The fourth son is also tortured (2 Macc 7:13-7:14)

“After he too had died, they maltreated and tortured the fourth in the same way. When he was near death, he said.

‘One cannot but choose to die at the hands of mortals,

And to cherish the hope

That God gives of being raised again by him.

But for you there will be no resurrection to life!’”

The 4th son suffered the same treatment and torture as the other sons. When he was near death he said that it was good to die at the hands of mortals because he had the hope that God would raise him again. However, these torturers will have no resurrection. This is a very strong statement about the afterlife resurrection. It is interesting to note that these young men are so strongly committed to the law and the resurrection of life after death. This is the first indication of this connection between the law and afterlife. Normally, the benefits of the following the law were seen in the present life.

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