And it grew great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
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George Leo Haydock
Even unto, or against the strength of heaven. So are here called the army of the Jews, the people of God, (Challoner) and particularly the teachers. Many priests gave way to idolatry, 1 Machabees i. 48., and 2 Machabees iv. 14. (Calmet)