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2 Maccabees 11:24

“Wee vnderstand also that the Iewes would not consent to our father for to bee brought vnto the custome of the Gentiles, but had rather keepe their owne manner of liuing: for the which cause they require of vs that we should suffer thē to liue after their own lawes.”

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2 Maccabees 11:24

21. Fare ye wel. The hundred & eight and fortie yeere, the foure and twentie day of the moneth Dioscorinthius. 22. Now the kings letter conteined these words, King Antiochus vnto his brother Lysias sendeth greeting. 23. Since our father is translated vnto the gods, our will is, that they that are in our realme liue quietly, that euery one may attend vpon his own affaires. 24. Wee vnderstand also that the Iewes would not consent to our father for to bee brought vnto the custome of the Gentiles, but had rather keepe their owne manner of liuing: for the which cause they require of vs that we should suffer thē to liue after their own lawes. 25. Wherefore our mind is, that this nation shall be in rest, and we haue determined to restore them their Temple, that they may liue according to the customes of their forefathers. 26. Thou shalt doe well therefore to send vnto them, and grant them peace, that whē they are certified of our mind, they may be of good comfort, & euer goe cheerefully about their owne affaires. 27. And the letter of the king vnto the nation of the Iewes was after this maner: king Antiochus sendeth greeting vnto the counsel, & the rest of the Iewes

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