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Chapter 10 35 Also no man shall have authority to meddle with or to molest any of them in any matter.36 I will further, that there be enrolled among the king's forces about thirty thousand men of the Jews, unto whom pay shall be given, as belongeth to all king's forces.37 And of them some shall be placed in the king's strong holds, of whom also some shall be set over the affairs of the kingdom, which are of trust: and I will that their overseers and governors be of themselves, and that they live after their own laws, even as the king hath commanded in the land of Judea.38 And concerning the three governments that are added to Judea from the country of Samaria, let them be joined with Judea, that they may be reckoned to be under one, nor bound to obey other authority than the high priest's.39 As for Ptolemais, and the land pertaining thereto, I give it as a free gift to the sanctuary at Jerusalem for the necessary expences of the sanctuary.40 Moreover I give every year fifteen thousand shekels of silver out of the king's accounts from the places appertaining.41 And all the overplus, which the officers payed not in as in former time, from henceforth shall be given toward the works of the temple.42 And beside this, the five thousand shekels of silver, which they took from the uses of the temple out of the accounts year by year, even those things shall be released, because they appertain to the priests that minister.43 And whosoever they be that flee unto the temple at Jerusalem, or be within the liberties hereof, being indebted unto the king, or for any other matter, let them be at liberty, and all that they have in my realm.44 For the building also and repairing of the works of the sanctuary expences shall be given of the king's accounts.45 Yea, and for the building of the walls of Jerusalem, and the fortifying thereof round about, expences shall be given out of the king's accounts, as also for the building of the walls in Judea.46 Now when Jonathan and the people heard these words, they gave no credit unto them, nor received them, because they remembered the great evil that he had done in Israel; for he had afflicted them very sore.47 But with Alexander they were well pleased, because he was the first that entreated of true peace with them, and they were confederate with him always.48 Then gathered king Alexander great forces, and camped over against Demetrius.49 And after the two kings had joined battle, Demetrius' host fled: but Alexander followed after him, and prevailed against them.50 And he continued the battle very sore until the sun went down: and that day was Demetrius slain.51 Afterward Alexander sent ambassadors to Ptolemee king of Egypt with a message to this effect:52 Forasmuch as I am come again to my realm, and am set in the throne of my progenitors, and have gotten the dominion, and overthrown Demetrius, and recovered our country;53 For after I had joined battle with him, both he and his host was discomfited by us, so that we sit in the throne of his kingdom:54 Now therefore let us make a league of amity together, and give me now thy daughter to wife: and I will be thy son in law, and will give both thee and her as according to thy dignity.55 Then Ptolemee the king gave answer, saying, Happy be the day wherein thou didst return into the land of thy fathers, and satest in the throne of their kingdom.56 And now will I do to thee, as thou hast written: meet me therefore at Ptolemais, that we may see one another; for I will marry my daughter to thee according to thy desire.57 So Ptolemee went out of Egypt with his daughter Cleopatra, and they came unto Ptolemais in the hundred threescore and second year: