The Gospel of
Thomas - 1 Peter
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The Gospel of Thomas
Translated By Thomas o. Lambdin


1 Peter
The Apostle Peter


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 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,


Jesus Christ

Peter

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



Whoever finds


to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

The strangers


(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."





Him who seeks... finds

Troubled

1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

(The) elect

Peace


(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."


Know... known... realize

The sons of the living father

You... are that poverty


1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,




The resurrection

Jesus Christ

The dead


(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."



The man old in days... A small child


Become one and the same


1:4 To
an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,



An inheritance

Heaven


(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."


Become plain


1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Be revealed


(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?"



Fast...pray


1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

Heaviness... manifold temptations


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."




Hidden... become manifest

Uncovered


1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Might be found

The appearing


(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 man whom the lion consumes


1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not,


Ye see him not


(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."


Ears to hear


yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:





 

Joy unspeakable


(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."

The seed... produced good fruit


1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.







The salvation of your souls


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






Cast fire... until it blazes


1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you.

Prophesied of the grace that should come


(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?"

In the days when


Dwell in the light



1:11 Searching what, or 
what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify,






What manner of time

the Spirit of Christ...
in them

(12) The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?" 







We know that you will depart from us


When it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.


(The Spirit) testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ

Jesus said to them, "Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."











Heaven


1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven ;

Heaven


(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."
 

Angel

A wise philosopher

Drunk... become intoxicated

Whom I am like


which things the angels desire to look into.

1:13 Wherefore
gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:





Angels

The loins of your mind

Be sober

Fashioning yourselves


(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."


You... be condemned


Defile you


1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.





 
Be ye holy


Be ye holy


(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."

Father


1:17 And if ye call on the Father,



Father


(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


I have come to cast... fire, sword, and war


who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

 
pass the time of your sojourning here in fear


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."




Father


1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

Fathers


(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."


I shall give you


1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

The precious blood of Christ


(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."

Discovered... the beginning


1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,




Foreordained before the foundation


(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."


Will not experience death


1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.




raised... up from the dead


(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."




Tilled soil


1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

A pure heart



(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."

Settled in a field


1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible,




Incorruptible... seed



(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


by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.




the word of God


(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."




They shall stand


1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away

The glory of man... falleth


(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."

Let him hear

There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world


1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.




The word of the Lord

This is the word


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


Love


2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice,


Malice


(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."

The mote in your brother's eye


and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

Hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings


(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."

If you do not fast

2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
 

Desire the sincere milk


(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."

Thirsty


2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.




Tasted


(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."

Spirit came... because of the body


2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men,



Coming... to a living stone


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

Gods


but chosen of God, and precious,


God


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









Physician


2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Priesthood


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












A city


2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Sion


(33) 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 who enters and leaves will see its light."




Your housetops... a lampstand


2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

The head of the corner


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






Fall


2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

Stumble


(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."



It is not possible for anyone


2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, 
a peculiar people;

But ye are...
a peculiar people


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




Evening until morning


that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

darkness into... light


(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"

Little children

Not be afraid


2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.



The people of God

Obtained mercy


(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... words...I am saying to you


You...look for me and will not find me


2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;


I beseech you

Fleshly lusts... war against the soul


(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."








The pharisees and the scribes


Entered... enter


2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in
the day of visitation.

They speak against you

The... visitation


(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."

"A grapevine... outside of the father


2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake:

Every ordinance of man


(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."


Whoever has something... and nothing


whether it be to the king, as supreme;
2:14 Or unto governors,


The king... or... governors


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





Become passers-by


as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

Them that are sent


(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."

Who are you that you should say

You do not realize

The Jews


2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the
of ignorance of foolish men:



Ye may put to silence

Ignorance

Foolish men


(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


2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.


Not using your liberty


(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


2:17 Honour all men.









Honour all men


(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."


Those born of women


Love the brotherhood
. Fear God. Honour the king.






Love the brotherhood


(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."


Servant to serve


2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.









Servants, be subject


(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."



Make peace with each other


2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

Endure grief, suffering wrongfully


(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."














Blessed are the solitary


2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

If... ye do well, and suffer ... this is acceptable


(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.'"


What is the sign of your father in you?


2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:





An example, that ye should follow his steps


(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."


What you look forward to 
has already come

2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:




(Jesus)...
Who did no sin


(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."




The one living in your presence


2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:


(Jesus)... Who


(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."





Circumcised


2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.


His... body...
whose stripes
(wounds)


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







The poor

The kingdom


2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Sheep

The Shepherd


(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."


Father

Mother


3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word,



Husbands

Wives


(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."



Whoever has come to understand


The world


they
also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;


They (Husbands)

Wives


(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 man

Afraid


3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.








They (husbands)

Fear


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














The man who... found life


3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart,

The hidden man


(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


in that which is not corruptible,


That which is not corruptible


(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."



Carrying a lamb


even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.





The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit


(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


3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

Holy women... husbands


(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


Right (hand)... left (hand)


3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

Abraham

Abraham... Sara


(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... money... died



3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Husbands... wife... being heirs together
 


(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."

Invite the guests


A man... prepared... dinner



3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:





having compassion...
be pitiful


Love as brethren


(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."

The tenants beat... and killed

The heir


3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that 
ye should inherit a blessing.





Rendering evil

Ye inherit


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








The stone

The stone which the builders have rejected


3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

He that will love life

Let him refrain his tongue from evil


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




One who... feels a personal deficiency


3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Let him seek peace


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









Blessed are you


Persecuted


3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.


His ears are open

Evil


(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


3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?



Harm


(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

Will kill you


3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

Righteousness

Be not afraid


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





This house


No one


3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man


Your hearts

Every man


(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?"


Who... made... me... ?... I am... am I?


that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:



Asketh you a reason of the hope... in you


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





The laborers are few

The Lord


3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

They speak evil of you

Christ


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




The drinking trough

Nothing


3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

The will of God

Evil


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










The solitary

The bridal chamber


3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

Christ

Bring us to God


(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."

The pearl

Where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys


being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:







 
The Spirit


Put to death in the flesh


(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 who am the light which is above them all


3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;





The spirits in prison


(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."



See a man... in... the desert


3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Noah


(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.'"


The womb... the breasts

The womb... the breasts


3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:


The flesh

A good conscience


(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."




The body


Superior to the world


3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.


Heaven

Authorities... made subject


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






Be king... him who possesses power


Inasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind:

Arm yourselves


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


He... is near the fire


for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

He... hath suffered


(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 images

The father


4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.


The flesh

God


(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!"


When you see your likeness


4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, 



The time past of our life


(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 came... but... did not become worthy



when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:


We walked in lasciviousness


(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 son of man... rest


4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

Ye run not


(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 body


4:5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

The dead


(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?'"

The prophets will... give to you


4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead,



The gospel (was) preached


(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?"

The outside

The inside


that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

The flesh

The spirit


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




Repose


4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Prayer


(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."

The face of the sky


4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.



Above all things


(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."


You will find



for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.




Charity shall cover


(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 [...]."


Do not give

Lest they


4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.


Use hospitality

Without grudging


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










He who seeks


4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Every man


(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



Give


4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth

If any man speak... the oracles

Giveth


(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."


The kingdom of the father


that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


Dominion for ever


(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."



The jar broke


She... found it empty


4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:


the fiery trial

Some strange thing happened unto you


(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


4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.


Christ's sufferings


(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."


Your brothers and your mother are standing outside


4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

Ye be reproached


(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."




Caesar's men demand taxes


4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.



Other men's matters


(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."















Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as I do 

Love his father and his mother


4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?



If any man suffer as a Christian

The house of God


(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."




The pharisees


4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?


The righteous


(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."







The brigands will enter


Muster his domain


4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

Suffer

The keeping of their souls


(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."





The bridegroom


The bridal chamber


5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:


Christ

The glory that shall be revealed


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





He who knows the father and the mother


5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;


A ready mind


(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."


Become the sons of man


5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

Being ensamples


(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.'"

Shepherd


5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.



Shepherd


(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."












Become like me


5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Submit yourselves


(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."


He began to lend


5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:





He may exalt you


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


Renounce the world


5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Casting all your care


(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?"














Death

The world


5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Devil

The world


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











Woe to the flesh... woe to the soul


5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Ye have suffered


(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


5:11 To him be glory and 
dominion for ever and ever. Amen.





Dominion for ever





(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

Women


Become a living spirit 

Every woman... make herself male


5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.



A faithful brother

The church... at Babylon

A kiss of charity

Peace be with you all


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The Gospel of Thomas - 1 Corinthians
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The Gospel of Thomas - Galatians
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The Gospel of Thomas - James
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The Gospel of Thomas
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