Now this king was by nature very beneficent and liberal in his gifts,
and very ambitious to oblige people with such large donations; and he made
himself very illustrious by the many chargeable presents he made them.
He took delight in giving, and rejoiced in living with good reputation.
He was not at all like that Herod who reigned before him; for that Herod
was ill-natured, and severe in his punishments, and had no mercy on them
that he hated; and every one perceived that he was more friendly to the
Greeks than to the Jews; for he adorned foreign cities with large presents
in money; with building them baths and theatres besides; nay, in some of
those places he erected temples, and porticoes in others; but he did not
vouchsafe to raise one of the least edifices in any Jewish city, or make
them any donation that was worth mentioning. But Agrippa's temper was mild,
and equally liberal to all men. He was humane to foreigners, and made them
sensible of his liberality. He was in like manner rather of a gentle and
compassionate temper. Accordingly, he loved to live continually at Jerusalem,
and was exactly careful in the observance of the laws of his country. He
therefore kept himself entirely pure; nor did any day pass over his head
without its appointed sacrifice.