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2 Maccabees 9:19

“Antiochus king and gouernour, to the good Iewes his Citizens, wisheth much ioy, health, and prosperity.”

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2 Maccabees 9:19

16. And the holy Temple, which before he had spoiled, hee would garnish with goodly gifts, and restore all the holy vessels with many more, and out of his owne reuenew defray the charges belonging to the sacrifices: 17. Yea, and that also hee would become a Iew himselfe, and goe through all the world that was inhabited, and declare the power of God. 18. But for all this his paines would not cease: for the iust iudgement of God was come vpō him: therfore despairing of his health, he wrote vnto the Iewes the letter vnderwritten, containing the forme of a supplicatiō, after this maner. 19. Antiochus king and gouernour, to the good Iewes his Citizens, wisheth much ioy, health, and prosperity. 20. If ye, and your children fare well, and your affaires be to your contentment, I giue very great thankes to God, hauing my hope in heauen. 21. As for mee I was weake, or else I would haue remembred kindly your honour, and good will. Returning out of Persia, and being taken with a grieuous disease, I thought it necessary to care for the common safety of all: 22. Not distrusting mine health, but hauing great hope to escape this sicknes

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