Anf-03 iv.ix.x Pg 26 When Jacob pronounced a blessing on Simeon and Levi, he prophesies of the scribes and Pharisees; for from them1333
Not strictly “the same;” for here the reference is to Gen. xlix. 5–7.
1333 i.e., Simeon and Levi. is derived their1334
1334 i.e., the scribes and Pharisees. origin. For (his blessing) interprets spiritually thus: “Simeon and Levi perfected iniquity out of their sect,”1335
Anf-03 iv.ix.x Pg 30—that is, Christ, whom—after the slaughter of prophets—they slew, and exhausted their savagery by transfixing His sinews with nails. Else it is idle if, after the murder already committed by them, he upbraids others, and not them, with butchery.1337
See Gen. xlix. 5–7 in LXX.; and comp. the margin of Eng. ver. on ver. 7, and Wordsworth in loc., who incorrectly renders ταῦρον an “ox” here.
1337 What the sense of this is it is not easy to see. It appears to have puzzled Pam. and Rig. so effectually that they both, conjecturally and without authority, adopted the reading found in adv. Marc. l. iii. c. xviii. (from which book, as usual, the present passage is borrowed), only altering illis to ipsis.