Pistis Sophia

“‘1. I cried unto thee, O Lord, in my oppression, and thou hearkenest unto me. “‘2. O Lord, save |101. my soul from unjust lips and from crafty tongues.

“‘3. What will be given unto thee or what will be added unto thee with a crafty tongue? “‘4. The arrows of the strong [one] are made sharp with the coal of the desert.

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“‘5. Woe unto me, that my dwelling is far off, and I dwelt in the tents of Kedar. “‘6. My soul hath dwelt in many regions as a guest.

“‘7. I was peaceful with them who hate peace; if I spake unto them, they fought against me without a cause.’

“This is now, therefore, O Lord, the solution of the tenth repentance of Pistis Sophia, which she hath uttered when the material emanations of Self-willed oppressed her, they and his lion-faced power, and when they oppressed her exceedingly.”

Jesus said unto him: “Well said, Peter, and finely. This is the solution of the tenth repentance of Pistis Sophia.”

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 this lion-faced power saw me, how I drew nigh unto Pistis Sophia, shining very exceedingly, that it grew still more furious and emanated from itself a multitude of exceedingly violent emanations. When this then befell, Pistis Sophia uttered the eleventh repentance, saying:

“‘1. Why hath the mighty power raised itself in evil?

“‘2. Its plotting taketh away the light from me all the time, and as sharp iron have they taken away power |102. from me.

“‘3. I chose to descend into the chaos rather than to abide in the thirteenth aeon, the region of Righteousness.

“‘4. And they desired to lead me craftily, in order to consume my whole light. “‘5. For this cause then will the Light take

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away their whole light, and also their whole matter will be made naught. And it will take away their light and not suffer them to abide in the thirteenth aeon, their dwelling-place, and will not have their name in the region of those who shall live.

“‘6. And the four-and-twenty emanations will see what hath befallen thee, O lion-faced power, and will be afraid and not be disobedient, but give the purification of their light.

power in it, and hath said: I will take away the light from Pistis Sophia, which will

“‘7. And they will see thee and will rejoice over thee and say: Lo, an emanation which hath not given the purification of its light, so that it may be saved, but boasted itself in the abundance of the light of its power, because it did not emanate from the

now be taken from it.’

“Now, therefore, let him in whom his power is raised, come forward and proclaim the solution of the eleventh repentance of Pistis Sophia.”

Then Salome came forward and said: “My Lord, concerning this thy light-power prophesied aforetime through David in the fifty-first Psalm, saying:

“‘1. Why doth the mighty [one] boast himself in |103. his wickedness?

“‘2. Thy tongue hath studied unrighteousness all the day long; as a sharp razor hast thou practised craft.

“‘3. Thou lovedst wickedness more than goodness; thou lovedst to speak unrighteousness more than righteousness.

“‘4. Thou lovedst all words of submerging and a crafty tongue. “‘5. Wherefor will God bring thee to naught

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utterly, and will uproot thee and drag thee out from thy dwelling-place, and will root out thy root and cast it away from the living. (Selah.)

“‘6. The righteous will see and be afraid, and they will mock at him and say:

“‘7. Lo, a man who made not God for his helper, but trusted to his great riches and was mighty in his vanity.

“‘8. But I am as a fruit-bearing olive-tree in the house of God. I have trusted in the grace of God from all eternity.

“‘9. And I will confess unto thee, for thou hast dealt faithfully with me; and I will wait on thy name, for it is auspicious in the presence of thy holy [ones].’

“This then is now, therefore, my Lord, the solution of the eleventh repentance of Pistis Sophia. While thy light-power hath roused me, I have spoken it according to thy desire.”

It came to pass then, when Jesus had heard these words which Salome spake, that he said: “Well said, Salome. Amen, amen, I say unto you: I will perfect you in all mysteries of the kingdom of the Light.”

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


And Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass then thereafter, that I drew near unto the chaos, shining very exceedingly, to take away the light from that lion-faced power. As I shone exceedingly, it was in fear and cried out to its self-willed god, that he should help it. And forthwith the

self-willed god looked out of the thirteenth aeon, and looked down into the chaos, exceedingly wrathful |105. and desiring to help his lion-faced power. And forthwith the lion-faced power, it

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fear, and uttered the twelfth repentance because of Self-willed and his emanations. She

and all its emanations, surrounded. Pistis Sophia, desiring to ‘take away the whole light in Sophia. It came to pass then, when they oppressed Sophia, that she cried to the height, crying unto me that I should help her. It came to pass then, when she looked to the height, that she saw Self-willed exceedingly wrathful, and she was in

cried on high unto me, saying:

“‘1. O Light, forget not my praise-singing.

“‘2. For Self-willed and his lion-faced power have opened their chops against me and have acted craftily against me.

“‘3. They have surrounded me, desiring to take away my power, and have hated me, because I have sung praises unto thee.

“‘4. Instead of loving me they slandered me. But I sang praises.

“‘5. They plotted a plot to take away my power, because I have sung to thee praises, O Light; and hated me, because I have loved thee.

“‘6. Let the darkness come over Self-willed, and let the ruler of the outermost darkness abide at his right hand.

“‘7. And when thou passest sentence, take from him his power; and the deed which he hath plotted, to take from me my light,–mayest thou take his from him.

“‘8. And may all his powers of his light in him finish, and let |106. another of the three triple-powers receive his sovereignty.

“‘9. May all the powers of his emanation be lightless and may his matter be without any light in it.

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“’10. May his emanations remain in the chaos and not dare to go to their region. May their light in them die away and let them not go to the thirteenth aeon, their region.

“’11. May the Receiver, the Purifier of the lights, purify all the lights which are in Self-willed, and take them from them.

“’12. May the rulers of the lower darkness rule over his emanations, and let no one give them shelter in his region; and let no one hearken to the power of his emanations in the chaos.

“’13. Let them take away the light in his emanations and blot out their name from the thirteenth aeon, yea rather take his name for ever out of that region.

“’14. And on the lion-faced power let them bring the sin of him who emanated it, before the Light, and not wipe out the iniquity of the matter which hath brought him [sc.

Self-willed] forth.

“’15. And may their sin be altogether before the Light eternally, and may they let them not look beyond [the chaos] and take their names out of all regions;

“’16. Because they have not spared me and have oppressed him whose light and |107.whose power they have taken away, and also conformably with those who set me therein, they desired to take away my whole light from me.

dwelling-place, and they shall not be taken thither from now on.

“’17. They loved to descend to the chaos; so let them abide therein, and they shall not be brought up [therefrom] from now on. They desired not the region of Righteousness for

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‘”18. He put on darkness as a garment, and it entered into him as water, and it entered in into all his powers as oil.

“’19. Let him wrap himself into the chaos as into a garment, and gird himself with the darkness as with a leathern girdle for ever.

“’20. Let this befall them who have brought this upon me for the Light’s sake and have

said: Let us take away her whole power.

“’21. But do thou, O Light, have mercy upon me for the sake of the mystery of thy name, and save me in the goodness of thy grace.

“’22. For they have taken away my light and my power; and my power hath inwardly tottered, and I could not stand upright in their midst.

“’23. I am become as matter which is fallen; I am tossed hither and thither as a demon in the air.

“’24. My power hath perished, because I possess no mystery; and my matter hath become dwindled because of my light, for they have taken it away.

“’25. And they mocked me; they looked at me, nodding at me. “’26. Help me according to thy mercy.’ |108.

“Now, therefore, let him whose spirit is ready, come forward and utter the solution of the twelfth repentance of Pistis Sophia.”

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


And Andrew came forward and said: “My Lord and Saviour, thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime through David concerning this repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, and said in the one-hundred-and-eighth Psalm:

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“‘2. For the mouths of the sinner and crafty have opened their chops against me and with crafty deceitful tongue have talked behind me.

“‘3. And they have surrounded me with words of hate and have fought against me without a cause.

“‘4. Instead of loving me they have slandered me. But I prayed. “‘5. They showed evil against me for good and hate for my love.

“‘6. Set a sinner over him, and let the slanderer stand at his right hand.

“‘7. When sentence is passed upon him, may he go forth condemned and his prayer become sin.

“‘8. May his days be shortened and another receive his overseership. “‘9. May his children become orphans and his wife a widow.

“’10. May his children be carried away and be driven forth and beg; may they be thrown out of their houses.

all his best efforts.

“’11. May the money-lender sift out all that he hath, |109. and may strangers plunder

“’12. Let there be no man to back him, and no one to take pity on his orphans.

“’13. May his children be exterminated and his name blotted out in a single generation. “’14. Let the sin of his fathers be remembered before the Lord, and the sin of his

mother be not blotted out.

“’15. Let them be ever present to the Lord and his memory be rooted out from the earth; “’16. In that he hath not thought of using

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mercy and hath persecuted a poor and wretched man and hath persecuted a sorry creature to slay him.

“’17. He loved cursing,–and it shall come unto him. He desired not blessing,–it shall stay far from him.

“’18. He clothed himself with cursing as with a vesture, and it entered into his bowels as water, and it was as oil in his bones.

“’19. May it be for him as a garment in which he shall be wrapped, and as a girdle with which he shall ever be girded.

“’20. This is the work of them who slander [me] before the Lord, and speak unlawfully against my soul.

“’21. But do thou, O Lord God, be gracious unto me; for thy name’s sake save me. “’22. For I am poor and I am wretched; my heart is tumult within me. |110.

“’23. I am carried away in the midst as a shadow which hath sunk down, and I am shaken out as grass-hoppers.

“’24. My knees have become weak from fasting, and my flesh is altered from [lack of] oil. “’25. But I have become a mock unto them; they saw me and wagged their heads.

“’26. Help, O Lord God, and save me according to thy grace.

“’27. May they know that this is thy hand, and that thou, O Lord, hast fashioned them.’ “This is then the solution of the twelfth repentance which Pistis Sophia uttered, when

she was in the chaos.”

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


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again thereafter that Pistis Sophia cried unto me, saying:

“O Light of lights, I have transgressed in the twelve aeons, and have descended from them; wherefor have I uttered the twelve repentances, [one] for each aeon. Now, therefore, O Light of lights, forgive me my transgression, for it is exceedingly great, because I have abandoned the regions of the height and have come to dwell in the regions of the chaos.’

repentance, saying:

“When then Pistis Sophia had said this, she continued again in the thirteenth

“‘1. Hearken unto me singing praises unto thee, O Light of lights. Hearken unto me

uttering the repentance for the thirteenth aeon, the region out of which I have come down, in order that the thirteenth repentance of the thirteenth aeon may be accomplished,–those [aeons] |111. which I have overstepped and out of which I have come down.

“‘2. Now, therefore, O Light of lights, hearken unto me singing praises unto thee in the thirteenth aeon, my region out of which I have come down.

“‘3. Save me, O Light, in thy great mystery and forgive my transgression in thy forgiveness.

“‘4. And give unto me the baptism and forgive my sins and purify me from my transgression.

“‘5. And my transgression is the lion-faced power, which will never be hidden from thee; for because of it have I gone down.

“‘6. And I alone among the invisibles, in whose regions I was, have transgressed, and have gone down into the chaos. Moreover I have

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transgressed, that thy commandment may be accomplished.’

“This then Pistis Sophia said. Now, therefore, let him whom his spirit urgeth to understand her words, come forward and proclaim her thought.”

Martha came forward and said: “My Lord, my spirit urgeth me to proclaim the solution of that which Pistis Sophia hath spoken; thy power hath prophesied aforetime concerning it through David in the fiftieth Psalm, saying thus:

“‘1. Be gracious unto me, O God, according to thy |112. great grace; according to the fulness of thy mercy blot out my sin.

“‘2. Wash me from my iniquity.

“‘3. And may my sin be ever present to thee,

“‘4. That thou mayest be justified in thy words and prevail when thou judgest me.’ “This is then the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

Jesus said unto her: “Well said, finely, Martha, blessed [one].”

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


And Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia had said these words, that the time was fulfilled that she should be led out of the chaos. And of myself, without the First Mystery, I despatched out of myself a light-power, and I sent it down to the chaos, so that it might lead Pistis Sophia forth from the deep regions of the chaos, and lead [her] to the higher regions of the chaos, until the command should come from the First Mystery that she should be led entirely forth out of the chaos. And my light-power led Pistis Sophia up to the higher regions

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