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Chapter 11 31 And the Jews shall use their own kind of meats and laws, as before; and none of them any manner of ways shall be molested for things ignorantly done.32 I have sent also Menelaus, that he may comfort you.33 Fare ye well. In the hundred forty and eighth year, and the fifteenth day of the month Xanthicus.34 The Romans also sent unto them a letter containing these words: Quintus Memmius and Titus Manlius, ambassadors of the Romans, send greeting unto the people of the Jews.35 Whatsoever Lysias the king's cousin hath granted, therewith we also are well pleased.36 But touching such things as he judged to be referred to the king, after ye have advised thereof, send one forthwith, that we may declare as it is convenient for you: for we are now going to Antioch.37 Therefore send some with speed, that we may know what is your mind.38 Farewell. This hundred and eight and fortieth year, the fifteenth day of the month Xanthicus.

Chapter 12 1 When these covenants were made, Lysias went unto the king, and the Jews were about their husbandry.2 But of the governours of several places, Timotheus, and Apollonius the son of Genneus, also Hieronymus, and Demophon, and beside them Nicanor the governor of Cyprus, would not suffer them to be quiet and live in peace.3 The men of Joppa also did such an ungodly deed: they prayed the Jews that dwelt among them to go with their wives and children into the boats which they had prepared, as though they had meant them no hurt.4 Who accepted of it according to the common decree of the city, as being desirous to live in peace, and suspecting nothing: but when they were gone forth into the deep, they drowned no less than two hundred of them.5 When Judas heard of this cruelty done unto his countrymen, he commanded those that were with him to make them ready.6 And calling upon God the righteous Judge, he came against those murderers of his brethren, and burnt the haven by night, and set the boats on fire, and those that fled thither he slew.7 And when the town was shut up, he went backward, as if he would return to root out all them of the city of Joppa.8 But when he heard that the Jamnites were minded to do in like manner unto the Jews that dwelt among them,9 He came upon the Jamnites also by night, and set fire on the haven and the navy, so that the light of the fire was seen at Jerusalem two hundred and forty furlongs off.10 Now when they were gone from thence nine furlongs in their journey toward Timotheus, no fewer than five thousand men on foot and five hundred horsemen of the Arabians set upon him.11 Whereupon there was a very sore battle; but Judas' side by the help of God got the victory; so that the Nomades of Arabia, being overcome, besought Judas for peace, promising both to give him cattle, and to pleasure him otherwise.