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katapi HOME 1 Maccabees 11:20-37 - Jonathan wins the Favour of Demetrius II (Nicator).  1Mace.11.20-37 c.146-5bce (JERUSALEM)

11 20 In those days Jonathan assembled the men of Judea to attack the citadel in Jerusalem, and he built many engines of war to use against it. 11 21 But certain lawless men who hated their nation went to the king and reported to him that Jonathan was besieging the citadel. 11 22 When he heard this he was angry, and as soon as he heard it he set out and came to Ptolema'is; and he wrote to Jonathan not to continue the seige, but to meet him for a conference at Ptolema'is as quickly as possible.

11 23 When Jonathan heard this, he gave orders to continue the siege; and he chose some of the elders of Israel and some of the priests, and put himself in danger, 11 24 for he went to the king at Ptolemais, taking silver and gold and clothing and numerous other gifts. And he won his favor. 11 25 Although certain lawless men of his nation kept making complaints against him, 11 26 the king treated him as his predecessors had treated him; he exalted him in the presence of all his friends. 11 27 He confirmed him in the high priesthood and in as many other honors as he had formerly had, and made him to be regarded as one of his chief friends. 11 28 Then Jonathan asked the king to free Judea and the three districts of Samaria from tribute, and promised him three hundred talents. 11 29 The king consented, and wrote a letter to Jonathan about all these things; its contents were as follows:

11 30 "King Demetrius to Jonathan his brother and to the nation of the Jews, greeting. 11 31 This copy of the letter which we wrote concerning you to Lasthenes our kinsman we have written to you also, so that you may know what it says. 11 32 `King Demetrius to Lasthenes his father, greeting. 11 33 To the nation of the Jews, who are our friends and fulfil their obligations to us, we have determined to do good, because of the good will they show toward us. 11 34 We have confirmed as their possession both the territory of Judea and the three districts of Aphairema and Lydda and Rathamin; the latter, with all the region bordering them, were added to Judea from Samaria. To all those who offer sacrifice in Jerusalem, we have granted release from the royal taxes which the king formerly received from them each year, from the crops of the land and the fruit of the trees. 11 35 And the other payments henceforth due to us of the tithes, and the taxes due to us, and the salt pits and the crown taxes due to us - from all these we shall grant them release. 11 36 And not one of these grants shall be canceled from this time forth for ever. 11 37 Now therefore take care to make a copy of this, and let it be given to Jonathan and put up in a conspicuous place on the holy mountain.'"


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