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  • 2 Maccabees 7:1-2 (CEV)

    1 King Antiochus once arrested seven Jewish brothers and their mother. He had them beaten with heavy whips and tried to make them eat the meat of pigs, which is against our laws. 2 But one of the brothers spoke up and said, “Why are you torturing us like this? We will die before we disobey the laws of our ancestors!”

  • 2 Maccabees 7:9-14 (CEV)

    9 When the second brother was almost dead, he said to the king, “How can you be so cruel? Even if you kill us, the King of this world will raise us to life. And then we will live forever, because we died, rather than deny our faith.” 10 When he died, they started torturing the third brother and shouted, “Stick out your tongue!” He immediately obeyed and bravely stretched out his arms as well. 11 He had a lot of courage and said, “God in heaven gave these to me. But I will give them up to obey his laws, because I know God will give them back.”