The sixth son dies (2 Macc 7:18-7:19)

“After him they brought forward the sixth son. When he was about to die, he said.

‘Do not deceive yourself in vain.

We are suffering these things on our own account,

Because of our sins against our own God.

Therefore astounding things have happened.

But do not think that you will go unpunished

For having tried to fight against God!’”

Notice that all these sons were able to utter last important words that form a theological foundation for the afterlife. Now they are turning defiant as they predicted evil things to come. God would not let them go unpunished. However, the sons were suffering because of their own sins.