Shortly before this letter was written, the harbour of Iamnia had been attacked by the Jewish leader Judas ( 2Macc_12'8-9 ). Based on the translation by John Ma ( PDF - document 19, with Greek text ), with some minor changes.
[King] Antiochos to Nes..., greetings. The [memorandum] appended below, from the Sidonians [in the harbour of Iamnia], has been given to us. [Since] the aforementioned (?) Iamnitai are free from tax . . . so that they too should [benefit from] the same benefactions. [Farewell.] Year 149, ... day of Loios.
Memorandum to [king] Antiochos Eupator, from the Sidonians in the harbour [of Iamnia]. Since we have given many services to your grandfather in . . . of naval service . . . [obeying] the orders without hesitation . . . your father into [the places] in Egypt . . . [the] tithe of production . . .
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