This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1884 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. JACOB'S BLESSING ON SIMEON AND LEVI. Gen. Xlix. 5--7. "Simeon and Levi are brethren; Instruments of cruelty are in their habitations: 0 my soul, come not thou into their secret; Unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: For in their anger they slew a man, And in thei...r self-will they digged down a wall; Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; And their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, And scatter them in Israel." This prophecy of Jacob about Simeon and Levi bears upon it the proof of its own genuineness and antiquity, more perhaps than is the case with any other of the predictions in this chapter. For, as has often been remarked, if the author of these words had been a writer who lived after Moses, as some imagine, he would not have used such humiliating terms as these concerning Levi. It is moreover very honourable to Moses, the great Hebrew leader and lawgiver, who was himself of the tribe of Levi, that he has recorded these words of censure on his own tribe, from the lips of Jacob.1 This prophecy 1 Bp. Wordsworth, quoting from Hengstenberg. has thus "the witness in itself" of its own antiquity, and that of the book of Genesis, of which it forms a part. And in connexion with this point it has also been remarked that " Of the change of the curse into a blessing, which was afterwards made in Levi's case, there is not the slightest indication in Jacob's prediction: and in this also we have a strong proof of its genuineness; for after this honourable change in the time of Moses, --due in great part to the faithfulness of Moses himself, and of the Levites with him, --it would never have occurred to the forger of a prophecy to cast such a reproach, and to foretell such a judgment, on the forefathers of the Levites."1 ...Detailed info »« Brief info
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