CYOU-48

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Chapter 48. – The effect and outcome of this letter. The ploy of Herod. Cyrenius' second letter to Herod.

48,1. The governor of Jerusalem and Herod were terrified by Cyrenius' letter, ceased their cruelties and sent messengers to Tyre, trying to explain to Cyrenius the important reasons behind their actions.

48,2. They painted the legation of the in any case devious Persians in the most lurid colours and even claimed having discovered very important, secret leads that none other than Cyrenius' brother Cornelius played a leading part in this secret, typically Asian conspiracy!

48,3. Because it has been ascertained that Cornelius had taken this new King of the Jews under his protection.

48,4. And because of this, Herod was now thinking of sending messengers to Rome, unless Cyrenius would give him guarantees.

48,5. Therefore Cyrenius was to subject Cornelius to the strictest investigation, failing which a report would be sent to the emperor immediately and irrevocably!

48,6. Cyrenius, who received this countermeasure when he was back in Tyre again, was initially taken aback by it.

48,7. But he quickly regained his composure and, inspired by the Divine Spirit, wrote the following lines to Herod:

48,8. "How does the secret law of Augustus read as regards the discovery of a possible conspiracy? – It reads thus: 'When someone discovers any kind of secret intrigue, he shall remain calm and immediately and in all detail report it to the highest authority of state of the country!

48,9. Neither a special governor and still less, a liege lord, shall hold the sword without an explicit order of the highest authority of state who should first investigate the matter thoroughly.

48,10. For nowhere can an untimely attack do greater damage to the state than in such a case;

48,11. because when this makes the conspiracy withdraw and hide its plans by even more fiendish tricks, it will not miss its objectives when it comes to the surface in more favourable circumstances!'

48,12. This is the most wise law in this matter, in the words of the emperor himself!

48,13. Did you act accordingly? – My brother Cornelius has done so! He has immediately seized the supposed new King of the Jews,

48,14. has handed him over to my command and I have since long given orders for his proper disposal according to the powers vested in me over Asia and Egypt.

48,15. My brother has presented to you all that, but he spoke to deaf ears!

48,16. As true rebels you have carried out the massacre of the innocents against all representations of my brother and have even boldly called upon me to support you! – Is that the what you call carrying out the imperial law?

48,17. But I tell you, the emperor has already been informed and has empowered me to dismiss the governor of Jerusalem, although he is a relative of mine, and to impose on Herod a fine of ten thousand pounds in gold.

48,18. The deposed governor is to appear before me within five days and Herod is to pay his fine here in full within 30 days, failing which he loses his right of tenure. Fiat! Cyrenius vice Augusti."


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