the Jews, but also many from other peoples were appalled by this injustice and were outraged by the murder of the man.2 Makk 4.36When the king returned from the places of Cilicia, the Jews of the city went to him and complained. Like them, the Greeks were very indignant because Onias had been murdered against all order.2 Macc 4.37Antiochus was heartbroken; He felt pity and shed tears because the deceased had been such a level-headed and noble man.2 Macc 4.38Then his anger was kindled; he immediately had Andronicus take off the purple, tear off his clothes and lead him through the whole city to the place where he had committed the crime against Onias. There he had the murderer executed. So the Lord has rewarded him with the punishment he deserved..

The robbery of the temple treasure

2 Makk 4.39In the city, however, Lysimachus, with the knowledge of Menelaus, went wrong on the temple treasures several times. When the rumor of it got widespread, the people rallied against Lysimachus. Many golden devices had already been abducted.2 Makk 4.40When the crowd rose and became furious, Lysimachus armed nearly three thousand men and began to use force against the people. They were led by a certain Auranus who was as old as he was mad.2 Makk 4.41When the people noticed that Lysimachus was attacking, they gathered up stones or thick sticks - a few even filled their hands with the ashes that lay there - and hurled everything at the men of Lysimachus.2 Makk 4.42So they wounded many of them, some struck them down, but all of them drove them to flight. But they beat the temple robber himself to death at the treasury.2 Makk 4.43Because of this matter, legal proceedings were initiated against Menelaus.2 Makk 4.44When the king came to Tire, three men sent by the high council brought the charges before him.2 Makk 4.45Menelaus was already lost; then he promised Ptolemy, the son of Dorymenes, a lot of money so that he could persuade the king in his favor.2 Makk 4.46So Ptolemy took the king aside in a portico, as if to give him a little rest, and changed his mind.2 Makk 4.47Thereupon the king acquitted Menelaus, who was to blame for the whole disaster, of the charges; but the unfortunate ones who, even if they had spoken to the Scythians, would have been acquitted on the grounds of proven innocence, he condemned to death.2 Macc 4.48Immediately they suffered the unjust punishment, they who had only stood up for their city, their people and the sacred implements.2 Macc 4.49Even residents of Tire were indignant and gave them a splendid burial.2 Macc 4.50Menelaus remained in office because of the greed of the powerful. His malice increased and he became a great enemy of his fellow citizens.