4 Maccabees 10:2-13 NRSA

2 But he shouted, "Do you not know that the same father begot me as well as those who died, and the same mother bore me, and that I was brought up on the same teachings?
3 I do not renounce the noble kinship that binds me to my brothers." a

References for 4 Maccabees 10:3

    • ˆ 10:3 - Other ancient authorities add verse 4, [So if you have any instrument of torture, apply it to my body; for you cannot touch my soul, even if you wish."]
      5 Enraged by the man's boldness, they disjointed his hands and feet with their instruments, dismembering him by prying his limbs from their sockets,
      6 and breaking his fingers and arms and legs and elbows.
      7 Since they were not able in any way to break his spirit, b they abandoned the instruments c and scalped him with their fingernails in a Scythian fashion.

      References for 4 Maccabees 10:7

        • ‰ 10:7 - Gk [to strangle him]
        • Š 10:7 - Other ancient authorities read [they tore off his skin]
          8 They immediately brought him to the wheel, and while his vertebrae were being dislocated by this, he saw his own flesh torn all around and drops of blood flowing from his entrails.
          9 When he was about to die, he said,
          10 "We, most abominable tyrant, are suffering because of our godly training and virtue,
          11 but you, because of your impiety and bloodthirstiness, will undergo unceasing torments."
          12 When he too had died in a manner worthy of his brothers, they dragged in the fourth, saying,
          13 "As for you, do not give way to the same insanity as your brothers, but obey the king and save yourself."