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2 Maccabees 2:25

“We haue beene carefull, that they that will read might haue delight, and that they that are desirous to commit to memorie, might haue ease, and that all, into whose hands it comes might haue profit.”

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2 Maccabees 2:25

22. And recouered againe the Temple renowned all the world ouer, and freed the citie, and vpheld the lawes, which were going downe, the Lord being gracious vnto them with al fauour: 23. All these things (I say) being declared by Iason of Cyrene in fiue books, we will assay to abridge in one volume. 24. For considering the infinite number, and the difficulty, which they find that desire to looke into the narrations of the story, for the variety of the matter, 25. We haue beene carefull, that they that will read might haue delight, and that they that are desirous to commit to memorie, might haue ease, and that all, into whose hands it comes might haue profit. 26. Therefore to vs that haue taken vpon vs this paineful labour of abridging, it was not easie, but a matter of sweat, and watching. 27. Euen as it is no ease vnto him, that prepareth a banquet, and seeketh the benefit of others: yet for the pleasuring of many we will vndertake gladly this great paines: 28. Leauing to the authour the exact handling of euery particular, and labouring to follow the rules of an abridgement.

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