Pistis Sophia

It came to pass, when Jesus had heard Mary say these words, that the Saviour answered in great compassion towards her and said unto her: “Question concerning what thou desirest to question, and I will reveal it unto thee with precision and certainty and without similitude.”

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It came to pass then, when Mary had heard the Saviour say these words, that she rejoiced with great joy and exulted exceedingly and said unto Jesus: “My Lord, by how much

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greatness then is the second Helper greater than the first Helper? By how much distance is he distant from him, or rather how many times more does he shine than the latter?”

Jesus answered and said unto Mary in the midst of the disciples: “Amen, amen, I say unto you: The second Helper is distant from the first Helper in great immeasurable distance in regard to the height above and the depth below and the length and the breadth. For he is exceedingly distant from him in great immeasurable distance through the angels and all the archangels and through the gods and all the invisibles. And he is very considerably greater than the latter in an incalculable measure |201. through the angels and archangels and through the gods and all the invisibles. And he shineth more than the latter in an utterly immeasurable measure, there being no measure for the light in which he is, and no measure for him through angels and archangels and through the gods and all the invisibles, as I have already said unto you at another time.

invisibles, as I have already said unto you at another time. And I will tell unto you

“In like manner also the third Helper and fourth and fifth Helper,–one is greater than the other . . . and shineth more than the latter and is distant from him in a great immeasurable distance through the angels and archangels and the gods and all the

also the type of every one [of them] at their expansion.”

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It came to pass then, when Jesus had finished saying these words unto his disciples,

that Mary Magdalene came forward again, continued and said unto Jesus: “My Lord, in what type will

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be those who have received the mystery of the Light, in the midst of the last Helper?” And Jesus answered and said unto Mary in the midst of the disciples: “They who have

received the mystery of the Light, if they come out of the body of the matter of the rulers, then will every one be in his order according to the mystery which he hath received. Those who have received the higher mysteries, will abide in the higher order; those who have received the lower mysteries will be in the lower orders. In a word, up to what region every one hath received mysteries, there will he abide in his order in the Inheritance of the Light. For which cause I have said unto you aforetime: ‘Where your heart is, there will your treasure be,’–that is up to what region every one hath received mysteries, there shall he be.”

It came to pass, when Jesus had finished saying these words unto his disciples, that John came forward and said unto Jesus: “My Lord and my Saviour, give me also commandment that I discourse before thee, and be not wroth with me if I question concerning all with precision and certainty; for thou, my Lord, hast promised me in a promise to make revelation unto us of all concerning which I shall question thee. Now, therefore, my Lord, hide nothing from us at all in the matter on which we shall question thee.”

And Jesus answered in great compassion and said unto John: “To thee also, blessed John, and beloved, I give commandment to speak the word which pleaseth thee, and I will reveal it unto thee face to face without similitude, and I

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will say unto thee |203. all on which thou wilt question me with precision and certainty.”

And John answered and said unto Jesus: “My Lord, will then every one abide in the region up to which he hath received the mysteries, and hath he no power to go. into other orders which are above him; and hath he no power to go into the orders which are below him?”

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And Jesus answered and said unto John: “Finely indeed do ye question on all with precision and certainty. But now, therefore, John, hearken that I may discourse with thee. Every one who hath received mysteries of the Light, will abide in the region up to which every one hath received mysteries, and he hath not the power to go into the height into the orders which are above him.

“So that he who hath received mysteries in the first Commandment, hath the power to go into the orders which are below him, that is into all the orders of the third [?]

space; but he hath not the power to go into the height to the orders which are above him.

“And he who shall receive the mysteries of the First Mystery, which is the

four-and-twentieth mystery from without and the head of the first space which is without,–he hath the power to go into all the orders which are without him; but he hath not the power to go into the regions which are above him or to pass through them.

mysteries, |204. every one will go into the region in which he hath received mysteries,

“And of those who have received the mysteries in the orders of the four-and-twenty and he will have the

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power to pass through all the orders and spaces which are without him; but he hath not the power to go into the higher orders which are above him or to pass through them.

“And he who hath received mysteries in the orders of the First Mystery which is in the third space, hath the power to go into all the lower orders which are below him and to pass through all; but on the other hand he hath not the power to go into the regions which are above him or to pass through them.

“And he who hath received mysteries of the first Thrice-spiritual, which ruleth over the four-and-twenty mysteries all together which rule over the space of the First Mystery, of whose region at the expansion of the universe I will tell you–he, therefore, who shall receive the mystery of that Thrice-spiritual, hath the power to go down into all orders which are below him; but he hath not the power to go into the height into the orders which are above him, that is into all the orders of the space of the Ineffable.

“And he who hath received the mystery of the second Thrice-spiritual, hath the power to go into all the orders of the first Thrice-spiritual |205. and to pass through them all and all their orders which are in them; but he hath not the power to go into the higher orders of the third Thrice-spiritual.

“And he who hath received the mystery of the third Thrice-spiritual, which ruleth over the three Thrice-spirituals and the three spaces of the First Mystery all together, [hath the power to go into all the orders which are below him]; but he hath not the power to go into the height

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into the orders which are above. him, that is into the orders of the space of the Ineffable.

“And he who hath received the master-mystery of the First Mystery of the Ineffable, that is the twelve mysteries of the First Mystery all together, which rule over all the spaces of the First Mystery, he, therefore, who shall receive that mystery, hath the power to pass through all the orders of the spaces of the three Thrice-spirituals and the three spaces of the First Mystery and all their orders, and hath the power to pass through all the orders of the inheritances of the Light, to pass through them from without within and from within without and from above below and from below |206. above and from the height to the depth and from the depth to the height and from the length to the breadth and from the breadth to the length; in a word, he hath the power to pass through all the regions of the inheritances of the Light, and he hath the power to bide in the region where he pleaseth, in the Inheritance of the Light-kingdom.

“And amen, I say unto you: That man will at the dissolution of the world be king over all the orders of the Inheritance of the Light. And he who shall receive that mystery of the Ineffable which I am,

“That mystery knoweth why the darkness hath arisen and why the light hath arisen. “And that mystery knoweth why the darkness of the darknesses hath arisen and why the

light of the lights hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the chaos hath arisen and why the treasury of the light hath arisen.

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“And that mystery knoweth why the judgments have arisen and why the light-land and the region of the inheritances of the light have arisen.

rest of the kingdom of the light hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the chastisements of the sinners have arisen and why the

“And that mystery knoweth |207. why the sinners have arisen and why the inheritances of the light have arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the impious have arisen and why the good have arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the chastisements and judgments have arisen and why all the emanations of the light have arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the sins have arisen and why the baptisms and the mysteries of the light have arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the fire of chastisement hath arisen and why the seals of the light, so that the fire should not harm them, have arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why wrath hath arisen and why peace hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why slander hath arisen and why songs of the light have arisen. “And that mystery knoweth why the prayers of the light have arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why cursing hath arisen and why blessing hath arisen. “And that mystery knoweth why knavery hath arisen and why deceit hath arisen.

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and fornication have arisen and why purity hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why intercourse hath arisen and why continence hath arisen. “And that mystery knoweth why insolence and boasting have arisen and why humbleness and

meekness have arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why tears have arisen and why laughter hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why slander hath arisen and why good report hath arisen. “And that mystery knoweth why appreciation hath arisen and why disdain of men hath

arisen.

have arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why murmuring hath arisen and why innocence and humbleness

“And that mystery knoweth why sin hath arisen and why purity hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why strength hath arisen and why weakness hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why |209. motion of body hath arisen and why its utility hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why poverty hath arisen and why wealth hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the freedom [?] of the world hath arisen and why slavery hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why death hath arisen and why life hath arisen.”

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It came to pass then, when Jesus had finished saying these words unto his disciples, that they rejoiced in great joy and exulted when they heard Jesus say these words.

And Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto them: “Hearken, therefore, now still

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further, O my disciples, so that I discourse with you concerning the whole gnosis of the mystery of the Ineffable.

“That mystery of the Ineffable knoweth why unmercifulness hath arisen and why mercifulness hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why ruin hath arisen and why everlasting eternity hath arisen. “And that mystery knoweth why the reptiles have arisen and why they will be destroyed. “And that mystery knoweth why the wild beasts have arisen |210. and why they will be

destroyed.

“And that mystery knoweth why the cattle have arisen and why the birds have arisen. “And that mystery knoweth why the mountains have arisen and why the precious stones

therein have arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the matter of gold hath arisen and why the matter of silver hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the matter of copper hath arisen and why the matter of iron and of stone hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the matter of lead hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the matter of glass hath arisen and why the matter of wax hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why herbs, that is the vegetables, have arisen and why all matters have arisen.

“And the mystery knoweth why the waters of the earth and all things in them have arisen and why also the earth hath arisen.

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“And that mystery knoweth why the seas |211. and the waters have arisen and why the wild beasts in the seas have arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the matter of the world hath arisen and why it [the world] will be utterly destroyed.”

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will I begin to discourse with you concerning all the gnoses of that Ineffable.

Jesus continued again and said unto his disciples: “Yet further, O my disciples and companions and brethren, let every one be sober in the spirit which is in him, let him understand and comprehend all the words which I shall say unto you; for from now on

“That mystery knoweth why the west hath arisen and why the east hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the south hath arisen and why the north hath arisen.

Yet further, O my disciples, hearken and continue to be sober and hearken to the total gnosis of the mystery of the Ineffable.

“That mystery knoweth why the demons have arisen and why mankind hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the heat hath arisen and why the pleasant air hath arisen. “And that mystery knoweth why the stars have arisen and why the clouds have arisen. |212. “And that mystery knoweth why the earth became deep and why the water came thereon.

“And that mystery knoweth why the earth became dry and why the water came thereon. “And that mystery knoweth why famine hath arisen and why superfluity hath arisen. “And that mystery knoweth why the hoar-frost

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hath arisen and why the healthful dew hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the dust hath arisen and why the delightsome freshness hath arisen.

“And that mystery knoweth why the hail hath arisen and why the pleasant snow hath arisen. “And that mystery knoweth why the west wind hath arisen and why the east wind hath

arisen.

(“And that mystery knoweth why the fire of the height hath arisen and why the waters have arisen.

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