2 Maccabees 12:45

45 it would have been superfluous and silly to pray for the dead—and having regard to the splendour of the gracious reward which is reserved for those who have fallen asleep in godliness—a holy and pious consideration! Hence he made propitiation for the dead, that they might be released from their sin.

13:1–26. Lysias and Eupator forced to make terms with Jews.

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