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(70) Jesus says:

  1. “If you bring it into being within you, (then) that which you have will save you.
  2. If you do not have it within you, (then) that which you do not have within you [will]

kill you.”

(71) Jesus says: “I will [destroy this] house, and no one will be able to build it [again].” (72)

  1. A [person said] to him: “Tell my brothers that they have to divide my father’spossessions with me.”
  2. He said to him: “Man, who has made me a divider?”
  3. He turned to his disciples (and) said to them: “I am not a divider, am I?”
  1. Jesus says:
    1. “The harvest is plentiful, but there are few workers.
    2. But beg the Lord that he may send workers into the harvest.”
  2. He said: “Lord, there are many around the well, but there is nothing in the <well>.”
  3. Jesus says: “Many are standing before the door, but it is the solitary ones who will enter the wedding hall.”
  4. Jesus says:
  1. “The kingdom of the Father is like a merchant who had merchandise and found apearl.
  2. That merchant is prudent. He sold the goods (and) bought for himself the pearl alone.
  3. You too look for his treasure, which does not perish, (and) which stays where no moth can reach it to eat it, and no worm destroys it.”

(77) Jesus says:

  1. “I am the light that is over all. I am the All.The All came forth out of me. And to me the All has come.”
  2. “Split a piece of wood – I am there.
  3. Lift the stone, and you will find me there.”

(78) Jesus says:

  1. “Why did you go out to the countryside? To see a reed shaken by the wind,
  2. and to see a person dressed in soft clothing [like your] kings and your great/powerfulpersons?
  3. They are dressed in soft clothing and will not be able to recognize the truth.”


  1. A woman in the crowd said to him: “Hail to the womb that carried you and to thebreasts that fed you.”
  2. He said to [her]: “Hail to those who have heard the word of the Father (and) havetruly kept it.
  3. For there will be days when you will say: ‘Hail to the womb that has not conceived

and to the breasts that have not given milk.’”

(80) Jesus says:

  1. “Whoever has come to know the world has found the (dead) body.
  2. But whoever has found the (dead) body, of him the world is not worthy.”

(81) Jesus says:

  1. “Whoever has become rich should be king.
  2. And the one who has power should renounce (it).”

(82) Jesus says:

  1. “The person who is near me is near the fire.
  2. And the person who is far from me is far from the kingdom.”

(83) Jesus says:

  1. “The images are visible to humanity, but the light within them is hidden in the image.
  2. {} The light of the Father will reveal itself, but his image is hidden by his light.”

(84) Jesus says:

(1) “When you see your likeness you are full of joy. (2) But when you see your likenesses

that came into existence before you – they neither die nor become manifest – how much will you bear?”

(85) Jesus says:

  1. “Adam came from a great power and a great wealth. But he did not become worthy ofyou.
  2. For if he had been worthy, (then) [he would] not [have tasted] death.”

(86) Jesus says:

  1. “[Foxes have] their holes and birds have their nest.
  2. But the son of man has no place to lay his head down (and) to rest.”

(87) Jesus says:

  1. “Wretched is the body that depends on a body.
  2. And wretched is the soul that depends on these two.”

(88) Jesus says:

  1. “The messengers and the prophets are coming to you, and they will give you whatbelongs to you.
  2. And you, in turn, give to them what you have in your hands (and) say to yourselves:

‘When will they come (and) take what belongs to them?’”

(89) Jesus says:

  1. “Why do you wash the outside of the cup?
  2. Do you not understand that the one who created the inside is also the one who created the outside?”

(90) Jesus says:

  1. “Come to me, for my yoke is gentle and my lordship is mild.
  2. And you will find repose for yourselves.”


  1. They said to him: “Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you.”
  2. He said to them: “You examine the face of sky and earth, but the one who is before you, you have not recognized,

and you do not know how to test this opportunity.”

(92) Jesus says:

  1. “Seek and you will find.
  2. But the things you asked me about in past times, and what I did not tell you in that day,

now I am willing to tell you, but you do not seek them.”


  1. “Do not give what is holy to the dogs, lest they throw it upon the dunghill.
  2. Do not throw pearls to swine, lest they turn <them> into [mud].”

(94) Jesus [says]:

  1. “The one who seeks will find.
  2. [The one who knocks], to that one will it be opened.”

(95) [Jesus says:]

  1. “If you have money, do not lend (it) out at interest.
  2. Rather, give [it] to the one from whom you will not get it (back).”

(96) Jesus [says]:

  1. “The kingdom of the Father is like [a] woman.
  2. She took a little bit of yeast. [She] hid it in dough (and) made it into huge loaves ofbread.
  3. Whoever has ears should hear.””

(97) Jesus says:

  1. “The kingdom of the [Father] is like a woman who is carrying a [jar] filled with flour.
  2. While she was walking on [the] way, very distant (from home),the handle of the jar broke (and) the flour leaked out [on] the path.
  3. (But) she did not know (it); she had not noticed a problem.
  4. When she reached her house, she put the jar down on the floor (and) found it empty.”

(98) Jesus says:

  1. “The kingdom of the Father is like a person who wanted to kill a powerful person.
  2. He drew the sword in his house (and) stabbed it into the wall to test whether his handwould be strong (enough).
  3. Then he killed the powerful one.”


  1. The disciples said to him: “Your brothers and your mother are standing outside.”
  2. He said to them: “Those here, who do the will of my Father, they are my brothers andmy mother.
  3. They are the ones who will enter the kingdom of my Father.”


  1. They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him: “Caesar’s people demand taxes fromus.”
  2. He said to them: “Give Caesar (the things) that are Caesar’s.
  3. Give God (the things) that are God’s.
  4. And what is mine give me.”


  1. “Whoever does not hate his [father] and his mother as I do will not be able to be a[disciple] of mine.
  2. And whoever does [not] love [his father] and his mother as I do will not be able to bea [disciple] of mine.
  3. For my mother […], but my true [mother] gave me life.”
  1. Jesus says: “Woe to them, the Pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in a cattle trough, for it neither eats nor [lets] the cattle eat.”
  2. Jesus says: “Blessed is the person who knows at which point (of the house) the robbers are going to enter, so that [he] may arise to gather together his [domain] and gird his loins before they enter.”


  1. They said to [Jesus]: “Come, let us pray and fast today!”
  2. Jesus said: “What sin is it that I have committed, or wherein have I been overcome?
  3. But when the bridegroom comes out of the wedding chamber, then let (us) fast and pray.”
  1. Jesus says: “Whoever will come to know father and mother, he will be called son of a whore.”
  2. Jesus says:
  1. “When you make the two into one, you will become sons of man.
  2. And when you say ‘Mountain, move away,’ it will move away.”

(107) Jesus says:

  1. “The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep.
  2. One of them went astray, the largest. He left the ninety-nine, (and) he sought the oneuntil he found it.
  3. After he had toiled, he said to the sheep: ‘I love you more than the ninety-nine.’”

(108) Jesus says:

  1. “Whoever will drink from my mouth will become like me.
  2. I myself will become he,
  3. and what is hidden will be revealed to him.”

(109) Jesus says:

  1. “The kingdom is like a person who has a hidden treasure in his field, (of which) he knows nothing.
  2. And [after] he had died, he left it to his [son]. (But) the son did not know (about iteither).He took over that field (and) sold [it].
  3. And the one who had bought it came, and while he was ploughing [he found] the treasure.

He began to lend money at interest to whom he wished.”

  1. Jesus says: “The one who has found the world (and) has become wealthy should renounce the world.”
  2. Jesus says:
  1. “The heavens will roll up before you, and the earth.
  2. And whoever is living from the living one will not see death.”
  3. Does not Jesus say: “Whoever has found himself, of him the world is not worthy”?

(112) Jesus says:

  1. “Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul.
  2. Woe to the soul that depends on the flesh.”


  1. His disciples said to him: “The kingdom – on what day will it come?”
  2. “It will not come by watching (and waiting for) it.
  3. They will not say: ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’
  4. Rather, the kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and people do not see



  1. Simon Peter said to them: “Let Mary go away from us, for women are not worthy oflife.”
  2. Jesus said: “Look, I will draw her in so as to make her male,so that she too may become a living male spirit, similar to you.”
  3. (But I say to you): “Every woman who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of


The Gospel According to Thomas

Original translation by the Berlin Working Group for Coptic Gnostic Writings. Taken from Synopsis Quattuor Evangelorium, 2nd corrected printing, 1997. As modified by Stephen J. Patterson and James M. Robinson in:

Patterson, Robinson, and Bethge, The Fifth Gospel, Trinity Press International, 1998.

Prepared by Michael W. Grondin, July, 2000


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The Gospel of Truth


Translated by Robert M. Grant

The gospel of truth is joy to those who have received from the Father of truth the gift of knowing him by the power of the Logos, who has come from the Pleroma and who is in the thought and the mind of the Father; he it is who is called “the Savior,” since that is the name of the work which he must do for the redemption of those who have not known the Father. For the name of the gospel is the manifestation of hope, since that is the discovery of those who seek him, because the All sought him from whom it had come forth. You see, the All had been inside of him, that illimitable, inconceivable one, who is better than every thought.

This ignorance of the Father brought about terror and fear. And terror became dense like a fog, that no one was able to see. Because of this, error became strong. But it worked on its hylic substance vainly, because it did not know the truth. It was in a fashioned form while it was preparing, in power and in beauty, the equivalent of truth. This then, was not a humiliation for him, that illimitable, inconceivable one. For they were as nothing, this terror and this forgetfulness and this figure of falsehood, whereas this established truth is unchanging, unperturbed and completely beautiful.

For this reason, do not take error too seriously. Thus, since it had no root, it was in a fog as regards the Father, engaged in preparing works and forgetfulnesses and fears in order, by these means, to beguile those of the middle and to make them captive. The forgetfulness of error was not revealed. It did not become light beside the Father. Forgetfulness did not exist with the Father, although it existed because of him. What exists in him is knowledge, which was revealed so that forgetfulness might be destroyed and that they might know the Father, Since forgetfulness existed because they did not know the Father, if they then come to know the Father, from that moment on forgetfulness will cease to exist.

That is the gospel of him whom they seek, which he has revealed to the perfect through the mercies of the Father as the hidden mystery, Jesus the Christ. Through him he enlightened those who were in darkness because of forgetfulness. He enlightened them and gave them a path. And that path is the truth which he taught them. For this reason error was angry with him, so it persecuted him. It was distressed by him, so it made him powerless. He was nailed to a cross. He became a fruit of the knowledge of the Father. He did not, however, destroy them because they ate of it. He rather caused those who ate of it to be joyful because of this discovery.

And as for him, them he found in himself, and him they found in themselves, that illimitable, inconceivable one, that perfect Father who made the all, in whom the All is, and whom the All lacks, since he retained in himself their perfection, which he had not given to the all. The Father was not jealous. What jealousy, indeed, is there between him and his members? For, even if the Aeon had received their perfection, they would not have been able to approach the perfection of the Father, because he retained their perfection in himself, giving it to them as a way to return to him and as a knowledge unique in perfection. He is the one who set the All in order and in whom the All existed and whom the All lacked. As one of whom some have no knowledge, he desires that they know him and that they love him. For what is it that the All lacked, if not the knowledge of the Father?

He became a guide, quiet and in leisure. In the middle of a school he came and spoke the Word, as a teacher. Those who were wise in their own estimation came to put him to the test. But he discredited them as empty-headed people. They hated him because they really were not wise men. After all these came also the little children, those who possess the knowledge of the Father. When they became strong they were taught the aspects of the Father’s face. They came to know and they were known. They were glorified and they gave glory. In their heart, the living book of the Living was manifest, the book which was written in the thought and in the mind of the Father and, from before the foundation of the All, is in that incomprehensible part of him.

This is the book which no one found possible to take, since it was reserved for him who will take it and be slain. No one was able to be manifest from those who believed in salvation as long as that book had not appeared. For this reason, the compassionate, faithful Jesus was patient in his sufferings until he took that book, since he knew that his death meant life for many. Just as in the case of a will which has not yet been opened, for the fortune of the deceased master of the house is hidden, so also in the case of the All which had been hidden as long as the Father of the All was invisible and unique in himself, in whom every space has its source. For this reason Jesus appeared. He took that book as his own. He was nailed to a cross. He affixed the edict of the Father to the cross.

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