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  • 2 Maccabees 7:1-2 (GNT)

    1 On another occasion a Jewish mother and her seven sons were arrested. The king was having them beaten to force them to eat pork. 2 Then one of the young men said, “What do you hope to gain by doing this? We would rather die than abandon the traditions of our ancestors.”

  • 2 Maccabees 7:9-14 (GNT)

    9 but with his dying breath he cried out to the king, “You butcher! You may kill us, but the King of the universe will raise us from the dead and give us eternal life, because we have obeyed his laws.” 10 The soldiers began entertaining themselves with the third brother. When he was ordered to stick out his tongue, he quickly did so. Then he bravely held out his hands 11 and courageously said, “God gave these to me. But his laws mean more to me than my hands, and I know God will give them back to me again.”