24In those days also was there a very great famine, by reason whereof the country revolted, and went with them. 25Then Bacchides chose the wicked men, and made them lords of the country. 26And they made enquiry and search for Judas' friends, and brought them unto Bacchides, who took vengeance of them, and used them despitefully. 27So was there a great affliction in Israel, the like whereof was not since the time that a prophet was not seen among them.28For this cause all Judas' friends came together, and said unto Jonathan, 29Since thy brother Judas died, we have no man like him to go forth against our enemies, and Bacchides, and against them of our nation that are adversaries to us. 30Now therefore we have chosen thee this day to be our prince and captain in his stead, that thou mayest fight our battles.