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“‘4. Save me, O Light, from the hand of this lion-faced power and from the hands of the emanations of god Self-willed.

“‘5. For it is thou, O Light, in whose light I have had faith and in whose light I have trusted from the beginning.

“‘6. And I have had faith in it from the time when it emanated me, and thou thyself didst make me to emanate; and I have had faith in thy light from the beginning.

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“‘7. And when I had faith in thee, the rulers of the aeons mocked at me, saying: She hath ceased in her mystery. Thou art |57. my saviour and thou art my deliverer and thou art my mystery, O Light.

“‘8. My mouth was filled with glorifying, that I may tell of the mystery of thy grandeur at all times.

“‘9. Now, therefore, O Light, leave me not in the chaos for the completion of my whole time; forsake me not, O Light.

“’10. For all the emanations of Self-willed have taken from me my whole light-power and have surrounded me. They desired to take away my whole light from me utterly and have set a watch on my power,

“’11. Saying one to another together: The Light hath forsaken her, let us seize her and take away the whole light in her.

the hands of the merciless.

“’12. Therefore then, O Light, cease not from me; turn thee, O Light, and save me from

“’13. May they who would take away my power, fall down and become powerless. May they who would take away my light-power from me, be enwrapped in darkness and sink into

powerlessness.’

“This then is the second repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, singing praises to the Light.”

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It came to pass then, when Jesus had finished speaking these words unto his disciples, that he said unto them: “Do ye understand in what manner I discourse with you?”

And Peter started forward and said unto Jesus: [p. 47] [paragraph continues] “My Lord, we will not endure this woman, for she taketh the opportunity from us and hath let none of us speak, but she discourseth many times.”

And Jesus answered and said unto his disciples: “Let him in whom the power of his spirit shall seethe, so that he understandeth what I say, |58.come forward and speak. But now, Peter, I see thy power in thee, that it understandeth the solution of the mystery of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. Now, therefore, Peter, speak the thought of her repentance in the midst of thy brethren.”

And Peter answered and said unto Jesus “O Lord, give ear that I may speak the thought of her repentance, of which aforetime thy power prophesied through the prophet David, uttering her repentance in the seventieth Psalm:

“‘1. O God, my God, I have trusted in thee, let me no more be put to shame for ever.

“‘2. Save me in thy righteousness and set me free; incline thine ear unto me and save me. “‘3. Be unto me a strong God and a firm place to save me; for thou art my strength and

my refuge.

“‘4. My God, save me from the hand of the sinner and from the hand of the transgressor and from the impious [one].

“‘5. For thou art my endurance, O Lord, thou art my hope from my youth up.

my mother’s womb. My remembrance is ever in thee.

“‘6. I have trusted myself to thee from my mother’s womb; thou hast brought me out of

“‘7. I have become as the crazy for many; |59. [p. 48]

thou art my help and my strength, thou art my deliverer, O Lord.

“‘8. My mouth was filled with glorifying, that I may praise the glory of thy splendour the whole day long.

“‘9. Cast me not away in the time of age; if my soul fades, forsake me not.

“’10. For mine enemies have spoken evil against me and they who lay in wait for my soul, have taken counsel against my soul,

“’11. Saying together: God hath forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is no saviour.

“’12. God, give heed to my help.

“’13. Let them be ashamed and destroyed who calumniate my soul. Let them be enwrapped in shame and disgrace who seek evil against me.’

“This then is the solution of the second repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

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The Saviour answered and said unto Peter: “Finely, Peter; this is the solution of her. repentance. Blessed are ye before all men on the earth, because I have revealed unto you these mysteries. Amen, amen, I say unto you: |60. I will perfect you in all fulness from the mysteries of the interior to the mysteries of the exterior and fill you with the spirit, so that ye shall be called ‘spiritual, perfected in all fulness.’ And, amen, amen, I say unto you: I will give unto you all the mysteries of all the regions of my Father and of all the regions of the First Mystery, so that he whom ye shall admit on earth, shall be admitted into the Light of the height; and he whom ye shall expel on earth, shall be expelled from the kingdom of my Father in the heaven. But hearken, therefore, and give ear attentively

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to all the repentances which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. She continued again and uttered the third repentance, saying:

“‘1. O Light of powers, give heed and save me.

“‘2. May they who would take away my light, lack and be in the darkness. May they who would take away my power, turn into chaos and be put to shame.

“‘3. May they turn quickly to darkness, who press me sore and say: We have become lords over her.

“‘4. May rather all those who seek the Light, rejoice and exult, and they who desire thy mystery, say ever: May the mystery be exalted.

“‘5. Save me then now, O Light, for I lacked my light, which they have taken away, and I needed my power, which they have taken from me. Thou then, O Light, thou art my saviour, and thou art my deliverer, O Light. Save me quickly out of this chaos.'”

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

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And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished speaking these words unto his disciples, saying: “This is the third repentance of Pistis Sophia,” that he said unto them: “Let him in whom a sensitive spirit hath arisen, come forward and speak the thought of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

It came to pass then, before Jesus had finished speaking, that Martha came forward, fell down at his feet, kissed them, cried aloud and wept with lamentation and in humbleness, saying: “My Lord, have mercy upon me and have compassion with me, and let me speak the solution of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

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Sophia.”

And Jesus gave his hand unto Martha and said unto her: “Blessed is every one who humbleth himself, for on him they shall have mercy. Now, therefore, Martha, art thou blessed. But proclaim then the solution of the thought of the repentance of Pistis

And Martha answered and said unto Jesus in the midst of the disciples: “Concerning the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, O |62. my Lord Jesus, of it thy

light-power in David prophesied aforetime in the sixty-ninth Psalm, saying: “‘1. O Lord God, give heed to my help.

“‘2. Let them be put to shame and con-founded who seek after my soul.

“‘3. May they turn straightway and be put to shame, who say unto me: Ha, ha.

“‘4. May all who seek thee, be joyful and exult because of thee, and they who love thy salvation, say ever: May God be exalted.

“‘5. But I am wretched, I am poor; O Lord, help me. Thou art my helper and defence; O Lord, delay not.’

“This then is the solution of the third repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, singing praises to the height.”

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It came to pass then, when Jesus had heard Martha speak these words, that he said unto her: “Well said, Martha, and finely.”

And Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “Pistis Sophia again continued in the fourth repentance, reciting it before she was oppressed a second time, in order that the lion-faced power and |63. all the material emanations with it, which Self-willed

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had sent into the chaos, might not take away her total light in her. She uttered then this repentance as follows:

“‘1. O Light, in whom I have trusted, give ear to my repentance, and let my voice reach unto thy dwelling-place.

“‘2. Turn not away thy light-image from me, but have heed unto me, if they oppress me; and save me quickly at the time when I shall cry unto thee.

“‘3. For my time is vanished like a breath and I am become matter.

“‘4. They have taken my light from me, and my power is dried up. I have forgotten my mystery which heretofore I was wont to accomplish.

“‘5. Because of the voice of the fear and the power of Self-willed my power is vanished. “‘6. I am become as a demon apart, who dwelleth in matter and light is not in him, and

I am become as a counterfeiting spirit, which is in a material body and light-power is

not in it.

“‘7. And I am become as a decan who is alone in the air.

“‘8. The emanations of Self-willed have sore oppressed me, and my pair hath said unto himself:

devoured the sweat of my own matter and the anguish of the tears from the matter of my

“‘9. Instead of with light which was in her, they have filled her with chaos. I have eyes, so that they who oppress me may not take the rest.

“’10. All this hath befallen me, O Light, by thy |64. commandment and thy command, and it is thy commandment that I am here.

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“’11. Thy commandment hath brought me down, and I am descended as a power of the chaos, and my power is numbed in me.

“’12. But thou, O Lord, art Light eternal, and dost visit them who are for ever oppressed.

“’13. Now, therefore, O Light, arise and seek my power and the soul in me. Thy commandment is accomplished, which thou didst decree for me in my afflictions. My time is come, that thou shouldst seek my power and my soul, and this is the time which thou didst decree to seek me.

“’14. For thy saviours have sought the power which is in my soul, because the number is completed, and in order that also its matter may be saved.

“’15. And then at that time shall all the rulers of the material aeons be in fear of thy light, and all the emanations of the thirteenth material aeon shall be in fear of

the mystery of thy light, so that the others may put on the purification of their light. “’16. For the Lord will seek the power of your soul. He hath revealed his mystery,

“’17. So that he may regard the repentance of them who are in the regions below; and he hath not disregarded their repentance.

“’18. This is then that mystery which is become the type in respect of the race which shall be born; and the race which shall be born will sing praises to the height.

“’19. For the Light hath looked down from the height of its light. It will look down on

|65. the total matter,

“’20. To hear the sighing of those in chains, [p. 53]

to loose the power of the souls whose power is bound,–

“’21. So that it may lay its name in the soul and its mystery in the power.'”

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

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It came to pass while Jesus spake these words unto his disciples, saying unto them: “This is the fourth repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered; now, therefore, let him who understandeth, understand,”–it came to pass then, when Jesus had spoken these words, that John came forward, adored the breast of Jesus and said unto him: “My Lord, give commandment to me also, and grant me to speak the solution of the fourth repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

Jesus said unto John: “I give thee commandment, and I grant thee to speak the solution of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

Sophia hath uttered, thy light-power which was in David, hath prophesied aforetime in

John answered and said: “My Lord and Saviour, concerning this repentance which Pistis the one-hundred-and-first Psalm:

“‘1. Lord, give ear unto my supplication and let my voice reach unto thee.

“‘2. Turn not away thy face from me; incline thine ear unto me in the day when I am

oppressed; quickly give ear to me on the day when I shall cry unto thee.

“‘3. For |66. my days are vanished as smoke and my bones are parched as stone.

“‘4. I am scorched as the grass, and my heart is dried up; for I have forgotten to eat my bread.

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“‘5. From the voice of my groaning my bones cleaved to my flesh.

“‘6. I am become as a pelican in the desert; I am become as a screech-owl in the house. “‘7. I have passed the night watching; I am become as a sparrow alone on the roof.

“‘8. My enemies have reviled me all the day long, and they who honour me, have injured me.

“‘9. For I have eaten ashes instead of my bread and mixed my drink with tears,

“’10. Because of thy wrath and thy rage; for thou hast lifted me up and cast me down. “’11. My days have declined as a shadow, and I am dried up as the grass,

“’12. But thou, O Lord, thou endurest for ever, and thy remembrance unto the generation of generation[s].

“’13. Arise and have mercy upon Zion, for the time is come to have mercy upon her; the proper time is come.

“’14. Thy servants have longed for her stones, and will take pity on her land. “’15. And the nations will have fear of the name of the Lord, and the kings of the

earth have fear of thy sovereignty.

“’16. For the Lord will build up Zion and reveal himself in his sovereignty.

“17. He hath regarded the prayer of the humble and hath not despised their supplication. “’18. This shall be recorded for another generation, and the people who shall be

created will praise the Lord.

“’19. Because he hath looked down on his holy height; the Lord hath looked down from the heaven on the earth,

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“’20. To hear the sighing |67. of those in chains, to loose the sons of those who are slain,

“’21. To proclaim the name of the Lord in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem.’

“This, my Lord, is the solution of the mystery of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

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

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in the kingdom of the Light.”

It came to pass then, when John had finished speaking these words to Jesus in the midst of his disciples, that he said unto him: “Well said, John, the Virgin, who shalt rule

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