“But I observed that my father,
On the occasions
When he made expeditions into the upper country,
He appointed his successor.
So that, if anything unexpected happened
Or any unwelcome news came,
The people throughout the realm would not be troubled.
They would know to whom the government was left.
Moreover, I understand how the princes along the borders
And the neighbors to my kingdom
Keep watching for opportunities
And waiting to see what will happen.
So I have appointed my son Antiochus to be king,
I have often entrusted and commended him to most of you,
When I hastened off to the upper provinces.
I have written to him what is written here.
I therefore urge and beg you to remember
The public and private services rendered to you.
Maintain your present good will,
Each of you,
Toward me and my son.
I am sure that he will follow my policy
He will treat you with moderation and kindness.’”
This letter of King Antiochus IV is really not a letter with all the conditions and wishes for the Jew that was mentioned above. Instead, it is a succession letter or last will and testament. Basically, since everyone was so kind to him, he wanted everyone to listen to his son who would succeed him if he did not get over this illness that occurred to him when he was in Persia. The idea of writing a letter of succession was not new, since his father King Antiochus III had done this. He had appointed King Seleucid IV, his brother, as the successor. King Antiochus IV wanted everyone to know that his son King Antiochus V would be his rightful moderate and kind successor. He did not trust the neighboring princes on the borders since they might try to raise havoc about who was in charge. He told them to remember the good times.