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MACCABEES IV - APPENDIX / ΜΑΚΑΒΑΙΩΝ Δ - ΠΑΡΑΡΤΗΜΑ

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1 O Israelitish children, descendants of the seed of Abraham, obey this law, and in every way be religious. 2 Knowing that religious reasoning is lord of the passions, and those not only inward but outward. 3 When those persons giving up their bodies to pains for the sake of religion, were not only admired by men, but were deemed worthy of a divine portion. 4 And the nation through them obtained peace, and having renewed the observance of the law in their country, drove the enemy out of the land. 5 And the tyrant Antiochus was both punished upon earth, and is punished now he is dead; for when he was quite unable to compel the Israelites to adopt foreign customs, and to desert the manner of life of their fathers, 6 then, departing from Jerusalem, he made war against the Persians. 7 And the righteous mother of the seven children spake also as follows to her offspring: I was a pure virgin, and went not beyond my father’s house; but I took care of the built-up rib. 8 No destroyer of the desert, or ravisher of the plain, injured me; nor did the destructive, deceitful snake, make spoil of my chaste virginity; and I remained with my husband during the period of my prime. 9 And these my children, having arrive at maturity, their father died: blessed was he! for having sought out a life of fertility in children, he was not grieved with a period of loss of children. 10 And he used to teach you, when yet with you, the law and the prophets. 11 He used to read to you the slaying of Abel by Cain, and the offering up of Isaac, and the imprisonment of Joseph. 12 And he used to tell you of the zealous Phinehas; and informed you of Ananias and Azarias, and Misael in the fire. 13 And he used to glorify Daniel, who was in the den of lions, and pronounce him blessed. 14 And he used to put you in mind of the scripture of Esaias, which saith, Even if thou pass through the fire, it shall not burn thee. 15 He chanted to you David, the hymn-writer, who saith, Many are the afflictions of the just. 16 He declared the proverbs of Solomon, who saith, He is a tree of life to all those who do His will. 17 He used to verify Ezekiel, who said, Shall these dry bones live? 18 For he did not forget the song which Moses taught, proclaiming, I will kill, and I will make to live. 19 This is our life, and the length of our days. 20 O that bitter, and yet not bitter, day when the bitter tyrant of the Greeks, quenching fire with fire in his cruel caldrons, brought with boiling rage the seven sons of the daughter of Abraham to the catapelt, and to all his torments! 21 He pierced the balls of their eyes, and cut out their tongues, and put them to death with varied tortures. 22 Wherefore divine retribution pursued and will pursue the pestilent wretch. 23 But the children of Abraham, with their victorious mother, are assembled together to the choir of their fathers; having received pure and immortal souls from God. 24 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Ω τῶν ῾Αβραμιαίων σπερμάτων ἀπόγονοι παῖδες ᾿Ισραηλῖται, πείθεσθε τῷ νόμῳ τούτῳ καὶ πάντα τρόπον εὐσεβεῖτε, 2 γινώσκοντες ὅτι τῶν παθῶν δεσπότης ἐστὶν ὁ εὐσεβὴς λογισμὸς καὶ οὐ μόνον τῶν ἔνδοθεν, ἀλλὰ καὶ τῶν ἔξωθεν πόνων· 3 ἀνθ’ ὧν διὰ τὴν εὐσέβειαν προέμενοι τὰ σώματα τοῖς πόνοις ἐκεῖνοι, οὐ μόνον ὑπὸ τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἐθαυμάσθησαν, ἀλλὰ καὶ θείας μερίδος κατηξιώθησαν. 4 καὶ δι’ αὐτοὺς εἰρήνευσε τὸ ἔθνος, καὶ τὴν εὐνομίαν τὴν ἐπὶ τῆς πατρίδος ἀνανεωσάμενοι ἐκπεπολιορκήκασιν τοὺς πολεμίους. 5 καὶ ὁ τύραννος ᾿Αντίοχος καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς τετιμώρηται καὶ ἀποθανὼν κολάζεται· ὡς γὰρ οὐδὲν οὐδαμῶς ἴσχυσεν ἀναγκάσαι τοὺς ῾Ιεροσολυμίτας ἀλλοφυλῆσαι καὶ τῶν πατρίων ἐθῶν ἐκδιαιτηθῆναι, τότε δὴ ἀπάρας ἀπὸ τῶν ῾Ιεροσολύμων ἐστρατοπέδευσεν ἐπὶ Πέρσας. 6 ἔλεγε δὲ ἡ μήτηρ τῶν ἑπτὰ παίδων καὶ ταῦτα τὰ δικαιώματα τοῖς τέκνοις· 7 ὅτι ἐγὼ ἐγεννήθην παρθένος ἁγνὴ καὶ οὐχ ὑπερέβην τὸν πατρικὸν οἶκον, ἐφύλασσον δὲ τὴν ᾠκοδομημένην πλευράν. 8 οὐδὲ ἔφθειρέ με λυμεὼν ἐρημίας φθορεὺς ἐν πεδίῳ, οὐδὲ ἐλυμήνατό μου τὰ ἁγνὰ τῆς παρθενίας λυμεὼν ἀπατηλὸς ὄφις· ἔμεινα δὲ χρόνον ἀκμῆς σὺν ἀνδρί. 9 τούτων δὲ ἐνηλίκων γενομένων ἐτελεύτησεν ὁ πατὴρ αὐτῶν, μακάριος μὲν ἐκεῖνος, τὸν γὰρ τῆς εὐτεκνίας βίον ἐπιζήσας τὸν τῆς ἀτεκνίας οὐκ ὠδυνήθη καιρόν. 10 ὃς ἐδίδασκεν ὑμᾶς, ἔτι ὢν σὺν ὑμῖν, τὸν νόμον καὶ τοὺς προφήτας. 11 τὸν ἀναιρεθέντα ῎Αβελ ὑπὸ Κάϊν, ἀνεγίνωσκε τε ὑμῖν καὶ τὸν ὁλοκαρπούμενον ᾿Ισαὰκ καὶ τὸν ἐν φυλακῇ ᾿Ιωσήφ. 12 ἔλεγε δὲ ὑμῖν τὸν ζηλωτὴν Φινεές, ἐδίδασκέ τε ὑμᾶς τοὺς ἐν πυρὶ ᾿Ανανίαν καὶ ᾿Αζαρίαν καὶ Μισαήλ. 13 ἐδόξαζε δὲ καὶ τὸν ἐν λάκκῳ λεόντων Δανιήλ, ὃν καὶ ἐμακάριζεν. 14 ὑπεμίμνησκε δὲ ὑμᾶς καὶ τὴν ῾Ησαΐου γραφὴν τὴν λέγουσαν· κἂν διὰ πυρὸς διέλθῃς, φλὸξ οὐ κατακαύσει σε. 15 τὸν ὑμνογράφον ἐμελῴδει ὑμῖν Δαυὶδ τὸν λέγοντα· πολλαὶ αἱ θλίψεις τῶν δικαίων, καὶ ἐκ πασῶν αὐτῶν ῥύσεται αὐτοὺς ὁ Κύριος. 16 τὸν Σαλομῶντα ἐπαροιμίαζεν ὑμῖν τὸν λέγοντα· ξύλον ζωῆς ἐστι πᾶσι τοῖς ποιοῦσιν αὐτοῦ τὸ θέλημα. 17 τὸν ᾿Ιεζεκιὴλ ἐπιστοποιεῖτο τὸν λέγοντα· εἰ ζήσεται τὰ ὀστᾶ τὰ ξηρὰ ταῦτα; 18 ᾠδὴν μὲν γάρ, ἣν ἐδίδαξε Μωϋσῆς, οὐκ ἐπελάθετο τὴν διδάσκουσαν καὶ λέγουσαν· ἐγὼ ἀποκτενῶ καὶ ζῆν ποιήσω· 19 αὕτη ἡ ζωὴ ὑμῶν καὶ ἡ μακρότης τῶν ἡμερῶν. 20 ῏Ω πικρᾶς τῆς τότε ἡμέρας καὶ οὐ πικρᾶς, ὅτε ὁ πικρὸς ῾Ελλήνων τύραννος πῦρ φλέξας λέβησιν ὠμοῖς καὶ ζέουσι θυμοῖς ἀγαγὼν ἐπὶ τὸν καταπέλτην καὶ πάσας τὰς βασάνους αὐτοῦ τοὺς ἑπτὰ παῖδας τῆς ῾Αβρααμίτιδος 21 καὶ τὰς τῶν ὀμμάτων κόρας ἐπήρωσε καὶ γλώσσας ἐξέτεμε καὶ βασάνοις ποικίλαις ἀπέκτεινεν. 22 ὑπὲρ ὧν ἡ θεία δίκη μετῆλθε καὶ μετελεύσεται τὸν ἀλάστορα τύραννον. 23 οἱ δὲ ῾Αβραμιαῖοι παῖδες σὺν τῇ ἀθλοφόρῳ μητρὶ εἰς πατέρων χορὸν συναγελάζονται ψυχὰς ἁγνὰς καὶ ἀθανάτους ἀπειληφότες παρὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ, 24 ᾧ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. ᾿Αμήν.

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