The second point of the ancient English lectures, when the lecture of the twelve tribes of Israel formed a part of the basis of the system of speculative Masonry, and alluded to the preparation of the candidate, because it was said that Simeon prepared the instrument for the slaughter of the Shechemites a defenseless people. — ( Genesis 49:5-7 )

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Genesis 49:5-7

5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.
6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honor, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall.
7 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.

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