Pistis Sophia

Pistis Sophia, by G.R.S. Mead, [1921], at sacred-texts.com

CHAPTER 31

“It came to pass then thereafter that she looked below and saw his light-power in the parts below; and she knew not that it is that of the triple-powered Self-willed, but she thought that it came out of the light which she had seen from the beginning in the height, which came out of the veil of the Treasury of the Light. And she thought to herself: I will go into that region without my pair and take the light and thereout fashion for myself light-aeons, so that I may go to the Light of lights, which is in the Height of heights.

“This then thinking, she went forth from her own region, the thirteenth aeon, and went down to the twelve aeons. The rulers of the aeons pursued her and were enraged against her, because she had thought of grandeur. And she

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material powers of Self-willed surrounded Sophia at the same time and pressed her sore.

went forth also from the twelve aeons, and came into the regions of the chaos and drew nigh to that lion-faced light-power to devour it. But all |47. the material emanations of Self-willed surrounded her, and the great lion-faced light-power devoured all the light-powers in Sophia and cleaned out her light and devoured it, and her matter was thrust into the chaos; it became a lion-faced ruler in the chaos, of which one half is fire and the other darkness,–that is Yaldabaoth, of whom I have spoken unto you many times. When then this befell, Sophia became very greatly exhausted, and that lion-faced light-power set to work to take away from Sophia all her light-powers, and all the

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CHAPTER 32

“And Pistis Sophia cried out most exceedingly, she cried to the Light of lights which she had seen from the beginning, in which she had had faith, and uttered this repentance, saying thus:

“‘1. O Light of lights, in whom I have had faith from the beginning, hearken now then, O Light, unto my repentance. Save me, O Light, for evil thoughts have entered into me.

“‘2. I gazed, O Light, into the lower parts and saw there a light. thinking: I will go to that region, in order that I may take that light. And I went and found myself in the darkness which is in the chaos below, and I could no more speed thence and go to my region, for I was sore pressed by all the emanations of Self-willed, and the lion-faced power took away my light in me.

“‘3. And I cried for help, but my voice hath not reached out of the darkness. And I looked

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unto the height, that the Light, in which I had had faith, might help me.

“‘4. And when I looked unto the height, I saw all the rulers of the aeons, how in their numbers they looked down on me and rejoiced over me, though I had done them no ill; but they hated me without a cause. And when the emanations of Self-willed saw the rulers of the aeons rejoicing over me, they knew that the rulers of the aeons would not come to my aid; and those emanations which sore pressed me with violence, took courage, and the light which I had not taken from them, they have taken from me.

“‘5. Now, therefore, O Light of Truth, thou knowest that I have done this in my innocence, thinking that the lion-faced light-power belonged to thee; and the sin which I have done is open before thee.

“‘6. Suffer me no more to lack, O Lord, for I have had faith in thy light from the beginning; O Lord, O Light of the powers, suffer me no more to lack my light.

“‘7. For because of thy inducement and for the sake of thy light am I fallen into this oppression, and shame hath covered me.

“‘8. And because of |49. the illusion of thy light, I am become a stranger to my brethren, the invisibles, and to the great emanations of Barbelo.

“‘9. This hath befallen me, O Light, because I have been zealous for thy abode; and the wrath of Self-willed is come upon me–of him who had not hearkened unto thy command to emanate from the emanation of his power–because I was in his aeon without performing his mystery.

“’10. And all the rulers of the aeons mocked me. [p. 39]

“’11. And I was in that region, mourning and seeking after the light which I had seen in the height.

“’12. And the guards of the gates of the aeons searched for me, and all who remain in their mystery mocked me.

“’13. But I looked up unto the height towards thee and had faith in thee. Now, therefore, O Light of lights, I am sore pressed in the darkness of chaos. If now thou wilt come to save me,–great is thy mercy,–then hear me in truth and save me.

from their evil doings.

“’14. Save me out of the matter of this darkness, that I may not be submerged therein, that I may be saved from the emanations of god Self-willed which press me sore, and

“’15. Let not this darkness submerge me, and let not this lion-faced power entirely devour the whole of my power, and |50. let not this chaos shroud my power.

“’16. Hear me, O Light, for thy grace is precious, and look down upon me according to the great mercy of thy Light.

“’17. Turn not thy face from me, for I am exceedingly tormented. “’18. Haste thee, hearken unto me and save my power.

“’19. Save me because of the rulers who hate me, for thou knowest my sore oppression and my torment and the torment of my power which they have taken from me. They who have set me in all this evil are before thee; deal with them according to thy good pleasure.

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of the chaos and from the midst of the darkness, and I waited for my pair, that he should come and fight for me, and he came not, and I looked that he should come and lend me power, and I found him not.

“’21. And when I sought the light, they gave me darkness; and when I sought my power, they gave me matter.

“’22. Now, therefore, O Light of lights, may the darkness and the matter which the emanations of Self-willed have brought upon me, be unto them for a snare, and may they be ensnared therein, and recompense them and may they be made to stumble and not come into the region of their Self-willed.

“’23. May they remain in the darkness and not behold the light; may they behold the chaos for ever, and let them not look unto the height.

“’24. Bring upon them their revenge, and may thy judgment lay hold upon them.

“’25. Let them not henceforth |51. come into their region to their god Self-willed, and let not his emanations henceforth come into their regions; for their god is impious and self-willed, and he thought that he had done this evil of himself, not knowing that, had I not been brought low according to thy command, he would not have had any authority over me.

“’26. But when thou hadst by thy command brought me low, they pursued me the more, and their emanations added pain to my humiliation.

“’27. And they have taken light-power from me and fallen again to pressing me sore, in order to take away all the light in me. Because of this in which they have set me, let them not

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ascend to the thirteenth aeon, the region of Righteousness.

“’28. But let them not be reckoned in the lot of those who purify themselves and the light, and let them not be reckoned with those who will quickly repent, that they may quickly receive mysteries in the Light.

“’29. For they have taken my light from me, and my power hath begun to cease in me and I am destitute of my light.

“’30. Now, therefore, O Light, which is in thee and is with me, I sing praises to thy name, O Light, in glory.

leadeth to the gates of the Light, which they who shall repent will utter, and the

“’31. May my song of praise please thee, O Light, as an excellent mystery, which light of which will purify them.

“’32. Now, therefore, let |52. all matters rejoice; seek ye all the Light, that the power of the stars which is in you, may live.

“’33. For the Light hath heard the matters, nor will it leave any without having purified them.

“’34. Let the souls and the matters praise the Lord of all aeons, and [let] the matters and all that is in them [praise him].

“’35. For God shall save their soul from all matters, and a city shall be prepared in the Light, and all the souls who are saved, will dwell in that city and will inherit it.

“’36. And the soul of them who shall receive mysteries will abide in that region, and they who have received mysteries in its name will abide therein.'”

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CHAPTER 33

It came to pass then, when Jesus had spoken [p. 42]

these words unto his disciples, that he said unto them: “This is the song of praise which Pistis Sophia uttered in her first repentance, repenting of her sin, and reciting all which had befallen her. Now, therefore: ‘Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.'”

Mary again came forward and said: “My Lord, my indweller of light hath ears, and I hear with my light-power, and thy spirit which is with me, hath sobered me. Hearken then that I may speak concerning the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, speaking of |53. her sin and all that befell her. Thy light-power hath prophesied thereof aforetime through the prophet David in the sixty-eighth Psalm:

“‘1. Save me, O God, for the waters are come in even unto my soul.

“‘2. I sank, or am submerged, in the slime of the abyss, and power was not. I have gone-down into the depths of the sea; a tempest hath submerged me.

foes, who violently pursued me. They required of me that which I took not from them.

“‘3. I have kept on crying; my throat is gone, my eyes faded, waiting patiently for God. “‘4. They who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; mighty are my

“‘5. God, thou hast known my foolishness, and my faults are not hid from thee.

“‘6. Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord, Lord of powers, be ashamed for my sake;

let not those who seek thee be ashamed for my sake, O Lord, God of Israel, God of powers. “‘7. thy sake have I endured shame; shame hath covered my face.

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“‘8. I am become a stranger to my brethren, a stranger unto the sons of my mother.

“‘9. For the zeal of thy house hath consumed me; the revilings of them that revile thee have fallen upon me.

“’10. I bowed my soul with fasting, and it was turned to my reproach. “’11. I put on sackcloth; I became unto them a bye-word.

“’12. They who sit at the gates, chattered at me; and they who drink wine, harped about me.

“’13. But I prayed with my soul unto thee, |54. O Lord; the time of thy well-liking is [now], O God. In the fulness of thy grace give ear unto my salvation in truth.

“’14. Save me out of this slime, that I sink not therein; let me be saved from them that hate me, and from the deep of waters.

“’15. Let not a water-flood submerge me, let not the deep swallow me, let not a well close its mouth above me.

“’16. Hear me, O Lord, for thy grace is good; according to the fulness of thy compassion look down upon me.

“’17. Turn not thy face away from thy servant, for I am oppressed. “’18. Hear me quickly, give heed to my soul and deliver it.

“’19. Save me because of my foes, for thou knowest my disgrace, my shame and my dishonour; all my oppressors are before thee.

“’20. My heart awaiteth disgrace and misery; I waited for him who should sorrow with

me, but I could not come at him, and for him who should comfort me, and I found him not. [p. 44]

“’21. They gave me gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

“’22. Let their table be unto them for a trap and for a snare and for a retribution and for a stumbling-block.

“’23. Mayest thou bend their backs at all time.

“’24. Pour out thy anger upon them, and let the wrath of thy anger lay hold upon them. “’25. Let their encampment be desolate, let there be no dweller in their habitations. “’26. For they persecuted him whom thou hast smitten, and added to the smart of their

woundings.

“’27. They added iniquity to their iniquities; let them not come into |55. thy righteousness.

“’28. Let them be wiped out of the book of the living, and let them not be written in among the righteous.

hath taken me unto itself.

“’29. I am a poor wretch who is heart-broken too; it is the salvation of thy face which

“’30. I will praise the name of God in the ode, and exalt it in the song of thanksgiving. “’31. This shall please God better than a young bull which putteth forth horns and hoofs. “’32. May the wretched see and make merry; seek ye God, that your souls may live.

“’33. For God hath heard the wretched and despiseth not the prisoners.

“’34. Let heaven and earth praise the Lord, the sea and all that is therein.

“’35. For God will save Zion, and the cities of Judaea will be built up, and they will dwell there and inherit it.

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“’36. The seed of his servants shall possess it, and they who love his name shall dwell therein.'”

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CHAPTER 34

It came to pass then, when Mary had finished speaking these words unto Jesus in the midst of the disciples, that she said unto him: “My Lord, this is the solution of the mystery of the repentance of Pistis Sophia.”|56.

It came to pass then, when Jesus had heard Mary speak these words, that he said unto her: “Well said, Mary, blessed one, the fulness, or all-blessed fulness, thou who shalt be sung of as blessed in all generations.”

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CHAPTER 35

Jesus continued again in the discourse and said: “Pistis Sophia again continued and still sang praises in a second repentance, saying thus:

“‘1. Light of lights, in whom I have had faith, leave me not in the darkness until the end of my time.

“‘2. Help me and save me through thy mysteries; incline thine ear unto me and save me. “‘3. May the power of thy light save me and carry me to the higher aeons; for thou wilt

save me and lead me into the height of thy aeons.

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