29 At that time many who were seeking righteousness and justice went down to the wilderness to live there, 30they, their sons, their wives, and their livestock, because troubles pressed heavily upon them. 31And it was reported to the kings officers, and to the troops in Jerusalem the city of David, that those who had rejected the kings command had gone down to the hiding-places in the wilderness. 32Many pursued them, and overtook them; they encamped opposite them and prepared for battle against them on the sabbath day. 33They said to them, Enough of this! Come out and do what the king commands, and you will live. 34But they said, We will not come out, nor will we do what the king commands and so profane the sabbath day. 35Then the enemy* quickly attacked them. 36But they did not answer them or hurl a stone at them or block up their hiding-places, 37for they said, Let us all die in our innocence; heaven and earth testify for us that you are killing us unjustly. 38So they attacked them on the sabbath, and they died, with their wives and children and livestock, to the number of a thousand people.
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