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
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.