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Chapter 13 26 And all Israel made great lamentation for him, and bewailed him many days.27 Simon also built a monument upon the sepulchre of his father and his brethren, and raised it aloft to the sight, with hewn stone behind and before.28 Moreover he set up seven pyramids, one against another, for his father, and his mother, and his four brethren.29 And in these he made cunning devices, about the which he set great pillars, and upon the pillars he made all their armour for a perpetual memory, and by the armour ships carved, that they might be seen of all that sail on the sea.30 This is the sepulchre which he made at Modin, and it standeth yet unto this day.31 Now Tryphon dealt deceitfully with the young king Antiochus, and slew him.32 And he reigned in his stead, and crowned himself king of Asia, and brought a great calamity upon the land.33 Then Simon built up the strong holds in Judea, and fenced them about with high towers, and great walls, and gates, and bars, and laid up victuals therein.34 Moreover Simon chose men, and sent to king Demetrius, to the end he should give the land an immunity, because all that Tryphon did was to spoil.35 Unto whom king Demetrius answered and wrote after this manner:36 King Demetrius unto Simon the high priest, and friend of kings, as also unto the elders and nation of the Jews, sendeth greeting:37 The golden crown, and the scarlet robe, which ye sent unto us, we have received: and we are ready to make a stedfast peace with you, yea, and to write unto our officers, to confirm the immunities which we have granted.38 And whatsoever covenants we have made with you shall stand; and the strong holds, which ye have builded, shall be your own.39 As for any oversight or fault committed unto this day, we forgive it, and the crown tax also, which ye owe us: and if there were any other tribute paid in Jerusalem, it shall no more be paid.40 And look who are meet among you to be in our court, let then be enrolled, and let there be peace betwixt us.41 Thus the yoke of the heathen was taken away from Israel in the hundred and seventieth year.42 Then the people of Israel began to write in their instruments and contracts, In the first year of Simon the high priest, the governor and leader of the Jews.43 In those days Simon camped against Gaza and besieged it round about; he made also an engine of war, and set it by the city, and battered a certain tower, and took it.44 And they that were in the engine leaped into the city; whereupon there was a great uproar in the city:45 Insomuch as the people of the city rent their clothes, and climbed upon the walls with their wives and children, and cried with a loud voice, beseeching Simon to grant them peace.46 And they said, Deal not with us according to our wickedness, but according to thy mercy.47 So Simon was appeased toward them, and fought no more against them, but put them out of the city, and cleansed the houses wherein the idols were, and so entered into it with songs and thanksgiving.48 Yea, he put all uncleanness out of it, and placed such men there as would keep the law, and made it stronger than it was before, and built therein a dwellingplace for himself.