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The Second Book of Esdras

From: The Apocrypha and American Translation by Edgar J. Goodspeed

First and second Esdras are contained in a group of books called Apocrypha (hidden or secret) and were once in the canonical Bible between the old and new testaments. In the Septuagint, where Ezra and Nehemiah are called First and Second Esdras, this book is referred to as Fourth Esdras. Frequently, it is given the more descriptive title of the Ezra Apocalypse because much like the Book of Revelation it is a series of apocalypses. The scene is set in Babylon in the year 556 B.C.

Chapter 1

1:1 “The second book of Ezra, the Prophet, the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah, the son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub”
1:2 “The son of Achiah, the son of Phineas, the son of Heli, the son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth, the son of Arna, the son of Uzzi, the son of Borith, the son of Abishua, the son of Phineas, the son of Eleazar,”
1:3 “The son of Aaron, of the tribe of Levi, who was a captive in the country of the Medes in the reign of Artaxerxes, king of Persia.”
1:4 “And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,”
1:5 “Go and declare to my people their crimes and to their sons their iniquities which they have committed against me, so that they may tell them to their children’s children.”
1:6 “For the sins of their parents have increased in them, for they have forgotten me and have offered sacrifice to strange gods.”
1:7 “Was it not I who brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage? But they have angered me, and scorned my counsels.”
1:8 “Shake out the hair of your head and hurl all evils upon them, because they have not obeyed my law, but they are a rebellious people.”
1:9 “How long shall I bear with them, when I have conferred such benefits upon them?”
1:10 “I have overthrown many kings for them; I struck down Pharaoh with his servants, and all his army.”
1:11 “I destroyed all nations before them, and I scattered the people of two provinces in the east, Tyre and Sidon, and I slew all their enemies.”
1:12 “But you must speak to them and say, “Thus says the Lord:”
1:13 “Surely it was I who brought you across the sea and produced broad highways for you where there was no road; I gave you Moses for a leader and Aaron for a priest;”
1:14 “I gave you light from a pillar of fire, and did great wonders among you; but you forgot me, says the Lord.”
1:15 “Thus says the Lord Almighty: The quail were a sign, to you; I gave you camps to protect you, yet you grumbled in them;”
1:16 “And you have not triumphed for my sake over the destruction of your enemies, but even now you still grumble.”
1:17 “Where are the kindnesses I have shown you? When, you were hungry and thirsty in the desert did you not cry out to me,”
1:18 “Saying, “Why have you brought us into this wilderness to kill us? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in this desert.”
1:19 “I pitied your, groaning and gave you manna for food; you ate the bread of angels.”
1:20 “When you were thirsty, did I not split open the rock, and waters flowed out in abundance? On account of the heat I covered you with the leaves of trees.”
1:21 “I divided, fertile lands among you; the Canaanites, the Perizzites, and the Philistines I drove out before you. What more can I do for you? says the Lord.”
1:22 “Thus says the Lord Almighty: When you were in the desert, at the bitter river, thirsty and blaspheming my name,”
1:23 “I did not give you fire for your blasphemy, but I put wood into the water and made the river sweet.”
1:24 “What shall I do to you, Jacob? You would not obey me, Judah. I will turn to other nations, and give them my name, so that they may observe my precepts.”
1:25 “Since you have forsaken me, I will forsake you. When you seek mercy from me, I will not have pity on you.”
1:26 “When you call upon me, I will not hear you; for you have stained your hands with blood, and your feet are quick to commit murder.”
1:27 “It is not as though you had forsaken me, but yourselves, says the Lord.”
1:28 “Thus says the Lord Almighty: Have I not begged you as a father begs his sons, or a mother her daughters, or a nurse her little ones,”
1:29 “To be my people, and that I should be your God, and you should be my sons and I should be your father?”
1:30 “I gathered you as a hen gathers her brood under her wings. But now what shall I do to you? I will cast you out from before my face.”
1:31 “When you make offerings to me, I will turn my face away from you, for I have repudiated your feast days, and new moons, and circumcisions of the flesh.”
1:32 “I sent my servants the prophets to you, and you took them and killed them, and tore their bodies in pieces; and their blood I will require of you, says the Lord.”
1:33 “Thus says the Lord Almighty: Your house is desolate; I will drive you forth as the wind drives stubble;”
1:34 “And your children shall have no children, because they with you have neglected my command, and have done what is evil in my sight.”
1:35 “I will give your houses to a people that is to come, who without having heard me believe. Those to whom I have showed no signs will do what I have commanded.”
1:36 “They have not seen the prophets yet they will call to mind their uprightness.”
1:37 “I call to witness the gratitude of the people that is to come, whose little ones rejoice with gladness, though they do not see me with physical eyes, but in spirit they will believe the things I have said.”
1:38 “And now, Father, look upon me with glory, and see the people coming from the east,”
1:39 “To whom I will give to lead them Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, and Hosea and Amos and Micah, and Joel and Obadiah and Jonah,”
1:40 “Nahum and Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, who is also called the Messenger of the Lord.”

The Book of Enoch

Translated from an Ethiopic Manuscript in the Bodleian Library
by Richard Laurence – First Published 1883
Edits, corrections and cross references by The Firmament

Chapter 1

1:1 “The word of the blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the righteous, who were to exist in the time of trouble; rejecting all the wicked and ungodly. Enoch, a righteous man, who was with God, answered and spoke, while his eyes were open, and while he saw a holy vision in the heavens. This the angels showed me.”
1:2 “From them I heard all things, and understood what I saw; that which will not take place in this generation, but in a generation which is to succeed at a distant period, on account of the elect.”
1:3 “Upon their account I spoke and conversed with him, who will go forth from his habitation, the Holy and Mighty One, the God of this world:”
1:4 “Who will hereafter tread upon Mount Sinai; appear with his hosts; and be manifested in the strength of his power from heaven.”
1:5 “All shall be afraid, and the Watchers be terrified.”
1:6 “Great fear and trembling shall seize them, even to the ends of the earth. The lofty mountains shall be troubled, and the exalted hills depressed, melting like a honeycomb in the flame. The earth shall be emerged, and all things which are in it perish; while judgment shall come upon all, even upon all the righteous;”
1:7 “But to them shall he give peace: he shall preserve the elect, and towards them exercise clemency.”
1:8 “Then shall all belong to God; be happy and blessed and the splendor of the Godhead shall illuminate them. (the light of God will shine for them)”

The Book of Jasher

Edits, corrections and cross references by The Firmament

Chapter 1

1:1 “And God said let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and God created man in his own image.”
1:2 “And God formed man from the ground, and he blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul endowed with speech.”
1:3 “And the Lord said it is not good for man to be alone; I will make to him a helpmate.”
1:4 “And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept, and he took away one of his ribs, and he built flesh upon it and formed it and brought it to Adam, and Adam awoke from his sleep, and behold a woman was standing before him.”
1:5 “And he said, this is a bone of my bones and it shall be called woman, for this has been taken from man; and Adam called her name Eve, for she was the mother of all living.”
1:6 “And God blessed them and called their names Adam and Eve in the day that he created them, and the Lord God said, be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.”
1:7 “And the Lord God took Adam and his wife, and he placed them in the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it; and he commanded them and said to them, from every tree of the garden you may eat, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.”
1:8 “And when God had blessed and commanded them he went from them, and Adam and his wife dwelt in the garden according to the commandment which the Lord had commanded them.”
1:9 “And the serpent, which God had created with them in the earth, came to them to incite them to transgress the command of God which he had commanded them.”
1:10 “And the serpent enticed and persuaded the woman to eat from the tree of knowledge, and the woman hearkened to the voice of the serpent, and she transgressed the word of God, and took from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and she ate, and she took from it and gave also to her husband and he ate.”
1:11 “And Adam and his wife transgressed the command of God which he commanded them, and God knew it, and his anger was kindled against them and he cursed them.”
1:12 “And the Lord God drove them that day from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which they were taken, and they went and dwelt at the east of the garden of Eden; and Adam knew his wife Eve and she bore two sons and three daughters.”
1:13 “And she called the name of the first born Cain, saying, I have obtained a man from the Lord, and the name of the other she called Abel, for she said, in vanity we came into the earth and in vanity we shall be taken from it.”
1:14 “And the boys grew up and their father gave them a possession in the land; and Cain was a tiller of the ground, and Abel as keeper of sheep.”
1:15 “And it was at the expiration if a few years, that they brought an approximating offering to the Lord, and Cain brought from the fruit of the ground, and Abel brought from the firstlings of his flock from the fat thereof, and God turned and inclined to Abel and his offering, and a fire came down from the Lord from heaven and consumed it.”
1:16 “And to Cain and his offering the Lord did not turn, and he did not incline to it, for he had brought from the inferior fruit of the ground before the Lord, and Cain was jealous against his brother Abel an account of this, and he sought a pretext to slay him.”
1:17 “And in some time after, Cain and Abel his brother went one day into the field to do their work; and they were both in the field, Cain tilling and plowing his ground, and it sorely grieved Cain on this account.”
1:18 “And Cain approached his brother Abel in anger, and he said to him, what is there between me and you that you come to dwell and bring your flock to feed in my land?”
1:19 “And Abel answered his brother Cain and said to him, what is there between me and you, that you shall eat the flesh of my flock and clothe yourself with their wool?”
1:20 “And now therefore, put off the wool of my sheep with which you have clothed yourself, and recompense me for their fruit and flesh which you have eaten, and when you shall have done this, I will then go from your land as you have said.”
1:21 “And Cain said to his brother Abel, surely if I slay you this day, who will require your blood from me?”
1:22 “And Able answered Cain, saying, surely God who has made us in the earth, he will avenge my cause, and he will require my blood from you should you slay me, for the Lord is the judge and arbiter, and it is he who will requite man according to his evil, and the wicked man according to his wickedness that he may do on the earth.”
1:23 “And now, if you should slay me here, surely God knows your secret views, and will judge you for the evil which you did declare to do to me this day.”
1:24 “And when Cain heard the words which Abel his brother had spoken, behold the anger of Cain was kindled against his brother Abel for declaring this thing.”
1:25 “And Cain hastened and rose up, and took the iron part of his plowing instrument, with which he suddenly smote his brother and he slew him, and Cain spilt the blood of his brother Abel upon the earth, and the blood of Abel streamed upon the earth before the flock.”
1:26 “And after this Cain repented having slain his brother, and he was sadly grieved, and he wept over him and it vexed him exceedingly.”
1:27 “And Cain rose up and dug a hole in the field, wherein he put his brothers body, and he turned the dust over it.”
1:28 “And the Lord knew what Cain had done to his brother, and the Lord appeared to Cain and said to him, where is Abel your brother that was with you?”
1:29 “And Cain dissembled, and said, I do not know, am I my brother’s keeper? And the Lord said to him, what have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground where you have slain him.”
1:30 “For you have slain your brother and have dissembled before me, and did imagine in your heart that I saw you not, nor knew all your actions.”
1:31 “But you did this thing and did slay your brother for naught and because he spoke rightly to you, and now, therefore, cursed be you from the ground which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand, and wherein you did bury him.”
1:32 “And it shall be when you shall till it, it shall no more give you its strength as in the beginning, for thorns and thistles shall the ground produce, and you shall be moving and wandering in the earth until the day of your death.”
1:33 “And at that time Cain went out from the presence of the Lord from the place where he was, and he went moving and wandering in the land towards the east of Eden, he and all belonging to him.”
1:34 “And Cain knew his wife in those days, and she conceived and bare him a son, and he called his name Enoch, saying, in that time the Lord began to give him rest and quiet in the earth.”
1:35 And at that time Cain also began to build a city; and he built the city and he called the name of the city Enoch, according to the name of his son; for in those days the Lord had given him rest upon the earth, and he did not move about and wander as in the beginning.”
1:36 “And Irad was born to Enoch, and Irad begat Mechuysael and Mechuysael begat Methusael.”

The Book of Jubilees

Edits, corrections and cross references by The Firmament

These are the words of the division of days, according to the law and testimony (covenant), according to the events of the years, according to their sevens, according to their Jubilees, to all the years of the world, according to the word of the Lord on Mount Sinai to Moses, when he ascended to receive the stone tablets of the law and the commandments by the voice of the Lord when He said to him: “Ascend to the top of the mountain!”

Chapter 1

1:1 “And it happened in the first year of the exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt, in the 3rd month, on the 16th of this month, and the Lord spoke to Moses saying: Ascend to me here on the mountain, and I will give to you the two stone tablets of the law and the commandments; as I have written them, you shall make them known.”
1:2 “And Moses ascended the mountain of the Lord, and the glory of the Lord dwelt on the mountain of Sinai, and a cloud over shadowed it six days.”
1:3 “And the Lord called to Moses on the seventh day in the midst of the cloud; and he saw the glory of the Lord like a flaming fire on the top of the mountain.”
1:4 “And Moses was there on the mountain forty days and forty nights, and the Lord instructed him in regard to what was past and what would be, the words of the division of days, both in the law and the testimony.”
1:5 “And he said to him: “Incline your heart to every word which I shall speak to you, and write them into a book, in order that their generations may see how I have left them on account of all the evil which they do, in rebelling and in deserting the covenant which I established between me and you this day on Mount Sinai for their generations.”
1:6 “And it will be and these words shall declare it thus when all the punishments shall come over them; and they will know that I am more righteous than they in all their judgments and their desires, and they will know that I was with them.”
1:7 “And you, write for yourself all these words which I make known to you this day (for I know their rebellion and their stiff neck) before I shall lead them into the land which I have sworn to their fathers, to Abraham and Isaac and to Jacob, saying, “To your seed I will give this land, which flows with milk and honey; and they shall eat and be satisfied.”
1:8 “And they will turn themselves to false gods, who did not deliver them from all their oppression; and this testimony will be heard against them for a testimony.”
1:9 “For they will forget all my ordinances which I have commanded them, and will walk after the Gentiles/hethan and after their impurity and after their shame, and will serve their gods, and these will become for them an offence unto oppression and misfortune and for a trap.”
1:10 “And many will be destroyed and will be taken captive and will fall into the hands of the enemy, because they have deserted my ordinances and my commands and the festivals of my covenant, and my sabbaths and that which I have sanctified to myself in their midst, and my tabernacle and my sanctuary which I have sanctified to myself in the midst of the land that I should set my name over it and should dwell there.”
1:11 “And they will make to themselves altars on heights and groves and sculptured idols, and each one will worship his own idol for sin, and they will offer their children to the demons and to all the deeds of the error of their hearts.”
1:12 “And I will send witnesses to them that I may testify over them, but they will not hear and will slay my witnesses, and they will cast out those who seek the law, and will abolish the whole (law), and will begin to do evil before my eyes.”
1:13 “And I will hide my face from them and I will deliver them over to the Gentiles/hethan for captivity and for binding and for devouring and for expelling them from the midst of the land, and I shall scatter them in the midst of the Gentiles/hethan.”
1:14 “And they will forget all my law and all my commandments and all my judgment, and they will err in reference to new moons and sabbaths and festivals and jubilees and ordinances.”
1:15 “And then they will turn themselves to me from the midst of the Gentiles/hethan with all their hearts and all their soul and all their power, and I shall gather them from amongst all the Gentiles/hethan, and they will seek me that I may be found for them when they seek me with all their heart and with all their soul, and I will open to them much peace and righteousness.”
1:16 “And I will transplant them as a plant of righteousness, with all my heart and with all my soul, and they will be to me for a blessing and not for a curse, a head and not a tail; and I will build up my sanctuary in their midst, and I will dwell with them, and I will be to them their God, and they shall be to me my people, in truth and in righteousness, and I will not desert them and will not deny them, for I am the Lord their God.”
1:17 “And Moses fell down upon his face, and he prayed and said: “My Lord and my God, do not forsake your people and your inheritance to wander in the error of their hearts, and do not deliver them into the hands of their enemies, the Gentiles/hethan, that these may not rule over them, and that they do not make them to sin against you.”
1:18 “O Lord, let your mercy be raised over your people, and create for them a righteous mind, and let not the spirit of Beliar/Satan rule over them to accuse them before you, to entrap them away from the path of righteousness, that they be destroyed from before your face.”
1:19 “But they are your people and your inheritance, which you have delivered from the hands of the Egyptians with your great power; and create in them a clean heart and a holy spirit, and let them not be entrapped in their sins from now on and to eternity!”
1:20 “And the Lord said to Moses: “I know their contrariness and their thoughts and their stiff neck, and they will not obey until they learn their sins and the sins of their fathers. And after this they will turn to me in all righteousness and with their whole heart and with their whole soul, and I will circumcise the foreskin of their hearts and the foreskin of the hearts of their seed, and I will create for them a holy spirit, and will cleanse them so that they do not turn away from me from this day to eternity.”
1:21 “And their souls will cling to me and to all my commandments, and my commandments shall return to them, and I will be to them a father, and they shall be to me children. And they shall all be called the children of the living God, and will know all things of the spirit and all things of service, and it will be known that they are my children and that I am their father in righteousness and in truth, and that I love them.”
1:22 “And you, write down for yourself all these words which I have this day made known to you on this mountain, the first and the last and what is future, according to all the division of days in the law and in the testimony, and according to the weeks of the jubilees to eternity, until I descend and dwell with them in all eternity.”
1:23 “And he said to the angel of the face: “Write for Moses from the beginning of creation until my sanctuary shall have been established in their midst for all eternity, and the Lord will have appeared to the eyes of all, and all will know that I am the God of Israel and the Father of all of the children of Jacob and King on Mount Zion from eternity to eternity. And Zion and Jerusalem will be holy.”
1:24 “And the angel of the face, who went before the tents of Israel, took the tablets of the division of years from the time of creation, the law and the testimony for the weeks and the jubilees, each year according to all its number and the jubilees according to years from the day of the new creation, when heaven and earth were created new, and also all creation according to the powers of heaven and all the creation of the earth, until then when the sanctuary of the Lord will be made in Jerusalem on Mount Zion, and all the luminaries will be renewed for a healing and for peace and for a blessing for all the chosen of Israel, that it may be thus from this day on and to all the days of the world!”

The Gospel According to Thomas

From the Nag Hammadi Library in English

These are the secret words which the Living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas wrote.

Thom :1   “And he said, “Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death.”

Thom :2   “Jesus said, “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds.  When he finds, he will become troubled.  When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All.”

Thom :3   “Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the Kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you.  If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you.  Rather the Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you.  When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father.  But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it if you who are that poverty.”  (Herm Tri 2:50)

Thom :4   “Jesus said, “The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live.  For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same.”

Thom :5   “Jesus said, “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you.  For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.”

Thom :6   “His disciples questioned Him, and said to Him, “Do you want us to fast?  How shall we pray?  Shall we give alms?  What diet shall we observe?”   Jesus said, “Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of Heaven.  For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered.”

Thom :7   “Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man.”

Thom :8   “And He said, “The man is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish.  Among them the wise fisherman found a fine large fish.  He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish without difficulty.  Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Thom :9   “Jesus said, “Now the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered them.  Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them up.  Others fell on rock, did not take root in the soil, and did not produce ears.  And others fell on thorns; they choked the seed(s) and worms ate them.  And others fell on the good soil and produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure.”

Thom :10   “Jesus said, “I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes.”

Thom :11   “Jesus said, “This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away.  The dead are not alive, and the living will not die.  In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is alive.  When you come to dwell in the light, what will you do?  On the day when you were one you became two.  But when you become two, what will you do?”

Thom :12   “The disciples said to Jesus, “We know that you will depart from us.  Who is to be our leader?”   Jesus said to them, “Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.”

Thom :13   “Jesus said to His disciples, “Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like.”   Simon Peter said to Him, “You are like a righteous angel.”   Matthew said to Him, “You are like a wise philosopher.”   Thomas said to Him, “Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying who you are like.”   Jesus said, “I am not your master.  Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring which I have measured out.”   And He took him and withdrew and told him three things.  When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, “What did Jesus say to you?”   Thomas said to them, “If I tell you one of the things which he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up.”

Thom :14   “Jesus said to them, If you fast, you will give rise to sin for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits.  When you go into any land and walk about the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them.  For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which issues from your mouth – it is that which will defile you.”

Thom :15   “Jesus said, “When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him.  That one is your Father.”

Thom :16   “Jesus said, “Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world.  They do not know that it is dissension which I have comer to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war.  For there will be five in a house; three will be against two, and two against three, the father against the son, and the son against the father.  And they will stand solitary.”

Thom :17   “Jesus said, “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind.”

Thom :18   “The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us how our end will be.”    Jesus said, “Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end?  For where the beginning is, there will the end be.  Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning, he will know the end and will not experience death.”

Thom :19   “Jesus said, “Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being.  If you become My disciples and listen to my words, these stones will minister to you.  For there are five trees for you in Paradise which remain undisturbed summer and winter and whose leaves do not fall.  Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience death.”

Thom :20   “The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.”   He said to them, “It is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds.  But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.”

Thom :21   “Mary said to Jesus, “Whom are your disciples like?”   He said, “They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs.  When the owners of the field come, they will say, ‘Let us have back our field.’  They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have their field and to give it back to them.  Therefore I say to you, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods.  You, then, be on your guard against the world.  Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize.  Let there be among you a man of understanding.  When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it.  Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Thom :22   “Jesus saw infants being suckled.  He said to his disciples, “These infants being suckled are like those who enter the Kingdom.”    They said to him, “Shall we then, as children, enter the Kingdom?” Jesus said to them, “When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female, female; and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter [the Kingdom].”

Thom :23   “Jesus said, “I shall choose you, one out of a thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand as a single one.”

Thom :24   “His disciples said to Him, “Show us the place where You are, since it is necessary for us to seek it.”   He said to them, “Whoever has ears, let him hear.  There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world.  If he does not shine, he is darkness.”

Thom :25   “Jesus said, “Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye.”

Thom :26   “Jesus said, “You see the mote in your brother’s eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye.  When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote from your brother’s eye.”

Thom :27   “<Jesus said>, “If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the Kingdom.  If you do not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath, you will not see the Father.”

Thom :28   “Jesus said, “I took My place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in the flesh.  I found them all intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty.  And My soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty they seek to leave the world.  But for a moment they are intoxicated.  When they shake off their wine, they will repent.”

Thom :29   “Jesus said, “If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder.  But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders.  Indeed I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”

Thom :30   “Jesus said, “Where there are three gods, they are gods.  Where there are two or one, I am with him.”

Thom :31   “Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him.”

Thom :32   “Jesus said, “A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden.”

Thom :33   “Jesus said, “Preach from your housetops that which you will hear in your ear {(and) in the other ear}.  For no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden place, but rather he sets it on a lampstand so that everyone who enters and leaves will see its light.”

Thom :34   “Jesus said, “If a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit.”

Thom :35   “Jesus said, “It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of a strong man and take it by force unless he binds his hands; then he will (be able to) ransack his house.”

Thom :36   “Jesus said, “Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear.”

Thom :37   “His disciples said, “When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see You?”   Jesus said, “When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then [you will see] the Son of the Living One, and you will not be afraid.”

Thom :38   “Jesus said, “Many times have you desired to hear these words which I am saying to you, and you have no one else to hear them from.  There will be days when you will look for me and will not find me.”

Thom :39   “Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of Knowledge and hidden them.  They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to.  You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”

Thom :40   “Jesus said, “A grapevine has been planted outside of the Father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed.”

Thom :41   “Jesus said, “Whoever has something in his hand will receive more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has.”

Thom :42   “Jesus said, “Become passers-by.”

Thom :43   “His disciples said to him, “Who are You that You should say these things to us?”   <Jesus said to them> “You do not realize who I am from what I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they (either) love the tree and hate its fruit (or) love the fruit and hate the tree.”

Thom :44   “Jesus said, “Whoever blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the Son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven either on earth or in heaven.”

Thom :45   “Jesus said, “Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they do not produce fruit.  A good man brings forth good things from his storehouse; an evil man brings forth evil things from his evil storehouse, which is in his heart, and says evil things.  For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil things.”

Thom :46   “Jesus said, “Among those born of women, from Adam until John the Baptist, there is no one so superior to John the Baptist that his eyes should not be lowered (before him).  Yet I have said, whichever one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted with the Kingdom and will become superior to John.”

Thom :47   “Jesus said, “It is impossible for a man to mount two horses or to stretch two bows.  And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters; otherwise, he will honor the one and treat the other contemptuously.  No man drinks old wine and immediately desires to drink new wine.  And new wine is not put into old wineskins, lest they burst; nor is old wine put into a new wineskin, lest it spoil it.  An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, because a tear would result.”

Thom :48   “Jesus said, “If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, ‘Move away’, and it will move away.”

Thom :49   “Jesus said, “Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the Kingdom.  For you are from it, and to it you will return.”

Thom :50   “Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where did you come from?’, then say to them, ‘We came from the light, the place where the light came into being on its own accord and established [itself] and became manifest through their image.’  If they say to you, Is it you?’, say, ‘We are its children, and we are the elect of the Living Father.’  If they ask you, ‘What is the sign of your Father in you?’, say to them, ‘It is movement and repose.’“

Thom :51   “His disciples said to Him, “When will the repose of the dead come about, and when will the new world come?”   He said to them, “What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it.”

Thom :52   “His disciples said to Him, “Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke in You.”   He said to them, “You have omitted the one living in your presence and have spoken (only) of the dead.”

Thom :53   “His disciples said to Him, “Is circumcision beneficial or not?”   He said to them, “If it were beneficial, their father would beget them already circumcised from their mother.  Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable.”

Thom :54   “Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor, for yours is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Thom :55   “Jesus said, “Whoever does not hate his father and his mother cannot become a disciple to Me.  And whoever does not hate his brothers and sisters and take up his cross in My way will not be worthy of Me.”

Thom :56   “Jesus said, “Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world.”

Thom :57   “Jesus said, “The Kingdom of the Father is like a man who had [good] seed.  His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed.  The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds; he said to them, ‘I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them.’  For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will be pulled up and burned.”

Thom :58   “Jesus said, “Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life.”

Thom :59   “Jesus said, “Take heed of the Living One while you are alive, lest you die and seek to see Him and be unable to do so.”

Thom :60   “<They saw> a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea.  He said to his disciples, “(Why does) that man (carry) the lamb around?”   They said to Him, “So that he may kill it and eat it.”   He said to them, “While it is alive, he will not eat it, but only when he has killed it and it has become a corpse.”   They said to him, “He cannot do otherwise.”   He said to them, “You too, look for a place for yourselves within Repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten.”

Thom :61   “Jesus said, “Two will rest on a bed; the one will die, and other will live.” Salome said, “who are you, man, that you, as though from the One, (or: as <whose son>, that you) have come up on my couch and eaten from my table?”   Jesus said to her, “I am He who exists from the Undivided.  I was given some of the things of my Father.”   <Salome said,> “I am your disciple.”   <Jesus said to her,> “Therefore I say, if he is <undivided>, he will be filled with light, but if he is divided, he will be filled with darkness.”

Thom :62   “Jesus said, “It is to those [who are worthy of My] mysteries that I tell My mysteries.  Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”

Thom :63   “Jesus said, “There was a rich man who had much money.  He said, ‘I shall put my money to use so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouse with produce, with the result that I shall lack nothing.’  Such were his intentions, but the same night he died.  Let him who has ears hear.”

Thom :64   “Jesus said, “A man had received visitors.  And when he had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite the guests.  He went to the first one and said to him, ‘My master invites you.’  He said, ‘I have claims against some merchants.  They are coming to me this evening.  I must go and give them my orders.  I ask to be excused from the dinner.’  He went to another and said to him, ‘My master has invited you.’ He said to him, ‘I have just bought a house and am required for the day.  I shall not have any spare time.’  He went to another and said to him, ‘My master invites you.’  He said to him, ‘My friend is going to get married, and I am to prepare the banquet.  I shall not be able to come.  I ask to be excused from the dinner.’  He went to another and said to him, ‘My master invites you.’  He said to him, ‘I have just bought a farm, and I am on my way to collect the rent.  I shall not be able to come.  I ask to be excused.’  The servant returned and said to his master, ‘Those whom you invited to the dinner have asked to be excused.’  The master said to his servant, ‘Go outside to the streets and bring back those whom you happen to meet, so that they may dine.’  Businessmen and merchants will not enter the Places of my Father.”

Thom :65   “He said, “There was a good man who owned a vineyard.  He leased it to tenant farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the produce from them.  He sent his servant so that the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard.  They seized his servant and beat him, all but killing him.  The servant went back and told his master.  The master said, ‘Perhaps <they> did not recognize <him>.  He sent another servant.  The tenants beat this one as well.  Then the owner sent his son and said, ‘Perhaps they will show respect to my son.’  Because the tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they seized him and killed him.  Let him who has ears hear.”

Thom :66   “Jesus said, “Show me the stone which the builders rejected.  That one is the cornerstone.”

Thom :67   “Jesus said, “Whoever believes that the All itself is deficient is (himself) completely deficient.”

Thom :68   “Jesus said, “Blessed are you when you are hated and persecuted.  Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no Place.”

Thom :69   “Jesus said, “Blessed are they who have been persecuted within themselves.  It is they who have truly come to know the Father.  Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled.”

Thom :70   “Jesus said, “That which you have will save you if you bring it forth from yourselves.  That which you do not have within you will kill you if you do not have it within you.”

Thom :71   “Jesus said, “I shall destroy [this] house, and no one will be able to rebuild it.”

Thom :72   “[A man said] to him, “Tell my brothers to divide my father’s possessions with me.”   He said to him, “O man, who made Me a divider?”   He turned to his disciples and said to them, “I am not a divider, am I?”

Thom :73   “Jesus said, “The harvest is great but the laborers are few.  Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out laborers to the harvest.”

Thom :74   “He said, “O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern.”

Thom :75   “Jesus said, “Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber.”

Thom :76   “Jesus said, “The Kingdom of the Father is like a merchant who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl.  That merchant was shrewd.  He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself.  You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys.”

Thom :77   “Jesus said, “It is I who am the light which is above them all.  It is I who am the All.  From Me did the All come forth, and unto Me did the All extend.  Split a piece of wood, and I am there.  Lift up the stone, and you will find Me there.”

Thom :78   “Jesus said, “Why have you come out to the desert?  To see a reed shaken by the wind?  And to see a man clothed in fine garments like your kings and your great men?  Upon them are the fine [garments], and they are unable to discern the truth.”

Thom :79   “A woman from the crowd said to Him, “Blessed are the womb which bore you and the breasts which nourished You.”   He said to her, “Blessed are those who have heard the word of the Father and have truly kept it.  For there will be days when you will say, ‘Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk.’“

Thom :80   “Jesus said, “He who recognized the world has found the body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world.”

Thom :81   “Jesus said, “Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it.”

Thom :82   “Jesus said, “He who is near Me is near the fire, and he who is far from Me is far from the Kingdom.”

Thom :83   “Jesus said, “The images are manifest to man, but the light in them remains concealed in the image of the light of the Father.  He will become manifest, but his image will remain concealed by his light.”

Thom :84   “Jesus said, “When you see your likeness, you rejoice.  But when you see your images which came into being before you, and which neither die nor become manifest, how much you will have to bear!”

Thom :85   “Jesus said, “Adam came into being from a great power and a great wealth, but he did not become worthy of you.  For had he been worthy, [he would] not [have experienced] death.”

Thom :86   “Jesus said, [The foxes have their holes] and the birds have [their] nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head and rest.”

Thom :87   “Jesus said, “Wretched is the body that is dependent upon the body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on these two.”

Thom :88   “Jesus said, “The angels and the prophets will come to you and give to you those things you (already) have.  And you too, give them those things which you have, and say to yourselves, ‘When will they come and take what is theirs.”

Thom :89   “Jesus said, “Why do you wash the outside of the cup?  Do you not realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the outside?”

Thom :90   “Jesus said, “Come unto me, for My yoke is easy and My lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves.”

Thom :91   “They said to Hem, “Tell us who You are so that we may believe in You.”   He said to them, “You read the face of the sky and of the earth, but you have not recognized the one who (or: that which) is before you, and you do not know how to read this moment.”

Thom :92   “Jesus said, “Seek and you will find.  Yet you asked Me about former times and which I did not tell you then, now I do desire to tell, but you do not inquire after it.”

Thom :93   “<Jesus said,> “Do not give what is holy to the dogs, lest they throw them on the dung-heap.  Do not throw the pearls to swine, lest they grind it [to bits].”

Thom :94   “Jesus [said], “He who seeks will find, and [he who knocks] will be let in.”

Thom :95   “[Jesus said], “If you have money, do not lend it at interest, but give [it] to one from whom you will not get it back.”

Thom :96   “Jesus [said], “The Kingdom of the Father is like a certain woman.  She took a little leaven, [concealed] it in some dough, and made it into large loaves.  Let him who has ears hear.”

Thom :97   “Jesus said, “The Kingdom of the [Father] is like a certain woman who was carrying a jar full of meal.  While she was walking [on] a road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out behind her on the road.  She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident.  When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it was empty.”

Thom :98   “Jesus said, “The Kingdom of the Father is like a certain man who wanted to kill a powerful man.  In his own house he drew his sword and stuck it into the wall in order to find out whether his hand could carry through.  Then he slew the powerful man.”

Thom :99   “The disciples said to Him, “Your brothers and Your mother are standing outside.”   He said to them, “Those here who do the will of My Father are My brothers and My mother.  It is they who will enter the Kingdom of My Father.”

Thom :100   “They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to Him, “Caesar’s men demand taxes from us.”   He said to them, “Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give God what belongs to God, and give Me what is Mine.”

Thom :101   “<Jesus said,> “Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to Me.  And whoever does [not] love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a [disciple] to Me.  For my mother [gave me falsehood], but [My] true [Mother] gave me life.”

Thom :102   “Jesus said, “Woe to the Pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor does he let the oxen eat.”

Thom :103   “Jesus said, “Fortunate is the man who knows where the brigands will enter, so that he may get up, muster his domain, and arm himself before they invade.”

Thom :104   “They said [to Jesus], “Come, let us pray today and let us fast.”   Jesus said, “What is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I been defeated?  But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray.”

Thom :105   “Jesus said, “He who knows the father and the mother will be called the son of a harlot.”

Thom :106   “Jesus said, “When you make the two one, you will become the sons of man, and when you say, ‘Mountain, move away, it will move away.”

Thom :107   “Jesus said, “The Kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep.  One of them, the largest, went astray.  He left the ninety-nine and looked for that one until he found it.  When he had gone to such trouble, he said to the sheep, ‘I care for you more than the ninety-nine.’“

Thom :108   “Jesus said, “He who will drink from My mouth will become like Me.  I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him.”

Thom :109   “Jesus said, “The Kingdom is like a man who had a [hidden] treasure in his field without knowing it.  And [after] he died, he left it to his son.  The son did not know (about the treasure).  He inherited the field and sold [it].  And the one who bought it went plowing and found the treasure.  He began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished.”

Thom :110   “Jesus said, “Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world.”

Thom :111   “Jesus said, “The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in your presence.  And the one who lives from the Living One will not see death.”  Does not Jesus say, “Whoever finds himself is superior to the world”?

Thom :112   “Jesus said, “Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh.”

Thom :113   “His disciples said to Him, “When will the Kingdom come?    <Jesus said> “It will not come by waiting for it.  It will not be a matter of saying ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is.’  Rather the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it.”

Thom :114   “Simon Peter said to them, “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of Life.”   Jesus said, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males.  For every woman who will make herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

The Gospel of Mary

From the Nag Hammadi Library in English

Gospel of Mary :1   “[…] (pp. 1‑6 missing) will matter then be [destroyed] or not?” The Savior said, “All natures, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.  For the nature of matter is resolved into (the roots of) its nature alone. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Gospel of Mary :2   “Peter said to him, “Since you have explained everything to us, tell us this also: What is the sin of the world?” The Savior said, “There is no sin, but it is you who make sin when you do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin. That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature, in order to restore it to its root.” Then he continued and said, “That is why you [become sick] and die, for […] of the one who […. He who] understands, let him understand. [Matter gave birth to] a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from (something) contrary to nature.  Then there arises a disturbance in the whole body. That is why I said to you, ‘Be of good courage,’ and if you are discouraged, (be) encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature. He who has ears to hear let him hear.”

Gospel of Mary :3   “When the blessed one had said this, he greeted them all, saying, “Peace be with you.  Receive my peace to yourselves.  Beware that no one lead you astray, saying, ‘Lo here!’ or ‘Lo there!’ For the Son of Man is within you. Follow after him! Those who seek him will find him.  Go then and preach the gospel of the kingdom.  Do not lay down any rules beyond what I appointed for you, and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it.”  When he had said this, he departed.”

Gospel of Mary :4   “But they were grieved.  They wept greatly, saying, “How shall we go to the Gentiles and preach the gospel of the kingdom of the Son Of Man?  If they did not spare him, how will they spare us?”  Then Mary stood up, greeted them all, and said to her brethren, “Do not weep and do not grieve nor be irresolute, for his grace will be entirely with you and will protect you. But rather let praise his greatness, for he has prepared us (and) made us into men. When Mary said this, she turned their hearts to the Good, and they began to discuss the words of the [Savior].”

Gospel of Mary :5   “Peter said to Mary, “Sister, we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of women.  Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember – which you know (but) we do not nor have we heard them.”  Mary answered and said,  “What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you.”  And she began to speak to them these words: “I,” she said, “I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to him, Lord, I saw you today in a vision.’ He answered and said to me, ‘Blessed are you, that you did not waver at the sight of me.  For where the mind is, there is the treasure.’ I said to him, ‘Lord, now does he who sees the vision see it <through> the soul <or> through the spirit?’ The Savior answered and said, ‘He does not see through the soul ‘ nor through the spirit, but the mind which [is] between the two – that is [what] sees the vision and it is […].” (pp. 11‑14 missing)

Gospel of Mary :6   “[…] it.  And desire said, ‘I did not see you descending, but now I see you ascending.  Why do you lie, since you belong to me?’ The soul answered and said, I saw you.  You did not see me nor recognize me. I served you as a garment, and you did not know me.’ When it had said this, it went away rejoicing greatly.”

Gospel of Mary :7   “Again it came to the third power, which is called ignorance.  [It (the power)] questioned the soul, saying, ‘Where are you going?  In wickedness are you bound. But you are bound; do not judge!’ And the soul said, ‘Why do you judge me, although I have not judged?  I was bound, though I have not bound.  I was not recognized. But I have recognized that the All is being dissolved, both the earthly (things) and the heavenly.”

Gospel of Mary :8   “When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, (which) took seven forms.  The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom.  These are the seven [powers] of wrath.  They ask the soul, ‘Whence do you come, slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space?’ The soul answered ‘ and said, ‘What binds me has been slain, and what turns me about has been overcome, and my desire has been ended, and ignorance has died.  In a [world] I was released from a world, [and] in a type from a heavenly type, and (from) the fetter of oblivion which is transient. From this time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of the season, of the aeon, in silence.”

Gospel of Mary :9   “When Mary had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this point that the Savior had spoken with her.  But Andrew answered and said to the brethren, “Say what you (wish to) say about what she has said. I at least do not believe that the Savior said this.  For certainly these teachings are strange ideas.”  Peter answered and spoke concerning these same things. He questioned them about the Savior: “Did he really speak privately with a woman (and) not openly to us?  Are we to turn about and all listen to her?  Did he prefer her to us?”

Gospel of Mary :10   “Then Mary wept and said to Peter, “My brother Peter, what do you think?  Do you think that I thought this up myself in my heart, or that I am lying about the Savior?”  Levi answered and said to Peter, “Peter, you have always been hot-tempered. Now I see you contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Savior made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her?  Surely the Savior knows her very well.  That is why he loved her more than us. Rather let us be ashamed and put on the perfect man, and separate as he commanded us and preach the gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior said.”  When […] and they began to go forth to proclaim and to preach.”

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