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belong to Protophanes. He can learn of Kalyptos through the powers of the spirit from whom they have come forth in a far better revelation of the Invisible Spirit. And by means of thought which now is in silence and by First Thought (he learns) of the Triple Powerful Invisible Spirit, since there is then a report and power of silence which is purified in a life-giving spirit. (It is) perfect and […] perfect and all-perfect.

Glories, therefore, which are set over these, are [life-givers] who have been baptized in truth and knowledge. Those who are worthy are guarded, but those who [are] not from this race […] and go […] these who […] […] in the fifth, he being […] […] copy […] of the aeons […] namely a washing but if [he] strips off the world 25 and lays aside [knowledge], and (if) he is he who has no dwelling place and power, then because he follows the ways of the others, he is also a sojourner, but (if) he is one who has committed no sin because knowledge was sufficient for him, he is not anxious when he repents, and then washings are appointed” in these in addition.

(Concerning) (the path …) to the self-begotten ones, those in which you have now been baptised each time, (a path) worthy of seeing the [perfect …] individuals: it serves as knowledge of the All since it came into being from the powers of the self-begotten ones, the one you acquire when you pass through the all-perfect aeons. When you receive the third washing […], you will learn about the […] really […] in [that] place.

About these names, they are as follows: because he is one, they […] is like […] while he [came into being …] exists and […] a word they [said …] 26 This is a name which really exists together with [these] within her. These who exist do so in […] … resembles. His resemblance in kind (is) within what is his own. He can see it, understand it enter it, (and) take a resemblance from it. Now (they can) speak aloud and hear sounds, but they are unable to obey because they are perceptible and somatic. Therefore, just as they are able to contain them by containing them thus, so is he an image which is […] in this way, having come into existence in perception [by] a word which is better than material nature but lower than intellectual essence.

Do not be amazed about the differences among souls. When they think they are different and do [not resemble] […] of those who […] and that […] aloud […] he being lost […] their

[souls] […] body, and that [… his] time, he […] a desire, 27 their souls exist as […] their body. As for those who are totally pure, there are four […] that they possess; but those

[in] time are nine. Each one of them has its species and its custom. Their likenesses differ in being separated, and they stand.

Other immortal souls associate with all these souls because of the Sophia who looked down; for there are three species of immortal soul: first, those who have taken root upon the Exile because they have no ability to beget, (something) that only those who follow the ways of the others have, the one being a single species which […]; being second, those who stand [upon the] Repentance which […] sin, (it) being sufficient [… knowledge

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they have repented with the others […] from them alone, for […] are species which exist in […] with those who committed all sins and repented. Either they are parts, or they

desired of their own accord. Therefore, their other aeons are six according to the place which has come to each (fem.) of them. The third (species) is that of the souls of the self- begotten ones because they have a word of the ineffable truth, one which exists in knowledge and [power] from themselves alone and eternal [life]. They have four differences like the species of angels who exist: those who love the truth; those who hope; those who believe having […]; those who are […] They exist, he being […] the self- begotten ones […] he is the one belonging to [perfect … life]; the second is […] the […] knowledge […] the fourth is that one [belonging to the] immortal [souls …]

29 The four Lights dwell [there] in the following way. [Armozel] is placed upon the first aeon. (He is) a promise of god, […] of truth and a joining of soul. Oroiael, a power (and) seer of truth, is set over the second. Daveithe, a vision of knowledge, is set over the third. Eleleth, an eager desire and preparation for truth, is set over the fourth. The four exist because they are expressions of truth and knowledge. They exist, although they do not belong to Protophanes but to the mother, for she is a thought of the perfect mind of the light, so that immortal souls might receive knowledge for themselves. […] at these, the Autogenes […]rse[…]oas, a life […] all he is a word […] ineffable […] truth he who says [… revelation] concerning the […] that it exists as […] exists above in […] 30 [… joined] in a yoking of it in light and thought within his […].

Since Adamas, the perfect man, is an eye of Autogenes, it is his knowledge which comprehends that the divine Autogenes is a word of the perfect mind of truth. The son of Adam, Seth, comes to each of the souls. As knowledge he is sufficient for them. Therefore, [the] living [seed] came into existence from him. Mirothea is […] the divine Autogenes, a […] from her and […], she being a thought of the perfect mind because of that existence of hers. What is it? Or did she exist? […] does she exist? Therefore, the divine Autogenes is word and knowledge, and the knowledge [… word.] Therefore […] Adarn a [s …] of the [simple ones] when she appeared […] a change of [the] souls […] she herself is […] […] perfect.

Concerning the [perfect one …] angelic beings 31 […] [becomes then] [souls] [die …] [… the world …] […] the copies […] really […] which [exists] […] repentance […] to this place

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[in …] 33 and […] upon every one […] every […] […] formless […] […] and this one […]

and this [model …] […] and some […] eternal, nor […] an all […] increasing from this […] he is light […] because he lacked […] the perfect mind […] undivided […] perfect light […] and he is in […] Adamas [… the] Autogenes […] and he goes […] mind […] the divine Kalyptos […] knowledge […] but […] soul

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  2. […] know […] of [… Protophanes …] […] the mind […] the powers […] the all […] andhe [exists] […] this knowledge.[…] divine, the Autogenes. [The] divine [Autogenes] […] the child […] triple-male, this male […] is […] and a species […] perfect because it does not have […] in a […] knowledge like that one […] a being of the individuals [and] a single knowledge of the individuals […] according to the all […] perfect. But the male […] mind the Kalyptos, [but] the […] divine Kalyptos […] and a power […] of all these [… really …](3 lines unrecoverable)[Protophanes …](1 line unrecoverable)
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  4. it crosses over. And the second man is the immortal soul in those who are dead. If it is anxious over itself, then [when it seeks] those things which are profitable [according to

…] each one of them, [then it] experiences bodily suffering. They […] and it [… because] it has an eternal god, it associates with daimons.

Now concerning the man in the Exile; when he discovers the truth in himself, he is far from the deeds of the others who exist [wrongly] (and) stumble. (Concerning) the man who repents: when he renounces the dead and desires those things which are because of immortal mind and his immortal soul, first he […] makes an inquiry about it, not about conduct but about their deeds, for from him he […] […] and […] obtain […] 44 and the man who can be saved is the one who seeks him and his mind and who finds each one of them. Oh how much power he has! And the man who is saved is the one who has not known how these […] exist, but he himself by means of [the] word as it exists […] received each one […] in every place, having become simple and one, for then he is saved because he can pass through all [these]. He becomes the […] all these. If he [desires] again, then he parts from them all, and he withdraws to himself [alone]; for he can become divine by having taken refuge in god.”

When I heard this, I brought a blessing to the living and unborn God in truth and (to) the unborn Kalyptos and the Protophanes, the invisible, male, perfect Mind, and the invisible triple-male Child [and to the] divine Autogenes. 45 I said to the child of the child Ephesek who was with me, “Can your wisdom instruct me about the scattering of the man who is saved, and (about) those who are mixed with him, and who those are who share with him, in order that the living elect might know?”

Then the child of the child Ephesek told [me …] openly, “If he withdraws to himself alone many times, and if he comes into being with reference to the knowledge of the others, Mind and the immortal [Origin] will not understand. Then it has a shortage, […] for he turns, has nothing and separates from it and stands […] and comes into being by an alien [impulse …I, instead of becoming one. Therefore, he bears many forms. When he turns aside, he comes into being seeking those things that do not exist. When he falls down to them in thought and knows them in another way because he is powerless, unless perhaps 46 he is enlightened, he becomes a product of nature. Thus he comes down to birth because of it and is speechless because of the pains and infiniteness of matter. Although he possesses an eternal and immortal power, he is bound within the [movement] of the body. He is [made] alive and is bound [always] within cruel, cutting bonds by every evil breath, until he [acts] again and begins again to come to his senses.

Therefore, powers are appointed for their salvation, and each one of them is in the world. Within the self-begotten ones corresponding to each of the [aeons] stand glories so that one who is in the [world] might be safe beside them. The glories are perfect thoughts appearing in powers. They do not perish because they [are] models for salvation [by] which each one is saved. He receives a model (and) strength from each of them, and with the glory as a helper he will thus pass out from the world [and the aeons …].

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