2 Maccabees - Chapter 11
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1 Almost immediately afterwards, Lysias, the king's tutor and cousin, chief minister of the realm, much disturbed at the turn of events,
8 They were still near Jerusalem when a rider attired in white appeared at their head, brandishing golden weapons.
9 With one accord they all blessed the God of mercy, and found themselves filled with such courage that they were ready to lay low not men only but the fiercest beasts and walls of iron.
10 They advanced in battle order with the aid of their celestial ally, the Lord having had mercy on them.
13 Now Lysias was not lacking in intelligence and, as he reflected on the reverse he had just suffered, he realised that the Hebrews were invincible because the mighty God fought for them. He therefore sent them a delegation
23 'Now that our father has taken his place among the gods, our will is that the subjects of the realm be left undisturbed to attend to their own affairs.
25 Accordingly, since we intend this people to be free from vexation like any other, our ruling is that the Temple be restored to them and that they conduct their affairs according to the customs of their ancestors.
26 'It will therefore be your concern to send them a mission of friendship, so that on learning our policy they may have confidence and happily go about their business.'
28 'If you are well, that is as we would wish; we ourselves are in good health.
38 Farewell. 'The fifteenth day of Dioscorus in the year one hundred and forty-eight.'
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