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4 Maccabees 2:13-15 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

13 It is sovereign over the relationship of friends, so that one rebukes friends when they act wickedly. 14 Do not consider it paradoxical when reason, through the law, can prevail even over enmity. The fruit trees of the enemy are not cut down, but one preserves the property of enemies from the destroyers and helps raise up what has fallen.[a]

15 It is evident that reason rules even[b] the more violent emotions: lust for power, vainglory, boasting, arrogance, and malice.

Footnotes:

  1. 4 Maccabees 2:14 Or the beasts that have fallen (Ex 23.4–5 LXX)
  2. 4 Maccabees 2:15 Other ancient authorities read through
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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