|The Gospel of Thomas Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin||
These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
The living Jesus
an apostle of Jesus
by the will
And he said, "Whoever
the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."
which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in
Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking
until he finds.
When he finds, he will become troubled.
will be astonished, and he
over the All."
He will rule
Grace be to you, and peace,
from God our Father, and from the
The Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you,
'See, the kingdom is in
then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to
you, 'It is in
then the fish will precede you. Rather, the
kingdom is inside
and it is outside of you. When you come to
know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that
it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not
know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that
In the sky... in the sea... inside of you
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in
In heavenly places
Jesus said, "The man old in days will not
hesitate to ask a small
child seven days old about the
and he will live. For
many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the
The place of life
According as he hath chosen us in
before the foundation of
the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight,
hidden from you
will become plain to you . For there is
which will not become manifest."
That which is hidden from you
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus
Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his
His disciples questioned him and said to him,
"Do you want us to
fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we
Jesus said, "Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered."
Plain in the sight of heaven
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted
Accepted in the beloved
Jesus said, "Blessed is the lion which becomes
man when consumed by
man; and cursed is the
and the lion becomes
The man...the lion consumes
In whom we have redemption through his
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
And he said, "The man is like a wise
fisherman who cast his net
into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish. Among them
the wise fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw all the small fish
back into the sea and chose the large fish without difficulty. Whoever
has ears to hear, let him hear."
Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom
Jesus said, "Now the
took a handful (of seeds), and
scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them
up. Others fell on the rock, did not take root in the soil, and did not
produce ears. And others fell on thorns; they choked the seed(s) and
worms ate them. And others fell on the good soil and it produced good
fruit: it bore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure."
The sower went out
unto us the mystery of his will, according to
good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Having made known
Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world,
and see, I am guarding it until
Until it blazes
That in the
dispensation of the fulness
In the dispensation of the fulness of times
Jesus said, "This heaven
will pass away, and the one above it will
pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. In the
days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is alive. When
you come to dwell in the
light, what will you do? On
the day when you
were one you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?"
In the light
he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you
will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?"
Jesus said to them, "Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."
Wherever you are
Heaven and earth
[1:11] In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
(13) Jesus said to
his disciples, "Compare
me to someone and tell me whom I am like."
Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a righteous angel."
Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher."
Thomas said to him, "Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying whom you are like."
Jesus said, "I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring which I have measured out."
And he took him and withdrew and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?"
Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the things which he told me, you will pick up stones and throw them at me; a fire will come out of the stones and burn you up."
You are... You are... you are
You have become intoxicated from the bubbling
A fire will come out of the stones and burn you up
That we should be to the praise
of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
[1:13] In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Christ... ye also
Ye heard the word of truth
Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise
Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will
give rise to sin for
yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give
alms, you will do harm to your spirits. When you go into any
walk about in the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will
set before you, and heal the sick among them. For what goes into your
mouth will not defile you, but that
issues from your mouth
is that which will defile you."
That which issues from your mouth
Which is the earnest of our
of the purchased possession,
praise of his glory.
[1:15] Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith
I heard of your faith
Jesus said, "When you see one
who was not
born of woman,
yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your
One who was not born of woman... your father
The Lord Jesus
Jesus said, "Men think, perhaps, that it is
peace which I have
come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is dissension
which I have come to cast upon the earth: fire, sword, and war. For
there will be five in a house: three will be against two, and two
against three, the father against the son, and the son against the
father. And they will stand solitary."
unto all the saints,
[1:16] Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
Jesus said, "I
shall give you
what no eye has seen and what no ear
has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to
the human mind."
I shall give you
That the God
of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may
spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
God... may give unto you
The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us how our
Jesus said, "Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death."
Our end... the end... the end
of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the
hope of his calling,
and what the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in the saints,
The hope of his calling
Jesus said, "Blessed is he who came into being
before he came into
being. If you become my disciples and listen to my words, these stones
will minister to you. For there are five trees for you in Paradise
which remain undisturbed summer and winter and whose leaves do not
fall. Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not
Not experience death
And what is the exceeding greatness of
his power to us-ward who believe, according
the working of his
According to the working of his mighty power
The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what the
kingdom of heaven is like."
He said to them, "It is like a mustard seed. It is the smallest of all seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky."
It produces a great plant
Which he wrought in Christ, when he
and set him at his own right hand in the
He raised him
The heavenly places
(21) Mary said to
Jesus, "Whom are your
He said, "They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, 'Let us have back our field.' They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have back their field and to give it back to them. Therefore I say, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize. Let there be among you a man of understanding. When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."
The owners of the field
Come... coming... comes... come... came
Far above all principality,
and every name that is named, not only in this
but also in that
which is to come:
Principality... power... might... dominion
Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his
infants being suckled are like those who enter the
They said to him, "Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?"
Jesus said to them, "When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom."
The above... the below
Eyes... hand... foot
The kingdom... the kingdom
You enter the kingdom
And hath put all things under his
him to be the
over all things to the church,
[1:23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
[2:1] And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
The head... his feet
The fulness of him
You hath he quickened
Jesus said, "I shall choose you, one out of a
thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand
as a single one."
Wherein in time past ye walked
His disciples said to him, "Show us the place
where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it."
He said to them, "Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness."
The whole world
the course of this
according to the prince of the power of the
Jesus said, "Love
like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye."
spirit that now worketh in the
The children of disobedience
Jesus said, "You see the mote in your
eye, but you do
not see the beam in your own eye.
When you cast the beam out of your
own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote from your
Your brother... your brother
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts
of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the
were by nature the
even as others.
The children of wrath
<Jesus said,> "If you do not fast as
regards the world, you
will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the Sabbath as a
Sabbath, you will not see the
The Sabbath (rest, repose)
[2:4] But God,
is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
[2:5] Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Quickened (raised, awakened)
Jesus said, "I took my place in the
midst of the
appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found
none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men,
because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty
they came into the
and empty too they seek to leave the
But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their
wine, then they will repent."
The world... the world... the world
[2:6] And hath raised us up together, and made us
sit together in heavenly
in Christ Jesus:
Jesus said, "If the flesh came into being
because of spirit, it is
a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a
wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great
made its home in this poverty."
That in the ages
to come he might shew the exceeding
of his grace
Jesus said, "Where there are three gods, they
Where there are two or one, I
am with him."
I am with him
his kindness toward
through Christ Jesus.
Toward us through Christ Jesus
Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted
in his own village; no
who know him."
No physician heals
For by grace are
faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift
It is the gift
Ye (are) saved (healed)
Jesus said, "A city being built
on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."
Not of works,
lest any man should boast.
[2:10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
works... workmanship... works
Jesus said, "Preach from your housetops that
which you will hear
in your ear. For no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, nor
does he put it in a hidden place, but rather he sets it on a lampstand
so that everyone
and leaves will see its light."
Everyone who enters
God hath before ordained
should walk in
We should walk in
Jesus said, "If a
they will both fall into a pit."
A blind man... a blind man
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past
Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is
in the flesh
Jesus said, "It is not possible for anyone to
house of a
and take it by force unless he binds his hands;
then he will
(be able to) ransack his
The house of a strong man... his house
[2:12] That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise,
The commonwealth of Israel
Jesus said, "Do not be concerned
from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what
What you will wear
and without God in the world:
[2:13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off
In Christ Jesus
His disciples said, "When will you become
revealed to us and when shall we
Jesus said, "When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then will you see the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid"
We see you... then will you see
Place them (your garments) under your feet
Without being ashamed... and you will not be afraid
by the blood of Christ.
[2:14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall
Are made nigh
Broken down the... wall
Jesus said, "Many times have you desired to
hear these words which
I am saying to you, and you have no one else to hear them from. There
will be days when you
for me and will not find me."
You will look for me and will not find me
Partition between us
Jesus said, "The
and the scribes
knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them.
They themselves have
nor have they allowed
those who wish to. You, however, be as
wise as serpents and as innocent as doves."
Taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them
The pharisees and the scribes
entered... allowed to enter
contained in ordinances; for
to make in
of twain one new man, so making
[2:16] And that he might reconcile both
Abolished in his flesh the enmity... in himself
The law of commandments
Making peace... reconcile
Jesus said, "A
has been planted outside of the
but being unsound,
it will be pulled up by its roots
in one body
Jesus said, "Whoever
something in his hand will
and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has."
Whoever has... will receive more
And came and preached peace to you
Peace to you
Jesus said, "Become
to them that were nigh.
[2:18] For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Afar off, and... nigh... have access
His disciples said to him, "Who
that you should say these things to us?"
<Jesus said to them,> "You do not realize who I am from what I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they (either) love the tree and hate its fruit (or) love the fruit and hate the tree."
Who are you
Like the Jews
[2:19] Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Ye are no more strangers
Fellowcitizens with the saints... of the household
Jesus said, "Whoever blasphemes against the
father will be
forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the
will be forgiven, but
whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven either
on earth or in heaven."
And are built upon the foundation of the
apostles and prophets, Jesus
himself being the chief corner
Jesus said, "Grapes
are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs
gathered from thistles, for they do not produce fruit.
A good man
brings forth good from his storehouse;
an evil man brings forth evil
things from his evil storehouse,
which is in his heart, and says evil
things. For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil
Grapes... figs... fruit
In whom all the
fitly framed together groweth
in the Lord:
[2:22] In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
The building... an holy temple... an habitation
Jesus said, "Among those born of women, from
Adam until John
there is no one so superior to John
that his eyes
should not be lowered (before him). Yet I have said, whichever one of
you comes to be a child will be acquainted with the kingdom and will
become superior to John."
John the Baptist... John the Baptist... John
[3:1] For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Paul, the prisoner
Jesus said, "It is impossible for a
to mount two horses or to
stretch two bows. And it is impossible for a servant to serve two
masters; otherwise, he will honor the one and treat the other
contemptuously. No man
old wine and immediately desires to drink new
is not put into old wineskins, lest they burst;
nor is old wine put
into a new
lest it spoil it. An old patch
is not sewn onto a
because a tear would result."
New wine... new wine
Put into a new wineskin
A new garment
A man... man
If ye have heard of the
of God which is given me to youward:
[3:3] How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
[3:4] Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
[3:5] Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
The dispensation of... grace... the Spirit
Made known unto me
Jesus said, "If two
with each other
they will say to the mountain, 'Move Away,' and it will move away."
Two make peace with each other
This one house
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs,
and of the
partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
The same body
Jesus said, "Blessed are the
for you will find
the kingdom. For you are from it, and to it you will return."
The solitary and elect
Whereof I was
according to the gift of the grace of God given
me by the effectual working of his power.
Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where did
you come from?', say
to them, 'We came from the light, the place where the light came into
being on its own accord and established itself and became manifest
through their image.' If they say to you, 'Is it you?', say, 'We are
its children, we are the
the living father.'
If they ask you,
'What is the sign of your father in you?', say to them, 'It is movement
The elect of the living father
Unto me, who am less than the
is this grace given, that I should preach
among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
The least of all saints
His disciples said to him, "When will the
repose of the dead come about, and when will the
He said to them, "What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it."
The new world
Do not recognize
And to make
all men see
what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the
beginning of the
in God, who created all things by
Hath been hid
His disciples said to him, "Twenty-four
spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke in
He said to them, "You have omitted the one living in your presence and have spoken (only) of the dead."
The one living in your presence
To the intent that now unto the
might be known by the church the
wisdom of God,
The principalities and powers
In heavenly places
The manifold wisdom of God
His disciples said to him, "Is circumcision
beneficial or not?"
He said to them, "If it were beneficial, their father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable."
According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in
[3:12] In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
In Christ Jesus... In whom
Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor, for yours
Yours is the kingdom
Wherefore I desire that ye faint
not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Jesus said, "Whoever does not hate his father
and his mother
cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not hate his brothers
and take up his cross in my way will not be
Mother... brothers and sisters
cause I bow my knees unto the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
[3:15] Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
[3:16] That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
The whole family
According to the riches
Jesus said, "Whoever has come to
the world has found
and whoever has found a
is superior to the
A corpse... a corpse
with might by his Spirit in the
[3:17] That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
[3:18] May be able to comprehend with all saints
The inner man... in your hearts
Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like
a man who had good
seed. His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The
man did not allow them to pull
the weeds; he said to them, 'I am
afraid that you will go intending to pull
the weeds and pull
wheat along with them.' For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be
and they will be pulled
Pull up... pull up... pull up... pulled up
Be plainly visible
is the breadth, and
length, and depth,
[3:19] And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
Depth, and height
Jesus said, "Blessed is the man who has
suffered and found
ye might be
all the fulness
Be filled with... God
Jesus said, "Take heed of the
onewhile you are alive,
lest you die and seek to
and be unable
The living one... to him
While you are alive
Unable to do
that is able
abundantly above all that we ask
or think, according to the power that
worketh in us,
[3:21] Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
Unto him... unto him... Christ Jesus
Throughout all ages
Able to do
<They saw> a Samaritan carrying
on his way
He said to his disciples, "That man is round about the
They said to him, "So that he may kill it and eat it."
He said to them, "While it is alive, he will not eat it, but only when he has killed it and it has become a corpse."
They said to him, "He cannot do so otherwise."
He said to them, "You too, look for a place for yourself within repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten."
Carrying a lamb on his way
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you
that ye walk
of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
[4:2] With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
Lowliness and meekness
(61) Jesus said, "Two will rest on a bed: the one will die, and the other will live."
Salome said, "Who are you, man, that you ... have come up on my couch and eaten from my table?"
Jesus said to her, "I am he who exists from the undivided. I was given some of the things of my father."
<...> "I am your disciple."
<...> "Therefore I say, if he is destroyed, he will be filled with light, but if he is divided, he will be filled with darkness."
Two will rest on a bed
[4:3] Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
One another in love
Jesus said, "It is to those who are worthy of
my mysteries that I
tell my mysteries. Do not let your
(hand) know what your right
(hand) is doing."
Your left... your right
There is one
and one Spirit,
Jesus said, "There was a rich man who had much money.
He said, 'I
shall put my
to use so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my
storehouse with produce, with the result that I
Such were his intentions, but that same night he died. Let him who has
Money... my money
I shall lack nothing
as ye are called
hope of your
[4:5] One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
[4:6] One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Called... your calling
One...one... one... one... one
Jesus said, "A man had received
visitors. And when he had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to
invite the guests.
He went to the first one and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said, 'I have claims against some merchants. They are coming to me this evening. I must go and give them my orders. I ask to be excused from the dinner.'
He went to another and said to him, 'My master has invited you.' He said to him, 'I have just bought a house and am required for the day. I shall not have any spare time.'
He went to another and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said to him, 'My friend is going to get married, and I am to prepare the banquet. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused from the dinner.'
He went to another and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said to him, 'I have just bought a farm, and I am on my way to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused.'
The servant returned and said to his master, 'Those whom you invited to the dinner have asked to be excused.' The master said to his servant, 'Go outside to the streets and bring back those whom you happen to meet, so that they may dine.' Businessmen and merchants will not enter the places of my father."
My master... My master... My master... My master... his master... the master
[4:7] But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
[4:8] Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Given... the gift... gave gifts
He said, "There was a good man who
He leased it
to tenant farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the
produce from them. He sent his servant so that the tenants might give
him the produce of the
They seized his servant and beat him,
all but killing
The servant went back and told his master. The
master said, 'Perhaps he did not recognize them.' He sent another
servant. The tenants beat this one as well. Then the owner sent his son
and said, 'Perhaps they will show respect to my son.' Because the
tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they
seized him and killed him.
Let him who has ears hear."
A vineyard... the vineyard
Killing him... killed him
ascended, what is it but that he also descended
first into the
lower parts of the
[4:10] He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
He... descended... He... descended
Jesus said, "Show me the stone which the
have rejected. That one is the
And he gave some, apostles;
and some, prophets;
and some, evangelists;
and some, pastors
Apostles... prophets... evangelists... pastors and teachers
Jesus said, "If one who knows the all still
he is completely deficient."
A personal deficiency
perfecting of the saints,
for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
The perfecting of the saints
Jesus said, "Blessed are you when
and persecuted. Wherever
have been persecuted
they will find no place."
When you are hated
Wherever you have been persecuted
we all come in
the unity of the faith, and of the
of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature
of the fulness of Christ:
[4:14] That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine,
Till we all come in
Carried about with... doctrine
Jesus said, "Blessed are they who have been
themselves. It is they who have truly
know the father.
are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled."
Truly come to know the father
of men, and cunning
whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Sleight... cunning craftiness... deceive
Jesus said, "That
will save you if you bring
from yourselves. That which you do not have within
you will kill
you if you do not have it within you."
Bring it (That which you have) forth
in love, may grow up into him in
all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Speaking the truth
Jesus said, "I shall destroy this
and no one will be able to build
From whom the
fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint
supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every
part, maketh increase of the
unto the edifying
The whole body... the body
Edifying of itself
A man said to him, "Tell my brothers to divide my
He said to him, "O man, who has made me a divider?"
He turned to his disciples and said to them, "I am not a divider, am I?"
I am not a divider, am I?
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord,
that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity
[4:18] Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Having the understanding darkened
The ignorance that is in them
Jesus said, "The harvest is great but the
Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out laborers
to the harvest."
The laborers... laborers
Who being past
feeling have given
themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work
all uncleanness with
He said, "O Lord, there are many around the
drinking trough, but there
nothing in the cistern."
There is nothing in the cistern
But ye have not so learned Christ;
[4:21] If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
The truth is in Jesus
Jesus said, "Many
standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the
The bridal chamber
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the
corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
[4:23] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
The old man... is
The spirit of your mind
Jesus said, "The kingdom of the
is like a merchant who had
a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a
was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the
himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no
moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys."
A pearl... the pearl
And that ye put on the
which after God
is created in righteousness and true holiness.
[4:25] Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:
The new man... every man
Jesus said, "It is I
the light which is above them all.
is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did
the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the
stone, and you will find me there."
I... am the light which is above them all
one of another.
[4:26] Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
We are members one of another
Jesus said, "Why have you come out into the
desert? To see a reed
shaken by the wind? And to see a man clothed in fine garments like your
kings and your great men?
the fine garments,
and they are
unable to discern the truth."
Your kings and your great men
Upon them are the fine garments
Neither give place to the
[4:28] Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
The devil... him that stole
Have to give
the crowd said to him,
"Blessed are the womb which bore
you and the breasts which nourished you."
He said to her, "Blessed are those who have heard the word of the father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when you will say, 'Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk.'"
A woman from the crowd said to him
The word of the father
Blessed are the womb... and the breasts
Let no corrupt
proceed out of your mouth, but that which
good to the
use of edifying,
that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
[4:30] And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,
Communication which is... edifying
The holy Spirit of God
Jesus said, "He who has recognized the
has found the
but he who has found the
is superior to the
The body... the body
The world... the world
sealed unto the
Jesus said, "Let him who has grown rich be
king, and let him who possesses power renounce
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and
clamour, and evil speaking, be put
Jesus said, "He who is near me is near the
fire, and he who is far from
is far from the
with all malice:
[4:32] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Jesus said, "The
are manifest to man, but the light in them
remains concealed in the
of the light of the father. He will
become manifest, but his
will remain concealed by his light."
The images... the image... his image
Be ye therefore
followers of God, as dear children;
[5:2] And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Jesus said, "When you see your likeness, you
rejoice. But when you
which came into being before you, and which neither
how much you will have to bear!"
Your images... become manifest
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let
it not be once named among you, as becometh
Jesus said, "Adam
came into being from a
and a great
but he did not become worthy of you. For had he
been worthy, he
would not have experienced death."
A great power and a great wealth
filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient:
but rather giving of thanks.
[5:5] For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
The kingdom of Christ and of God
Jesus said, "The
have their holes and the birds have their nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head and rest."
with vain words: for because of these things cometh
the wrath of
God upon the children of disobedience.
[5:7] Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Let no man deceive you
Jesus said, "Wretched is the
that is dependant upon a
and wretched is the
that is dependent on these
The body... a body
For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are
in the Lord: walk as children of light:
[5:9] (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Jesus said, "The angels and the
will come to you and give
to you those things you (already) have. And you too, give them those
things which you have, and say to yourselves, 'When will they come and
take what is theirs?'"
what is acceptable
unto the Lord.
[5:11] And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Proving what is acceptable... reprove
Jesus said, "Why
do you wash
the outside of the cup?
Do you not
realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the
Why do you wash the outside of the cup?
For it is a
shame even to speak of those things
which are done
of them in
[5:13] But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Things... done... in secret
Jesus said, "Come unto me, for my yoke is easy
and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose
Wherefore he saith,
Awake thou that sleepest,
and arise from the dead, and Christ shall
give thee light.
They said to him, "Tell us who you are so that
we may believe in you."
He said to them, "You read the face of the sky and of the earth, but you have not recognized the one who is before you, and you do not know how to read this moment."
Read the face of the sky
Read this moment
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as
fools, but as wise,
[5:16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
The days are evil
Redeeming the time
Jesus said, "Seek and you will find. Yet, what
you asked me about
in former times and which I did not tell you then, now I
do desire to
tell, but you do not inquire after it."
I do desire to tell, but you do not inquire after it
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but
understanding what the will of the
[5:18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
But understanding what the will of the Lord is
<Jesus said,> "Do
what is holy to dogs,
throw them on the dung-heap. Do not throw the pearls to swine, lest
they [...] it [...]."
Do not give what is holy to dogs
Speaking to yourselves
in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the
Speaking to yourselves
Jesus said, "He
who knocks will be let in."
He who seeks will find
Giving thanks always for all
"If you have money,
do not lend it at interest, but give it to one from whom you will not
get it back."
name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
The name of our Lord Jesus Christ
"The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman. She
concealed it in some dough, and made it
large loaves. Let him who has ears hear."
She took a little leaven
Submitting yourselves one to
another in the fear of God.
[5:22] Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Wives, submit yourselves
Jesus said, "The
is like a
was carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking on the road,
still some distance from home,
the handle of the jar broke and the meal
emptied out behind her on the road. She did not realize it; she had
noticed no accident. When she reached her
she set the jar down
and found it empty."
The kingdom of the father
A certain woman
Home... her house
For the husband is the head of the
even as Christ
head of the church:
and he is the saviour
[5:24] Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Christ is the head of the church
The body... the church
Jesus said, "The
is like a
wanted to kill a powerful man. In his own house he drew his sword and
stuck it into the wall in order to find out whether his hand could
carry through. Then he
The kingdom of the father
A certain man
He slew the powerful man
love your wives, even as Christ
Christ... loved the church
Christ... gave himself
The disciples said to him, "Your brothers and
your mother are standing outside."
He said to them, "Those here who do the will of my father are my brothers and my mother. It is they who will enter the kingdom of my father."
Those here who do the will of my father
They... will enter the kingdom of my father
That he might sanctify
it with the washing
water by the word,
[5:27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Sanctify and cleanse... washing
He might present... a glorious church
Jesus a gold coin and said to him, "Caesar's men
taxes from us."
He said to them, "Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give God what belongs to God, and give me what is mine."
So ought men
wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
not hate his father and his
as I do cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever
love his father
as I do cannot become a disciple to me.
For my mother [...], but my
gave me life."
Whoever does not hate his father and his mother
My true mother gave me life
Hate his father and his mother... love his father and his mother
ever yet hated
but nourisheth and cherisheth
it, even as the Lord the church:
[5:30] For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
[5:31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
No man... hated his own flesh
Of his flesh, and of his bones
Leave his father and mother
"Woe to the pharisees, for they are like a dog
sleeping in the
for neither does he eat nor does he let
the oxen eat."
The manger of oxen
Let the oxen eat
This is a great mystery: but I speak
concerning Christ and the
[5:33] Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Love his wife
Jesus said, "Fortunate
the man who knows where the brigands
so that he may get up, muster his domain, and
before they invade."
Fortunate is the man who knows where the brigands will enter
[6:1] Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord
They said to
Jesus, "Come, let us pray today and let us fast."
Jesus said, "What is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I been defeated? But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray."
What is the sin that I have committed
[6:2] Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
[6:3] That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Honour thy father and mother
"He who knows the father
and the mother will be called the son
of a harlot."
Son of a harlot
[6:4] And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Children to wrath
"When you make
the two one,
you will become the sons
of man, and when you say, 'Mountain, move away,' it will move away."
Make the two one
[6:5] Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
[6:6] Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
[6:7] With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
Your masters according to the flesh... as unto Christ
(107) Jesus said, "The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine sheep and looked for that one until he found it. When he had gone to such trouble, he said to the sheep, 'I care for you more than the ninety-nine.'"
One... the largest... that one
The ninety-nine... the ninety-nine
I care for you more
that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of
the Lord, whether he be bond
[6:9] And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
Neither is there respect of persons with him
Jesus said, "He who
will drink from my mouth will become like me.
I myself shall become he, and the
are hidden will be
The things that are hidden will be revealed
Finally, my brethren, be strong in
and in the power
of his might.
In the Lord, and in the power
"The kingdom is like a man who had a hidden treasure
without knowing it. And after he
he left it to his
son. The son did not know (about the treasure). He inherited the
and sold it. And the one who bought it went plowing and found the
treasure. He began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished."
His field... the field
Put on the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to stand
the wiles of the
[6:12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
Stand against... the devil
"Whoever finds the
and becomes rich, let him renounce the
The world... the world
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
against spiritual wickedness in high places.
[6:13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
This world... the evil day
Jesus said, "The
will be rolled up in your
presence. And the one who lives from the living one will
Does not Jesus say, "Whoever finds himself is superior
The heavens and the earth
Will not see death
Superior to the world
Stand therefore, having
your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of
[6:15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
[6:16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
[6:17] And take the helmet of salvation,
The helmet... your feet
Quench all the fiery darts of the wicked
"Woe to the flesh that depends on the
woe to the
that depends on the flesh."
The soul... the soul
the sword of the
which is the
word of God:
[6:18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
The Spirit... the Spirit
said to him, "When
<Jesus said,> "It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying 'here it is' or 'there it is.' Rather, the kingdom of the father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it."
When will the kingdom come?
It will not be a matter of saying 'here it is'
Men do not see it
with all perseverance and
supplication for all saints;
[6:19] And for me, that utterance
given unto me, that I may open
to make known the
mystery of the gospel,
[6:20] For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
[6:21] But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
Utterance... open my mouth boldly... I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak
Ye... may know... Tychicus... shall make known to you all things
said to him, "Let Mary leave
for women are not worthy of life."
Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven."
I myself shall lead her
A living spirit
Male... males... male
Whom I have sent
the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might
comfort your hearts.
[6:23] Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
[6:24] Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Sent unto you
Grace be with all
The Lord Jesus Christ... our Lord Jesus Christ
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