The "Scholars' Translation" of the Gospel of Thomas by Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer

Stephen Patterson, J. M. Robinson, Berlin Working Group, The Fifth Gospel (1998)

http://users.misericordia.edu//davies/thomas/Trans.htm

http://www.geocities.com/athens/9068/sayings.htm  M.W. Grondin's Interlinear Coptic-English Gospel of Thomas

 

 

These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded.

These are the hidden words that the living Jesus spoke. And Didymos Judas Thomas wrote them down.

 

 

1 And he said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death."

1. And he said: "Whoever finds the meaning

                  of these words will not taste of death."

 

 

 

2 Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]"

Jesus says:

2.1        "The one who seeks should not cease seeking until he finds.

2.2        And when he finds, he will be dismayed.

2.3        And when he is dismayed, he will be astonished.

2.4        And he will be king over the All."

 

 

3 Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) 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 within you and it is outside you.

 

 

When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."

Jesus says:

3.1        "If those who lead you say to you: 'Look, the kingdom is in the sky!'

                  then the birds of the sky will precede you.

3.2        If they say to you: 'It is in the sea,' then the fishes will precede you.

3.3        Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and outside of you."

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3.4        "When you come to know yourselves, then you will be known,

                  and you will realize that you are the children of the living Father.

3.5        But if you do not come to know yourselves,

                  then you exist in poverty, and you are poverty."

 

 

4 Jesus said, "The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live. For many of the first will be last, and will become a single one."

Jesus says:

4.1        "The man old in his days will not hesitate to ask a child

                  seven days old about the place of life, and he will live.

4.2        For many who are first will become last,

4.3        and they will become a single one."

 

('person' changed to 'man' in 4.1 -- MWG)

 

 

5 Jesus said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. [And there is nothing buried that will not be raised."]

Jesus says:

5.1        "Come to know what is in front of you,

                  and that which is hidden from you will become clear to you.

5.2        For there is nothing hidden that will not become manifest."

 

 

6 His disciples asked him and said to him, "Do you want us to fast? How should we pray? Should we give to charity? What diet should we observe?"

 

 

 

Jesus said, "Don't lie, and don't do what you hate, because all things are disclosed before heaven. After all, there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered up that will remain undisclosed."

 

6.1        His disciples questioned him, (and) they said to him:

6.1a     "Do you want us to fast?

6.1b    And how should we pray

6.1c     and give alms?

6.1d    And what diet should we observe?"

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6.2        Jesus said: "Do not lie.

6.3        And do not do what you hate.

6.4        For everything is disclosed in view of .

6.5        For there is nothing hidden that will not become revealed.

6.6        And there is nothing covered that will remain undisclosed."

 

 

7 Jesus said, "Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human."

Jesus says:

7.1a     "Blessed is the lion that a person will eat

7.1b    and the lion will become human.

7.2a     And anathema is the person whom a lion will eat

7.2b    and the lion will become human."

 

 

8 And he said, The person is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!

And he says:

8.1        "The human being is like a sensible fisherman who cast his net into the sea

                  and drew it up from the sea filled with little fish.

8.2        Among them the sensible fisherman found a large, fine fish.

8.3        He threw all the little fish back into the sea,

                  (and) he chose the large fish effortlessly.

8.4        Whoever has ears to hear should hear."

 

 

9 Jesus said, Look, the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered (them). Some fell on the road, and the birds came and gathered them. Others fell on rock, and they didn't take root in the soil and didn't produce heads of grain. Others fell on thorns, and they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on good soil, and it produced a good crop: it yielded sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure.

Jesus says:

9.1        "Look, a sower went out.

                  He filled his hands (with seeds), (and) he scattered (them).

9.2        Some fell on the path, and the birds came and pecked them up.

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

                  and they did not put forth ears.

9.4        And others fell among the thorns,

                  they choked the seeds, and worms ate them.

9.5        And others fell on good soil, and it produced good fruit.

                  It yielded sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure."

 

 

 

10 Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and look, I'm guarding it until it blazes."

Jesus says:

10     I have cast a fire upon the world,

                  and see, I am guarding it until it is blazes."

 

 

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. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are 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?"

Jesus says:

11.1   "This heaven will pass away, and the (heaven) above it will pass away.

11.2   And the dead are not alive, and the living will not die.

11.3a In the days when you consumed what was dead, you made it alive.

11.3b                  When you are in the light, what will you do?

11.4a On the day when you were one, you became two.

11.4b                  But when you become two, what will you do?"

 

 

12 The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you are going to leave us. Who will be our leader?"

Jesus said to them, "No matter where you are you are to go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."

12.1    The disciples said to Jesus:

                  "We know that you will depart from us. Who (then) will rule over us?"

12.2    Jesus said to them:

                  "No matter where you came from, you should go to James the Just,

                  for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."

 

 

13 Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to something and tell me what I am like."

Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a just messenger."

Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher."

Thomas said to him, "Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like."

Jesus said, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended."

And he took him, and withdrew, and spoke three sayings to him. When Thomas came back to his friends they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?"

 

Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the sayings he spoke to me, you will pick up rocks and stone me, and fire will come from the rocks and devour you."

 

13.1    Jesus said to his disciples:

                  "Compare me, tell me whom I am like.

13.2    Simon Peter said to him: "You are like a just messenger."

13.3    Matthew said to him: "You are like a (especially) wise philosopher."

13.4    Thomas said to him:

                  "Teacher, my mouth will not bear at all to say whom you are like."

13.5    Jesus said: "I am not your teacher. For you have drunk,

                  you have become intoxicated at the bubbling spring that I have measured out."

13.6    And he took him, (and) withdrew, (and) he said three words to him.

13.7    But when Thomas came back to his companions,

                  they asked him: "What did Jesus say to you?"

13.8    Thomas said to them:

                  "If I tell you one of the words he said to me,

                  you will pick up stones and throw them at me,

                  and fire will come out of the stones (and) burn you up."

 

 

14 Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will bring sin upon yourselves, and if you pray, you will be condemned, and if you give to charity, you will harm your spirits.

When you go into any region and walk about in the countryside, when people take you in, eat what they serve you and heal the sick among them.

After all, what goes into your mouth will not defile you; rather, it's what comes out of your mouth that will defile you."

Jesus said to them:

14.1    "If you fast, you will bring forth sin for yourselves.

14.2    And if you pray, you will be condemned.

14.3    And if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits.

                 

14.4    "And if you go into any land and wander from place to place,

                  (and) if they take you in, (then) eat what they will set before you.

                  Heal the sick among them!

14.5    For what goes into your mouth will not defile you.

                  Rather, what comes out of your mouth will defile you."

 

 

15 Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your Father."

Jesus says:

15          "When you see one who was not born of woman,

                  fall on your face (and) worship him.

                  That one is your Father."

 

 

16 Jesus said, "Perhaps people think that I have come to cast peace upon the world. They do not know that I have come to cast conflicts upon the earth: fire, sword, war.

For there will be five in a house: there'll be three against two and two against three, father against son and son against father, and they will stand alone.

Jesus says:

16.1    "Perhaps people think that I have come to cast peace upon the earth.

16.2    But they do not know that I have come to cast dissension upon the earth:

                  fire, sword, war.

16.3    For there will be five in one house: there will be three against two

                  and two against three, father against son and son against father.

16.4    And they will stand as solitary ones."

 

 

17 Jesus said, "I will give you what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no hand has touched, what has not arisen in the human heart."

Jesus says:

17      "I will give you what no eye has seen,

                  and what no ear has heard, and what no hand has touched,

                  and what has not occurred to the human mind."

 

 

18 The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us, how will our end come?"

Jesus said, "Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is.

Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death."

18.1    The disciples said to Jesus: "Tell us how our end will be."

18.2a Jesus said: "Have you already discovered the beginning,

                  that you are now asking about the end?

18.2b                  For where the beginning is, there the end will be (too).

18.3a Blessed is he who will stand in the beginning.

18.3b                  And he will know the end, and he will not taste death."

 

                  (Parentheses added around extra word 'too' --MWG)

 

 

19 Jesus said, "Congratulations to the one who came into being before coming into being.

If you become my disciples and pay attention to my sayings, these stones will serve you.

For there are five trees in Paradise for you; they do not change, summer or winter, and their leaves do not fall. Whoever knows them will not taste death."

Jesus says:

19.1    "Blessed is he who was, before he came into being.

19.2    If you become disciples of mine (and) listen to my words,

                  these stones will serve you.

19.3    For you have five trees in Paradise

                  that do not change during summer (and) winter,

                  and their leaves do not fall.

19.4    Whoever comes to know them will not taste death."

 

 

20 The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what Heaven's kingdom is like."

He said to them, It's like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a large plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.

20.1    The disciples said to Jesus:

                  "Tell us whom the kingdom of heaven is like!"

20.2    He said to them: "It is like a mustard seed.

20.3    <It> is the smallest of all seeds.

20.4    But when it falls on cultivated soil, it produces a large branch

                  (and) becomes shelter for birds of the sky."

 

 

21 Mary said to Jesus, "What are your disciples like?"

He said, They are like little children living in a field that is not theirs. when the owners of the field come, they will say, "Give us back our field." They take off their clothes in front of them in order to give it back to them, and they return their field to them.

 

 

For this reason I say, if the owners of a house know that a thief is coming, they will be on guard before the thief arrives and will not let the thief break into their house (their domain) and steal their possessions.

 

As for you, then, be on guard against the world. Prepare yourselves with great strength, so the robbers can't find a way to get to you, for the trouble you expect will come.

 

 

Let there be among you a person who understands.

When the crop ripened, he came quickly carrying a sickle and harvested it. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!

21.1    Mary said to Jesus: "Whom are your disciples like?"

 

21.2    He said: "They are like servants who are entrusted with a field that is not theirs.

21.3    When the owners of the field arrive, they will say: ŌLet us have our field.Õ

21.4    (But) they are naked in their presence so as to let them have it,

                  (and thus) to give them their field."

 

21.5    "That is why I say:

                  When the master of the house learns that the thief is about to come,

                  he will be on his guard before he comes

                  (and) will not let him break into his house, his domain,

                  to carry away his possessions.

21.6    (But) you, be on guard against the world!

21.7    Gird your loins with great strength,

                  so that the robbers will not find a way to get to you.

21.8* For the necessities for which you wait (with longing) will be found.

21.9*                   There ought to be a wise person among you!

21.10*               When the fruit was ripe, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand, (and) he harvested it.

21.11*               Whoever has ears to hear should hear."

 

 

22 Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, "These nursing babies are like those who enter the kingdom."

 

They said to him, "Then shall we enter the kingdom as babies?"

Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom]."

22.1    Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples:

22.2    "These little ones being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom."

 

22.3    They said to him: "Then will we enter the kingdom as little ones?"

22.4    Jesus said to them: "When you make the two into one

                  and when you make the inside like the outside

                  and the outside like the inside and the above like the below -

22.5    that is, to make the male and the female into a single one,

                  so that the male will not be male and the female will not be female -

22.6    and when you make eyes instead of an eye and a hand instead of a hand

                  and a foot instead of a foot, an image instead of an image,

22.7    then you will enter [the kingdom]."

 

 

23 Jesus said, "I shall choose you, one from a thousand and two from ten thousand, and they will stand as a single one."

Jesus says:

23.1    "I will choose you, one from a thousand

                  and two from ten thousand.

23.2    And they will stand as a single one."

 

 

24 His disciples said, "Show us the place where you are, for we must seek it."

 

He said to them, "Anyone here with two ears had better listen! There is light within a person of light, and it shines on the whole world. If it does not shine, it is dark."

24.1    His disciples said: "Show us the place where you are,

                  because it is necessary for us to seek it."

 

24.2    He said to them: "Whoever has ears should hear!

24.3    Light exists inside a man of light, and he shines on the whole world.

                  If he does not shine, there is darkness."

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('person' changed to 'man'. If, however, the pronouns are taken to be referring

                        to the light rather than to the "man of light", which Patt-Rob note as a possibility,

                        then 'he' would become 'it' and 'person of light' would be acceptable. --MWG)

AMM: I would go with the gender neutral translation "person of light" or "human being of light," whether one chooses to interpret the masc. pronoun as referring to light or person. 

 

 

25 Jesus said, "Love your friends like your own soul, protect them like the pupil of your eye."

Jesus says:

25.1    "Love your brother like your life!

25.2    Protect him like the apple of your eye!"

 

 

26 Jesus said, "You see the sliver in your friend's eye, but you don't see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend's eye."

Jesus says:

26.1    "You see the splinter that is in your brotherÕs eye,

                  but you do not see the beam that is in your (own) eye.

26.2    When you remove the beam from your (own) eye,

                  then you will see clearly (enough) to remove the splinter from your brotherÕs eye."

 

 

27 "If you do not fast from the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the sabbath as a sabbath you will not see the Father."

27.1    "If you do not abstain from the world, you will not find the kingdom.

27.2    If you do not make the Sabbath into a Sabbath, you will not see the Father."

 

 

28 Jesus said, "I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty.

But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways."

Jesus says:

28.1   "I stood in the middle of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them.

28.2   I found all of them drunk. None of them did I find thirsty.

28.3a And my soul ached for the children of humanity,

                  because they are blind in their heart, and they cannot see;

28.3b                  for they came into the world empty,

                  (and) they also seek to depart from the world empty.

28.4   But now they are drunk.

                  (But) when they shake off their wine, then they will change their mind."

 

 

29 Jesus said, "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, that is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of the body, that is a marvel of marvels.

Yet I marvel at how this great wealth has come to dwell in this poverty."

Jesus says:

29.1    "If the flesh came into being because of the spirit, it is a wonder.

29.2    But if the spirit (came into being) because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders.

29.3    Yet I marvel at how this great wealth has taken up residence in this poverty."

 

 

30 Jesus said, "Where there are three deities, they are divine. Where there are two or one, I am with that one."

Jesus says:

30.1    "Where there are three gods, they are gods.

30.2    Where there are two or one, I am with him."

 

 

31 Jesus said, "No prophet is welcome on his home turf; doctors don't cure those who know them."

Jesus says:

31.1    "No prophet is accepted in his (own) village.

31.2    A physician does not heal those who know him."

 

 

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

Jesus says:

32     "A city built upon a high mountain

                  (and) fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."

 

 

33 Jesus said, "What you will hear in your ear, in the other ear proclaim from your rooftops.

After all, no one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, nor does one put it in a hidden place. Rather, one puts it on a lampstand so that all who come and go will see its light."

Jesus says:

33.1    "What you will hear with your ear {with the other ear}

                  proclaim from your rooftops.

33.2    For no one lights a lamp (and) puts it under a bushel,

                  nor does he put it in a hidden place.

33.3    Rather, he puts it on a lampstand,

                  so that everyone who comes in and goes out will see its light."

 

 

34 Jesus said, "If a blind person leads a bind person, both of them will fall into a hole."

Jesus says:

34          "If a blind (person) leads a blind (person), both will fall into a pit."

 

 

35 Jesus said, "One can't enter a strong person's house and take it by force without tying his hands. Then one can loot his house."

Jesus says:

35.1    "It is not possible for someone to enter the house of a strong (man)

                  (and) take it by force unless he binds his hands.

35.2    Then he will loot his house."

                 

('person' changed to 'man' in 35.1 -- MWG)

AMM: I would go for a more neutral translation here; the house of the strong (one). Neither the noun "man" nor 'person' appears in the text.

 

 

36 Jesus said, "Do not fret, from morning to evening and from evening to morning, [about your food--what you're going to eat, or about your clothing--] what you are going to wear. [You're much better than the lilies, which neither card nor spin.

As for you, when you have no garment, what will you put on? Who might add to your stature? That very one will give you your garment.]"

Jesus says:

36     "Do not worry from morning to evening

                  and from evening to morning about what you will wear."

 

 

37 His disciples said, "When will you appear to us, and when will we see you?"

 

Jesus said, "When you strip without being ashamed, and you take your clothes and put them under your feet like little children and trample then, then [you] will see the son of the living one and you will not be afraid."

37.1    His disciples said:

                  "When will you appear to us, and when will we see you?"

37.2    Jesus said: "When you undress without being ashamed

                  (and) take your clothes and put them under your feet

                  like little children (and) trample on them,

37.3    then [you] will see the son of the Living One, and you will not be afraid."

 

 

38 Jesus said, "Often you have desired to hear these sayings that I am speaking to you, and you have no one else from whom to hear them. There will be days when you will seek me and you will not find me."

Jesus says:

38.1    "Many times you have desired to hear these words,

                  these that I am speaking to you,

                  and you have no one else from whom to hear them.

38.2    There will be days when you will seek me, (and) you will not find me."

 

 

39 Jesus said, "The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them. They have not entered nor have they allowed those who want to enter to do so.

As for you, be as sly as snakes and as simple as doves."

Jesus says:

39.1    "The Pharisees and the scribes have received the keys

                  of knowledge, (but) they have hidden them.

39.2    Neither have they entered,

                  nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to.

39.3    You, however, be as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves!"

 

 

 

40 Jesus said, "A grapevine has been planted apart from the Father. Since it is not strong, it will be pulled up by its root and will perish."

Jesus says:

40.1    "A grapevine was planted outside (the vineyard of) the Father.

40.2    And since it is not supported, it will be pulled up by its root (and) will perish."

 

 

41 Jesus said, "Whoever has something in hand will be given more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little they have."

Jesus says:

41.1    "Whoever has (something) in his hand, (something more) will be given to him.

41.2    And whoever has nothing, even the little he has will be taken from him."

 

 

42 Jesus said, "Be passersby."

42        Jesus said, "Become passers-by."

 

 

43 His disciples said to him, "Who are you to say these things to us?"

"You don't understand who I am from what I say to you.

Rather, you have become like the Judeans, for they love the tree but hate its fruit, or they love the fruit but hate the tree."

43.1    His disciples said to him: "Who are you to say this to us?"

                  -

43.2   "Do you not realize from what I say to you who I am?

43.3a But you have become like the Jews!

43.3b                  They love the tree, (but) they hate its fruit.

43.3c Or they love the fruit, (but) they hate the tree."

 

 

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."

Jesus says:

44.1    "Whoever blasphemes against the Father, it will be forgiven him.

44.2    And whoever blasphemes against the Son, it will be forgiven him.

44.3    But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit,

                  it will not be forgiven him, neither on earth nor in heaven."

 

 

45 Jesus said, "Grapes are not harvested from thorn trees, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they yield no fruit.

Good persons produce good from what they've stored up; bad persons produce evil from the wickedness they've stored up in their hearts, and say evil things. For from the overflow of the heart they produce evil."

Jesus says:

45.1    "Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs picked from thistles,

                  for they do not produce fruit.

45.2    A good man brings forth good from his treasure.

45.3    A bad man brings (forth) evil from the bad treasure

                  that is in his heart, and (in fact) he speaks evil.

45.4    For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil."

 

('person' changed to 'man' in 45.2-3 -- MWG)

 

 

46 Jesus said, "From Adam to John the Baptist, among those born of women, no one is so much greater than John the Baptist that his eyes should not be averted.

But I have said that whoever among you becomes a child will recognize the kingdom and will become greater than John."

Jesus says:

46.1    "From Adam to John the Baptist, among those born of women

                  there is no one who surpasses John the Baptist

                  so that his (i.e., JohnÕs) eyes need not be downcast.

46.2    But I have (also) said: 'Whoever among you becomes little

                  will know the kingdom and will surpass John.'"

 

 

47 Jesus said, "A person cannot mount two horses or bend two bows. And a slave cannot serve two masters, otherwise that slave will honor the one and offend the other.

"Nobody drinks aged wine and immediately wants to drink young wine. Young wine is not poured into old wineskins, or they might break, and aged wine is not poured into a new wineskin, or it might spoil.

An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, since it would create a tear."

Jesus says:

47.1    "It is impossible for a person to mount two horses and to stretch two bows.

47.2    And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters.

                  Else he will honor the one and insult the other.

47.3    No person drinks old wine and immediately desires to drink new wine.

47.4    And new wine is not put into old wineskins, so that they do not burst;

                  nor is old wine put into (a) new wineskin, so that it does not spoil it.

47.5    An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, because a tear will result."

 

 

48 Jesus said, "If two make peace with each other in a single house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move from here!' and it will move."

Jesus says:

48          "If two make peace with one another in one and the same house,

                  (then) they will say to the mountain: 'Move away,' and it will move away."

 

 

49 Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again."

Jesus says:

49.1    "Blessed are the solitary ones, the elect.

                  For you will find the kingdom.

49.2    For you come from it (and) will return to it."

 

 

50 Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where have you come from?' say to them, 'We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established [itself], and appeared in their image.'

If they say to you, 'Is it you?' say, 'We are its children, and we are the chosen of the living Father.'

If they ask you, 'What is the evidence of your Father in you?' say to them, 'It is motion and rest.'"

Jesus says:

50.1    "If they say to you: 'Where do you come from?'

                  (then) say to them: 'We have come from the light,

                  the place where the light has come into being by itself,

                  has established [itself] and has appeared in their image.'

50.2    If they say to you: 'Is it you?' (then) say:

                  'We are his children, and we are the elect of the living Father.'

50.3    If they ask you: 'What is the sign of your Father among you?'

                  (then) say to them: 'It is movement and repose.'"

 

 

51 His disciples said to him, "When will the rest for the dead take place, and when will the new world come?"

He said to them, "What you are looking forward to has come, but you don't know it."

51.1    His disciples said to him:

                  "When will the <resurrection> of the dead take place,

                  and when will the new world come?"

51.2    He said to them:

                  "That <resurrection> which you are awaiting has (already) come,

                  but you do not recognize it."

 

 

52 His disciples said to him, "Twenty-four prophets have spoken in Israel, and they all spoke of you."

He said to them, "You have disregarded the living one who is in your presence, and have spoken of the dead."

52.1    His disciples said to him:

                  "Twenty-four prophets have spoken in Israel,

                  and all (of them) have spoken through you."

52.2    He said to them:

                  "You have pushed away the living (one) from yourselves,

                  and you have begun to speak of those who are dead."

 

 

53 His disciples said to him, "is circumcision useful or not?"

He said to them, "If it were useful, their father would produce children already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become profitable in every respect."

53.1    His disciples said to him:

                  "Is circumcision beneficial, or not?"

53.2    He said to them: "If it were beneficial,

                  their father would beget them circumcized from their mother.

53.3    But the true circumcision in the spirit has prevailed over everything."

 

 

54 Jesus said, "Congratulations to the poor, for to you belongs Heaven's kingdom."

Jesus says:

54          "Blessed are the poor, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to you."

 

 

55 Jesus said, "Whoever does not hate father and mother cannot be my disciple, and whoever does not hate brothers and sisters, and carry the cross as I do, will not be worthy of me."

Jesus says:

55.1    "Whoever does not hate his father and his mother

                  cannot become a disciple of mine.

55.2    And whoever does not hate his brothers and his sisters,

                  (and) will not take up his cross as I do, will not be worthy of me."

 

 

56 Jesus said, "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered a carcass, and whoever has discovered a carcass, of that person the world is not worthy."

Jesus says:

56.1    "Whoever has come to know the world has found a corpse.

56.2    And whoever has found (this) corpse, of him the world is not worthy."

 

 

57 Jesus said, The Father's kingdom is like a person who has [good] seed. His enemy came during the night and sowed weeds among the good seed.

The person did not let the workers pull up the weeds, but said to them, "No, otherwise you might go to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them." For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be conspicuous, and will be pulled up and burned.

Jesus says:

57.1    "The kingdom of the Father is like a man who had (good) seed.

57.2    His enemy came by night. He sowed darnel among the good seed.

57.3    The man did not allow (the servants) to pull up the darnel.

                  He said to them: 'Lest you go to pull up the darnel

                  (and then) pull up the wheat along with it.

57.4    For on the day of the harvest the darnel will be apparent

                  and it will be pulled up (and) burned.'"

 

('person' changed to 'man' in 57.1,3 -- MWG)

 

 

58 Jesus said, "Congratulations to the person who has toiled and has found life."

Jesus says:

                  "Blessed is the man who has struggled. He has found life."

 

('person' changed to 'man' -- MWG)

 

 

59 Jesus said, "Look to the living one as long as you live, otherwise you might die and then try to see the living one, and you will be unable to see."

Jesus says:

59    "Look for the Living One while you are alive,

                  so that you will not die and (then) seek to see him.

                  And you will not be able to see (him)."

 

 

60 He saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb and going to Judea. He said to his disciples, "that person ... around the lamb." They said to him, "So that he may kill it and eat it." He said to them, "He will not eat it while it is alive, but only after he has killed it and it has become a carcass."

 

 

 

They said, "Otherwise he can't do it."

He said to them, "So also with you, seek for yourselves a place for rest, or you might become a carcass and be eaten."

60.1    <He saw> a Samaritan who was trying to steal a lamb

                  while he was on his way to Judea.

60.2    He said to his disciples: "That (man) is stalking the lamb."

60.3    They said to him: "So that he may kill it (and) eat it."

60.4    He said to them: "As long as it is alive he will not eat it,

                  but (only) when he has killed it (and) it has become a corpse."

60.5    They said: "Otherwise he cannot do it."

60.6    He said to them: "You, too, look for a place for your repose

                  so that you may not become a corpse (and) get eaten."

                 

('person' changed to 'man' in 60.2 -- MWG)

 

 

61 Jesus said, "Two will recline on a couch; one will die, one will live."

 

Salome said, "Who are you mister? You have climbed onto my couch and eaten from my table as if you are from someone."

Jesus said to her, "I am the one who comes from what is whole. I was granted from the things of my Father."

 

 

 

"I am your disciple."

"For this reason I say, if one is whole, one will be filled with light, but if one is divided, one will be filled with darkness."

Jesus said:

61.1    "Two will rest on a bed. The one will die, the other will live."

                  -

61.2    Salome said: "(So) who are you, man?

                  You have gotten a place on my couch as a <stranger>

                  and you have eaten from my table."

61.3    Jesus said to her:

                  "I am he who comes from the one who is (always) the same.

                  I have been given some of that which is my fatherÕs."

                  -

61.4    "I am your disciple!"

                  -

61.5a Therefore I say:

                  If someone becomes <like> (God), he will become full of light.

61.5b                  But if he becomes one, separated (from God),

                  he will become full of darkness.

 

 

62 Jesus said, "I disclose my mysteries to those [who are worthy] of [my] mysteries.

Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing."

Jesus says:

62.1    "I tell my mysteries to those who [are worthy] of [my] mysteries.

62.2    Whatever your right hand does,

                  your left hand should not know what it is doing."

 

 

63 Jesus said, There was a rich person who had a great deal of money. He said, "I shall invest my money so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouses with produce, that I may lack nothing." These were the things he was thinking in his heart, but that very night he died. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!

Jesus says:

63.1    "There was a rich man who had many possessions.

63.2    He said: 'I will use my possessions so that I might sow, reap, plant,

                  (and) fill my storehouses with fruit so that I will not lack anything.'

63.3    This was what he was thinking in his heart.

                  And in that night he died.

63.4    Whoever has ears should hear."

                 

('person' changed to 'man' in 63.1 -- MWG)

 

 

64 Jesus said, A person was receiving guests. When he had prepared the dinner, he sent his slave to invite the guests.

 

The slave went to the first and said to that one, "My master invites you." That one said, "Some merchants owe me money; they are coming to me tonight. I have to go and give them instructions. Please excuse me from dinner."

The slave went to another and said to that one, "My master has invited you." That one said to the slave, "I have bought a house, and I have been called away for a day. I shall have no time."

 

The slave went to another and said to that one, "My master invites you." That one said to the slave, "My friend is to be married, and I am to arrange the banquet. I shall not be able to come. Please excuse me from dinner."

 

 

The slave went to another and said to that one, "My master invites you." That one said to the slave, "I have bought an estate, and I am going to collect the rent. I shall not be able to come. Please excuse me."

 

The slave returned and said to his master, "Those whom you invited to dinner have asked to be excused." The master said to his slave, "Go out on the streets and bring back whomever you find to have dinner."

Buyers and merchants [will] not enter the places of my Father.

Jesus says:

64.1    "A man had guests. And when he had prepared the dinner,

                  he sent his servant so that he might invite the guests.

64.2    He came to the first (and) said to him: 'My master invites you.'

64.3    He said: 'I have bills for some merchants. They are coming to me this evening.

                  I will go (and) give instructions to them. Excuse me from the dinner.'

64.4    He came to another (and) said to him: 'My master has invited you.'

64.5    He said to him: 'I have bought a house,

                  and I have been called (away) for a day. I will not have time.'

64.6    He went to another (and) said to him: 'My master invites you.'

64.7    He said to him: 'My friend is going to marry,

                  and I am the one who is going to prepare the meal.

                  I will not be able to come. Excuse me from the dinner.'

64.8    He came to another (and) said to him: 'My master invites you.'

64.9    He said to him: 'I have bought a village. Since I am going to collect the rent,

                  I will not be able to come. Excuse me.'

 

64.10                  The servant went away. He said to his master:

                  'Those whom you invited to the dinner have asked to be excused.'

64.11                  The master said to his servant: 'Go out on the roads.

                  Bring (back) whomever you find, so that they might have dinner.'

64.12                  Dealers and merchants [will] not enter the places of my Father."

                 

('person' replaced by 'man' in 64.1 --MWG)

 

 

65 He said, A [...] person owned a vineyard and rented it to some farmers, so they could work it and he could collect its crop from them.

 

He sent his slave so the farmers would give him the vineyard's crop. They grabbed him, beat him, and almost killed him, and the slave returned and told his master. His master said, "Perhaps he didn't know them."

 

He sent another slave, and the farmers beat that one as well. Then the master sent his son and said, "Perhaps they'll show my son some respect." Because the farmers knew that he was the heir to the vineyard, they grabbed him and killed him.

 

Anyone here with two ears had better listen!

65.1    He said: "A [...] owned a vineyard.

                  He gave it to some farmers so that they would work it

                  (and) he might receive its fruit from them.

65.2    He sent his servant so that the farmers

                  might give him the fruit of the vineyard.

65.3    They seized his servant, beat him, (and) almost killed him.

                  The servant went (back and) told his master.

65.4    His master said: 'Perhaps <they> did not recognize <him>.'

65.5    He sent another servant, (and) the farmers beat that other one as well.

65.6    Then the master sent his son (and) said:

                  'Perhaps they will show respect for my son.'

65.7    (But) those farmers, since they knew that he was the heir

                  of the vineyard, seized him (and) killed him.

65.8    Whoever has ears should hear."

                 

('userer' replaced by ellipsis in 65.1 -- MWG)

 

 

 

66 Jesus said, "Show me the stone that the builders rejected: that is the keystone."

Jesus says:

66          "Show me the stone that the builders have rejected.

                  It is the cornerstone."

 

 

67 Jesus said, "Those who know all, but are lacking in themselves, are utterly lacking."

Jesus says:

67          "Whoever knows all, if he is lacking one thing,

                  he is (already) lacking everything."

 

 

68 Jesus said, "Congratulations to you when you are hated and persecuted;

and no place will be found, wherever you have been persecuted."

Jesus says:

68.1    "Blessed are you when(ever) they hate you (and) persecute you.

68.2    But they (themselves) will find no place there

                  where they have persecuted you."

 

 

69 Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who have been persecuted in their hearts: they are the ones who have truly come to know the Father.

 

 

Congratulations to those who go hungry, so the stomach of the one in want may be filled."

Jesus says:

69.1    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted in their heart.

                  They are the ones who have truly come to know the Father."

                 

69.2    "Blessed are those who suffer from hunger

                  so that the belly of the one who wishes (it) will be satisfied."

 

 

70 Jesus said, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you [will] kill you."

Jesus says:

70.1    "If you bring it into being within you, (then) that which you have will save you.

70.2    If you do not have it within you,

                  (then) that which you do not have within you [will] kill you."

 

 

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

Jesus says:

71     "I will [destroy this] house,

                  and no one will be able to build it [again]."

 

 

72 A [person said] to him, "Tell my brothers to divide my father's possessions with me."

He said to the person, "Mister, who made me a divider?"

He turned to his disciples and said to them, "I'm not a divider, am I?"

72.1    A [man said] to him: "Tell my brothers

                  that they have to divide my fatherÕs possessions with me."

72.2    He said to him: "Man, who made me a divider?"

72.3    He turned to his disciples (and) said to them:

                  "I am not a divider, am I?"

                 

('person' changed to 'man' in 72.1 -- MWG)

 

 

73 Jesus said, "The crop is huge but the workers are few, so beg the harvest boss to dispatch workers to the fields."

Jesus says:

73     "The harvest is plentiful, but there are few workers.

                  But beg the Lord that he may send workers into the harvest."

 

 

74 He said, "Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the well."

He said:

74     "Lord, there are many around the well,

                  but there is nothing in the <well>."

 

 

75 Jesus said, "There are many standing at the door, but those who are alone will enter the bridal suite."

Jesus says:

75        "Many are standing before the door,

                  but it is the solitary ones who will enter the wedding hall."

 

 

76 Jesus said, The Father's kingdom is like a merchant who had a supply of merchandise and found a pearl. That merchant was prudent; he sold the merchandise and bought the single pearl for himself.

 

So also with you, seek his treasure that is unfailing, that is enduring, where no moth comes to eat and no worm destroys."

Jesus says:

76.1    "The kingdom of the Father is like a merchant

                  who had merchandise and found a pearl.

76.2    That merchant is prudent.

                  He sold the goods (and) bought for himself the pearl alone.

76.3    You too look for his treasure which does not perish,

                  (and) which stays where no moth can reach it to eat it,

                  and no worm destroys it."

 

 

77 Jesus said, "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained.

Split a piece of wood; I am there.

Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."

Jesus says:

77.1    "I am the light that is over all. I am the All.

                  The All came forth out of me. And to me the All has come."

                  -

77.2    "Split a piece of wood -- I am there.

77.3    Lift the stone, and you will find me there."

 

 

78 Jesus said, "Why have you come out to the countryside? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see a person dressed in soft clothes, [like your] rulers and your powerful ones? They are dressed in soft clothes, and they cannot understand truth."

Jesus says:

78.1    "Why did you go out to the countryside?

                  To see a reed shaken by the wind,

78.2    and to see a person dressed in soft clothing

                  [like your] kings and your great persons?

78.3    They are dressed in soft clothing

                  and will not be able to recognize the truth."

 

 

79 A woman in the crowd said to him, "Lucky are the womb that bore you and the breasts that fed you."

He said to [her], "Lucky are those who have heard the word of the Father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when you will say, 'Lucky are the womb that has not conceived and the breasts that have not given milk.'"

79.1    A woman in the crowd said to him:

                  "Hail to the womb that carried you

                  and to the breasts that fed you."

79.2    He said to [her]: "Hail to those who have heard

                  the word of the Father (and) have truly kept it.

79.3    For there will be days when you will say:

                  "Hail to the womb that has not conceived

                  and to the breasts that have not given milk."

 

 

80 Jesus said, "Whoever has come to know the world has discovered the body, and whoever has discovered the body, of that one the world is not worthy."

Jesus says:

80.1    "Whoever has come to know the world has found the (dead) body.

80.2    But whoever has found the (dead) body, of him the world is not worthy."

 

 

81 Jesus said, "Let one who has become wealthy reign, and let one who has power renounce ."

Jesus says:

81.1    "Whoever has become rich should be king.

81.2    And the one who has power should renounce (it)."

 

 

82 Jesus said, "Whoever is near me is near the fire, and whoever is far from me is far from the kingdom."

Jesus says:

82.1    "He who is near me is near the fire.

82.2    And he who is far from me is far from the kingdom."

 

 

83 Jesus said, "Images are visible to people, but the light within them is hidden in the image of the Father's light. He will be disclosed, but his image is hidden by his light."

Jesus says:

83.1    "The images are visible to humanity,

                  but the light within them is hidden in the image.

83.2    {}The light of the Father will reveal itself

                  but his image is hidden by his light."

 

 

84 Jesus said, "When you see your likeness, you are happy. But when you see your images that came into being before you and that neither die nor become visible, how much you will have to bear!"

Jesus says:

84.1    "When you see your likeness, you are full of joy.

84.2    But when you see your likenesses that came into existence before you

                  -- they neither die nor become manifest -- how much will you bear?"

 

 

85 Jesus said, "Adam came from great power and great wealth, but he was not worthy of you. For had he been worthy, [he would] not [have tasted] death."

Jesus says:

85.1    "Adam came from a great power and great wealth.

                  But he did not become worthy of you.

85.2    For if he had been worthy, (then) [he would] not [have tasted] death."

 

 

86 Jesus said, "[Foxes have] their dens and birds have their nests, but human beings have no place to lay down and rest."

Jesus says:

86.1    "[Foxes have] their holes, and birds have their nest.

86.2    But the son of man has no place to lay his head down (and) to rest."

 

 

87 Jesus said, "How miserable is the body that depends on a body, and how miserable is the soul that depends on these two."

Jesus says:

87.1    "Wretched is the body that depends on a body.

87.2    And wretched is the soul that depends on these two."

 

 

88 Jesus said, "The messengers and the prophets will come to you and give you what belongs to you. You, in turn, give them what you have, and say to yourselves, 'When will they come and take what belongs to them?'"

Jesus says:

88.1    "The messengers and the prophets are coming to you,

                  and they will give you what belongs to you.

88.2    And you, in turn, give to them what you have in your hands, (and) say

                  to yourselves: 'When will they come (and) take what belongs to them?'"

 

 

89 Jesus said, "Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Don't you understand that the one who made the inside is also the one who made the outside?"

Jesus says:

89.1    "Why do you wash the outside of the cup?

89.2    Do you not understand that the one who created the inside

                  is also the one who created the outside?"

 

 

90 Jesus said, "Come to me, for my yoke is comfortable and my lordship is gentle, and you will find rest for yourselves."

Jesus says:

90.1    "Come to me, for my yoke is gentle, and my lordship is mild.

90.2    And you will find repose for yourselves."

 

 

91 They said to him, "Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you."

He said to them, "You examine the face of heaven and earth, but you have not come to know the one who is in your presence, and you do not know how to examine the present moment.

91.1    They said to him:

                  "Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you."

91.2    He said to them:

                  "You examine the face of sky and earth,

                  but the one who is before you, you have not recognized,

                  and you do not know how to test this opportunity."

 

 

92 Jesus said, "Seek and you will find.

In the past, however, I did not tell you the things about which you asked me then. Now I am willing to tell them, but you are not seeking them."

92.1    Jesus says: "Seek and you will find.

92.2    But the things you asked me about in past times,

                  and what I did not tell you in that day,

                  now I am willing to tell you, but you do not seek them."

 

 

93 "Don't give what is holy to dogs, for they might throw them upon the manure pile. Don't throw pearls [to] pigs, or they might ... it [...]."

93.1    "Do not give what is holy to the dogs,

                  lest they throw it upon the dunghill.

93.2    Do not throw pearls to swine,

                  lest they turn <them> into [mud]."

 

With respect to 93.2, Patt-Rob notes that "Alternative restorations are possible, for instance: 'lest they [destroy] <them>' or 'lest they break <them> [into pieces]."

 

 

94 Jesus [said], "One who seeks will find, and for [one who knocks] it will be opened."

Jesus [says]:

94.1    "The one who seeks will find.

94.2    [The one who knocks], to that one will it be opened."

 

 

95 [Jesus said], "If you have money, don't lend it at interest. Rather, give [it] to someone from whom you won't get it back."

[Jesus says:]

95.1    "If you have money, do not lend (it) out at interest.

95.2    Rather, give [it] to the one from whom you will not get it [back]."

 

 

96 Jesus [said], The Father's kingdom is like [a] woman. She took a little leaven, [hid] it in dough, and made it into large loaves of bread. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!

Jesus [says]:

96.1    "The kingdom of the Father is like [a] woman.

96.2    She took a little bit of yeast. [She] hid it in dough

                  (and) made it into huge loaves of bread.

96.3    Whoever has ears should hear."

 

 

97 Jesus said, The [Father's] kingdom is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind her [along] the road. She didn't know it; she hadn't noticed a problem. When she reached her house, she put the jar down and discovered that it was empty.

Jesus says:

97.1    "The kingdom of the [Father] is like a woman

                  who is carrying a [jar] filled with flour.

97.2    While she was walking on [the] way, very distant (from home),

                  the handle of the jar broke (and) the flour leaked out [on] the path.

97.3    (But) she did not know (it); she had not noticed a problem.

97.4    When she reached her house,

                  she put the jar down on the floor (and) found it empty."

 

 

98 Jesus said, The Father's kingdom is like a person who wanted to kill someone powerful. While still at home he drew his sword and thrust it into the wall to find out whether his hand would go in. Then he killed the powerful one.

Jesus says:

98.1    "The kingdom of the Father is like a man

                  who wanted to kill a powerful one.

98.2    He drew the sword in his house (and) stabbed it into the wall

                  to test whether his hand would be strong (enough).

98.3    Then he killed the powerful one."

                 

('person' in 98.1 changed to 'man' and 'one' -- MWG)

 

 

99 The disciples said to him, "Your brothers and your mother are standing outside."

He said to them, "Those here who do what my Father wants are my brothers and my mother. They are the ones who will enter my Father's kingdom."

99.1    The disciples said to him:

                  "Your brothers and your mother are standing outside."

99.2    He said to them: "Those here, who do the will of my Father,

                  they are my brothers and my mother.

99.3    They are the ones who will enter the kingdom of my Father."

 

 

100 They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, "The Roman emperor's people demand taxes from us."

He said to them, "Give the emperor what belongs to the emperor, give God what belongs to God, and give me what is mine."

100.1                  They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him:

                  "CaesarÕs people demand taxes from us."

100.2                  He said to them: "Give Caesar (the things) that are CaesarÕs.

100.3                  Give God (the things) that are GodÕs.

100.4                  And what is mine give me."

 

 

101 "Whoever does not hate [father] and mother as I do cannot be my [disciple], and whoever does [not] love [father and] mother as I do cannot be my [disciple]. For my mother [...], but my true [mother] gave me life."

101.1                  "Whoever does not hate his [father] and his mother as I do

                  will not be able to be a [disciple] of mine.

101.2                  And whoever does [not] love his [father and] his mother as I do

                  will not be able to be a [disciple] of mine.

101.3                  For my mother [...], but my true [mother] gave me life."

 

 

 

102 Jesus said, "Damn the Pharisees! They are like a dog sleeping in the cattle manger: the dog neither eats nor [lets] the cattle eat."

Jesus says:

102  "Woe to them, the Pharisees,

                  for they are like a dog sleeping in a cattle trough,

                  for it neither eats nor [lets] the cattle eat."

 

 

103 Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who know where the rebels are going to attack. [They] can get going, collect their imperial resources, and be prepared before the rebels arrive."

Jesus says:

103      "Blessed is the man who knows at which point (of the house)

                  the robbers are going to enter,

                  so that [he] may arise to gather together his [domain]

                  and gird his loins before they enter."

 

                  ('person' changed to 'man' -- MWG)

 

 

104 They said to Jesus, "Come, let us pray today, and let us fast."

Jesus said, "What sin have I committed, or how have I been undone? Rather, when the groom leaves the bridal suite, then let people fast and pray."

104.1                  They said to [Jesus]: "Come, let us pray and fast today!"

104.2                  Jesus said: "What sin is it that I have committed,

                  or wherein have I been overcome?

104.3                  But when the bridegroom comes out of the wedding chamber,

                  then let (us) fast and pray."

 

 

105 Jesus said, "Whoever knows the father and the mother will be called the child of a whore."

Jesus says:

105      "Whoever will come to know father and mother,

                  he will be called son of a whore."

 

 

106 Jesus said, "When you make the two into one, you will become children of Adam, and when you say, 'Mountain, move from here!' it will move."

Jesus says:

106.1                  "When you make the two into one, you will become sons of man.

106.2                  And when you say: 'Mountain, move away,' it will move away."

 

 

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 and looked for the one until he found it. After he had toiled, he said to the sheep, 'I love you more than the ninety- nine.'

Jesus says:

107.1                  "The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep.

107.2                  One of them went astray, the largest.

                  He left the ninety-nine, (and) he sought the one until he found it.

107.3                  After he had toiled, he said to the sheep:

                  'I love you more than the ninety-nine.'"

 

 

108 Jesus said, "Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me; I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to him."

Jesus says:

108.1                  "Whoever will drink from my mouth will become like me.

108.2                  I myself will become he,

108.3                  and what is hidden will be revealed to him."

 

 

109 Jesus said, The (Father's) kingdom is like a person who had a treasure hidden in his field but did not know it. And [when] he died he left it to his [son]. The son [did] not know about it either. He took over the field and sold it. The buyer went plowing, [discovered] the treasure, and began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished.

Jesus says:

109.1                  "The kingdom is like a man who has a hidden treasure in his field

                  [of which] he knows nothing.

109.2                  And [after] he had died, he left it to his [son].

                  (But) the son did not know (about it either).

                  He took over that field (and) sold [it].

109.3                  And the one who had bought it came,

                  and while he was ploughing [he found] the treasure.

                  He began to lend money at interest to whom he wished."

                 

('person' changed to 'man' in 109.1 -- MWG)

 

 

110 Jesus said, "Let one who has found the world, and has become wealthy, renounce the world."

Jesus says:

111      "The one who has found the world (and) has become wealthy

                  should renounce the world."

 

 

111 Jesus said, "The heavens and the earth will roll up in your presence, and whoever is living from the living one will not see death."

 

 

Does not Jesus say, "Those who have found themselves, of them the world is not worthy"?

Jesus says:

111.1                  "The heavens will roll up before you, and the earth.

111.2                  And whoever is living from the Living One will not see death."

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111.3                  Does not Jesus say:

                  "Whoever has found himself, of him the world is not worthy"?

 

 

112 Jesus said, "Damn the flesh that depends on the soul. Damn the soul that depends on the flesh."

Jesus says:

112.1                  "Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul.

112.2                  Woe to the soul that depends on the flesh."

 

 

113 His disciples said to him, "When will the kingdom come?"

"It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Rather, the Father's kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don't see it."

113.1                  His disciples said to him:

                  "The kingdom -- on what day will it come?"

                  -

113.2                  "It will not come by watching (and waiting) for it.

113.3                  They will not say: ŌLook here!Õ or ŌLook there!Õ

113.4                  Rather, the kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth,

                  and people do not see it."

 

 

[Saying added to the original collection at a later date:]

114 Simon Peter said to them, "Make Mary leave us, for females don't deserve life." Jesus said, "Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven."

114.1                  Simon Peter said to them:

                  "Let Mary go away from us, for women are not worthy of life."

114.2                  Jesus said: "Look, I will draw her in so as to make her male,

                  so that she too may become a living male spirit, similar to you."

114.3                  (But I say to you:) "Every woman who makes herself male

                  will enter the kingdom of heaven."

 

 

Scholars Version translation of the Gospel of Thomas taken from *The Complete Gospels: Annotated Scholars Version.* Copyright 1992, 1994 by Polebridge Press. Used with permission. All rights reserved.