1And some of the spearbearers said, that when she herself was about to be seized for the purpose of being put to death, she threw herself upon the pile, rather than that they should touch her person.
2O thou mother, who together with seven children didst destroy the violence of the tyrant, and render void his wicked intentions, and exhibit the nobleness of faith!
3For thou, as a house bravely built upon the pillar of thy children, didst bear without swaying, the shock of tortures.
4Be of good cheer, therefore, O holy-minded mother! holding the firm substance of the hope of your steadfastness with God.
5Not so gracious does the moon appear with the stars in heaven, as thou art established honorable before God, and fixed in the firmament with thy sons whom thou didst illuminate with religion to the stars.
6For thy bearing of children was after the fashion of a child of Abraham.
7And, were it lawful for us to paint as on a tablet the religion of thy story, the spectators would not shudder at beholding the mother of seven children enduring for the sake of religion various tortures even unto death.
8And it had been a worthy thing to have inscribed upon the tomb itself these words as a memorial to those of the nation,
9Here an aged priest, and an aged woman, and seven sons, are buried through the violence of a tyrant, who wished to destroy the polity of the Hebrews.
10These also avenged their nation, looking unto God, and enduring torments unto death.
11For it was a truly divine contest which was carried through by them.
12For at that time virtue presided over the contest, approving the victory through endurance, namely, immortality, eternal life.
13Eleazar was the first to contend: and the mother of the seven children entered the contest; and the brethren contended.
14The tyrant was the opposite; and the world and living men were the spectators.
15And reverence for God conquered, and crowned her own athletes.
16Who did not admire those champions of true legislation? who were not astonied?
17The tyrant himself, and all their council, admired their endurance;
18through which, also, they now stand beside the divine throne, and live a blessed life.
19For Moses saith, And all the saints are under thy hands.
20These, therefore, having been sanctified through God, have been honored not only with this honor, but that also by their means the enemy did not overcome our nation;
21and that the tyrant was punished, and their country purified.
22For they became the atonement to the sin of the nation; and the Divine Providence saved Israel, aforetime afflicted, by the blood of those pious ones, and their propitiatory death.
23For the tyrant Antiochus, looking to their manly virtue, and to their endurance in torture, proclaimed that endurance as an example to his soldiers.
24And they proved to be to him noble and brave for land battles and sieges; and he conquered and stormed the towns of all his enemies.