The response of King Ptolemy (1 Macc 10:55-10:56)

“King Ptolemy replied and said.

‘Happy was the day

On which you returned to the land of your ancestors.

You took your seat on the throne of their kingdom.

Now I will do for you as you wrote,

But meet me at Ptolemais,

So that we may see one another.

I will become your father-in-law,

As you have said.’”

This request from King Alexander I pleased the Egyptian King Ptolemy VI. He was happy to see Alexander there and would love to be his father-in-law. However, he wanted to stop by and see him at Ptolemais before everything was settled.