9 23 After the death of Judas, the lawless emerged in all parts of Israel; all the doers of injustice appeared. 9 24 In those days a very great famine occurred, and the country deserted with them to the enemy. 9 25 And Bacchides chose the ungodly and put them in charge of the country. 9 26 They sought and searched for the friends of Judas, and brought them to Bacchides, and he took vengeance on them and made sport of them. 9 27 Thus there was great distress in Israel, such as had not been since the time that prophets ceased to appear among them.
9 28 Then all the friends of Judas assembled and said to Jonathan, 9 29 "Since the death of your brother Judas there has been no one like him to go against our enemies and Bacchides, and to deal with those of our nation who hate us. 9 30 So now we have chosen you today to take his place as our ruler and leader, to fight our battle." 9 31 And Jonathan at that time accepted the leadership and took the place of Judas his brother.