Nay, even while Adam was alive, it came to pass that the posterity of Cain became exceedingly wicked, every one successively dying one after the other, more wicked than the former. They were intolerable in war, and vehement in robberies; and if any one were slow to murder people, yet was he bold in his profligate behaviour, in acting unjustly, and doing injury for gain.
Antiquities of the Jews, A.D. 93
Ex. (Pressing his thumb as before): "What is this ?"
Vis.: "The pass-grip of a Master Mason."
Ex.: "Has this a name?"
Vis.: "It has."
Ex.: "Will you give it to me ?"
Vis.: "I did not so receive it, neither will I so impart it."
Ex.: "How will you dispose of it?"
Vis.: "I will syllable it with you."
Ex.: "Syllable it and begin."
Vis.: "No, you begin."
Ex.: "You must begin."
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 7:23 PM
Subject: Inappropriate and misleading use of word "two-bowl-can" in a TV sit-com
I am a young brother from Toronto, Ontario. I need guidance and comfort of some kind. I need to know that I am not the only one who found this sad, cheap and incorrect. What happened is in my opinion untrue, misleading and harmful to the image of one of very few things in my life which I hold dear and think of something very pure.
Last week (Friday Dec 6th 2002) I watched re-runs of one of my favorite TV sit-coms: The NewsRadio on A&E channel. The show is easy to watch, doesn't require viewers to follow it religiously, characters are witty, plots simple... I like it (or should I say, I once did).
I was unpleasantly surprised by the plot of the episode which aired on Friday Dec 6th 2002 around 9:30am ET on A&E. The jest of the plot was: The owner of the radio station, Mr. James, purchased movie memorabilia form an unreliable source and wanted to sue since the merchandise turned out to be fake. As his legal council in Mr. James' case against the seller, who turns out to be a minor to make the matter funnier, appears the radio station's electrician--Joe. Why? Why would an electrician make a good legal council? Because Joe knows a certain secret and knows how to harness its power. Joe claims that all, or most, of judges are Masons and that there is a certain word which when spoken makes judges find in your favor, after which verdict judges must go off to a secret cave and paddle themselves with large paddles with letter "M" on them. At first Mr. James was skeptical and I had hoped that this would be the end of it, but when Mr. James insisted that Joe disclose the secret word, I was unpleasantly surprised to hear Joe speak out the word which many of us would find very familiar and which sounds a lot like: "true-bowl-cane". The show goes on, and we are laughing at the display of junk Mr. James had bought and is trying hard to present to a judge as evidence of con by the youngster, who is defending himself with calculations of a full fledged lawyer... The sentencing is upon us and the show is near its end and I am hoping that it will be objective and dismiss Joe's wild allegation and sure enough the judge is criticizing Mr. James for wasting courts time by listing all the evidence and having all this brought to court in the first place. And when the judge gives a mean look and asks Mr. James if he has anything else to add, Mr. James' "legal council", Joe, quickly leans over and whispers something to Mr. James who carries out loud: "TRUE-BOWL-CANE", to which to my surprise judge turns from disliking Mr. James to say that he finds in Mr. James' favor and convicts the boy to one year in juvenile detention. And while the boy is being dragged away by the court's clerk, and while Mr. James is shaking hands with Joe, while I am shaking my head in disgust, the judge is leaving the court room with a big red paddle with letter "M" inside a circle on its top.
Now, am I the only one who feels like asking why this was necessary?
Fraternally yours and just blowing some steam off,
Metropolitan Lodge No.542
1. Adam and Eve had two sons. The elder of them was named Cain, which name, when it is interpreted, signifies a possession; the younger was Abel, which signifies sorrow. They had also daughters. Now the two brethren were pleased with different courses of life; for Abel, the younger, was a lover of righteousness, and believing that God was present at all his actions, he excelled in virtue, and his employment was that of a shephard. But Cain was not only very wicked in other respects, but was wholly intent upon getting, and he first contrived to plough the ground. He slew his brother on the occasion following: They had resolved to sacrifice to God. Now Cain brought the fruits of the earth, and of his husbandry; but Abel brought milk, and the first-fruits of his flocks; but God was more delighted with the latter oblation when he honoured with what grew naturally of its own accord, than he was with what was the invention of a covetous man, and gotten by forcing the ground; whence it was that Cain was very angry that Abel was preferred by God before him; and he slew his brother, and hid his dead body, thinking to escape discovery. But God, knowing what had been done, came to Cain, and asked him what was become of his brother, because he had not seen him of many days, whereas he used to observe them conversing together at other times. But Cain was in doubt with himself, and knew not what answer to give God. At first he said that he was himself at a loss about his brother's disappearance; but when he was provoked by God, who pressed him vehemently, as resolving to know what the matter was, he replied he was not his brothers guardian or keeper, nor was he an observer of what he did. But in return, God convicted Cain as having been the murderer of his brother; and said, "I wonder at thee, that thou knowest not what is become of a man whom thou thyself has destroyed." God therefore did not inflict the punishment [of death] upon him, on account of his offering sacrifice, and thereby making supplication to Him not to be extreme in his wrath to him; but He made him accursed, and threatened his posterity in the seventh generation. He also cast him, together with his wife, out of that land. And when he was afraid that in wandering about he should fall among wild beasts, and by that means perish, God bid him not to entertain such a melancholy suspicion, and to go over all the earth without fear of what mischief he might suffer from wild beasts; and setting a mark upon him that he might be known, he commanded him to depart.2. And when Cain had travelled over many countries, he, with his wife, built a city, named Nod, which is a place so called, and there he settled his abode; where also he had children. However, he did not accept of his punishment in order to ammendment, but to increase his wickedness; for he only aimed to procure everything that was for his own bodily pleasure, though it obliged him to be injurious to his neighbours. He augmented his household substance with much wealth, by rapine and violence; he excited his acquaintance to procure pleasures and spoils of robbery, and became a great leader of men into wicked courses. He also introduced a change in that way of simplicity wherein men lived before; and was the author of measures and weights. And whereas they lived innocently and generously while they knew nothing of such arts, he changed the world into cunning craftiness. He first of all set boundaries about lands; he built a city, and fortified it with walls, and he compelled his family to come together to it; and called that city Enoch, after the name of his eldest son Enoch. Now Jared was the son of Enoch; whose son was Malaleel; whose son was Mathusela; whose son was Lamech; who had seventy-seven children by two wives, Silla and Ada. Of those children by Ada, one was Jabal; he erected tents, and loved the life of a shepherd. But Jubal, who was born of the same mother with him, exercised himself in music; and invented the psaltery and the harp. But Tubal, one of his children by the other wife, exceeded all men in strength, and was very expert and famous in martial performances. He procured what tended to the pleasures of the body by that method; and first of all invented the art of making brass. Lamech was also the father of a daughter, whose name was Naamah; and because that he knew he was to be punished for Cains's murder of his brother, he made that known to his wives. Nay, even while Adam was alive, it came to pass that the posterity of Cain became exceedingly wicked, every one successively dying one after the other, more wicked than the former. They were intolerable in war, and vehement in robberies; and if any one were slow to murder people, yet was he bold in his profligate behaviour, in acting unjustly, and doing injury for gain.
- Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, A.D. 93
Such is the individual Tubal Cain that Freemasonry puts on a pedestal for all Masons to emulate.
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Mathew, Chapter 23