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33你们这些蛇,这些毒蛇所生的啊,你们怎能逃脱地狱的刑罚呢?
33Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
33 Verse 33. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers] What a

terrible stroke!-Ye are serpents, and the offspring of serpents.

This refers to Mt 23:31: they confessed that they were the

children of those who murdered the prophets; and they are now

going to murder Christ and his followers, to show that they have

not degenerated-an accursed seed, of an accursed breed. My old

MS. translates this passage oddly-Gee serpentis, fruytis of

burrownyngis of eddris that sleen her modris. There seems to be

here an allusion to a common opinion, that the young of the adder

or viper which are brought forth alive eat their way through the

womb of their mothers. Hence that ancient enigma attributed to

LACTANTIUS:-



Non possum nasci, si non occidero matrem.

Occidi matrem: sed me manet exitus idem.

Id mea mors faciet, quod jam mea fecit origo.

Cael. Firm. Symposium, N. xv.



I never can be born, nor see the day,

Till through my parent's womb I eat my way.

Her I have slain; like her must yield my breath;

For that which gave me life, shall cause my death.



Every person must see with what propriety this was applied to

the Jews, who were about to murder the very person who gave them

their being and all their blessings.