Pistis Sophia

And it came to pass, when Jesus had heard Mary speak these words, that he said: “Well said, Mary, inheritress of the Light.”

And Mary, the mother of Jesus, again came forward, fell down at his feet, kissed them and said: “My Lord, my son and my Saviour, be not wroth with me, but pardon me, that I may once more speak the solution of these words. ‘Grace and truth met together,’–it is I, Mary,

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thy mother, and Elizabeth, mother of John, whom I have met. |124. ‘Grace’ then is the power of Sabaoth in me, which went forth out of me, which thou art. Thou hast had mercy on the whole race of men. ‘Truth’ on the other hand is the power in Elizabeth, which is John, who did come and hath made proclamation concerning the way of Truth, which thou art,–who hath made proclamation before thee. And again, ‘Grace and truth met together,’–that is thou, my Lord, thou who didst meet John on the day when thou hadst to receive the baptism. And again thou and John are ‘Righteousness and peace kissed each other.’–‘Truth hath sprouted forth out of the earth, and righteousness looked down from heaven,’–this is, during the time when thou didst minister unto thyself, thou didst have the form of Gabriel, thou didst look down upon me from heaven and speak with me. And when thou hadst spoken with me, thou didst sprout up in me,–that is the ‘truth,’ that is the power of Sabaoth, the Good, which is in thy material body, that is the ‘truth’ which ‘sprouted up out of the earth.'”

said: “Well said, and finely. This is the solution of all the words concerning which my

It came to pass then, when Jesus had heard his mother Mary speak these words, that he light-power hath prophesied aforetime through the prophet David.”

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|125.(Now these are the names which I will give from the Boundless onward. Write them with a sign, that the Sons of God may be revealed from here on.

This is the name of the Immortal: aaa, ooo; and this is the name of the Voice, for the sake of which the Perfect Man hath set himself in motion: iii. And these are the interpretations of the names of these mysteries: the first [name], which is aaa, its interpretation is fff; the second, which is mmm or ooo, its interpretation is aaa; the third, which is ps ps ps, its interpretation is ooo; the fourth, which is fff, its interpretation is nnn; the fifth, which is ddd, its interpretation is aaa. He on the throne is aaa. This is the interpretation of the second: aaaa, aaaa, aaaa; this is the interpretation of the whole name.)

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THE SECOND BOOK OF PISTIS SOPHIA

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JOHN also came forward and said: “O Lord, bid me also speak the solution of the words which thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime through David.”

And Jesus answered and said unto John: “To thee too, John, I give commandment to speak the solution of the words which my light-power hath prophesied through David:

“’10. Grace and truth met together, and righteousness and peace kissed each other. “’11. Truth hath sprouted forth out of the earth, and righteousness looked down from

heaven.'”

And John answered and said: “This is the word which thou hast said unto us aforetime: ‘I have come out of the Height and entered into Sabaoth, the Good, and embraced the light-power in him.’ Now, therefore, ‘Grace and truth’ which ‘met together,’–thou art ‘grace,’ thou who art sent out of the regions of the Height through thy Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, in that he hath sent thee, |127. that thou mayest have mercy on the whole world. ‘Truth’ on the other hand is the power of

[p. 107] [paragraph continues] Sabaoth, the Good, which bound itself in thee and which thou hast cast forth to the Left,–thou the First Mystery which looketh without. And the little Sabaoth, the Good, took it and cast it forth into the matter of Barbelo, and he made proclamation concerning the regions of Truth to all the regions of those of the Left. That matter of Barbelo then it is which is body for thee to-day.

became righteous and good.

“And ‘righteousness and peace’ which ‘kissed each other,’–‘righteousness’ then art thou who didst bring all the mysteries through thy Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, and hast baptized this power of Sabaoth, the Good; and thou didst go to the region of the rulers and didst give unto them the mysteries of the Height; they

“‘Peace’ on the other hand is the power of Sabaoth, that is thy soul, which did enter into the matter of Barbelo, and all the rulers of the six aeons of Yabraoth have made peace with the mystery of the Light.

“And ‘truth’ which ‘sprouted forth out of the earth,’–it is the power of Sabaoth, the Good, which came out of the region of the Right, which lieth outside the Treasury of the Light., and which hath come into the region of those of the Left; |128. it hath entered into the matter of Barbelo, and hath made proclamation concerning the mysteries of the region of Truth.

“‘Righteousness’ on the other hand which ‘looked down from heaven,’ is thou the First Mystery which looketh down without, as thou didst come out of the spaces of the Height with the mysteries of the Light-kingdom; and thou

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didst come down upon the light-vesture which thou didst receive from the hand of Barbelo, which [vesture] is Jesus, our Saviour, in that thou didst come down upon him as a dove.”

It came to pass then, when John had brought forward these words, that the First Mystery which looketh without, said unto -him: “Well said, John, beloved brother.”

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The First Mystery again continued and said: “It came to pass, therefore, that the power which had come out of the Height, that is I, in that my Father sent me to save Pistis Sophia out of the chaos, [that] I, therefore, and also the power which did go from me, and the soul which I had received from Sabaoth, the Good,–they drew towards one another and become a single light-stream, which shone very exceedingly. I called down Gabriel and Michael out of the aeons, at the command of my Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, and I gave unto them the light-stream and let them go down into the chaos |129. to help Pistis Sophia and to take the light-powers, which the emanations of Self-willed had taken from her, from them and give them to Pistis Sophia.

“And straightway, when they had brought down the light-stream into the chaos, it shone most exceedingly in the whole of the chaos, and spread itself over all their regions. And when the emanations of Self-willed had seen the great light of that stream, they were terror-stricken one with the other. And that stream drew forth out of them all the light-powers which they had taken from Pistis Sophia, and the emanations of Self-willed could not dare to lay hold of that light-stream

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in the dark chaos; nor could they lay hold of it with the art of Self-willed, who ruleth over the emanations.

“And Gabriel and Michael led the light-stream over the body of the matter of Pistis Sophia and poured into her all the light-powers which they had taken from her. And the body of her matter became shining throughout, and all the powers also in her, whose light they had taken away, took light and ceased to lack their light, for they got their light which had been taken from them, because the light was given them through me. And Michael and Gabriel, who ministered and had brought the light-stream |130. into the chaos, will give them the mysteries of the Light; it is they to whom the

light-stream was entrusted, which I have given unto them and brought into the chaos. And Michael and Gabriel have taken no light for themselves from the lights of Sophia, which they had taken from the emanations of Self-willed.

light-powers, which it had taken from the emanations of Self-willed, that she became

“It came to pass then, when the light-stream had ingathered into Pistis Sophia all her

shining throughout; and the light-powers also in Pistis Sophia, which the emanations of Self-willed had not taken, became joyful again and filled themselves with light. And the lights which were poured into Pistis Sophia, quickened the body of her matter, in which no light was present, and which was on the point of perishing or perished. And they raised up all her powers which were on the point of being dissolved. And they took unto themselves a light-power and became again as they

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were before, and they increased again in their sense of the Light. And all the

light-powers of Sophia knew themselves mutually through my light-stream and were saved through the light of that stream. And my light-stream, when. it had taken away the lights from the emanations of Self-willed, which they had taken away from |131. Pistis Sophia, poured them into Pistis Sophia, and turned itself about and went up out of the chaos.”

When then the First Mystery said this to the disciples, that it had befallen Pistis Sophia in the chaos, he answered and said unto them: “Understand ye in what manner I discourse with you?”

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Peter came forward and said: “My Lord, concerning the solution of the words which thou hast spoken, thus hath thy light-power prophesied aforetime through Solomon in his Odes:

“‘1. A stream came forth and became a great wide flood.

“‘2. It tore away all to itself and turned itself against the temple.

“‘3. Dams and buildings could not hold it, nor could the art of them who hold the waters. “‘4. It was led over the whole land and laid hold of all.

“‘5. They who were on the dry sand, drank; their thirst was quieted and quenched, when the draught from the hand of the Highest was given.

“‘6. Blessed are the ministers of that draught, to whom the water of the Lord is entrusted.

“‘7. They have refreshed parched lips; they whose power was taken away, have gotten joy of heart and they have laid hold of souls, having

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poured in the breath, so that they should not die.

“‘8. They have raised up limbs which were fallen; they have given power to their openness and light unto their eyes.

“‘9. For they all have known themselves in the Lord and are saved through the water of Life eternal.’

“Hearken, therefore, my Lord, that I may set forth the word in openness. As thy |132. power hath prophesied through Solomon: ‘A stream came forth and became a great wide flood,’–this is: The light-stream hath spread itself out in the chaos over all the regions of the emanations of Self-willed.

emanations of Self-willed, which they had taken from Pistis Sophia, and poured them

“And again the word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘It tore away all to itself and led it over the temple,’–that is: It drew all the light-powers out of the

anew into Pistis Sophia.

“And again the word thy power hath spoken: ‘The dams and buildings could not hold

it,’–that is: The emanations of Self-willed could not hold the light-stream within the walls of the darkness of the chaos.

“And again the word which it hath spoken: It was led over the whole land and filled all,’–that is: When Gabriel and Michael had led it over the body of Pistis Sophia, they poured into her all the lights which the emanations of Self-willed had taken from her, and the body of her matter shone.

“And the word which it hath spoken: ‘They who were in the dry sand, drank,’–that is: [p. 112]

All in Pistis Sophia whose light had before been taken away, got light.

“And the word which it hath spoken: ‘Their thirst was quieted |133. and

quenched,’–that is: Her powers ceased to lack the light, because their light, which had been taken from them, was given them [again].

“And again as thy power hath spoken: ‘The draught through the Highest was given them,’–that is: The light was given unto them through the light-stream, which came forth out of thee, the First Mystery.”

“And as thy power hath spoken: ‘Blessed are the ministers of that draught,’–this is the word which thou hast spoken: ‘Michael and Gabriel, who have ministered, have brought the light-stream into the chaos and also led it forth again. They will give them the mysteries of the Light of the Height, they to whom the light-stream is entrusted.’

“And again as thy power hath spoken: ‘They have refreshed parched lips,’–that is: Gabriel and Michael have not taken for themselves from the lights of Pistis Sophia, which they had spoiled from the emanations of Self-willed, but they have poured them into Pistis Sophia.

“And again the word which it hath spoken:

They whose power was taken away, have gotten joy of heart,’–that is: All the other powers of Pistis Sophia, which the emanations of Self-willed have not taken, are become exceedingly merry and have filled themselves with light from their light-fellows, for these have poured it into them. |134.

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the breath, so that they should not die,’–that is: When they had poured the lights into Pistis Sophia, they quickened the body of her matter, from which they had before taken its lights, and which was on the point of perishing.

“And again the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘They have raised up limbs which were fallen, or that they should not fall,’–that is: When they poured into her her lights, they raised up all her powers which were on the point of being dissolved.

“And again as thy light-power hath spoken: They have received again their light and have become as they were before ‘; and again the word which it hath spoken: ‘They have given light unto their eyes,’–that is: They have received sense in the Light and known the light-stream, that it belongeth to the Height.

“And again the word which it hath spoken: ‘They all have known themselves in the Lord,’–that is: All the powers of Pistis Sophia have known one another through the light-stream.

eternal,’–that is: They are saved through the whole light-stream.

“And again the word which it hath spoken: ‘They are saved through water of Life

“And again the word which it hath spoken: ‘The light-stream tore all to itself and drew it over the temple,’–that is: When the light-stream had taken all the light-powers of Pistis Sophia and had spoiled them from the emanations of Self-willed, it poured them into Pistis Sophia |135. and turned itself about and went out of the chaos and came over thee,–thou who art the temple.

“This is the solution of all the words which [p. 114]

thy light-power hath spoken through the Ode of Solomon.”

It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had heard Peter speak these words, that he said unto him: “Well said, blessed Peter. This is the solution of the words which have been spoken.”

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