2 Maccabees 7
20Now the mother was to be ad above measure, and worthy to be remembered by good men, who beheld seven sons slain in the space of one day, and bore it with a good courage, for the hope that she had in God:

21And she bravely exhorted every o of them in her own language, being filled with wisdom: and joining a man's heart to a woman's thought,

22She said to them: I know not how you were formed in my womb: for I neither gave you breath, nor soul, nor life, neither did I frame the limbs of every one of you.

23But the Creator of the world, that formed the nativity of man, and that found out the origin of all, he will re- store to you again in his mercy, both breath and life, as now you despise your- selves for the sake of his laws.

24Now Antiochus, thinking himself despised, and withal despising the voice of the upbraider, when the youngest was yet alive, did not only exhort him by words, but also assured him with an oath, that he would make him a rich and a happy man, and, if he would turn from the laws of his fathers, would take him for a friend, and furnish him with things necessary.

25But when the young man was not moved with these things, the king called the mother, and counselled her to deal with the young man to save his life.

26And when he had exhorted her with many words, she promised that she would counsel her son.

27So bending herself towards him, mocking the cruel tyrant, she said her own language: My son, have pi upon me, that bore thee nine months my womb, and save thee suck years, and nourished thee, and b thee up unto this age.

28I beseech thee, my son, look upon heaven and earth, and all that is in them: and consider that God made the out of nothing, and mankind also:

29So thou shalt not fear this tormentor, but being made a worthy partner with thy brethren, receive death, that in that mercy I may receive thee again with thy brethren.

30While she was yet speaking these words, the young man said: For whom do you stay ? I will not obey the commandment of the king, but the commandment of the law, which was given us by Moses.

31But thou that hast been the author of all mischief against the Hebrews, shalt not escape the hand of God.

32For we suffer thus for our sins.
33And though the Lord our God is angry with us a little while for our chastisement and correction: yet he will be reconciled again to his servants.

34But thou, O wicked and of all men most flagitious, be not lifted up without cause with vain hopes, whilst thou art raging against his servants.

35For thou hast not yet escaped the judgment of the almighty God, who beholdeth all things.

36For my brethren, having now undergone a short pain, are under the covenant of eternal life: but thou by the judgment of God shalt receive just punishment for thy pride.

37But I, like my brethren, offer up my life and my body for the laws of our fathers: calling upon God to be speedily merciful to our nation, and that thou by torments and stripes mayst confess that he alone is God.

38But in me and in my brethren the wrath of the Almighty, which hath justly been brought upon all our nation, shall cease.

39Then the king being incensed with anger, raged against him more cruelly than all the rest, taking it grievously that he was mocked.

40So this man also died undefiled, wholly trusting in the Lord.

41And last of all after the sons the mother also was consumed.

42But now there is enough said of the sacrifices, and of the excessive cruelties.

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