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The Gospel of Thomas 
Translated by Thomas O. Lambdin
1 Thessalonians
By the Apostle Paul
These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.



Jesus

Thomas
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ:

Paul

Jesus

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


Not experience death

Grace be unto you, 



Grace

(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."

Troubled
and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.




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."


When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known
[1:2] We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;







Making mention of you in our prayers

(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 will not hesitate to ask


Become one and the same

[1:3] Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Remembering without ceasing


In our Lord Jesus Christ
 

(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."


In your sight

Become plain

in the sight of God and our Father;
[1:4] Knowing



In the sight

Knowing

(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."

Disciples

Hidden

Manifest

Bethren beloved, your election of God.
[1:5] For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance;

Brethren

In the Holy Ghost

In much assurance

(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."


Man... man... man... man

as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.




Men

(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."

A wise fisherman

Small fish... 
small fish

A fine large fish... 
large fish

[1:6] And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord,






The Lord

Followers

Us

(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."

Seeds... the seed

Others fell on the rock, did not take root in the soil

Thorns

having received the word in much afflictionwith joy






The word

Joy

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

Fire
 of the Holy Ghost:


The Holy Ghost
(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?"

You... dwell in the light

When you were one you became two
[1:7] So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.




Ye were ensamples

Macedonia and Achaia

(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."



You will depart

Our leader

Wherever you are

[1:8] For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place



From you

The Lord

In every place
(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."

Tell me whom I am like...
saying whom you are like

Withdrew

Returned

Stones... stones

A fire
your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
[1:9] For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;








Your faith to God-ward... speak

Entering in

Turned

Idols

God... God

(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."

Be condemned... do harm to your spirits

Go into any land and walk about in the districts

Rise... heal the sick

[1:10] And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.




The wrath to come

Wait for his Son from heaven

Raised from the dead

(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."



You see one who was not born of woman

  [2:1] For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:


Yourselves... know our entrance in unto you
(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."


Upon the earth

Dissension

Stand solitary
[2:2] But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

At Philippi

Contention

Speak unto you

(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 what... ear has heard

no... no... no

[2:3] For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:


Our exhortation

Not... nor... nor
(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."

For where the beginning is, there will the end be
[2:4] But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel,





The gospel,
(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."

My words
 even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.




We speak
(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 smallest of all seeds

A shelter
[2:5] For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:


Flattering words

A cloke

(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."

A man

Disciples

The thief is coming

The robbers... come to you

The difficulty

Among you

[2:6] Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
[2:7] But we were gentle among you,











Men
 

Apostles

Christ

Nor... sought we glory... of you

Burdensome

Among you

(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."




Infants being suckled... infants being suckled... children

Make the two one

even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
[2:8] So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls,









A nurse cherisheth her children

The gospel 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."


I shall choose you
because ye were dear unto us.



Ye were dear unto us
(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."

Light... light... lights... shine

Darkness
[2:9] For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, 

Day

Night

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


Love your brother... guard him
we preached unto you the gospel of God.



We preached unto you
(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... you will see
[2:10] Ye are witnesses,




Ye are witnesses
(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
and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

We behaved ourselves... holily
(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."


Became afflicted

The sons of men
[2:11] As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,






Comforted

A father... his children
(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."


The body

Great wealth
[2:12] That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.



His kingdom

Glory

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


Gods... gods

[2:13] For this cause also thank we God without ceasing,


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








Prophet is accepted


Heals those who know
because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.


Received the word...
received it


Worketh... in you that believe

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



A city
[2:14] For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus: 

Judea
(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... everyone
for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen,



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

A blind man... a blind man
even as they have of the Jews:


The Jews
(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."

Ransack his house
[2:15] Who both killed the Lord Jesus,


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

Do not be concerned... about what you will wear
and their own prophets, and have persecuted us;

 

Persecuted

(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"

Without being ashamed

You will not be afraid
and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:





Please not God

Contrary to all men
(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 which I am saying to you


You will look for me and will not find me
[2:16] Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.


Speak to the Gentiles

Wrath is come upon them to the uttermost
(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."

Taken the keys of knowledge
[2:17] But we, brethren, being taken from you



We... being taken from you
(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."



Outside of the father
for a short time in presence,





In presence
(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."

Has nothing
not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

Not in heart
(42) Jesus said, "Become passers-by."





Become passers-by
[2:18] Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again

Come unto you... once and again

(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."

You... you... you... you have become like the Jews

but Satan hindered us.






Satan

(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."

Will be forgiven
[2:19] For what is our hope,




Our hope

(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."

Thorns

or joy, or crown of rejoicing?






Crown

(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."


(Before him)

Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?




In the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ

(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."

Spoil

The one

Servant... serve

[2:20] For ye are our glory and joy.
[3:1] Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
[3:2] And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God,





Good

Alone

Minister
(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

Move Away... move Away
and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:


The gospel of Christ

Establish
(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."

From it, and to it you will return
[3:3] That no man should be moved by these afflictions:


Be moved

(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 the elect

for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.






We are appointed
(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, but you do not recognize it
[3:4] For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

Even as it came to pass, and ye know
(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 spoke... spoke in you
[3:5] For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

Our labour... in vain

(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."


Is circumcision beneficial or not?

[3:6] But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, 

(Paul circumcised Timothy,
see Acts 16:1-3)



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

Yours is the kingdom
and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity,


Your faith

(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... hate

Disciple

His cross

and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
 [3:7] Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:

Desiring... to see us... to see you

Brethren

Our affliction and distress

(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."

A corpse... a corpse

[3:8] For now we live,




Live

(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 wheatpulled up along with them.' For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will be and burned."

Pull up the weeds... pull up the wheat... pulled up

if ye stand fast in the Lord.








Stand fast

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



Blessed
(happy)
[3:9] For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes

Joy


(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

Seek to see him

before our God;
[3:10] Night and day prayingthat we might see your face exceedingly ,

Our God


Praying... that we might see your face

(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."


On his way

and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
[3:11] Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.






Our way

(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

[3:12] And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another,








Love one toward another

(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."



To those who are worthy
and toward all men, even as we do toward you:


Toward all men...
toward you

(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."




His intentions

That same night he died

[3:13] To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.


Your hearts

At the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ 

(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."


Ask...ask...ask, asked

My Master... My Master... My Master... his Master... The Master

Go outside to the streets

Businessmen and merchants will not enter the places of my father

[4:1] Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.





















Beseech

The Lord Jesus

How ye ought to walk

And to please God


(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."

Servant... servant... master... master... servant

[4:2] For ye know what commandments we gave you








 

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

The cornerstone
by the Lord Jesus.


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





One who knows the all

A personal deficiency

He is completely deficient

[4:3] For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

This is the will of God

Your sanctification

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

They will find no place
[4:4] That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel  

Possess his vessel
(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

Know the father
in sanctification and honour;
[4:5] Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:


In sanctification and honour

Know not God
(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 do not have within you will kill you

[4:6] That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.


The Lord is the avenger
 

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






This house
[4:7] For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
[4:8] He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

Man... holy Spirit
(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?"




Brothers

Divide... divider... divider


Disciples
[4:9] But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another .
[4:10] And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia:


Brotherly

Love one another

Brethren

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



Great... few

 but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;


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




There are many around the drinking trough

[4:11] And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;


Work with your own hands

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



Many are standing at the door

Enter the bridal chamber

[4:12] That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

Them that are without

That ye may have lack of nothing

(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 and no worm destroys comes near to devour ."


Discovered a pearl

No moth... and no worm destroys

[4:13] But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.




Not...
ignorant

No hope

(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.)"


Above them all

Unto me did the all extend

[4:14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.





Rose again

Them... will God bring with him

(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."


Come out into the desert

Them... they are unable to discern the truth

[4:15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.


Remain unto the coming

Them which are asleep

(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 womb

The word

[4:16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:


Heaven
(The mother of us all, Galatians 4:26)

The voice

(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."



He who has recognized the world

The body... the body

Is superior to the world

[4:17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:


We which are alive

The Lord... the Lord

In the air

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

Be king

and so shall we ever be with the Lord.


Be with the Lord

(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 who is near me is near the fire

[4:18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
 


Comfort one another with these words

(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 are manifest to man


The light... the light... his light

[5:1] But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
5:2] For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Of the times and the seasons...
ye have no need that I write unto you

The day... the night

(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, you rejoice

You will have to bear

[5:3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.


As... a woman with child

They shall not escape

(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."


Not have experienced death

[5:4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.


Not in darkness

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






The foxes... the birds


The son of man has no place to lay his head and rest

[5:5] Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
[5:6] Therefore let us not sleep, as do others;



Of the night... of darkness


Let us not sleep

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


Wretched is the body that is dependant...
wretched is the soul that is dependent

but let us watch and be sober.






Be sober

(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?'"



When will they come and take what is theirs?

[5:7] For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.



In the night... in the night

(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 of the cup

The inside

[5:8] But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.


Putting on

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



My lordship

Find repose
[5:9] For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Our Lord Jesus Christ 

Obtain salvation

(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."


Recognized the one who is before you

[5:10] Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.



Live together with him

(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 I do desire... you do

[5:11] Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Even as also ye do

(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 [...]."

They... them... they

[5:12] And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you,


You... them... you

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


Be let in

and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;



In the Lord

(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."

(To have money may symbolize having a good name - The Gospel of Phillip)

Have money

[5:13] And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.


Esteem them

(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."


A certain woman

Let him who has ears hear

[5:14] Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly,




Them that are unruly

We exhort you

(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."


A certain woman... did not realize it... she had noticed no accident

She set the jar down

comfort the feebleminded, support the weak





Comfort the feebleminded

Support the weak

(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."

A certain man... a powerful man... the powerful man

be patient toward all men.






All men
.

(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

My brothers and my mother

[5:15] See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves,




Any man

Among yourselves

(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... to Caesar

and to all men.






To all men

(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."


Gave

[5:16] Rejoice evermore.
[5:17] Pray without ceasing.
[5:18] In every thing give thanks:




Give
(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."


In the manger of oxen

Let the oxen eat
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
[5:19] Quench not the Spirit.

In Christ Jesus

Quench not the Spirit

(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

[5:20] Despise not prophesyings.




Prophesyings
 
(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."

What is the sin that I have committed
[5:21] Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.




That which is good

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

Will be called the son of a harlot

[5:22] Abstain from all appearance of evil.


All appearance of evil

(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."


You make the two one, you will become the sons of man

[5:23] And the very God of peace



The very God of peace

(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.'"


He found it... I care for you

 sanctify you wholly;







Sanctify you wholly

(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."

He... will become like me. I myself shall become he

and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless

Your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless

(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 died

The one who bought it

unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
[5:24] Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.


The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

He that calleth you

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

Whoever finds

[5:25] Brethren, pray for us.


Brethren

(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?"

The one who lives from the living one... Whoever finds himself

[5:26] Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.




The brethren

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


The soul... the soul

[5:27] I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read



This epistle

(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."


His disciples... men

 unto all the holy brethren.






The holy brethren 
(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."

I myself shall lead her
[5:28] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.



Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you

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The Gospel of Thomas
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