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Brenton's Septuagint (LXX) - Holy Name KJV

4 Maccabees{gr.Makkabaion D} 2

2:1 And what wonder? if the lusts of the soul, after participation with what is beautiful, are frustrated,

2:2 on this ground, therefore, the temperate Joseph is praised in that by reasoning, he subdued, on reflection, the indulgence of sense.

2:3 For, although young, and ripe for sexual intercourse, he abrogated by reasoning the stimulus of his passions.

2:4 And it is not merely the stimulus of sensual indulgence, but that of every desire, that reasoning is able to master.

2:5 For instance, the law says, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor anything that belongs to thy neighbour.

2:6 Now, then, since it is the law which has forbidden us to desire, I shall much the more easily persuade you, that reasoning is able to govern our lusts, just as it does the affections which are impediments to justice.

2:7 Since in what way is a solitary eater, and a glutton, and a drunkard reclaimed, unless it be clear that reasoning is lord of the passions?

2:8 A man, therefore, who regulates his course by the law, even if he be a lover of money, straightway puts force upon his own disposition; lending to the needy without interest, and cancelling the debt of the incoming sabbath.

2:9 And should a man be parsimonious, he is ruled by the law acting through reasoning; so that he does not glean his harvest crops, nor vintage: and in reference to other points we may perceive that it is reasoning that conquers his passions.

2:10 For the law conquers even affection toward parents, not surrendering virtue on their account.

2:11 And it prevails over marriage love, condemning it when transgressing law.

2:12 And it lords it over the love of parents toward their children, for they punish them for vice; and it domineers over the intimacy of friends, reproving them when wicked.

2:13 And think it not a strange assertion that reasoning can in behalf of the law conquer even enmity.

2:14 It alloweth not to cut down the cultivated herbage of an enemy, but preserveth it from the destroyers, and collecteth their fallen ruins.

2:15 And reason appears to be master of the more violent passions, as love of empire and empty boasting, and slander.

2:16 For the temperate understanding repels all these malignant passions, as it does wrath: for it masters even this.

2:17 Thus Moses, when angered against Dathan and Abiram, did nothing to them in wrath, but regulated his anger by reasoning.

2:18 For the temperate mind is able, as I said, to be superior to the passions, and to transfer some, and destroy others.

2:19 For why, else, does our most wise father Jacob blame Simeon and Levi for having irrationally slain the whole race of the Shechemites, saying, Cursed be their anger.

2:20 For if reasoning did not possess the power of subduing angry affections, he would not have spoken thus.

2:21 For at the time when God created man, He implanted within him his passions and moral nature.

2:22 And at that time He enthroned above all the holy leader mind, through the medium of the senses.

2:23 And He gave a law to this mind, by living according to which it will maintain a temperate, and just, and good, and manly reign.

2:24 How, then, a man may say, if reasoning be master of the passions, has it no control over forgetfulness and ignorance?

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