The message from Apollonius to Jonathan (1 Macc 10:69-10:73)

“Then Apollonius sent the following message to Jonathan the high priest.

‘You are the only one to rise up against us.

I have become a laughingstock and reproach because of you.

Why do you assume authority against us in the hill country?

If you now have confidence in your forces,

Come down to the plain to meet us,

Let us match strength with each other there,

I have with me the power of the cities.

Ask and learn

Who I am?

Who are the others that are helping us?

Men will tell you that you cannot stand before us.

Your ancestors were twice put to flight in their own land.

Now you will not be able to withstand my cavalry

And such an army in the plain,

Where there is no stone or pebble,

Or place to flee.’”

Apollonius sent this threatening message to Jonathan. He wanted to know why Jonathan was fighting back since that made Apollonius look like a laughing stock. He told Jonathan that he Jonathan was afraid to come out of the hills and have a battle on the plains where strength against strength can be measured. Apollonius had the strength of the cities with a cavalry and a strong army that Jonathan would not be able to withstand.