“In view of these things King Demetrius
Confirmed him in the high priesthood.
He made him one of the king’s friends.
He paid him high honors.
He had heard that the Jews
Were addressed by the Romans as friends,
Allies and brothers.
The Romans had received the envoys of Simon with honor.”
This decree also mentioned that King Demetrius II confirmed Simon in the high priesthood. It is still not clear where this authority came from. He, of course, made him one of the king’s friends. Thus he paid him high honors. He knew that Simon had sent envoys to Rome, who had addressed him as a friend, ally, and brother. The Seleucid King Demetrius II wanted to be on the right side of this relationship.