Pistis Sophia

“And the word which thy light-power hath spoken through David: ‘He will give commandment to his angels on thy behalf, that they guard thee on all thy ways and bear thee on their hands, that thou mayest never strike with thy foot against a stone,’–it is again thy word: Thou hast given commandment to Gabriel and Michael, that they guide Pistis Sophia in all the regions of the chaos, until they lead her forth and that they uplift her on their hands, so that her feet do not touch the darkness beneath, and [that] on the other hand they of the lower darkness do not seize hold of her.

“And the word which thy light-power hath spoken through David: ‘Thou wilt tread on serpent and basilisk and tread on lion and dragon; because he hath trusted in me, I will save him and I will overshadow him, because he hath known my name,’–that is the word: When Pistis Sophia was on the point of coming forth out of the chaos, she trod on the emanations of Self-willed, and she

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trod on the serpent-faced ones and on the basilisk-faced ones, which have seven heads; and she trod on the lion-faced power and on the dragon-faced one. Because she had had faith in the Light, is she saved from all of them.

“This, my Lord, is the solution of the words which thou hast spoken.”

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

CHAPTER 68

It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had heard these words, that he said: “Well said, James, |148. beloved one.”

And the First Mystery continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass, when I had led Pistis Sophia out of the chaos, that she cried out again and said:

“‘1. I am saved out of the chaos and loosed from the bonds of the darkness. I am come unto thee, O Light.

“‘2. For thou wert light on all sides of me, saving me and helping me.

through thy light, and they could not come nigh me; for thy light was with me and saved

“‘3. And the emanations of Self-willed, which fought against me, thou hast hindered me through thy light-stream.

“‘4. Because in sooth the emanations of Self-willed constrained me, they took from me my power and cast me out into the chaos with no light in me. So I became as

heavy-weighing matter in comparison with them.

“‘5. And thereafter came a light-stream unto me through thee which saved me; it shone on my left and on my right and surrounded me on all sides of me, so that no part of me was without light.

“‘6. And thou hast covered me with the light [p. 125]

of thy stream and purged from me all my evil matters; and I shall be relieved of all my matters because of thy light.

“‘7. And it is thy light-stream which hath raised me up and taken from me the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me.

“‘8. And I |149. have become sure-trusting in thy light and purified light in thy stream. “‘9. And the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me, have withdrawn themselves

from me; and I shone in thy great power, for thou savest for ever.’

“This is the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, when she came forth out of the chaos and was freed from the bonds of the chaos. Now, therefore, who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

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

CHAPTER 69

It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had finished saying these words unto his disciples, that Thomas came forward, and said: “My Lord, my light-dweller hath ears and my mind hath understood the words which thou hast said. Now, therefore, give commandment unto me to set forth clearly the solution of the words.”

And the First Mystery answered and said unto Thomas: “I give thee commandment to set forth the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia sang unto me.”

Thomas answered and said: “My Lord, concerning the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, because she was saved out of the chaos, thy light-power prophesied aforetime thereon through Solomon, the son of David, in his Odes:

“‘1. I am saved |150. from the bonds and am fled unto thee, O Lord. [p. 126]

“‘2. For thou hast been on my right hand, saving me and helping me.

“‘3. Thou hast hindered my adversaries and they have not been revealed, because thy face was with me, saving me in thy grace.

sight.

“‘4. I was despised in the sight of many and cast out; I have become as lead in their

“‘5. Through thee I have gotten a power which helped me; for thou hast set lamps on my right and on my left, so that no side of me may be without light.

“‘6. Thou hast overshadowed me with the shadow of thy grace, and I was relieved of the coats of skin.

“‘7. It is thy right hand which hath raised me up, and thon hast taken the sickness

from me.

“‘8. I have become powerful in thy truth and purified in thy righteousness.

“‘9. My adversaries have withdrawn themselves from me, and I am justified by thy goodness, for thy rest endureth unto all eternity.’

“This then, my Lord, is the solution of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, when she was saved out of the chaos. Hearken, therefore, that I may say it in openness.

“The word then which thy light-power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘I am saved from the bonds and am fled unto thee, O Lord,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘I am loosed from the bonds of the darkness and am come unto thee, O Light.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Thou wert on my right hand, saving |151. and helping me,’–it is again the word which Pistis Sophia

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hath spoken: ‘Thou art become a light on all sides of me, [saving me] and helping me.’ “And the word which thy light-power hath spoken: ‘Thou hast hindered my adversaries and

they have not been revealed,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And the emanations of Self-willed which fought against me, thou hast hindered through thy light, and they could not come nigh me.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Thy face was with me, saving me in thy grace,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘Thy light was with me, saving me in thy light-stream.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘I was despised in the sight of many and cast out,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken:

The emanations of Self-willed constrained me and took my power from me, and I have been despised before them and cast out into the chaos, with no light in me.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken:

I have become as lead in their sight,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘When they had taken my light from me, I became as heavy-weighing matter before them.’

“And moreover the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Through thee |152. I have gotten a power for me which helped me,’–it is again the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And thereafter came a light-power unto me through thee which saved me.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Thou hast set lamps on my right and on my left, so that no side of me may be without light,’–it

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is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken:

‘Thy power shone on my right and on my left and surrounded me on all sides of me, so that no part of me was without light.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken:

‘Thou hast overshadowed me with the shadow of thy grace,’–it is again the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And thou hast covered me with the light of the stream.’

evil matters, and I raised myself above them in thy light.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: I was relieved of the coats of skin,’–it is again the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And they have purified me of all my

“And the word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘It is thy right hand which

hath raised me up, and hath taken the sickness from me,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And it is thy light-stream which hath raised me up in thy light and hath taken from me the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me.’ |153.

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘I have become powerful in thy truth and purified in thy righteousness,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘I have become powerful in thy light and purified light in thy stream.’

And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘My adversaries have withdrawn themselves from me,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘The emanations of

Self-willed which constrained me, have withdrawn themselves from me.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘And I am justified in thy [p. 129]

goodness, for thy rest endureth unto all eternity,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘I am saved in thy goodness; for thou savest every one.’

“This then, O my Lord, is the whole solution of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, when she was saved out of the chaos and loosed from the bonds of the darkness.”

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

CHAPTER 70

It came to pass then when the First Mystery had heard Thomas say these words, that he said unto him: “Well said, finely, Thomas, blessed one. This is the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

And the First Mystery continued again and said unto the disciples: “And Pistis Sophia continued and sang praises unto me, saying:

“‘1. I sing a song unto thee; |154. through thy commandment hast thou led me down out of the higher aeon which is above, and hast led me up to the regions which are below.

“‘2. And again through thy commandment thou hast saved me out of the regions which are below, and through thee hast thou taken there the matter in my light-powers, and I have seen it.

“‘3. And thou hast scattered far from me the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me and were hostile to me, and hast bestowed power on me to loose myself from the bonds of the emanations of Adamas.

“‘4. And thou hast smitten the basilisk with the seven heads and cast it out with my hands and hast set me above its matter. Thou hast destroyed it, so that its seed may not raise itself up from now on.

“‘5. And thou Wert with me, giving me power [p. 130]

in all this, and thy light surrounded me in all regions, and through thee hast thou made all the emanations of Self-willed powerless.

“‘6. For thou hast taken the power of their light from them and made straight my way to lead me out of the chaos.

“‘7. And thou hast removed me from the material darknesses and taken from them all my powers, from which the light had been taken.

no light, thou hast given purified light from the Light of the Height.

“‘8. Thou hast put into them purified light and unto all my limbs, |155. in which was

“‘9. And thou hast made straight the way for them [sc. my limbs], and the light of thy face hath become for me life indestructible.

“’10. Thou hast led me forth above the chaos, the region of chaos and extermination, in order that all the matters in it which are in that region, might be unloosed and all my powers be renewed in thy light, and thy light be in them all.

“’11. Thou hast deposited the light of thy stream in me and I am become purified light.’ “This again is the second song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. Who then hath

understood this repentance, let him come forward and speak it.”

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

CHAPTER 71

It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had finished saying these words, that Matthew came forward and said: “I have understood the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. Now, therefore, give commandment unto me, that I speak it in openness.”

And the First Mystery answered and said: “I give commandment unto thee, Matthew, to [p. 131]

set forth the interpretation of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

And Matthew answered and said: “Concerning the interpretation of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, thus thy light-power prophesied aforetime thereon through the Ode of Solomon:

out of |156. the regions which are in the bottom below.

“‘1. He who hath led me down out of the higher regions which are above, hath led me up

“‘2. Who hath there taken those in the midst, he hath taught me concerning them.

“‘3. Who hath scattered my foes and my adversaries, he hath bestowed power on me over the bonds, to unloose them.

“‘4. Who hath smitten the serpent with the seven heads with my hands, he hath set me up above its root, that I may extinguish its seed.

“‘5. And thou wert with me, helping me; in all regions thy name surrounded me.

“‘6. Thy right hand hath destroyed the venom of the slanderer; thy hand hath cleared the way for thy faithful.

“‘7. Thou hast freed them out of the tombs and hast removed them from the midst of the corpses.

“‘8. Thou hast taken dead bones and hast clothed them with a body and to them who stirred not, hast thou given the activity of life.

“‘9. Thy way is become indestructibleness and thy face [also].

“’10. Thou hast led thy aeon above decay, so that they all may be loosed and renewed and thy light become a foundation for them all.

“’11. Thou hast piled thy riches upon them and they have become a holy dwelling-place.’ [p. 132]

“This then, my Lord, is the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. Hearken, therefore, that I may say it in openness.

“The word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘Who hath led me down out of the higher regions which are above, he hath also led me up out of the regions which are in the bottom below,’–it is the |157. word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘I sing praises unto thee; through thy commandment hast thou led me down out of this higher aeon which is above, and hast led me to the regions below. And again through thy commandment thou hast saved me and led me up out of the regions which are below.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘Who hath there taken those in the midst and hath taught me concerning them,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophis hath spoken: ‘And again through thy commandment hast thou caused the matter in the midst of my power to be purified, and I have seen it.’

“And moreover the word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘Who hath scattered my foes and my adversaries,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘Thou hast scattered far from me all the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me and were hostile to me.’

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