4 Maccabees Chapter 10 (from The Five Books of Maccabees)


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P. 251 – 253 Book 4 B.C. 167 [PDF: 301/303 of p.524]

CHAPTER 10 

(i) The third and fourth brothers are put to death.

1 And when this one had undergone a memorable[1]P. 251 Foot Note a. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] ” worthy of song.” The same expression is repeated at verse 13. death, the third was brought forward, being much intreated by many that he would taste the 2 meats, and save his life. But he, crying aloud, said : ” Do ye not know that the same father begat and the same mother bare me, as those who just now have died ; and that I was educated in the 3 same opinions? I will not abjure[2]P. 251 Foot Note b. According to the intreaty of his elder brother, given above, at ver. 23 of the preceding chapter. the honourable tie of brotherhood. Wherefore, if ye have ready any species of punishment, apply it to my body: for my mind, even if you wish it, you cannot 4 reach.” But they, grievously disliking his freedom of speech, wrenched his hands and feet with dislocating engines ; and straining him by the 5 joints, pulled his limbs asunder. And they fractured his fingers, and his arms, and his legs, and 6 his elbows[3]P. 251 Foot Note c. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] The word Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] had gone before and by these two probably are meant both the upper and lower joints of the arms.. And not being able to choke him by any means, dragging off[4]P. 251 Foot Note d. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] In book III. ch. vii. 4, we have the word Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] which appears to bear precisely the same meaning as Gr. [ click … Continue reading his skin together with the tips of his fingers, they flayed him entirely, and immediately brought him to the wheel. 7 Round about which((P. 251 Foot Note e. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge].)), while he was dislocated, even to the back bone, he beheld the pieces of his p. 252 flesh flying about, and streams of blood flowing from his entrails. And, being at the point of 8 death, he said, ” We indeed, O abominable tyrant, 9 suffer these things through our religious education and virtue towards God : but you, for your 10 impiety and foul murders, shall endure interminable torments.”

11 And after that he had died in a manner worthy of his brethren, they dragged forward the fourth ; saying, ” Do not you be mad with the same 12 madness as your brethren : but obey the king, and save yourself.” But he said to them, ” You have no fire of so intense[5]P. 252 Foot Note f. Gr. [https://fourcornerministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/P.252-4.Macca_.10-FN-f-01-00-20mm-h.fw_-300x20.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 318px) 100vw, 318px" /> click on image to enlarge] or the sense may be, your fire cannot be more consuming against me, than it has been found against my brethren who have already endured it. a power against me, that I should quake with fear. No ! by the blessed 13 death of my brethren, and the eternal destruction which awaits the tyrant, and the praise worthy life of the righteous, I will not renounce[6]P. 252 Foot Note g. See above, ver. 3, and the note there. our honourable brotherhood. Devise new 14 tortures, O tyrant ! that even after these also you may learn that I am the brother of those men who have been tormented before me.” On hearing 15 these words, the bloodthirsty, murderous, and most abominable Antiochus commanded to cut out his tongue. But he said, ” Even though you 16 take away my organ of speech, yet God heareth even the silent. Behold, my tongue is ready 17 loosed before you ; cut it off : for you shall not further be able to cut away our fixed Principle[7]P. 252 Foot Note h. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge]. as you do to our tongue. With pleasure, for 18 p. 253 God’s sake, we suffer amputation of our limbs, But you God shall speedily visit with vengeance ; since you cut out that tongue which was wont to hymn the strains of Divine praises.”


Original Source: Transcribed from PDF copy of Book "The Five Books of Maccabees in English. With Notes and Illustrations", by HENRY COTTON, D.C.L.(Sir) Archdeacon of Cashel, and Late Student of Christ Church, Oxford. Publication date 1832 | PDF


References

References
1 P. 251 Foot Note a. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] ” worthy of song.” The same expression is repeated at verse 13.
2 P. 251 Foot Note b. According to the intreaty of his elder brother, given above, at ver. 23 of the preceding chapter.
3 P. 251 Foot Note c. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] The word Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] had gone before and by these two probably are meant both the upper and lower joints of the arms.
4 P. 251 Foot Note d. Gr. [https://fourcornerministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/P.251-4.Macca_.10-FN-d-01-00-20mm-h.fw_-300x12.png 300w, https://fourcornerministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/P.251-4.Macca_.10-FN-d-01-00-20mm-h.fw_-500x19.png 500w" sizes="(max-width: 516px) 100vw, 516px" /> click on image to enlarge] In book III. ch. vii. 4, we have the word Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] which appears to bear precisely the same meaning as Gr. [ click on image to enlarge] in this passage.
5 P. 252 Foot Note f. Gr. [https://fourcornerministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/P.252-4.Macca_.10-FN-f-01-00-20mm-h.fw_-300x20.png 300w" sizes="(max-width: 318px) 100vw, 318px" /> click on image to enlarge] or the sense may be, your fire cannot be more consuming against me, than it has been found against my brethren who have already endured it.
6 P. 252 Foot Note g. See above, ver. 3, and the note there.
7 P. 252 Foot Note h. Gr. [ click on image to enlarge].

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