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|1 Now this one, having endured this praiseworthy death, the third was brought along, and exhorted by many to taste and save his life. 2 But he cried out and said, Know ye not, that the father of those who are dead, begat me also; and that the same mother bare me; and that I was brought up in the same tenets? 3 I abjure not the noble relationship of my brethren. 4 Now then, whatever instrument of vengeance ye have, apply it to my body, for ye are not able to touch, even if ye wish it, my soul. 5 But they, highly incensed at his boldness of speech, dislocated his hands and feet with racking engines, and wrenching them from their sockets, dismembered him. 6 And they dragged round his fingers, and his arms, and his legs, and his ankles. 7 And not being able by any means to strangle him, they tore off his skin, together with the extreme tips of his fingers, flayed him, and then haled him to the wheel; 8 around which his vertebral joints were loosened, and he saw his own flesh torn to shreds, and streams of blood flowing from his entrails. 9 And when about to die, he said, 10 We, O accursed tyrant, suffer this for the sake of Divine education and virtue. 11 But thou, for thine impiety and blood-shedding, shalt endure indissoluble torments. 12 And thus having died worthily of his brethren, they dragged forward the fourth, saying, 13 Do not thou share the madness of thy brethren: but give regard to the king, and save thyself. 14 But he said to them, You have not a fire so scorching as to make me play the coward. 15 By the blessed death of my brethren, and the eternal punishment of the tyrant, and the glorious life of the pious, I will not repudiate the noble brotherhood. 16 Invent, O tyrant, tortures; that you may learn, even through them, that I am the brother of those tormented before. 17 When he had said this, the blood-thirsty, and murderous, and unhallowed Antiochus ordered his tongue to be cut out. 18 But he said, Even if you take away the organ of speech, yet God hears the silent. 19 Behold, my tongue is extended, cut it off; for not for that halt thou extirpate our reasoning. 20 Gladly do we lose our limbs in behalf of God. 21 But God shall speedly find you, since you cut off the tongue, the instrument of divine melody.||
Καὶ τούτου τὸν ἀοίδιμον θάνατον καρτερήσαντος, ὁ τρίτος ἤγετο παρακαλούμενος πολλὰ ὑπὸ πολλῶν, ὅπως ἀπογευσάμενος σῴζοιτο. 2 ὁ δὲ ἀναβοήσας ἔφη· ἢ ἀγνοεῖτε ὅτι ὁ αὐτός με τοῖς ἀποθανοῦσιν ἔσπειρε πατήρ, καὶ ἡ αὐτὴ μήτηρ ἐγέννησε, καὶ ἐπὶ τοῖς αὐτοῖς ἀνετράφημεν δόγμασιν; 3 οὐκ ἐξόμνυμαι τὴν εὐγενῆ τῆς ἀδελφότητός μου συγγένειαν. 4 πρὸς ταῦτα εἴ τι ἔχετε κολαστήριον προσαγάγετε τῷ σώματί μου· τῆς γὰρ ψυχῆς μου, οὐδ’ ἂν θέλητε ἅψασθαι, δύνασθε. 5 οἱ δὲ πικρῶς ἐνέγκαντες τὴν παρρησίαν τοῦ ἀνδρός, ἀρθρεμβόλοις ὀργάνοις τὰς χεῖρας αὐτοῦ καὶ τοὺς πόδας ἐξήρθρουν καὶ ἐξ ἁρμῶν ἀναμοχλεύοντες ἐξεμέλιζον, 6 καὶ τοὺς δακτύλους καὶ τοὺς βραχίονας καὶ τὰ σκέλη καὶ τοὺς ἀγκῶνας περιέκλων. 7 καὶ κατὰ μηδένα τρόπον ἰσχύοντες αὐτὸν ἄγξαι περισύραντες τό δέρμα σὺν ἄκραις ταῖς τῶν δακτύλων κορυφαῖς ἀπεσκύθιζον· καὶ εὐθέως ἦγον ἐπὶ τὸν τροχόν, 8 περὶ ὃν ἐκ σπονδύλων ἐκμελιζόμενος ἑώρα τὰς ἑαυτοῦ σάρκας περιλακιζομένας καὶ κατὰ σπλάγχνων σταγόνας αἵματος ἀπορρεούσας. 9 μέλλων δὲ ἀποθνήσκειν ἔφη· 10 ἡμεῖς μέν, ὦ μιαρώτατε τύραννε, διὰ παιδείαν καὶ ἀρετὴν Θεοῦ ταῦτα πάσχομεν· 11 σὺ δὲ διὰ τὴν ἀσέβειαν καὶ μιαιφονίαν ἀκαταλύτους καρτερήσεις βασάνους. - 12 Καὶ τούτου θανόντος ἀδελφοπρεπῶς, τὸν τέταρτον ἐπεσπῶντο λέγοντες· 13 μὴ συμμανῇς καὶ σὺ τοῖς ἀδελφοῖς σου τὴν αὐτὴν μανίαν, ἀλλὰ πεισθεὶς τῷ βασιλεῖ, σῷζε σεαυτόν. 14 ὁ δὲ αὐτοῖς ἔφη· οὐχ οὕτως καυστικώτερον ἔχετε κατ’ ἐμοῦ τὸ πῦρ ὥστε με δειλανδρῆσαι. 15 μὰ τὸν μακάριον τῶν ἀδελφῶν μου θάνατον καὶ τὸν αἰώνιον τοῦ τυράννου ὄλεθρον καὶ τὸν ἀΐδιον τῶν εὐσεβῶν βίον οὐκ ἀρνήσομαι τὴν εὐγενῆ ἀδελφότητα. 16 ἐπινόει, τύραννε, βασάνους, ἵνα καὶ διὰ τούτων μάθῃς, ὅτι ἀδελφός εἰμι τῶν προβασανισθέντων. 17 ταῦτα ἀκούσας ὁ αἱμοβόρος καὶ φονώδης καὶ παμμιαρώτατος ᾿Αντίοχος, ἐκέλευσε τὴν γλῶτταν αὐτοῦ ἐκτεμεῖν. 18 ὁ δὲ ἔφη· κἂν ἀφέλῃς τὸ τῆς φωνῆς ὄργανον, καὶ σιωπώντων ἀκούει ὁ Θεός· 19 ἰδοὺ προκεχάλασται ἡ γλῶσσα, τέμνε, οὐ γὰρ παρά τοῦτο τὸν λογισμὸν ἡμῶν γλωσσοτομήσεις. 20 ἡδέως ὑπὲρ τοῦ νόμου τοῦ Θεοῦ τὰ τοῦ σώματος μέλη ἀκρωτηριαζόμεθα. 21 σὲ δὲ ταχέως μετελεύσεται ὁ Θεός, τὴν γὰρ τῶν θείων ὕμνων μελῳδὸν γλῶτταν ἐκτέμνεις.
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