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These two likewise continued distinct kingdoms, after the others were swallowed up by the power of the Romans. But there is a more proper and peculiar reason for enlarging upon these two particularly ; " because Judea lying between them was sometimes in the possession of the kings of Egypt, and sometimes of the kings of Syria; and it is the purpose of holy scripture, to interweave only so much of foreign affairs, as hath some relation to the Jews ;"* and it is in respect of their situation to Judea, that the kings of Egypt and Syria are called the kings of the south' and the north.' * And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes, that is of Alexander's princes, and he shall be strong above him,'

-ver. 5. There is manifestly either some redundance, or some defectt in the Hebrew copy; which should be rendered as it is by the seventy,—“And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes shall be strong above him ;"I or perhaps may better be rendered thus,— And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and the king of the north shall be strong above him, and have dominion ; his dominion shall be a great dominion. The king of the south' was indeed very

strong ;' for “ Ptolemy had annexed Cyprus, Phænicia, Caria, and many islands, and cities, and regions to Egypt, as Jerome here commemorates out of the ancients.” “He had likewise enlarged the bounds of his empire, (as Justin testifies,) by the acquisition of Cyrene, and was now become so great, that he was in a condition not so much to fear as to be feared by his enemies.Il" But still the king of the north, or Seleucus Nicator, was strong above him ;' for having annexed, as we have seen, the kingdoms of Macedon and Thrace to the crown of Syria, he was become master of three

* Idcirco autem cætera regna dimittens, Macedoniæ videlicet et Asiæ, tantum de Ægypti et Syriæ narrat regibus : quia in medio Judæa posita, nunc ab illis nunc ab istis regibus tenebatur. Et Scripturæ sanctæ propositum est non externam absque Judais historiam texere ; sed eam quæ Israeli populo copulata, est. [Therefore passing over the other kingdoms, that is, of Macedon and Asia, he only makes mention of the kings of Egypt and Syria; because &c. as in the text.] Hieron, in locum, col. 1122 edit. Benedict.

+ Either the in pin's is redundant, or the words 75 710907 are wanting.
: Και εις των άρχοντων αυτι ενισχυσει επ' αυτον. [Translated in the text.] Sept.

Ad Ægyptum adjecerat Cyprum, Phoenicen, Cariam, aliasque insulas et regiones. ut hic ex antiquis commemorat Hieronymus. [Translated in the text.] Grot. Tbo words in Jerome are,' et multas in sula: urbesque, et regiones.' [And many islands, and cities, and countries.]

|| ---terminos quoque imperii acquisita Cyrene urbe ampliaverat, factusque jam tantus erat, ut non tam timeret quam timendus ipse hostibus esset. [Translated in obe text.) Justin. lib. 13, cap. 6.

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parts out of four of Alexander's dominions.

All historians agree in representing him not only as the longest liver of Alexander's successors, but likewise as "the conqueror of the conquerors. Appian in particular enumerates the nations which he subdued, and the cities which he built, and affirms that after Alexander he possessed the largest part of Asia : for all was subject to him from Phrygia up to the river Indus, and beyond it:ť and afterwards he denominates him expressly," the greatest king after Alexander." I

Seleucus Nicator, ş having reigned seven months after the death of Lysimachus, over the kingdoms of Macedon, Thrace, and Syria, was basely murdered ; and to him succeeded in the throne of Syria his son Antiochus Soter, and to Antiochus Soter succeeded his son Antiochus Theus. At the same time Ptolemy Philadelphus reigned in Egypt after his father, the first Ptolemy, the son of Lagus. There were frequent wars between the kings of Egypt and Syria. There were so particularly between Ptolemy Philadelphus, the second king of Egypt; and Antiochus Theus, the third king of Syria.

And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm, neither shall he stand, nor his arm; but she shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times,'-ver. 6. And in the end of years,' that is, after several years; for these wars lasted long, as Jerome reports|| out of the ancients, and Antiochus Theus fought against Ptolemy Philadelphus with all the forces of Babylon and the east, They shall join themselves together' or 'shall associate themselves :' At length they agreed to make peace upon condition, that Antiochus Theus should put away his former wife Laodice and her two sons, and should marry Berenice the daughter of Ptolemy Philadelphus.* 'For the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make rights' or 'an agreement:' and accordingly Ptolemy Philadelphus “ brought his daughter to Antiochus Theus, and with her an immense treasure, so that he received the appellation of the dowry-giver.'» t But she shall not retain the power of the arm,' that is, her interest and power with Antiochus; for “after some time, in a fit of love, he brought back his former wife Laodice with her children to court again.” I Neither shall he stand, nor his arm,' or his seed;' for Laodice fearing the fickle temper of her husband, lest he should recal Berenice, caused him to be poisoned ; § and neither did his seed by Berenice succeed him in the kingdom, but Laodice contrived and managed matters so, as to fix her elder son Seleucus Callinicus on the throne of his ancestors. But she shall be given up;' for Laodice not content with poisoning her husband, caused also Berenice to be murdered. || * And they that brought her;' for her Egyptian women and attendants, endeavouring to defend her, were many of them slain with her. I 'And he that begat her,' or rather as it is in the margin, ‘he whom she brought forth ;' for the son was murdered as well as the mother, by order of Laodice.** • And he that strengthened her in these times :' her husband Antiochus, as Jerome conceives ;* or those who took her part and defended her; or rathe her father who died a little before, and was so very fond of her, tha he took care continually to send her fresh supplies of the water of the Nile, thinking it better for her to drink of that than of any other river, as Polybius relates.

victoremque victorum extitisse. [Translated in the text.] Justin. lib. 17

cap. 2.

+ Appian. de Bell. Syr. p. 123, edit. Steph.; p. 197, edit. Tollii. 'Os ápisau twee μαλισα μετα Αλεξανδρον της Ασιας το πλεον· απο γαρ Φρυγιας επι σοταμον Ινδον άνω, ώαντα Σελευκω κατηκε και τον Ινδον σερασας, κ. τ. λ. Quo excepto [Alexandro] nemo unquam plures terras in Asia tenuit: nam a Phrygiæ terminis Indum usque Mediterranea Seleuco parebant omnia : et hoc quoque trajecto, &c. [Translated in the text.] Vide etiam, p. 201, edit. Tollii.

} -Βασιλεα των επι 'Αλεξανδρω μεγισον.-Regem post Alexandrum maximum. [TransJated in the text.] p. 128, edit. Steph. ; p. 207. edit. Tollii.

Quippe post menses admodum septem, &c. (For after seven months, &c.] Justin. lib. 17, cap. 2, sect. 4, p. 351, edit. Grævii. Appian. de Bell. Syr.

| Iste adversus Ptolemæum Philadelphum, qui secundus imperabat Ægyptiis, gessit bella quam plurima : et totis Babylonis atque orientis viribus dimicavit. (He waged many wars against Ptolemy Philadelphus, the second king of the Egyptians, and engaged with all thc forces of Babylon and the east in bis army.) Hieron. Commeat. in locum. Cul. 1123. vol. 3, edit. Benedict.

* Volens itaque Ptolemæus Philadelphus post multos annos molestum finire certamen. filiam suam nomine Berenicen, Antiocho uxorem dedit; qui de priore uxore nomine Laodice, habebat duos filios, &c. [Ptolemy Philaaelphus therefore being at length desirous to put an end to a grievous contest, gave his daughter Berenice to Antiochus in marriage, who had two sons by his former wife Laodice, &c.] Hieron. ibid.

+ Dedrxitque eam usque Pelusium; et infinita auri et argenti millia, dotis nomine dedit: Unde Pepropopos, id est, dotalis appellatus est. [Translated in the text.] Hieron ibid.

post multum temporis amore superatus, Laodicem cum liberis suis reduxit in regiam. [Translated in the text.] Hieron. ibid.

♡ Quæ metuens ambiguum viri animumne Berenicen reduceret, virum per ministros veneno interfecit, &c. [Translated in the text.] Hieron. ibid. Appian. de Bell. Syr. p. 130, edit. Steph.; p. 211, edit. Tollii. Valer. Maximus, lib. 9, cap. 14. Plin. lib. 7 sect. 10, edit. Harduini.

| Hieron. ibid. Appian. ibid. Polyæni Strat. lib. 8. cap. 50.

S Hieron. ibid. αι δε αμφ' αύτην γυναικες υπερασπιζωσαι προσαπιθανον αι πλειονες. Quee rero circa eam erant mulieres defensionem parantes, plurimæ ceciderunt. [Translated in the text.] Ponyænus ibid. p. 801, edit. Maasvicii.

** Hieron. ibid. Appian. ibid. Polyæn. ibid. Justin, lib. 27, cap. I

But such wickedness should not pass unpunished and unrevenged. • But out of a branch of her root shall one stand up in his estate, or rather, as it is translated in the Vulgar Latin, 'out of a branch of her root shall stand up a plant;' I 'and he shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress' or the fenced cities of the king of the north, and shall deal,' shall act' against them, and shall prevail ; And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods with their princes,' or rather, their gods with their molten images,'S “and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold, and he shall continue more years than the king of the north,' or more literally • he shall continue some years after the king of the north. So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land,' ver. 7-9. This branch,' which sprung 'out of the same root' with Berenice, was Ptolemy Euergetes her brother, who no sooner succeeded his father Ptolemy Philadelphus in the kingdom, than “• he came with a great army, and entered into the provinces of the king of the north,' that is, of Seleucus Callinicus, who with his mother Laodice reigned in Syria : and he 'acted against them,' and 'prevailed' so far, that he took Syria and Cilicia, and the upper parts beyond Euphrates, and almost all Asia. And when he had heard that a sedition was raised in Egypt, he plundered the kingdom of Seleucus, and took forty thousand talents of silver and precious vessels, and images of the gods, tivo thousand and five hundred : among which were also those, which Cambyses, after he had taken Egypt, had carried into Persia. And for thus restoring their gods after many years, the Egyptians, who were a nation much addicted to idolatry, complimented him with the title of Euergetes or the benefactor.» * This is Jerome's account, extracted from ancient historians'; but there are authors still extant, who confi!m several of the same particulars. Appian mforms us, that “ Laodice having killed Antiochus, and after him both Berenice and her child, Ptolemy the son of Philadelphus, to revenge these murders, invaded Syria, slew Laodice, and proceeded as far as to Babylon." | From Polybius we learn, that “ Ptolemy, surnamed Euergetes, being greatly incensed at the cruel treatment of his sister Berenice, marched with an army into Syria, and took the city of Seleucia, which was kept for some years afterwards by the garrisons of the kings of Egypt.” # Thus did he enter into the fortress of the king of the north.' Polyænus affirms, that “Ptolemy made himself master of all the country from mount Taurus as far as to India without war or battle:” but he ascribes it by mistake to the father instead of the son. Justin asserts, that “if Ptolemy had not been recalled by a domestic sedition into Egypt, he would have

* Rex quoque Antiochus qui confortabat eam, hoc est, per quem poterat prævalere, veneno uxoris occisus est. (King Antiochus also, who strengthened her, that is, by whom she was enabled to prevail, was poisoned by his wife.] Hieron, ibid.

+ Και ο της Αιγυπτι δε βασιλευς δευτερος, ο Φιλαδελφος επικλην, εκδες την αετε θυγατέρα Βερενικης 'Αντιοχώ τω Συριας βασιλει, εν επιμελεια είχε σεμπειν αυτη το απο τε Νειλε ύδωρ, ένα μονα τετε το σοταμι ή σαις σινη, ώς ισορει Πολυβιος. Ptolemaeus secundus ΑΕgypti rex, cognomine Philadelphus, cum filiam Berenicen Antiocho regi Syriæ nuptum dedisset, mittendam ad ipsam Nili aquam sedulo curavit, ut eam solam gnata biberet, quod Polybius scripsit. [Ptolemy the second, king of Egypt, surnamed Philadelphus, when he had given his daughter Berenice in marriage to Antiochus king of Syria, was urgently solicitous to send the water of the Nile to her, that she might drink of that only, as Polybius records.] Athenæus, lib. 2, p. 45. edit. Casaubon. $ Et stalit de germine radicum ejus plantatio. [Translated in the text.] * Vulg

Deos eorum et sculptilia. [Their gods and graven images.] Vulg. Tus Dous m'TAN NOTA TWY YWOOVTWY Qútwr. Sept. Deos eorum cam fusilibus eorum.-Arab. (Translated in the text.

de plantione et de germine radicis ejus, eo quod esset germanus : et venit cum exercitu magno, et ingressus est provinciam regis aquilonis, id est Seleuci cognomento Callinici, qui cum matre Laodice regnabat in Syria : et abusus est eis ; et obtinuit, in tantum ut Syriam caperet, et Ciliciam, superioresque partes trans Euphratem, et propemodum universam Asiam. Quumque audisset in Ægypto seditionem moveri, diripiens regnum Seleuci, quadraginta millia talentorum argenti tulit, et vasa pretiosa simulacraque deorum, duo millia quingenta : in quibus erant, et illa quæ Cambyses capta Ægypto in Persas portaverat. Denique gens Ægyptiorum idololatriæ dedita, quia post multos annos deos eorum retulerat, Euergeten eum appellavit. [Translated in the text.] Hieron ibid.

+ Και αυτον έκτεινε Λαοδικη, και επ' εκεινον Βερενικην τε και το Βερενικης βρεφος. και Πτολεκαιος και τα Φιλαδελφε ταυτα τιννυμενος, Λαοδικην τι έκτεινε, και ες Συριαν ενεβαλι, και ές Βαβυλώνα idade. Laodice ipsum interfecit, et mox Berenicem cum infantulo. Eam injuriam Ptulemæus Philadelphi filius, ut ulcisceretur, de Laodice sumpsit supplicium, et ingressus Syriam, Babylonem usque pervenit. [Translated in the text.] A ppian. de Bell. Syr. p. 130, edit. Steph. ; p. 211, edit. Tolli.

* Συνεβαινε γαρ Σελευκειαν έτι τοτε κατεχεσθαι φρεραις υπο των εξ Αιγυπτε βασιλεων, εκ των κατα τον Ευεργετην επικληθεντα Πτολεμαιον καιρων, εν οις εκεινος δια τα Βερενικης συμπτωματα, και την υπερ εκεινησ οργην, σρατευσας εις τις κατα Συριαν τοπος, έγκρατης εγενετο ταυτης της Todows. Adhuc illa tempestate regum Ægypti præsidiis tenebatur Suleucia, jam inde ab illis temporibus, cum Ptolemæus cognomento Euergeta, propter casum Berenicæ Seleuco regi iratus bello Syriæ illato, ea urbe est potitus. [Translated in the text.] Polyb. lib. 5, p. 402, 403, edit. Casaubon.

και Απο το Ταυρα μεχρι της Ινδικης χωρις πολεμε και μαχης έκρατησε. A Tauro usque a Indiam absque bello ac pugna superavit. [Translated in the text.] Polyæni Strat. lib. “ cnp. 50, p. 802, edit. Maasvicii.

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