1 Maccabees 10

1 And in the hundred and sixtieth year Alexander Epiphanes, the son of Antiochus, went up and took possession of Ptolemais: and they received him, and he reigned there.

2 And king Demetrius heard thereof, and he gathered together exceeding great forces, and went forth to meet him in battle.

3 And Demetrius sent letters unto Jonathan with words of peace, so as to magnify him.

4 For he said, let us be beforehand to make peace with them, ere he make peace with Alexander against us:

5 for he will remember all the evils that we have done against him, and unto his brethren and unto his nation.

6 And he gave him authority to gather together forces, and to provide arms, and that he should be his confederate: and he commanded that they should deliver up to him the hostages that were in the citadel.

7 And Jonathan came to Jerusalem, and read the letters in the audience of all the people, and of them that were in the citadel:

8 and they were sore afraid, when they heard that the king had given him authority to gather together a host.

9 And they of the citadel delivered up the hostages unto Jonathan, and he restored them unto their parents.

10 And Jonathan dwelt in Jerusalem, and began to build and renew the city.

11 And he commanded them that did the work to build the walls and the mount Sion round about with square stones for defence; and they did so.

12 And the strangers, that were in the strongholds which Bacchides had built, fled away;

13 and each man left his place, and departed into his own land.

14 Only at Bethsura were there left certain of those that had forsaken the law and the commandments; for it was a place of refuge unto them.

15 And king Alexander heard all the promises which Demetrius had sent unto Jonathan: and they told him of the battles and the valiant deeds which he and his brethren had done, and of the toils which they had endured;

16 And he said, Shall we find such another man? and now we will make him our Friend and confederate.

17 And he wrote letters, and sent them unto him, according to these words, saying,

18 King Alexander to his brother Jonathan, greeting:

19 We have heard of thee, that thou art a mighty man of valour, and meet to be our Friend.

20 And now we have appointed thee this day to be high priest of thy nation, and to be called the king’s Friend (and he sent unto him a purple robe and a crown of gold), and to take our part, and to keep friendship with us.

21 And Jonathan put on the holy garments in the seventh month of the hundred and sixtieth year, at the feast of tabernacles, and he gathered together forces, and provided arms in abundance.

22 And Demetrius heard these things, and he was grieved, and said,

23 What is this that we have done, that Alexander hath been beforehand with us in establishing friendship with the Jews, to strengthen himself?

24 I also will write unto them words of encouragement and of honour and of gifts, that they may be with me to aid me.

25 And he sent unto them according to these words: King Demetrius unto the nation of the Jews, greeting:

26 Forasmuch as ye have kept your covenants with us, and continued in our friendship, and have not joined yourselves to our enemies, we have heard hereof, and are glad.

27 And now continue ye still to keep faith with us, and we will recompense unto you good things in return for your dealings with us,

28 and will grant you many immunities, and give you gifts.

29 And now do I free you, and release all the Jews, from the tributes, and from the customs of salt, and from the crowns.

30 And instead of the third part of the seed, and instead of the half of the fruit of the trees, which falleth to me to receive, I release it from this day and henceforth, so that I will not take it from the land of Judah, and from the three governments which are added thereunto from the country of Samaria and Galilee, from this day forth and for all time.

31 And let Jerusalem be holy and free, and her borders; the tenths and the tolls also.

32 I yield up also my authority over the citadel which is at Jerusalem, and give it to the high priest, that he may appoint in it such men as he shall choose to keep it.

33 And every soul of the Jews, that hath been carried captive from the land of Judah into any part of my kingdom, I set at liberty without price; and let all remit the tributes of their cattle also.

34 And all the feasts, and the sabbaths, and new moons, and appointed days, and three days before a feast, and three days after a feast, let them all be days of immunity and release for all the Jews that are in my kingdom.

35 And no man shall have authority to exact from any of them, or to trouble them concerning any matter.

36 And let there be enrolled among the king’s forces about thirty thousand men of the Jews, and pay shall be given unto them, as belongeth to all the king’s forces.

37 And of them some shall be placed in the king’s great strongholds, and some of them shall be placed over the affairs of the kingdom, which are of trust: and let those that are over them, and their rulers, be of themselves, and let them walk after their own laws, even as the king hath commanded in the land of Judah.

38 And the three governments that have been added to Judaea from the country of Samaria, let them be added to Judaea, that they may be reckoned to be under one, that they may not obey other authority than the high priest’s.

39 As for Ptolemais, and the land pertaining thereto, I have given it as a gift to the sanctuary that is at Jerusalem, for the expenses that befit the sanctuary.

40 And I give every year fifteen thousand shekels of silver from the king’s revenues from the places that are convenient.

41 And all the overplus, which they that manage the king’s affairs paid not in as in the first years, they shall give from henceforth toward the works of the house.

42 And beside this, the five thousand shekels of silver, which they received from the uses of the sanctuary from the revenue year by year, this also is released, because it appertaineth to the priests that minister.

43 And whosoever shall flee unto the temple that is at Jerusalem, and be found within all the borders thereof, whether one owe moneys to the king, or any other matter, let them go free, and all that they have in my kingdom.

44 And for the building and renewing of the works of the sanctuary the expense shall be given also out of the king’s revenue.

45 And for the building of the walls of Jerusalem, and the fortifying thereof round about, shall the expense be given also out of the king’s revenue, and for the building of the walls in Judaea.

46 Now when Jonathan and the people heard these words, they gave no credence unto them, nor received them, because they remembered the great evil which he had done in Israel, and that he had afflicted them very sore.

47 And they were well pleased with Alexander, because he was the first that spake words of peace unto them, and they were confederate with him always.

48 And king Alexander gathered together great forces, and encamped over against Demetrius.

49 And the two kings joined battle, and the army of Alexander fled; and Demetrius followed after him, and prevailed against them.

50 And he strengthened the battle exceedingly until the sun went down: and Demetrius fell that day.

51 And Alexander sent ambassadors to Ptolemy king of Egypt according to these words, saying,

52 Forasmuch as I am returned to my kingdom, and am set on the throne of my fathers, and have gotten the dominion, and have overthrown Demetrius, and have gotten possession of our country;

53 yea, I joined the battle with him, and he and his army were discomfited by us, and we sat upon the throne of his kingdom:

54 now also let us establish amity one with the other, and give me now thy daughter to wife: and I will make affinity with thee, and will give both thee and her gifts worthy of thee.

55 And Ptolemy the king answered, saying, Happy is the day wherein thou didst return into the land of thy fathers, and didst sit on the throne of their kingdom.

56 And now will I do to thee, as thou hast written: but meet me at Ptolemais, that we may see one another; and I will make affinity with thee, even as thou hast said.

57 And Ptolemy went out of Egypt, himself and Cleopatra his daughter, and came unto Ptolemais in the hundred and threescore and second year:

58 and king Alexander met him, and he bestowed on him his daughter Cleopatra, and celebrated her marriage at Ptolemais with great pomp, as the manner of kings is.

59 And king Alexander wrote unto Jonathan, that he should come to meet him.

60 And he went with pomp to Ptolemais, and met the two kings, and gave them and their Friends silver and gold, and many gifts, and found favour in their sight.

61 And there were gathered together against him certain pestilent fellows out of Israel, men that were transgressors of the law, to complain against him: and the king gave no heed to them.

62 And the king commanded, and they took off Jonathan’s garments, and clothed him in purple: and thus they did.

63 And the king made him sit with him, and said unto his princes, Go forth with him into the midst of the city, and make proclamation, that no man complain against him of any matter, and let no man trouble him for any manner of cause.

64 And it came to pass, when they that complained against him saw his glory according as the herald made proclamation, and saw him clothed in purple, they all fled away.

65 And the king gave him honour, and wrote him among his Chief Friends, and made him a captain, and governor of a province.

66 And Jonathan returned to Jerusalem with peace and gladness.

67 And in the hundred and threescore and fifth year came Demetrius, son of Demetrius, out of Crete into the land of his fathers:

68 and king Alexander heard thereof, and he grieved exceedingly, and returned unto Antioch.

69 And Demetrius appointed Apollonius, who was over Coelesyria, and he gathered together a great host, and encamped in Jamnia, and sent unto Jonathan the high priest, saying,

70 Thou alone liftest up thyself against us, but I am had in derision and in reproach because of thee. And why dost thou vaunt thy power against us in the mountains?

71 Now therefore, if thou trustest in thy forces, come down to us into the plain, and there let us try the matter together; for with me is the power of the cities.

72 Ask and learn who I am, and the rest that help us; and they say, Your foot cannot stand before our face; for thy fathers have been twice put to flight in their own land.

73 And now thou shalt not be able to abide the horse and such a host as this in the plain, where is neither stone nor flint, nor place to flee unto.

74 Now when Jonathan heard the words of Apollonius, he was moved in his mind, and he chose out ten thousand men, and went forth from Jerusalem, and Simon his brother met him for to help him.

75 And he encamped against Joppa: and they of the city shut him out, because Apollonius had a garrison in Joppa:

76 and they fought against it. And they of the city were afraid, and opened unto him: and Jonathan became master of Joppa.

77 And Apollonius heard, and he gathered an army of three thousand horse, and a great host, and went to Azotus as though he were on a journey, and therewithal drew onward into the plain, because he had a multitude of horse, and trusted therein.

78 And he pursued after him to Azotus, and the armies joined battle .

79 And Apollonius had left a thousand horse behind them privily.

80 And Jonathan knew that there was an ambushment behind him. And they compassed round his army, and cast their darts at the people, from morning until evening:

81 but the people stood still, as Jonathan commanded them: and their horses were wearied.

82 And Simon drew forth his host, and joined battle with the phalanx (for the horsemen were spent), and they were discomfited by him, and fled.

83 And the horsemen were scattered in the plain, and they fled to Azotus, and entered into Beth-dagon, their idol’s temple, to save themselves.

84 And Jonathan burned Azotus, and the cities round about it, and took their spoils; and the temple of Dagon, and them that fled into it, he burned with fire.

85 And they that had fallen by the sword, with them that were burned, were about eight thousand men.

86 And from thence Jonathan removed, and encamped against Ascalon, and they of the city came forth to meet him with great pomp.

87 And Jonathan, with them that were on his side, returned unto Jerusalem, having many spoils.

88 And it came to pass, when king Alexander heard these things, he honoured Jonathan yet more;

89 and he sent unto him a buckle of gold, as the use is to give to such as are of the kindred of the kings: and he gave him Ekron and all the coasts thereof for a possession.

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