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1Mac 8:1 
Now Judas had heard of the the Romans, that they were mighty 
and valiant men, and such as would lovingly accept all that 
joined themselves unto them, and make a league of amity with all 
that came unto them; 
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And that they were men of great valour. It was told him also 
of their wars and noble acts which they had done among the 
Galatians, and how they had conquered them, and brought them 
under tribute; 
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And what they had done in the country of Spain, for the 
winning of the mines of the silver and gold which is there; 
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And that by their policy and patience they had conquered all 
the place, though it were very far from them; and the kings also 
that came against them from the uttermost part of the earth, 
till they had discomfited them, and given them a great 
overthrow, so that the rest did give them tribute every year: 
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Beside this, how they had discomfited in battle Philip, and 
Perseus, king of the Citims, with others that lifted up 
themselves against them, and had overcome them: 
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How also Antiochus the great king of Asia, that came against 
them in battle, having an hundred and twenty elephants, with 
horsemen, and chariots, and a very great army, was discomfited 
by them; 
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And how they took him alive, and covenanted that he and such 
as reigned after him should pay a great tribute, and give 
hostages, and that which was agreed upon, 
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And the country of India, and Media and Lydia and of the 
goodliest countries, which they took of him, and gave to king 
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Moreover how the Grecians had determined to come and destroy 
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And that they, having knowledge thereof sent against them a 
certain captain, and fighting with them slew many of them, and 
carried away captives their wives and their children, and 
spoiled them, and took possession of their lands, and pulled 
down their strong holds, and brought them to be their servants 
unto this day: 
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It was told him besides, how they destroyed and brought under 
their dominion all other kingdoms and isles that at any time 
resisted them; 
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But with their friends and such as relied upon them they kept 
amity: and that they had conquered kingdoms both far and nigh, 
insomuch as all that heard of their name were afraid of them: 
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Also that, whom they would help to a kingdom, those reign; 
and whom again they would, they displace: finally, that they 
were greatly exalted: 
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Yet for all this none of them wore a crown or was clothed in 
purple, to be magnified thereby: 
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Moreover how they had made for themselves a senate house, 
wherein three hundred and twenty men sat in council daily, 
consulting alway for the people, to the end they might be well 
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And that they committed their government to one man every 
year, who ruled over all their country, and that all were 
obedient to that one, and that there was neither envy nor 
emmulation among them. 
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In consideration of these things, Judas chose Eupolemus the 
son of John, the son of Accos, and Jason the son of Eleazar, and 
sent them to Rome, to make a league of amity and confederacy 
with them, 
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And to intreat them that they would take the yoke from them; 
for they saw that the kingdom of the Grecians did oppress Israel 
with servitude. 
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They went therefore to Rome, which was a very great journey, 
and came into the senate, where they spake and said. 
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Judas Maccabeus with his brethren, and the people of the 
Jews, have sent us unto you, to make a confederacy and peace 
with you, and that we might be registered your confederates and 
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So that matter pleased the Romans well. 
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And this is the copy of the epistle which the senate wrote 
back again in tables of brass, and sent to Jerusalem, that there 
they might have by them a memorial of peace and confederacy: 
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Good success be to the Romans, and to the people of the Jews, 
by sea and by land for ever: the sword also and enemy be far 
from them, 
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If there come first any war upon the Romans or any of their 
confederates throughout all their dominion, 
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The people of the Jews shall help them, as the time shall be 
appointed, with all their heart: 
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Neither shall they give any thing unto them that make war 
upon them, or aid them with victuals, weapons, money, or ships, 
as it hath seemed good unto the Romans; but they shall keep 
their covenants without taking any thing therefore. 
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In the same manner also, if war come first upon the nation of 
the Jews, the Romans shall help them with all their heart, 
according as the time shall be appointed them: 
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Neither shall victuals be given to them that take part 
against them, or weapons, or money, or ships, as it hath seemed 
good to the Romans; but they shall keep their covenants, and 
that without deceit. 
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According to these articles did the Romans make a covenant 
with the people of the Jews. 
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Howbeit if hereafter the one party or the other shall think 
to meet to add or diminish any thing, they may do it at their 
pleasures, and whatsoever they shall add or take away shall be 
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And as touching the evils that Demetrius doeth to the Jews, 
we have written unto him, saying, Wherefore thou made thy yoke 
heavy upon our friends and confederates the Jews? 
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If therefore they complain any more against thee, we will do 
them justice, and fight with thee by sea and by land.