1 Maccabees 15

1 {\cf2 Moreouer King Antiochus the sonne of Demetrius sent letters from the yles of the sea vnto Simon the Priest, and Prince of the Iewes, and to all the nation,}

2 {\cf2 Conteyning these words, Antiochvs the King vnto Simon the great Priest, and to the nation of the Iewes sendeth greeting.}

3 {\cf2 For so much as certeine pestilent men haue vsurped the kingdome of our fathers, I am purposed to chalenge the Realme againe, and to restore it to the olde estate: wherefore I haue gathered a great hoste, and prepared shippes of warre,}

4 {\cf2 That I may goe thorowe the countrey, and be auenged of them, which haue destroyed our countrey, and wasted many cities in the Realme.}

5 {\cf2 Nowe therefore I doe confirme vnto thee all the liberties, whereof all the Kings my progenitours haue discharged thee, and all the payments, whereof they haue released thee.}

6 {\cf2 And I giue thee leaue to coyne money of thine owne stampe within thy countrey,}

7 {\cf2 And that Ierusalem, and the Sanctuarie be free, and that all the weapons, that thou hast prepared, and the fortresses, which thou hast builded, and keepest in thine hands, shall be thine.}

8 {\cf2 And all that is due vnto the King, and al that shall be due vnto the King, I forgiue it thee, from this time foorth for euermore.}

9 {\cf2 And when we haue obteined our kingdome, we will giue thee, and thy nation and the Temple great honour, so that your honour shall be knowen throughout the world.}

10 {\cf2 In the hundreth, seuentie and foure yeere, went Antiochus into his fathers lande, and all the bands came together vnto him, so that fewe were left with Tryphon.}

11 {\cf2 So the King Antiochus pursued him, but he fled and came to Dora, which lyeth by the sea side.}

12 {\cf2 For he sawe that troubles were towarde him, and that the armie had forsaken him.}

13 {\cf2 Then camped Antiochus against Dora with an hundreth and twentie thousand fighting men, and eight thousand horsemen.}

14 {\cf2 So he compassed the citie about, & the ships came by the sea. Thus they pressed the citie by land and by sea, in so much that they suffered no man to goe in nor out.}

15 {\cf2 In the meane season came Numenius, and his companie from Rome, hauing letters written vnto the Kings and countreys, wherein were conteyned these wordes,}

16 {\cf2 Lvcivs the Consull of Rome vnto King Ptolemeus sendeth greeting.}

17 {\cf2 The Ambassadours of the Iewes are come vnto vs as our friendes and confederates from Simon the hie Priest, and from the people of ye Iewes to renewe friendship, and the bond of loue,}

18 {\cf2 Who haue brought a shield of golde weying a thousand pound.}

19 {\cf2 Wherefore we thought it good to write vnto the Kings and countreys, that they shoulde not goe about to hurt them, nor to fight against them, nor their cities, nor their countrey, neither to mainteyne their enemies against them.}

20 {\cf2 And we were content to receiue of them the shielde.}

21 {\cf2 If therefore there be any pestilent felowes fled from their countrey vnto you, deliuer them vnto Simon the hie Priest, that he may punish them according to their owne Lawe.}

22 {\cf2 The same things were written to Demetrius the King, and to Attalus, and to Arathes and to Arsaces,}

23 {\cf2 And to all countreis, as Sampsames, and to them of Sparta, and to Delus, and to Mindus, and to Sicion, and to Caria, and to Samos, and to Pamphylia, and to Lycia, and to Halicarnassus, and to Rhodus, and to Phaselis, and to Cos, and to Siden, and to Cortyna, and to Gnidon, and to Cyprus, and to Cyrene.}

24 {\cf2 And they sent a copie of them to Simon the hie Priest.}

25 {\cf2 So Antiochus the King camped against Dora the seconde time euer readie to take it, and made diuers engins of warre, and kept Tryphon in, that he coulde neither goe in nor out.}

26 {\cf2 Then Simon sent him two thousand chosen men to helpe him with siluer and golde, and much furniture.}

27 {\cf2 Neuerthelesse, he woulde not receiue them, but brake al the couenant, which he had made with him afore, and withdrewe himselfe from him,}

28 {\cf2 And sent vnto him Athenobius one of his friendes to commune with him, saying, Ye withhold Ioppe, and Gazara with the castell that is at Ierusalem, the citie of my Realme,}

29 {\cf2 Whose borders ye haue destroyed and done great hurt in the land, and haue the gouernement of many places of my kingdome.}

30 {\cf2 Wherefore nowe deliuer the cities, which ye haue taken, with the tributes of the places, that ye haue rule ouer without the borders of Iudea,}

31 {\cf2 Or els giue me for them fiue hundreth talents of siluer, and for the harme that ye haue done, and for the tributes of the places other fiue hundreth talents: if not, wee will come, and fight against you.}

32 {\cf2 So Athenobius the Kings friend came to Ierusalem, and when he sawe the honour of Simon, and the cupborde of golde and siluer plate, and so great preparation, he was astonished, and tolde him the Kings message.}

33 {\cf2 Then answered Simon, & said vnto him, We haue neither taken other mens lands, nor withholden that which apperteyneth to others: but our fathers heritage, which our enemies had vnrighteously in possession a certeine time.}

34 {\cf2 But when we had occasion, we recouered the inheritance of our fathers.}

35 {\cf2 And whereas thou requirest Ioppe and Gazara, they did great harme to our people, and thorowe our countrey, yet will we giue an hundreth talents for them. But Athenobius answered him not one worde,}

36 {\cf2 But turned againe angrie vnto the King, and tolde him all these wordes, and the dignitie of Simon, with all that he had seene: and the King was very angrie.}

37 {\cf2 In the meane time fled Tryphon by shippe vnto Orthosias.}

38 {\cf2 Then the King made Cendebeus captaine of the sea coast, and gaue him bands of footemen and horsemen,}

39 {\cf2 And commanded him to remoue the hoste toward Iudea, and to build vp Cedron, and to fortifie the gates, and to warre against the people: but the King pursued Tryphon.}

40 {\cf2 So Cendebeus came vnto Iamnia, and began to vexe the people, and to inuade Iudea, and to take the people prisoners, and to slay them.}

41 {\cf2 And he built vp Cedron, where he set horsemen and garisons, that they might make outrodes by the wayes of Iudea, as the King had commanded him.}