1 Maccabees 1:1, 5-9

1 Maccabees 1:1: "And it happened, after that Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian, who came out of the land of Chettiim, had smitten Darius king of the Persians and Medes, that he reigned in his stead, the first over Greece,"

1 Maccabees 1:5: "And after these things he fell sick, and perceived that he should die."

1 Maccabees 1:6: "Wherefore he called his servants, such as were honourable, and had been brought up with him from his youth, and parted his kingdom among them, while he was yet alive."

1 Maccabees 1:7: "So Alexander reigned twelves years, and then died."

1 Maccabees 1:8: "And his servants bare rule every one in his place."

1 Maccabees 1:9: "And after his death they all put crowns upon themselves; so did their sons after them many years: and evils were multiplied in the earth."