Pistis Sophia

“‘1. O Light, I have lifted up my power unto thee, my Light.

“‘2. On thee have I had faith. Let me not be scorned; let not the rulers of the twelve

aeons, who hate me, rejoice over me.

“‘3. For all who have faith in thee shall not be put to shame. Let them who have taken [p. 65]

away my power, remain in darkness; and let them not get from it any profit, but let it be taken away from them. |78.

“‘4. O Light, show me thy ways, and I shall be saved in them; and show me thy paths, whereby I shall be saved out of the chaos.

“‘5. And guide me in thy light, and let me know, O Light, that thou art my saviour. On thee will I trust the whole of my time.

“‘6. Give heed that thou save me, O Light, for thy mercy endureth for ever.

“‘7. As to my transgression, which I have committed from the beginning in my ignorance, put it not to my account, O Light, but rather save me through thy great mystery of the forgiveness of sins because of thy goodness, O Light.

“‘8. For good and sincere is the Light. For this cause will it grant me my way, to be saved out of my transgression;

“‘9. And for my powers, which are diminished through the fear of the material emanations of Self-willed, will it draw near after its commandment, and will teach my powers, which are diminished because of the merciless, its gnosis.

“’10. For all gnoses of the Light are saving means and are mysteries for all who seek the regions of its Inheritance and its mysteries.

“’11. For the sake of the mystery of thy name, O Light, forgive my transgression, for it is great.

“’12. To every one who trusteth in the Light it will give the mystery which suiteth him; “’13. And his soul will abide in the regions of the Light and his power will inherit

|79. the Treasury of the Light.

“’14. The Light giveth power to them who [p. 66]

have faith in it; and the name of its mystery belongeth to those who trust in it. And it will show them the region of the Inheritance, which is in the Treasury of the Light.

“’15. But I have ever had faith in the Light, for it will save my feet from the bonds of the darkness.

in the chaos.

“’16. Give heed unto me, O Light, and save me, for they have taken away my name from me

“’17. Because of all the emanations my afflictions and my oppression have become exceedingly manifold. Save me out of my transgression and this darkness.

“’18. And look upon the grief of my oppression and forgive my transgression.

“’19. Give heed to the rulers of the twelve aeons, who have hated me through jealousy. “’20. Watch over my power and save me, and let me not remain in this darkness, for I

have had faith in thee.

“’21. And they have made of me a great fool for having had faith in thee, O Light. “’22. Now, therefore, O Light, save my powers from the emanations of Self-willed, by

whom I am oppressed.’

“Now, therefore, who is sober, let him be sober.”

When then Jesus had spoken this unto his disciples, Thomas came forward and said: “My Lord, I am sober, I am plentifully sober, and my spirit is ready in me, and I rejoice exceedingly that thou hast revealed these words unto us. But indeed I have borne with my brethren until now, so that I should not anger them; nay

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rather I have borne with every one that he should come before thee and speak |80. the solution of the repentance of Pistis Sophia. Now, therefore, my Lord, concerning the solution of the seventh repentance of Pistis Sophia thy light-power hath prophesied through the prophet David in the twenty-fourth Psalm, thus

“‘1. O Lord, unto thee have I lifted up my soul, O my God.

“‘2. I have abandoned myself unto thee; let me not be put to shame and let not mine enemies mock at me.

“‘3. For all who wait upon thee shall not be put to shame; let them be put to shame who do iniquity without a cause.

“‘4. O Lord, show me thy ways and teach me thy paths.

“‘5. Lead me in the way of thy truth and teach me, for thou art my God and my saviour; on thee will I wait all the day long.

“‘6. Call to remembrance thy mercies, O Lord, and the favours of thy grace, for they are from eternity.

“‘7. Remember not the sins of my youth and those of my ignorance. Remember me according to the fulness of thy mercy because of thy goodness, O Lord.

“‘8. The Lord is gracious and sincere; therefore fore will he instruct sinners in the way.

tender-hearted his ways.

“‘9. He will guide the tender-hearted |81. in the judgment and will teach the

“’10. All the ways of the Lord are grace and truth for them who seek his righteousness and his testimonies.

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“’11. For thy name’s sake, O Lord, forgive me my sin, [for] it is exceedingly great. “’12. Who is the man who feareth the Lord? For him will he establish laws in the way

which he hath chosen.

“’13. His soul will abide in good things and his seed will inherit the land.

“’14. The Lord is the strength of them who fear him; and the name of the Lord belongeth to them who fear him, to make known unto them his covenant.

“’15. Mine eyes are raised ever unto the Lord, for he will draw my feet out of the snare. “’16. Look down upon me and be gracious unto me, for I am an only-begotten; I am


“’17. The afflictions of my heart have in-creased; bring me out of my necessities. “’18. Look upon my abasement and my woe, and forgive me all my sins.

“’19. Look upon mine enemies, how they have increased themselves and hated me with unjust hatred.

“’20. Preserve my soul and save me; let me not |82. be put to shame, for I have hoped on thee.

“’21. The simple and sincere have joined themselves to me, for I have waited on thee, O Lord.

“’22. O God, deliver Israel from all his afflictions.'”

And when Jesus had heard the words of Thomas, he said unto him: “Well said, Thomas, and finely. This is the solution of the seventh repentance of Pistis Sophia. Amen, amen, I say unto

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you: All generations of the world shall bless you on earth, because I have revealed this unto you and ye have received, of my spirit and have become understanding and spiritual, understanding what I say. And hereafter will I fill you full with the whole light and the whole power of the spirit, so that ye may understand from now on all which shall be said unto you and which ye shall see. Yet a little while and I will speak with you concerning the height without within and within without.”

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


Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia had uttered the seventh repentance in the chaos, that the commandment through the First Mystery had not come to me |83. to save her and lead her up out of the chaos. Nevertheless of myself out of compassion without commandment I led her into a somewhat spacious region in the chaos. And when the material emanations of Self-willed had noticed that she had been led into a somewhat spacious region in the chaos, they ceased a little to oppress her, for they thought that she would be led up out of the chaos altogether. When this then took place, Pistis Sophia did not know that I was her helper; nor did she know me at all, but she continued and persisted withal singing praises to the Light of the Treasury, which she had seen aforetime and on which she had had faith, and she thought that it [sc. the Light] also was her helper and it was the same to which she had sung praises, thinking it was the Light in truth. But as indeed she had had faith in the Light which belongeth to the Treasury in truth, therefore will she be led up out

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of the chaos and her repentance will be accepted from her. But the commandment of the First Mystery was not yet accomplished to accept her repentance from her. But hearken now in order that I may tell you all things which befell Pistis Sophia.

“It came to pass, when I had led her unto a somewhat spacious region in the chaos, that the emanations of Self-willed ceased entirely to oppress her, thinking that she would be led up out of the chaos altogether. It came to pass then, when |84. the emanations of Self-willed had noticed that Pistis Sophia had not been led up out the chaos, that they turned about again all together, oppressing her vehemently. Because of this then she uttered the eighth repentance, because they had not ceased to oppress her, and had turned about to oppress her to the utmost. She uttered this repentance, saying thus:

“‘1. On thee, O Light, have I hoped. Leave me not in the chaos; deliver me and save me according to thy gnosis.

“‘2. Give heed unto me and save me. Be unto me a saviour, O Light, and save me and lead me unto thy light.

thy name lead me and give me thy mystery.

“‘3. For thou art my saviour and wilt lead me unto thee. And because of the mystery of

“‘4. And thou wilt save me from this lion-faced power, which they have laid as a snare for me, for thou art my saviour.

“‘5. And in thy hands will I lay the purification of my light; thou hast saved me, O Light, according to thy gnosis.

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keep watch over me and will not be able to lay hold of me utterly. But I have had faith in the Light.

“‘7. I will rejoice and will sing praises that thou hast had mercy upon me and hast heeded and saved me from the oppression in which I was. And thou wilt set free my power out of the chaos.

“‘8. And thou hast not left me in the hand of the lion-faced power; but thou hast led me into a region which is not oppressed.'”

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


When then Jesus had said this unto his disciples, he answered again and said unto them: “It came to pass then, when the lion-faced power had noticed that Pistis Sophia had not been led up altogether out of the chaos, |85. that it came again with all the other material emanations of Self-willed, and they oppressed Pistis Sophia again. It came to pass then, when they oppressed her, that she cried out in the same repentance, saying:

“‘9. Have mercy upon me, O Light, for they have oppressed me again. Because of thy commandment, the light in me is distracted and my power and my understanding.

“’10. My power hath begun to wane whiles I am in these afflictions, and the number of my time whiles I am in the chaos. My light is diminished, for they have taken away my power from me, and all the powers in me are tossed about.

“’11. I am become powerless in the presence of all the rulers of the aeons, who hate me, and in the presence of the four-and-twenty emanations, in whose region I was. And my brother, my

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pair, was afraid to help me, because of that in which they have set me.

“’12. And all the rulers of the height have counted me as matter in which is no light. I am become as a material power which hath fallen out of the rulers,

“’13. And all who are in the aeons said: She hath become chaos. And thereafter all the pitiless powers encompassed me together and proposed to take away the whole light in me.

“’14. But I have trusted in thee, O Light, and said: Thou art my saviour.

“’15. And my commandment, which thou hast decreed for me, is in thy hands. Save me out of the hands of the emanations of Self-willed, which oppress me and persecute me.

“’16. Send thy light over me, for I am as naught before thee, |86. and save me according to thy compassion.

cover the emanations of Self-willed, let them be led down into the darkness.

“’17. Let me not be despised, for I have sung praises unto thee, O Light. Let chaos

“’18. Let the mouth of them be shut up, who would devour me with guile, who say: Let us take the whole light in her,–although I have done them no ill.'”

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


And when Jesus had spoken this, Matthew came forward and said: “My Lord, thy spirit hath stirred me and thy light hath made me sober to proclaim this eighth repentance of Pistis Sophia. For thy power hath prophesied thereof aforetime through David in the thirtieth Psalm, saying:

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me never be put to shame; save me according to thy righteousness.

“‘2. Incline thine ear unto me, save me quickly. Be thou unto me a protecting God and a house of refuge to save me.

“‘3. For thou art my support and my refuge; for thy name’s sake thou wilt guide me and feed me.

“‘4. And thou wilt draw me out of this snare, which they have laid privily for me; for thou art my protection.

“‘5. Into thy hands I will render my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, God of Truth. “‘6. Thou hast hated them who hold to vain emptiness; but I have trusted.

“‘7. And I shall rejoice because of my Lord and make merry over thy grace. For thou hast looked down upon my humbleness and saved my soul out of my necessities.

“‘8. And thou hast not shut me up in the hands of my foes; thou hast set my feet on a broad space.

“‘9. Be gracious unto me, O Lord, for I am afflicted; my eye is distracted in the wrath and my soul and my body.

power is enfeebled in misery and my bones are distracted.

“’10. For my years have wasted away in sadness and my life is wasted in sighing. My

“’11. I am become a mockery for all my foes and my neighbours. |88. I am become a fright for my acquaintances, and they who saw me, are fled away from me.

“’12. I am forgotten in their heart as a corpse, and I have become as a ruined vessel. “’13. For I have heard the scorn of many who

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encompass me round about. Massing themselves together against me, they took counsel to take away my soul from me.

“’14. But I have trusted in thee, O Lord. I said: Thou art my God.

“’15. My lots are in thy hands. Save me from the hand of my foes and free me from my persecutors.

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