But when he heard that the generals of Demetrius's forces were come
to the city Cadesh with a numerous army, (the place lies between the land
of the Tyrians and Galilee,)for they supposed they should hereby draw him
out of Syria, in order to preserve Galilee, and that he would not overlook
the Galileans, who were his own people, when war was made upon them, he
went to meet them, having left Simon in Judea, who raised as great an army
as he was able out of the country, and then sat down before Bethsura, and
besieged it, that being the strongest place in all Judea; and a garrison
of Demetrius's kept it, as we have already related. But as Simon was raising
banks, and bringing his engines of war against Bethsura, and was very earnest
about the siege of it, the garrison was afraid lest the place should be
taken of Simon by force, and they put to the sword; so they sent to Simon,
and desired the security of his oath, that they should come to no harm
from him, and that they would leave the place, and go away to Demetrius.
Accordingly he gave them his oath, and ejected them out of the city, and
he put therein a garrison of his own.