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against thee, to take from thee thy light, in order that he may send it down into the chaos and it may get down to that emanation of his, so that it may be able to come up out of the chaos and go to his region. Adamas will attempt this. But I will take all thy powers from him and give them unto thee, and I will come to take them. Now, therefore, if they constrain thee at that time, then sing praises to the Light, and I will not delay to help thee. And I will quickly come unto thee to the regions which are below thee. And I will come down to their regions to take their light from them. And I will come to this region whither I have removed thee, and which is below the thirteenth

|169. aeon, until I bring thee to thy region whence thou art come.’

“It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia had heard me say these words unto her, that she rejoiced with great joy. But I removed her to the region which is below the thirteenth aeon. I went to the Light and departed from her.”

And all these adventures the First Mystery told to the disciples, that they should come to pass for Pistis Sophia. And he sat on the Mount of Olives, narrating all these adventures in the midst of the disciples. And he continued again and said unto them: “And it came to pass again after this, while I was in the world of men and sat in the way, that is in this region which is the Mount of Olives, before my vesture was sent unto me, which I had deposited in the four-and-twentieth mystery from the interior, but the first from the exterior, which is the Great Uncontainable, in which I am enwrapped, and before I had gone to the Height to receive my second vesture,–

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while I sat with you in this region, which is the Mount of Olives, that the time was completed of which I had said to Pistis Sophia: ‘Adamas and all his rulers will constrain thee.’

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harass Pistis Sophia. And he made a dark region in his region, so as to constrain

“It came to pass then, when that time came on,–and I was in the world of men, |170. sitting with you in this region, which is the Mount of Olives,–that Adamas looked down out of the twelve aeons and looked down at the regions of the chaos and saw his demon power which is in the chaos, that no light at all was in it, because I had taken its light from it; and he saw it, that it was dark and could not go to his region, that is to the twelve moons. Thereon Adamas again remembered Pistis Sophia and became most exceedingly wroth against her, thinking that it was she who had imprisoned his power in the chaos, and thinking that it was she who had taken its light from it. And he was exceedingly embittered; he piled wrath on wrath and emanated out of himself a dark emanation and another, chaotic and evil, the violent [one], so as through them to

Sophia therein. And he took many of his rulers; they pursued after Sophia, in order that the two dark emanations which Adamas had emanated, might lead her into the dark chaos which he had made, and constrain her in that region and harass her, until they should take her whole light from her, and Adamas should take the light from Pistis Sophia and give it to the two dark violent emanations, and they should carry it to the great chaos which is below and dark, |171. and cast it into his dark power which is chaotic, if perchance it might be able to come to his

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region, because it had become exceedingly dark, for I had taken its light-power from it. “It came to pass then, when they pursued after Pistis Sophia, that she cried out again

and sang praises to the Light, since I had said unto her: ‘If thou shalt be constrained and singest praises unto me, I will come quickly and help thee.’ It came to pass then, when she was constrained,–and I sat with you in this region, that is on the Mount of Olives,–that she sang praises to the Light, saying:

“‘1. O Light of lights, I have had faith in thee. Save me from all these rulers who pursue after me, and help me,

“‘2. That in sooth they may never take from me my light, as the lion-faced power [did]. For thy light is not with me and thy light-stream to save me. Nay, Adamas is the more enraged against me, saying unto me: Thou hast imprisoned my power in the chaos.

“‘3. Now, therefore, O Light of lights, if I have done this and have imprisoned it, if I have done any injustice at all to that power,

“‘4. Or if I have constrained it, as it hath constrained me, then let all these rulers who pursue after me, take my light from me and leave me empty;

“‘5. And let foe Adamas pursue after my power and seize upon it and take my light from

me and cast it into his dark power which is in the chaos, and keep my power in the chaos.

“‘6. Now, therefore, O Light, lay hold on me in thy wrath and lift up thy power above my foes who have lifted themselves up against me to the very end.

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“‘7. Quicken me quickly, as thou hast said unto me: I will help thee.’

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It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had finished saying these words unto the disciples, that he said: “Who hath understood the words which I have spoken, let him come forward and set forth their solution.”

James came forward and said: “My Lord, concerning this song which Pistis Sophia hath sung, thus thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime through David in the seventh Psalm:

“‘1. O Lord, my God, in thee have I hoped. Free me from my pursuers and save me, “‘2. That in sooth he may never steal away my soul as a lion, without any one to

deliver and save.

“‘3. O Lord, my God, if I have done this, if injustice is on my hands,

through my foes.

“‘4. If I have requited those who requite me with evil, then let me fall down empty

“‘5. And let the foe pursue after my soul and seize it, and trample my life to the

ground and lay my honour in the dust. (Selah.)

“‘6. Arise, O Lord, in thy wrath, raise thyself up for the end of my foes. “‘7. Arise according to the commandment which thou hast commanded.'” |173.

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

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And the First Mystery continued again and said unto the disciples: “It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia had finished uttering the words of this song, that she turned herself back

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to see whether Adamas and his rulers had turned back to go to their aeon. And she saw them, how they pursued after her. Then she turned unto them and said unto them:

“‘1. Why pursue ye after me and say: I should not have help, that it [sc. the Light] should save me from you?

“‘2. Now, therefore, my vindicator is the Light and a strong [one]; but it is

long-suffering until the time of which it hath said unto me: I will come and help thee. And it will not bring its wrath upon you always. But this is the time of which he hath spoken unto me.

“‘3. Now, therefore, if ye turn not back and cease not to pursue after me, then will the Light make ready its power, and it will make itself ready in all its powers.

“‘4. And in its power hath it made itself ready, so that it may take your lights which are in you, and ye may become dark; and its power hath brought it to pass, so that it may take your power from you and ye go to ground.’

“And when Pistis Sophia had said this, she looked at the region of Adamas and saw the dark and chaotic region |174. which he had made, and saw also the two dark exceedingly violent emanations which Adamas had emanated, in order that they might seize Pistis Sophia and cast her down into the chaos which he had made, and constrain and harass her in that region, until they should take her light from her. It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia had seen those two dark emanations and the dark region which Adamas had made, that she feared and cried unto the Light, saying:

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“‘1. O Light, lo! Adamas, the doer of violence, is wrathful; he hath made a dark emanation,

“‘2. And he hath also emanated another chaos and hath made another dark and chaotic [one] and made it ready.

“‘3. Now, therefore, O Light, the chaos which he hath made, in order to cast me down therein and take from me my light-power, take then from him his own.

“‘4. And the plan which he hath devised, to take my light,–they are to take his own from him; and the injustice which he hath spoken, to take my lights from me,–take then all of his.’

Pistis Sophia [hath uttered] in her song.”

“These are the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered in her song. Now, therefore, who is sober in spirit, let him come forward and set forth the solution of the words which

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Martha again came forward and said: “My Lord, |175. I am sober in my spirit and understand the words which thou sayest. Now, therefore, give me commandment to set forth their solution in openness.”

And the First Mystery answered and said unto Martha: “I give thee commandment, Martha, to set forth the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered in her song.”

And Martha answered and said: “My Lord, these are the words which thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime through David in the seventh Psalm, saying:

“’12. God is a righteous vindicator and strong and long-suffering, who bringeth not on his wrath every day.

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“’13. If ye turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow and made it ready. “’14. And he hath made ready for him instruments of death; he hath made his arrows for

those who will be burnt up.

“’15. Behold, injustice hath been in labour, hath conceived wrong and brought forth iniquity.

“’16. It hath digged a pit and hollowed it out. It will fall into the hole which it hath made.

“’17. Its wrong will return on its own head, and its injustice will come down on its pate.'”

When Martha had said this, the First Mystery which looketh without, said unto her: “Well said, finely, Martha, blessed [one].”

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It came to pass then, when Jesus had finished telling his disciples all the adventures which had befallen Pistis Sophia when she was in the chaos, and the way |176. she had sung praises to the Light, that it should save her and lead her out of the chaos, and lead her into the twelve aeons, and also the way it had saved her out of all her afflictions with which the rulers of the chaos had constrained her, because she longed to go to the Light, that Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass then after all this, that I took Pistis Sophia and led her into the thirteenth aeon, shining most exceedingly, there being no measure for the light which was about me. I entered into the region of the four-and-twenty invisibles, shining most exceedingly. And they fell into great commotion; they looked and saw Sophia, who was with me. Her they knew, but me they knew not, who I was, but held me for some sort of emanation of the Light-land.

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the midst of the |177. invisibles, and in their midst sang praises unto me, saying:

“It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia saw her fellows, the invisibles, that she rejoiced in great joy and exulted exceedingly and desired to proclaim the wonders which I had wrought on her below in the earth of mankind, until I saved her. She came into

“‘1. I will give thanks unto thee, O Light, for thou art a saviour; thou art a deliverer for all time.

“‘2. I will utter this song to the Light, for it hath saved me and saved me out of the hand of the rulers, my foes.

“‘3. And thou hast preserved me in all the regions, thou hast saved me out of the height and the depth of the chaos and out of the aeons of the rulers of the sphere.

“‘4. And when I was come out of the Height, I wandered round in regions in which is no light, and I could not return to the thirteenth aeon, my dwelling-place.

“‘5. For there was no light in me nor power. My power was utterly weakened (?).

“‘6. And the Light saved me in all my afflictions. I sang praises unto the Light, and it hearkened unto me, when I was constrained.

“‘7. It guided me in the creation of the aeons to lead me up into the thirteenth aeon, my dwelling-place.

“‘8. I will give thanks unto thee, O Light, that thou hast saved me, and for thy wondrous works unto the race of men.

“‘9. When I failed of my power, thou hast given me power; and when I failed of my light, thou didst fill me with purified light.

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“’10. I was in the darkness and in the shadow of the chaos, bound with the mighty fetters of the chaos, and no light was in me.

“’11. For I have provoked the commandment of the Light and have transgressed, and I have made wroth the commandment of the Light, because I had gone out of my region.

“’12. And when I |178. had gone down, I failed of my light and became without light, and no one had helped me.

“’13. And in my affliction I sang praises unto the Light, and it saved me out of my afflictions.

“’14. And it hath also broken asunder all my bonds and led me up out of the darkness and the affliction of the chaos.

“’15. I will give thanks unto thee, O Light, that thou hast saved me and that thy wondrous works have been wrought in the race of men.

the chaos.

“’16. And thou hast shattered the upper gates of the darkness and the mighty bolts of

“’17. And thou didst let me depart out of the region in which I had transgressed, and my light was taken, because I have transgressed.

“’18. And I ceased from my mysteries and went down to the gates of the chaos.

“’19. And when I was constrained, I sang praises to the Light. It saved me out of all my afflictions.

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