The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Maccabees 9:18–29

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18  But, when his pains did not cease, (for the just judgment of God had overwhelmed him,) in despair he wrote to the Jews, in the manner of a supplication, a letter composed in this way

2Mc9:18  But for all this his pains would not cease: for the just judgement of God was come upon him: therefore despairing of his health, he wrote unto the Jews the letter underwritten, containing the form of a supplication, after this manner

19  “To the very good citizens of the Jews, Antiochus, king and ruler, wishes much health, and welfare, and happiness.

2Mc9:19  Antiochus, king and governor, to the good Jews his citizens wisheth much joy, health, and prosperity

20  If you and your sons are faring well, and if everything is according to your will, we give very great thanks.

2Mc9:20  If ye and your children fare well, and your affairs be to your contentment, I give very great thanks to God, having my hope in heaven.

21  And so, fixed in infirmity, yet kindly remembering you, I am returning from the places of Persia, and, having been seized by a serious infirmity, I considered it necessary to have a concern for the common good,

2Mc9:21  As for me, I was weak, or else I would have remembered kindly your honour and good will returning out of Persia, and being taken with a grievous disease, I thought it necessary to care for the common safety of all

22  not despairing in myself, but having a great hope to escape the infirmity.

2Mc9:22  Not distrusting mine health, but having great hope to escape this sickness.

23  Moreover, considering that my father also, during the time that he led an army into the upper regions, revealed who would take up the leadership after him,

2Mc9:23  But considering that even my father, at what time he led an army into the high countries. appointed a successor,

24  so that, if anything contrary should occur, or any if difficulties should be reported, those who were in the regions, knowing to whom the whole matter had been bequeathed, would not be disturbed.

2Mc9:24  To the end that, if any thing fell out contrary to expectation, or if any tidings were brought that were grievous, they of the land, knowing to whom the state was left, might not be troubled

25  In addition to these things, considering that whichever are the nearest powers and neighbors lie in ambush for the right time and await the right event, I have designated my son, Antiochus, as king, whom I frequently commended to many of you while traveling in the upper provinces. And I have written to him what I have added below.

2Mc9:25  Again, considering how that the princes that are borderers and neighbours unto my kingdom wait for opportunities, and expect what shall be the event. I have appointed my son Antiochus king, whom I often committed and commended unto many of you, when I went up into the high provinces; to whom I have written as followeth

26  And so, I beg you and petition you, that remembering the public and private benefits, each one will continue to be faithful to me and to my son.

2Mc9:26  Therefore I pray and request you to remember the benefits that I have done unto you generally, and in special, and that every man will be still faithful to me and my son.

27  For I trust that he will behave with moderation and humanity, and that, following my intentions, he will be impartial to you.”

2Mc9:27  For I am persuaded that he understanding my mind will favourably and graciously yield to your desires.

28  And so the murderer and blasphemer, having been struck very badly, just as he himself had treated others, passed from this life in a miserable death on a journey among the mountains.

2Mc9:28  Thus the murderer and blasphemer having suffered most grievously, as he entreated other men, so died he a miserable death in a strange country in the mountains.

29  But Philip, who was nurtured with him, carried away his body, and, fearing the son of Antiochus, went into Egypt to Ptolemy Philometor.

2Mc9:29  And Philip, that was brought up with him, carried away his body, who also fearing the son of Antiochus went into Egypt to Ptolemeus Philometor.