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He also, who was their commander, came himself, with a great number of horsemen and footmen.
The king also came himself from Samaria, and brought with him no small army, besides that which was there before, for they were about thirty thousand; (469) and they all met together at the walls of Jerusalem, and encamped at the north wall of the city, being now an army of eleven legions, armed men on foot, and six thousand horsemen, with other auxiliaries out of Syria." (Josephus, Antiquities 14.465469) The proof of virginity cloth is handed to the witnesses and the bride's parents for safekeeping and the entire wedding party make their way to the groom's house and the door is closed when the last person in the procession enters."Jesus says that this kingdom will be like ten girls with torches who were going out to meet the bridegroom.
They would then have had their place in the procession to the bridegrooms home for the feast." (Pillar New Testament Commentary, Mt 25:1) But after these things they brought word to Jonathan and Simon his brother, that the children of Ambri were making a great marriage, and were bringing the bride from Nadabath with a great train, a daughter of one of the great nobles of Canaan.
And they remembered John their brother, and went up, and hid themselves under the covert of the mountain; and they lifted up their eyes, and saw, and behold, a great ado and much baggage; and the bridegroom came forth, and his friends and his brethren to meet them (i.e.
After this there was a procession, generally to the home of the bridegroom, where feasting took place that might go on for days.
The processions often took place at night, when torches made for a spectacular display. The ten girls were involved in going out to meet the bridegroom, which makes it appear that they belonged to the brides party.
Chapter 16 How Herod, When He Had Married Mariamne, Took Jerusalem with the Assistance of Sossius, by Force; And How the Government of the Asamoneans Was Put an End to 1.