“Then all those bridesmaids
τότε ἠγέρθησαν πᾶσαι αἱ παρθένοι ἐκεῖναι καὶ ἐκόσμησαν τὰς λαμπάδας ἑαυτῶν.
This parable story is unique to Matthew. Jesus continued with this parable. All those 10 bridesmaids got up (τότε ἠγέρθησαν πᾶσαι αἱ παρθένοι ἐκεῖναι). They trimmed or decorated their lamps so that they would be in good order (καὶ ἐκόσμησαν τὰς λαμπάδας ἑαυτῶν) for the procession. All of these 10 bridesmaids tried to get their lamps or lanterns ready.
“Instead King Antiochus wrote to the Jews the following letter, in the form of a supplication. This was its content.
‘To his worthy Jewish citizens,
Antiochus their king and general
Sends hearty greetings and good wishes
For their health and prosperity.
If you and your children are well
And your affairs are as you wish,
I am glad.
As my hope is in heaven,
I remember with affection your esteem and good will.
On my way back from the region of Persia
I suffered an annoying illness.
I have deemed it necessary to take thought
For the general security of all.
I do not despair of my condition.
I have good hope of recovering from my illness.’”
The letter of King Antiochus IV has a different friendly tone. He talked about the worthy Jewish citizens. He wished them health and prosperity. He hoped their children and affairs were in good order. He said that his hope was in heaven. He talked about their good will towards him. Then he mentioned that he had suffered an annoying illness on his way back from Persia. He hoped to recover from his illness. This was the new kinder and gentler King Antiochus IV.