Pistis Sophia

The Saviour answered again and said unto Mary: “Amen, amen, I say unto thee: The man who hath known the godhead and hath received the mysteries of the Light, and sinned and hath not turned to repent, he will get suffering in the chastisements of the judgments in great sufferings and |316. judgments exceedingly far more in comparison with the impious and law-breaking man who hath not known the godhead. Now, therefore, who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

When then the Saviour had said this, Mary started forward and said: “My Lord, my light-man hath ears, and I have understood the whole word which thou hast spoken. Concerning this word then thou hast spoken unto us in a similitude:

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transgressed, will be chastized in a far greater chastisement than he who hath not

[paragraph continues] ‘The slave who knew the will of his lord and made not ready nor did the will of his lord, will receive great blows; but he who knew not and did not, will be deserving of less. For from every one to whom more is entrusted, of him will more be demanded, and to whom much is handed over, of him much is required,’–that is, my Lord: He who knew the godhead and hath found the mysteries of the Light and hath

known the godhead. This, my Lord, is the solution of the word.”

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CHAPTER 125

Mary continued again and said unto the Saviour: “My Lord, if the faith and the mysteries shall have revealed themselves,–now, therefore, if souls come into the world in many circuits and are neglectful of receiving mysteries, hoping that, if they come into the world at any other circuit, they will receive them, will they not then be in danger |317. of not succeeding in receiving the mysteries?”

The Saviour answered and said unto his disciples: “Herald unto the whole world and say unto men: Strive thereafter that ye may receive the mysteries of the Light in this time of affliction and enter into the Light-kingdom. Join not one day to another, or one circuit to another, hoping that ye may succeed in receiving the mysteries if ye come into the world in another circuit.

“And these know not when the number of the perfect souls will be at hand; for if the number of the perfect souls shall be at hand, I will now shut the gates of the Light, and no one from this hour onwards will enter in, nor will

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any one hereafter go forth, for the number of the perfect souls is completed and the mystery of the First Mystery is completed, for the sake of which the universe hath arisen,–that is: I am that Mystery.

“And from this hour onwards no one will be able to enter into the Light and no one be able to go forth. For at the completion of the time of the number of the perfect souls, before I have set fire to the world, in order that it may purify the aeons and the veils and the firmaments and the whole earth and also all the matters which are on it, mankind |318. will be still existing.

“At that time then the faith will reveal itself still more and the mysteries in those days. And many souls will come by means of the circuits of the changes of the body, and coming back into the world are some of those in this present time who have hearkened unto me, how I taught, who at the completion of the number of the perfect souls will find the mysteries of the Light and receive them and come to the gates of the Light and find that the number of the perfect souls is complete, which is the completion of the First Mystery and the gnosis of the universe. And they will find that I have shut the gates of the Light and that it is impossible that any one should enter in or that any one should go forth from this hour.

“Those souls then will knock at the gates of the Light, saying: Lord, open unto us! And I will answer unto them: I know you not, whence ye are. And they will say unto me: We have received of thy mysteries and fulfilled thy whole teaching and thou hast taught us on the high

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ways. And I will answer and say unto them: I know you not, who ye are, ye who are doers of iniquity and of evil even unto now. Wherefor go into the outer darkness. And |319. from that hour they will go into the outer darkness, there where is howling and grinding of teeth.

in order that they may not make you stop before the gates of the Light and. lead you

“For this cause then, herald unto the whole world and say unto them: ‘Strive thereafter, to renounce the whole world and the whole matter therein, that ye may receive the mysteries of the Light before the number of the perfect souls is completed,

away into the outer darkness.’

“Now, therefore, who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

When then the Saviour had said this, Mary started forward again and said: “My Lord, not only hath my light-man ears, but my soul hath heard and understood all the words which thou sayest. Now, therefore, my Lord, concerning the words which thou hast spoken: ‘Herald unto the men of the world and say unto them: Strive thereafter, to receive the mysteries of the Light, in this time of affliction, that ye may inherit the

Light-kingdom. . . .

. . . . . .

[A CONSIDERABLE LACUNA HERE OCCURS IN THE TEXT.]

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A FOURTH BOOK

CHAPTER 126

AND Mary continued again and said unto Jesus: “In what type is the outer darkness; or rather how many regions of chastisement are there in it?”

And Jesus answered and said unto Mary: “The outer darkness is a great dragon, whose tail is in his mouth, outside the whole world and surrounding the whole world. And there are many regions of chastisement within it. There are twelve mighty |320. chastisement-dungeons and a ruler is in every dungeon and the face of the rulers is different one from another.

“And the first ruler, who is in the first dungeon, hath a crocodile’s face, whose tail is in his mouth. And out of the jaws of the dragon cometh all ice and all dust and all cold and all different diseases. This [is] he who is called with his authentic name in his region ‘Enchthonin.’

“And the ruler who is in the second dungeon,–a cat’s face is his authentic face. This [is] he who is called in his region ‘Charachar.’

“And the ruler who is in the third dungeon,–a dog’s face is his authentic face. This [is] he who is called in his region ‘Archaroch.’

“And the ruler who is in the fourth dungeon,–a serpent’s face is his authentic face. This [is] he who is called in his region ‘Achrochar.’

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“And the ruler who is in the fifth dungeon,–a black bull’s face is his authentic face. This [is] he who is called in his region ‘Marchur.’

“And the ruler who is in the sixth dungeon,–a wild boar’s face is his authentic face. This [is] he who is called in his region ‘Lamchamor.’

“And the ruler who is in the seventh dungeon, |321.–a bear’s face is his authentic face. This [is] he who is called in his region with his authentic name ‘Luchar.’

name in his region is called ‘Laraoch.’

“And the ruler of the eighth dungeon,–a vulture’s face is his authentic face, whose

“And the ruler of the ninth dungeon,–a basilisk’s face is his authentic face, whose name in his region is called ‘Archeoch.’

“And in the tenth dungeon is a multitude of rulers, and every one of them hath seven dragon’s heads in his authentic face. And he who is over them all is in his region with his name called Xarmaroch.’

“And in the eleventh dungeon is a multitude of rulers,–and every one of them hath seven cat-faced heads in his authentic face. And the great one over them is called in his region Rochar.’

“And in the twelfth dungeon is an exceedingly great multitude of rulers, and every one of them hath seven dog-faced heads in his authentic face. And the great one over them is called in his region ‘Chremaor.’

“These rulers then of these twelve dungeons are inside the dragon of the outer darkness, each and every one |322. of them hath a name every hour, and every one of them changeth his face every

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hour. And moreover every one of these dungeons hath a door opening upwards, so that the dragon of the outer darkness hath twelve dark dungeons, and every dungeon hath a door opening upwards. And an angel of the height watcheth each of the doors of the

dungeons,–whom Yew, the First Man, the overseer of the Light, the envoy of the First Commandment, hath established as watchers of the dragon, so that the dragon and the rulers of his dungeons which are in him, may not mutiny.”

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CHAPTER 127

When the Saviour had said this, Mary Magdalene answered and said: “My Lord, will then the souls which shall be led into that region, be led through these twelve doors of the dungeons, every one according to the judgment of which it is deserving?”

The Saviour answered and said unto Mary: “No soul at all will be led into the dragon through these doors. But the soul[s] of the blasphemers and of those who are in the doctrines of error and of all who teach doctrines of error, and of those who have intercourse with males, and of those stained and impious men and of atheists and murderers and adulterers and sorcerers,–all such souls then, if while still in life they do not repent but |323. remain persistently in their sin, and all the souls which have stayed behind without, that is those which have had the number of the circuits which are appointed them in the sphere, without having repented,–well, at their last circuit will those souls, they and all the souls of which I have just told you, be led out of [?] the jaws of the tail of the dragon into the dungeons of the outer darkness. And when those souls of the doors of the dungeons.

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have been led into the outer darkness into the jaws of his tail, he turneth his tail into his own mouth and shutteth them in. Thus will the souls be led into the outer darkness.

“And the dragon of the outer darkness hath twelve authentic names on his doors, a name on every one of the doors of the dungeons. And these twelve names are different one from another; but the twelve are one in the other, so that he who speaketh one name, speaketh all. These then will I tell you at the expansion of the universe. Thus then is fashioned the outer darkness,–that is the dragon.”

Lord, are then the chastisements of that dragon far more terrible compared with all the

When then the Saviour had said this, Mary answered and said |324. unto the Saviour: “My

chastisements of the judgments?”

The Saviour answered and said unto Mary: “Not only are they more painful compared with all the chastisements of the judgments, but all the souls which are led into that region, will be frozen up [?] in the violent cold and the hail and exceedingly violent fire which is in that region, but also at the dissolution of the world, that is at the ascension of the universe, those souls will perish through the violent cold and the exceedingly violent fire and be non-existent for ever.”

Mary answered and said: “Woe unto the souls of sinners! Now, therefore, my Lord, is the fire in the world of mankind fiercer, or the fire in Amente?”

The Saviour answered and said unto Mary: “Amen, I say unto thee: The fire in Amente is nine times fiercer than the fire in mankind.

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“And the fire in the chastisements of the great chaos is nine times more violent than that in Amente.

“And the fire in the chastisements of the rulers who [are] on the way of the midst, is nine times more violent than the fire of the chastisements in the great chaos.

“And the fire |325. in the dragon of the outer darkness and in all the chastisements in him is seventy times more violent than the fire in all the chastisements and in all the judgments of the rulers who [are] on the way of the midst.”

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CHAPTER 128

And when the Saviour had said this unto Mary, she smote her breast, she cried out and wept, she and all the disciples together, and said: “Woe unto sinners, for their chastisements are exceedingly numerous!”

Mary came forward, she fell down at the feet of Jesus, kissed them and said: “My Lord, bear with me if I question thee, and be not wroth with me, that I trouble thee oft; for from now on I will begin to question thee on all things with determination.”

The Saviour answered and said unto Mary: “Question concerning all things on which thou desirest to question, and I will reveal them unto thee in openness without similitude.”

Mary answered and said: “My Lord, if a good man hath accomplished all the mysteries and he hath a kinsman, in a word he hath a man, and that man is an impious [one] who hath committed all sins and is deserving of the outer darkness, and he hath not repented, or he hath completed his number of circuits in the changes of the body, and that man hath done nothing useful,

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and he hath come out of. the body, and we have known certainly of him, that he hath sinned |326. and is deserving of the outer darkness,–what are we to do with him, to save him from the chastisements of the dragon of the outer darkness, and that he may be removed into a righteous body which shall find the mysteries of the Light-kingdom, in order that it may be good and go on high and inherit the Light-kingdom?”

and all the judgments and to remove them into a righteous body which shall find the

The Saviour answered and said unto Mary: “If a sinner is deserving of the outer darkness, or hath sinned according to the chastisements of the rest of the chastisements and hath not repented, or a sinning man who hath completed his number of circuits in the changes of the body and hath not repented,–if then these men of whom I have spoken, shall come out of the body and be led into the outer darkness, now, therefore, if ye desire to remove them out of the chastisements of the outer darkness

mysteries of the Light, that it may go on high and inherit the Light-kingdom,–then perform this same mystery of the Ineffable which forgiveth sins at every time, and when ye have finished performing the mystery then say:

“The soul of such or such a man of whom I think in my heart,–if it is in the region of the chastisements of the dungeons of the outer darkness, or if it is in the rest of the chastisements of the dungeons of the outer darkness and in the rest of the chastisements |327. of the dragons,–then is it to be removed out of them all. And if it hath completed its number of its circuits of the changes,

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