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Chapter 15 16 Lucius, consul of the Romans unto king Ptolemee, greeting:17 The Jews' ambassadors, our friends and confederates, came unto us to renew the old friendship and league, being sent from Simon the high priest, and from the people of the Jews:18 And they brought a shield of gold of a thousand pound.19 We thought it good therefore to write unto the kings and countries, that they should do them no harm, nor fight against them, their cities, or countries, nor yet aid their enemies against them.20 It seemed also good to us to receive the shield of them.21 If therefore there be any pestilent fellows, that have fled from their country unto you, deliver them unto Simon the high priest, that he may punish them according to their own law.22 The same things wrote he likewise unto Demetrius the king, and Attalus, to Ariarathes, and Arsaces,23 And to all the countries and to Sampsames, and the Lacedemonians, and to Delus, and Myndus, and Sicyon, and Caria, and Samos, and Pamphylia, and Lycia, and Halicarnassus, and Rhodus, and Aradus, and Cos, and Side, and Aradus, and Gortyna, and Cnidus, and Cyprus, and Cyrene.24 And the copy hereof they wrote to Simon the high priest.25 So Antiochus the king camped against Dora the second day, assaulting it continually, and making engines, by which means he shut up Tryphon, that he could neither go out nor in.26 At that time Simon sent him two thousand chosen men to aid him; silver also, and gold, and much armour.27 Nevertheless he would not receive them, but brake all the covenants which he had made with him afore, and became strange unto him.28 Furthermore he sent unto him Athenobius, one of his friends, to commune with him, and say, Ye withhold Joppa and Gazera; with the tower that is in Jerusalem, which are cities of my realm.29 The borders thereof ye have wasted, and done great hurt in the land, and got the dominion of many places within my kingdom.30 Now therefore deliver the cities which ye have taken, and the tributes of the places, whereof ye have gotten dominion without the borders of Judea:31 Or else give me for them five hundred talents of silver; and for the harm that ye have done, and the tributes of the cities, other five hundred talents: if not, we will come and fight against you32 So Athenobius the king's friend came to Jerusalem: and when he saw the glory of Simon, and the cupboard of gold and silver plate, and his great attendance, he was astonished, and told him the king's message.33 Then answered Simon, and said unto him, We have neither taken other men's land, nor holden that which appertaineth to others, but the inheritance of our fathers, which our enemies had wrongfully in possession a certain time.34 Wherefore we, having opportunity, hold the inheritance of our fathers.35 And whereas thou demandest Joppa and Gazera, albeit they did great harm unto the people in our country, yet will we give thee an hundred talents for them. Hereunto Athenobius answered him not a word;36 But returned in a rage to the king, and made report unto him of these speeches, and of the glory of Simon, and of all that he had seen: whereupon the king was exceeding wroth.37 In the mean time fled Tryphon by ship unto Orthosias.38 Then the king made Cendebeus captain of the sea coast, and gave him an host of footmen and horsemen,