The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Maccabees 10:59–66

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

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60  And he went forth with glory to Ptolemais, and he met the two kings there, and he gave them much silver, and gold, and gifts. And he found favor in their sight.

60  Who thereupon went honourably to Ptolemais, where he met the two kings, and gave them and their friends silver and gold, and many presents, and found favour in their sight.

61  And some of the pestilent men of Israel, men of iniquity, came together against him, interrupting with objections against him. And the king did not attend to them.

61  At that time certain pestilent fellows of Israel, men of a wicked life, assembled themselves against him, to accuse him: but the king would not hear them.

62  And he ordered that Jonathan’s garments be taken away from him, and that he be clothed in purple. And they did so. And the king arranged for him to sit with him.

62  Yea more than that, the king commanded to take off his garments, and clothe him in purple: and they did so.

63  And he said to his princes, “Go out with him into the midst of the city, and make a proclamation, so that no one may raise objections against him in any matter, and so that no one may bother him for any reason.”

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

64  And so it happened that, when his accusers saw his glory being proclaimed, and him clothed in purple, they all fled away.

64  Now when his accusers saw that he was honoured according to the proclamation, and clothed in purple, they fled all away.

65  And the king magnified him, and he enrolled him among his foremost friends, and he gave him a position as governor and as a participant in his dominion.

65  So the king honoured him, and wrote him among his chief friends, and made him a duke, and partaker of his dominion.

66  And Jonathan returned to Jerusalem with peace and joy.

66  Afterward Jonathan returned to Jerusalem with peace and gladness.