When this day appointed for payment of the money was past, without
Sylleus's performing any part of his agreement, and he was gone to Rome,
Herod demanded the payment of the money, and that the robbers that were
in Arabia should be delivered up; and, by the permission of Saturninus
and Volumnius, executed the judgment himself upon those that were refractory.
He took an army that he had, and let it into Arabia, and in three days'
time marched seven mansions; and when he came to the garrison wherein the
robbers were, he made an assault upon them, and took them all, and demolished
the place, which was called Raepta, but did no harm to any others. But
as the Arabians came to their assistance, under Naceb their captain, there
ensued a battle, wherein a few of Herod's soldiers, and Naceb, the captain
of the Arabians, and about twenty of his soldiers, fell, while the rest
betook themselves to flight. So when he had brought these to punishment,
he placed three thousand Idumeans in Trachonitis, and thereby restrained
the robbers that were there. He also sent an account to the captains that
were about Phoenicia, and demonstrated that he had done nothing but what
he ought to do, in punishing the refractory Arabians, which, upon an exact
inquiry, they found to be no more than what was true.