Key Word Connections: The Gospel of Thomas - James



The Gospel of Thomas

Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin
 
 The Letter of James
A Servant of Jesus Christ

These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.


The living Jesus

Didymos Judas Thomas

1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

The Lord Jesus Christ

James, a servant


(1) And he said, "Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."

Experience death

1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Fall into... temptations

(2) Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the All."


Become troubled



1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.




The trying of your faith


(3) Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, 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 poverty."

You... are the sons of the living father



1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.








Ye may be perfect


(4) Jesus said, "The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same."

Ask a small child


1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;




Ask of God

(5) Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you . For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest."

That which is hidden from you will become plain to you

And it shall be given him.






And it shall be given him.

(6) 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 observe?"
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."



How shall we pray?



1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.


Ask in faith, nothing wavering


(7) Jesus said, "Blessed is
the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man."

The lion... consumed by man
The man... 
the lion consumes


1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.






A double minded man

(8) 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."

Small fish

Drew it up


1:9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:







Low degree

He is exalted

(9) Jesus said, "Now the sower went out, 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."

Choked the seed



1:10 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.








The flower... shall pass away

(10) Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes."


Fire

Blazes



1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat,


Sun

Burning heat


(11) 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?"



This heaven will pass away

The dead


But it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.


The flower... falleth

The rich man

(12) 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."


James the righteous


1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

The man that endureth temptation

(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."

Become intoxicated



1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:




Be tempted
 


(14) 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 land and 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 which issues from your mouth - it is that which will defile you."

Give rise to sin for yourselves



1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.



Drawn away of his own lust

(15) Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your father."


Born



1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.


Conceived


(16) 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."

Do not know


1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.











Do not err

(17) 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."



Give



1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Gift


(18) The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us how our end will be."
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."

Tell us... the beginning


1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.





Begat... us... a... firstfruits



(19) 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 experience death."

Listen to my words


1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:







Be swift to hear



(20) 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."

The kingdom of heaven



1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.






The righteousness of God



(21) Mary said to Jesus, "Whom are your disciples like?"
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."

Undress


Settled in a field


1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.




Lay apart

Engrafted
word
(implanted and rooted)
 


(22) Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, "These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom."
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."


Make the two one


1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.










Be... doers of the word

(23) 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."




A single one


1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:


A man


(24) 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."

Show

A man of light


1:24 For he 
beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.




Beholdeth


What manner of man

(25) Jesus said, "Love your brother like your soul, guard him like the pupil of your eye."








Love your brother


Your eye


1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

The perfect law of liberty

Looketh

(26) Jesus said, "You see the mote in your brother's 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 brother's eye."

You see the mote in your brother's eye

Do not see the beam


1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.




You seem to be religious

Deceiveth his own heart


(27) <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 father."


Fast as regards the world


See the father


1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, 

Pure religion

Before... the Father
To visit the fatherless

(28) Jesus said, "I took my place in the midst of the world, and I 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 world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent."


Took my place in... the world

And to keep himself unspotted from the world.
2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.



Keep... unspotted from the world


(29) 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 wealth has made its home in this poverty."

Flesh... spirit

In this poverty

Great wealth

2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;

2:3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:


Man... gold

In vile raiment

(Rich) clothing

(30) Jesus said, "Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him."


Gods... gods



2:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?


Judges



(31) Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him."



Is accepted


His... village


2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith,


Hath chosen


This world

(32) Jesus said, "A city being built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."





A city


And heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

2:6 But ye have despised the poor. 

The kingdom

(34) Jesus said, "If a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit."




Blind man... blind man


Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?

2:7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?

Rich men


(35) Jesus said, "It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of a strong man and take it by force unless he binds his hands; then he will (be able to) ransack his house."


The house

His house


2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:


Thy neighbour


Thyself

(36) Jesus said, "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear."


Concerned... about what you will wear



2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.



Have respect to persons



(37) His disciples said, "When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see you?"
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"


Be afraid


2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.







Is guilty

(38) 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 will look for me and will not find me."


Hear these words... hear them


2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.


He that said... said also


(39) Jesus said, "The pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves."


Be... wise... and... innocent  


The keys of knowledge

2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.






Be judged

The law of liberty

(40) Jesus said, "A grapevine has been planted outside of the father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed."


Destroyed


2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

Shewed no mercy

(41) Jesus said, "Whoever has something in his hand will receive more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has."



Will receive more

Has nothing


2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?



What doth it profit

Have not works

(42) Jesus said, "Become passers-by."







Become passers-by


2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace,

Depart in peace


(43) His disciples said to him, "Who are you, 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."


The tree... the tree


Be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?





The body


(44) Jesus said, "Whoever blasphemes against the father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven either on earth or in heaven."

Not be forgiven

2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.





Is dead

(45) 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 things."


A good man... an evil man


Brings forth


Fruit... good... things



2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.




A man

Show

Works


(46) Jesus said, "Among those born of women, from Adam until John the Baptist, there is no one so superior to John the Baptist 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."


One


You... be a child


2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.






One


Thou believest


(47) Jesus said, "It is impossible for a man 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 drinks old wine and immediately desires to drink 
new wine. And new wine is not put into old wineskins, lest they burst; nor is old wine put into a new wineskin, lest it spoil it. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, because a tear would result." 

Two horses... two bows... 
two masters 

New wine... old wine
 


2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
 








Faith...works

Faith... works

(48) Jesus said, "If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move Away,' and it will move away."  


If two make peace... 
in... one house

The mountain

2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?



Abraham...  Isaac

The alter


(49) Jesus said, "Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you will find the kingdom. For you are from it, and to it you will return."





The solitary and elect


2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?



Made perfect


(50) 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 elect of the living father.' If they ask you, 'What is the sign of your father in you?', say to them, 'It is movement and repose.'"


We are... children...
elect of the living father


2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.


 

The Friend of God


(51) His disciples said to him, "When will the repose of the dead come about, and when will the new world come?"
He said to them, "What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it."


You do not recognize it


The repose of the dead


2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.






Ye see

A man is justified


(52) His disciples said to him, "Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke in you."
He said to them, "You have omitted the one living in your presence and have spoken (only) of the dead."



Prophets

2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?



Messengers

(53) 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."


The true circumcision in spirit

2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.





The body without the spirit

(54) Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven."


Yours is the kingdom


Blessed


3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

Masters

Condemnation


(55) 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 sisters and take up his cross in my way will not be worthy of me."


Hate... father... mother... brothers... sisters

Take up his cross in my way


3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.




We offend all

Bridle the whole body


(56) Jesus said, "Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world."


The world

Whoever... understand(s)... 
is superior


3:3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.


Their whole body

That they may obey us



(57) 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 up the weeds; he said to them, 'I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them.' For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will be pulled up and burned."

The kingdom


The man



3:4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.


The ships


The governor
 

(58) Jesus said, "Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life."




The man

Has suffered


3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

A matter (literally: a wood)

A... fire

(59) Jesus said, "Take heed of the living one while you are alive, lest you die and seek to see him and be unable to do so."






The living one


Lest you die


Unable to... see him



3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and
setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

The whole body

Setteth on fire... nature

Hell


(60) <They saw> a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He said to his disciples, "That man is round about the lamb."
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."

Samaritan

A lamb

3:7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:





Mankind

Every kind of beasts


(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."


Man

He is divided

Filled with darkness


3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.






Man

It is an unruly evil

Full of deadly poison


(62) Jesus said, "It is to those who are worthy of my mysteries that I tell my mysteries. Do not let your left (hand) know what your right (hand) is doing."



Those who are worthy of my mysteries


3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.


Men... made after the similitude of God


(63) Jesus said, "There was a rich man who had much money. He said, 'I shall put my money to use so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouse with produce, with the result that I shall lack nothing.' Such were his intentions, but that same night he died. Let him who has ears hear."

A rich man who had 
much money

He died


3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.






Blessing

Cursing  


(64) 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."


He sent his servant


3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?











A fountain send forth... water


(65) He said, "There was a good man who owned a vineyard. 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 vineyard. They seized his servant and beat him, all but killing him. 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

Servant

3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.





A vine

Water

(66) Jesus said, "Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone."





The stone... the cornerstone


3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

A wise man
 


(67) Jesus said, "If one who knows the all still feels a personal deficiency, he is completely deficient."



If one who... feels a personal deficiency

Completely deficient


3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not,



If ye have... envying... strife

Glory not

(68) Jesus said, "Blessed are you when you are hated and persecuted. Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no place."


Hated and persecuted

No place


And lie not against the truth. 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.


Against the truth

Not from above




(69) Jesus said, "Blessed are they who have been persecuted within themselves. It is they who have truly come to know the father. Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled."


Persecuted within themselves

3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.




Where... strife is

(70) Jesus said, "That which you have will save you if you bring it forth from yourselves. That which you do not have within you will kill you if you do not have it within you."




That which you have will save you



3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

The wisdom that is from above

(71) Jesus said, "I shall destroy this house, and no one will be able to build it [...]."



Destroy this house


3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Make peace


(72) A man said to him, "Tell my brothers to divide my father's possessions with me."
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?"

Divide my father's possessions
with me

4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?



Wars and fightings among you

(73) Jesus said, "The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out laborers to the harvest."



Beseech


4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

Ask
 

(74) He said, "O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern."



Many



4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Ye... ye... ye... your

(75) Jesus said, "Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber."











Many


4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Ye adulterers and adulteresses


(76) Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a merchant who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl. That merchant was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys."



Seek his unfailing and enduring treasure


4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?







The spirit that dwelleth in us


(77) Jesus said, "It is I who am the light which is above them all. It 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... above them all...
Lift up the stone


4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.




Resisteth the proud

 


(78) 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? Upon them are the fine garments, and they are unable to discern the truth."

Your kings and your great men

4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.




The devil


(79) A woman from 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.'"

Womb... breasts...
Womb... breasts


4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts






Hands... hearts



(80) Jesus said, "He who has recognized the world has found the body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world."

Recognized the world... the body


Ye double minded.
 



Ye double minded

(81) Jesus said, "Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it."




Renounce it


3:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep

(82) Jesus said, "He who is near me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingdom."


Near me

Far from the kingdom

4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.


In the sight of the Lord

He shall lift you up
 

(83) Jesus said, "The images are manifest to man, but the light in them remains concealed in the image of the light of the father. He will become manifest, but his image will remain concealed by his light."




The light in them remains concealed


4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

Speak not evil... of another 

(84) Jesus said, "When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see your images which came into being before you, and which neither die not become manifest, how much you will have to bear!"

Images... which neither die


4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy:


 

Who is able to... destroy


(85) Jesus said, "Adam came into being from a great power and a great wealth, but he did not become worthy of you. For had he been worthy, he would not have experienced death."


Adam... did not become worthy of you


Who art thou that judgest
another?





Who art thou that judgest


(86) Jesus said, "The foxes have their holes and the birds have their nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head and rest."



The foxes have their holes and the birds have their nests


4:13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

Go into... a city, and continue there
 

(87) Jesus said, "Wretched is the body that is dependant upon a body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on these two."

The soul... is dependent on... the body



4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life?


Your life

 

(88) Jesus said, "The angels and the prophets 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?'"

Give... those things... you... have... take what is theirs


4:15
It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 






(Life) appeareth... and then vanisheth away


(89) 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 outside?"


Why do you...?


For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.



We... do this


(90) Jesus said, "Come unto me, for my yoke is easy and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves."



You will find


4:16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.



Ye rejoice



(91) 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."
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You have not recognized... 
You do not know

4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.






Knoweth to do...  
Doeth it not

(92) 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."

Now


5:1 Go to now,





Now


(93) <Jesus said,> "Do not give what is holy to dogs, lest they throw them on the dung-heap. Do not throw the pearls to swine, lest they [...] it [...]."

Dogs

On the dung-heap

Ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.



Weep and howl

Upon you... ye rich men
 


(94) Jesus said, "He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in."



He who seeks will find

He who knocks will be let in


5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Your riches

Your garments

(95) Jesus said, "If you have money, do not lend it at interest, but give it to one from whom you will not get it back."




If you have money


5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

Your gold and silver


(96) Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman. She took a little leaven, concealed it in some dough, and made it into large loaves. Let him who has ears hear."






Him who has ears hear



5:4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

The ears of the Lord


(97) Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman who 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 house, she set the jar down and found it empty."


On the road

She had noticed no accident



5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.



On the earth


Ye have lived in pleasure... and been wanton


(98) Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a certain man who 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 slew the powerful man."



Kill a powerful man

he slew the powerful man


5:6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.







Killed the just
 
He doth not resist you

(99) 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."


Are standing outside


They... will enter the kingdom


5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

Waiteth... hath long patience for it

Be patient
 


(100) They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, "Caesar's men demand 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."


Give me what is mine



5:8
Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.




Your hearts


(101) <Jesus said,> "Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. For my mother [...], but my true mother gave me life."


Hate


5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.




Grudge
 

(102) Jesus said, "Woe to the pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor does he let the oxen eat."

Oxen




5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, 





Prophets


(103) Jesus said, "Fortunate is the man who knows where the brigands will enter, so that he may get up, muster his domain, and arm himself before they invade."


They invade



For an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.




Suffering affliction


(104) 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."

Fast  and pray

5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure.







Endure


(105) Jesus said, "He who knows the father and the mother will be called the son of a harlot."





Called the son of a harlot


Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

The Lord is very pitiful

(106) Jesus said, "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

 


5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

Heaven... earth



(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 of them... went astray

5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.






Any among you afflicted

(108) Jesus said, "He who will drink from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him."



Drink from my mouth

He... will become like me


5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Call for the elders

Anointing him with oil


(109) Jesus said, "The kingdom is like a man who had a hidden treasure in his field without knowing it. And after he died, he left it to his son. The son did not know (about the treasure). He inherited the field 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."


A man... had a... treasure... without knowing it

He died




5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

 





The sick

The Lord shall raise him up
 


(110) Jesus said, "Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world." 



Renounce the world

 

5:16 Confess your faults one to another,


Confess your faults


(111) Jesus said, "The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in your presence. And the one who lives from the living one will not see death." Does not Jesus say, "Whoever finds himself is superior to the world?"




Will not see death

Whoever...
is superior to the world


And pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.



May be healed


A righteous man 

(112) Jesus said, "Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh."





The flesh... the soul


5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

Subject to like passions 


(113) His disciples said to him, "When will the kingdom come?"
<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."

The kingdom of the father

The earth


5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.




The heaven

The earth


(114) Simon Peter said to him, "Let Mary leave us, 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."



Simon Peter

Become a living spirit


Will enter the kingdom 
of heaven


5:19 Brethren, 
if any of you do err from the truth,
and one convert him;
5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

If any of you do err

Converteth the sinner


Shall hide a multitude
of sins



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