Jesus took them all by stealth, for he did not appear as he was, but in the manner in which they
would be able to see him. He appeared to them all. He appeared to the great as great. He appeared
to the small as small. He appeared to the angels as an angel, and to men as a man. Because of this,
his word hid itself from everyone. Some indeed saw him, thinking that they were seeing
themselves, but when he appeared to his disciples in glory on the mount, he was not small. He
became great, but he made the disciples great, that they might be able to see him in his greatness.
He said on that day in the thanksgiving, "You who have joined the perfect light with the Holy
Spirit, unite the angels with us also, as being the images." Do not despise the lamb, for without it,
it is not possible to see the king. No one will be able to go in to the king if he is naked.
The heavenly man has many more sons than the earthly man. If the sons of Adam are many,
although they die, how much more the sons of the perfect man, they who do not die but are
always begotten. The father makes a son, and the son has not the power to make a son. For he who
has been begotten has not the power to beget, but the son gets brothers for himself, not sons. All
who are begotten in the world are begotten in a natural way, and the others are nourished from
the place whence they have been born. It is from being promised to the heavenly place that man
receives nourishment. [...] him from the mouth. And had the word gone out from that place, it
would be nourished from the mouth and it would become perfect. For it is by a kiss that the
perfect conceive and give birth. For this reason we also kiss one another. We receive conception
from the grace which is in one another.
There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and
Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion
were each a Mary.
"The Father" and "the Son" are single names; "the Holy Spirit" is a double name. For they are
everywhere: they are above, they are below; they are in the concealed, they are in the revealed.
The Holy Spirit is in the revealed: it is below. It is in the concealed: it is above.
The saints are served by evil powers, for they are blinded by the Holy Spirit into thinking that
they are serving an (ordinary) man whenever they do so for the saints. Because of this, a disciple
asked the Lord one day for something of this world. He said to him, "Ask your mother, and she
will give you of the things which are another's."
The apostles said to the disciples, "May our entire offering obtain salt." They called Sophia "salt".
Without it, no offering is acceptable. But Sophia is barren, without child. For this reason, she is
called "a trace of salt". Wherever they will [...] in their own way, the Holy Spirit [...], and her
children are many.
What the father possesses belongs to the son, and the son himself, so long as he is small, is not
entrusted with what is his. But when he becomes a man, his father gives him all that he possesses.
Those who have gone astray, whom the spirit begets, usually go astray also because of the Spirit.
Thus, by one and the same breath, the fire blazes and is put out.
Echamoth is one thing and Echmoth, another. Echamoth is Wisdom simply, but Echmoth is the
Wisdom of death, which is the one who knows death, which is called "the little Wisdom".
There are domestic animals, like the bull and the ass and others of this kind. Others are wild and
live apart in the deserts. Man ploughs the field by means of the domestic animals, and from this
he is nourished, he and the animals, whether tame or wild. Compare the perfect man. It is through
powers which are submissive that he ploughs, preparing for everything to come into being. For it
is because of this that the whole place stands, whether the good or the evil, the right and the left.
The Holy Spirit shepherds everyone and rules all the powers, the "tame" ones and the "wild" ones,
as well as those which are unique. For indeed he [...] shuts them in, in order that [...] wish, they
will not be able to escape.
He who has been created is beautiful, but you would <not> find his sons noble creations. If he
were not created, but begotten, you would find that his seed was noble. But now he was created
(and) he begot. What nobility is this? First, adultery came into being, afterward murder. And he
was begotten in adultery, for he was the child of the Serpent. So he became a murderer, just like
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his father, and he killed his brother. Indeed, every act of sexual intercourse which has occurred
between those unlike one another is adultery.
God is a dyer. As the good dyes, which are called "true", dissolve with the things dyed in them, so
it is with those whom God has dyed. Since his dyes are immortal, they become immortal by means
of his colors. Now God dips what he dips in water.
It is not possible for anyone to see anything of the things that actually exist unless he becomes like
them. This is not the way with man in the world: he sees the sun without being a sun; and he sees
the heaven and the earth and all other things, but he is not these things. This is quite in keeping
with the truth. But you saw something of that place, and you became those things. You saw the
Spirit, you became spirit. You saw Christ, you became Christ. You saw the Father, you shall
become Father. So in this place you see everything and do not see yourself, but in that place you
do see yourself - and what you see you shall become.
Faith receives, love gives. No one will be able to receive without faith. No one will be able to give
without love. Because of this, in order that we may indeed receive, we believe, and in order that
we may love, we give, since if one gives without love, he has no profit from what he has given. He
who has received something other than the Lord is still a Hebrew.
The apostles who were before us had these names for him: "Jesus, the Nazorean, Messiah", that is,
"Jesus, the Nazorean, the Christ". The last name is "Christ", the first is "Jesus", that in the middle is
"the Nazarene". "Messiah" has two meanings, both "the Christ" and "the measured". "Jesus" in
Hebrew is "the redemption". "Nazara" is "the Truth". "The Nazarene" then, is "the Truth". "Christ"
[...] has been measured. "The Nazarene" and "Jesus" are they who have been measured.
When the pearl is cast down into the mud, it becomes greatly despised, nor if it is anointed with
balsam oil will it become more precious. But it always has value in the eyes of its owner. Compare
the Sons of God: wherever they may be, they still have value in the eyes of their Father.
If you say, "I am a Jew," no one will be moved. If you say, "I am a Roman," no one will be
disturbed. If you say, "I am a Greek, a barbarian, a slave, a free man," no one will be troubled. If
you say, "I am a Christian," the [...] will tremble. Would that I might [...] like that - the person
whose name [...] will not be able to endure hearing.
God is a man-eater. For this reason, men are sacrificed to him. Before men were sacrificed, animals
were being sacrificed, since those to whom they were sacrificed were not gods.
Glass decanters and earthenware jugs are both made by means of fire. But if glass decanters break,
they are done over, for they came into being through a breath. If earthenware jugs break, however,
they are destroyed, for they came into being without breath.
An ass which turns a millstone did a hundred miles walking. When it was loosed, it found that it
was still at the same place. There are men who make many journeys, but make no progress
towards any destination. When evening came upon them, they saw neither city nor village,
neither human artifact nor natural phenomenon, power nor angel. In vain have the wretches
The eucharist is Jesus. For he is called in Syriac "Pharisatha," which is "the one who is spread out,"
for Jesus came to crucify the world.
The Lord went into the dye works of Levi. He took seventy-two different colors and threw them
into the vat. He took them out all white. And he said, "Even so has the Son of Man come as a
As for the Wisdom who is called "the barren," she is the mother of the angels. And the companion
of the [...] Mary Magdalene. [...] loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on
her mouth. The rest of the disciples [...]. They said to him "Why do you love her more than all of
us?" The Savior answered and said to them,"Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man
and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the
light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness."
The Lord said, "Blessed is he who is before he came into being. For he who is, has been and shall
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The superiority of man is not obvious to the eye, but lies in what is hidden from view.
Consequently, he has mastery over the animals which are stronger than he is and great in terms of
the obvious and the hidden. This enables them to survive. But if man is separated from them, they
slay one another and bite one another. They ate one another because they did not find any food.
But now they have found food because man tilled the soil.
If one goes down into the water and comes up without having received anything, and says "I am a
Christian," he has borrowed the name at interest. But if he receives the Holy Spirit, he has the
name as a gift. He who has received a gift does not have to give it back, but of him who has
borrowed it at interest, payment is demanded. This is the way it happens to one when he
experiences a mystery.
Great is the mystery of marriage! For without it, the world would not exist. Now the existence of
the world [...], and the existence of [...] marriage. Think of the [...] relationship, for it possesses [...]
power. Its image consists of a defilement.
The forms of evil spirit include male ones and female ones. The males are they which unite with
the souls which inhabit a female form, but the females are they which are mingled with those in a
male form, though one who was disobedient. And none shall be able to escape them, since they
detain him if he does not receive a male power or a female power, the bridegroom and the bride.
One receives them from the mirrored bridal chamber. When the wanton women see a male sitting
alone, they leap down on him and play with him and defile him. So also the lecherous men, when
they see a beautiful woman sitting alone, they persuade her and compel her, wishing to defile her.
But if they see the man and his wife sitting beside one another, the female cannot come into the
man, nor can the male come into the woman. So if the image and the angel are united with one
another, neither can any venture to go into the man or the woman.
He who comes out of the world, and so can no longer be detained on the grounds that he was in
the world, evidently is above the desire of the [...] and fear. He is master over [...]. He is superior to
envy. If [...] comes, they seize him and throttle him. And how will this one be able to escape the
great [...] powers? How will he be able to [...]? There are some who say, "We are faithful" in order
that [...] the unclean spirits and the demons. For if they had the Holy Spirit, no unclean spirit
would cleave to them. Fear not the flesh nor love it. If you fear it, it will gain mastery over you. If
you love it, it will swallow and paralyze you.
And so he dwells either in this world or in the resurrection or in the middle place. God forbid that
I be found in there! In this world, there is good and evil. Its good things are not good, and its evil
things not evil. But there is evil after this world which is truly evil - what is called "the middle". It
is death. While we are in this world, it is fitting for us to acquire the resurrection, so that when we
strip off the flesh, we may be found in rest and not walk in the middle. For many go astray on the
way. For it is good to come forth from the world before one has sinned.
There are some who neither will nor have the power to; and others who, if they will, do not profit;
for they did not act since [...] makes them sinners. And if they do not will, justice will elude them
in both cases: and it is always a matter of the will, not the act.
An apostolic man in a vision saw some people shut up in a house of fire and bound with fiery [...],
lying [...] flaming [...], them in [...] faith [...]. And he said to them, "[...] able to be saved?" [...], "They
did not desire it. They received [...] punishment, what is called 'the [...] darkness', because he [...]."
It is from water and fire that the soul and the spirit came into being. It is from water and fire and
light that the son of the bridal chamber (came into being). The fire is the chrism, the light is the
fire. I am not referring to that fire which has no form, but to the other fire whose form is white,
which is bright and beautiful, and which gives beauty.
Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. The world will not
receive truth in any other way. There is a rebirth and an image of rebirth. It is certainly necessary
to be born again through the image. Which one? Resurrection. The image must rise again through
the image. The bridal chamber and the image must enter through the image into the truth: this is
the restoration. Not only must those who produce the name of the Father and the Son and the
Holy Spirit, do so, but have produced them for you. If one does not acquire them, the name
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("Christian") will also be taken from him. But one receives the unction of the [...] of the power of
the cross. This power the apostles called "the right and the left." For this person is no longer a
Christian but a Christ.
The Lord did everything in a mystery, a baptism and a chrism and a eucharist and a redemption
and a bridal chamber. [...] he said, "I came to make the things below like the things above, and the
things outside like those inside. I came to unite them in the place." [...] here through types [...]and
Those who say, "There is a heavenly man and there is one above him" are wrong. For it is the first
of these two heavenly men, the one who is revealed, that they call "the one who is below"; and he
to whom the hidden belongs is that one who is above him. For it would be better for them to say,
"The inner and outer, and what is outside the outer". Because of this, the Lord called destruction
the "the outer darkness": there is not another outside of it. He said, "My Father who is in secret".
He said, "Go into your chamber and shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father who is in
secret" (Mt 6:6), the one who is within them all. But that which is within them all is the fullness.
Beyond it, there is nothing else within it. This is that of which they say, "That which is above
Before Christ, some came from a place they were no longer able to enter, and they went where
they were no longer able to come out. Then Christ came. Those who went in, he brought out, and
those who went out, he brought in.
When Eve was still with Adam, death did not exist. When she was separated from him, death
came into being. If he enters again and attains his former self, death will be no more.
"My God, my God, why, O Lord, have you forsaken me?" (Mk 15:34). It was on the cross that he
said these words, for he had departed from that place.
[...] who has been begotten through him who [...] from God.
The [...] from the dead. [...] to be, but now [...] perfect. [...] flesh, but this [...] is true flesh. [...] is not
true, but [...] only possess an image of the true.
A bridal chamber is not for the animals, nor is it for the slaves, nor for defiled women; but it is for
free men and virgins.
Through the Holy Spirit we are indeed begotten again, but we are begotten through Christ in the
two. We are anointed through the Spirit. When we were begotten, we were united. None can see
himself either in water or in a mirror without light. Nor again can you see in light without mirror
or water. For this reason, it is fitting to baptize in the two, in the light and the water. Now the light
is the chrism.
There were three buildings specifically for sacrifice in Jerusalem. The one facing the west was
called "The Holy". Another, facing south, was called "The Holy of the Holy". The third, facing east,
was called "The Holy of the Holies", the place where only the high priest enters. Baptism is "the
Holy" building. Redemption is the "Holy of the Holy". "The Holy of the Holies" is the bridal
chamber. Baptism includes the resurrection and the redemption; the redemption (takes place) in
the bridal chamber. But the bridal chamber is in that which is superior to [...] you will not find [...]
are those who pray [...] Jerusalem who [...] Jerusalem, [...] those called the "Holy of the Holies" [...]
the veil was rent, [...] bridal chamber except the image [...] above. Because of this, its veil was rent
from top to bottom. For it was fitting for some from below to go upward.
The powers do not see those who are clothed in the perfect light, and consequently are not able to
detain them. One will clothe himself in this light sacramentally in the union.
If the woman had not separated from the man, she should not die with the man. His separation
became the beginning of death. Because of this, Christ came to repair the separation, which was
from the beginning, and again unite the two, and to give life to those who died as a result of the
separation, and unite them. But the woman is united to her husband in the bridal chamber.
Indeed, those who have united in the bridal chamber will no longer be separated. Thus Eve
separated from Adam because it was not in the bridal chamber that she united with him.
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The soul of Adam came into being by means of a breath. The partner of his soul is the spirit. His
mother is the thing that was given to him. His soul was taken from him and replaced by a spirit.
When he was united (to the spirit), he spoke words incomprehensible to the powers. They envied
him [...] spiritual partner [...] hidden [...] opportunity [...] for themselves alone [...] bridal chamber,
so that [...].
Jesus appeared [...] Jordan - the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven. He who was begotten before
everything, was begotten anew. He who was once anointed, was anointed anew. He who was
redeemed, in turn redeemed (others).
Indeed, one must utter a mystery. The Father of everything united with the virgin who came
down, and a fire shone for him on that day. He appeared in the great bridal chamber. Therefore
his body came into being on that very day. It left the bridal chamber as one who came into being
from the bridegroom and the bride. So Jesus established everything in it through these. It is fitting
for each of the disciples to enter into his rest.
Adam came into being from two virgins, from the Spirit and from the virgin earth. Christ
therefore, was born from a virgin to rectify the Fall which occurred in the beginning.
There are two trees growing in Paradise. The one bears animals, the other bears men. Adam ate
from the tree which bore animals. He became an animal and he brought forth animals. For this
reason the children of Adam worship animals. The tree [...] fruit is [...] increased. [...] ate the [...]
fruit of the [...] bears men, [...] man. [...] God created man. [...] men create God. That is the way it is
in the world - men make gods and worship their creation. It would be fitting for the gods to
Surely what a man accomplishes depends on his abilities. For this reason, we refer to one`s
accomplishments as "abilities". Among his accomplishments are his children. They originate in a
moment of ease. Thus his abilities determine what he may accomplish, but this ease is clearly
evident in the children. You will find that this applies directly to the image. Here is the man made
after the image accomplishing things with his physical strength, but producing his children with
In this world, the slaves serve the free. In the Kingdom of Heaven, the free will minister to the
slaves: the children of the bridal chamber will minister to the children of the marriage. The
children of the bridal chamber have just one name: rest. Altogether, they need take no other form,
because they have contemplation, [...]. They are numerous [...] in the things [...] the glories [...].
Those [...] go down into the water. [...] out (of the water), will consecrate it, [...] they who have [...]
in his name. For he said, "Thus we should fulfill all righteousness." (Mt 3:15)
Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error. If they do not first receive the
resurrection while they live, when they die they will receive nothing. So also when speaking about
baptism they say, "Baptism is a great thing," because if people receive it they will live.
Philip the apostle said, "Joseph the carpenter planted a garden because he needed wood for his
trade. It was he who made the cross from the trees which he planted. His own offspring hung on
that which he planted. His offspring was Jesus, and the planting was the cross." But the Tree of
Life is in the middle of the Garden. However, it is from the olive tree that we got the chrism, and
from the chrism, the resurrection.
This world is a corpse-eater. All the things eaten in it themselves die also. Truth is a life-eater.
Therefore no one nourished by truth will die. It was from that place that Jesus came and brought
food. To those who so desired, he gave life, that they might not die.
God [...] garden. Man [...] garden. There are [...] and [...] of God. [...] The things which are in [...] I
wish. This garden is the place where they will say to me, "[...] eat this or do not eat that, just as you
wish." In the place where I will eat all things is the Tree of Knowledge. That one killed Adam, but
here the Tree of Knowledge made men alive. The law was the tree. It has power to give the
knowledge of good and evil. It neither removed him from evil, nor did it set him in the good, but
it created death for those who ate of it. For when he said, "Eat this, do not eat that", it became the
beginning of death.
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The chrism is superior to baptism, for it is from the word "Chrism" that we have been called
"Christians," certainly not because of the word "baptism". And it is because of the chrism that "the
Christ" has his name. For the Father anointed the Son, and the Son anointed the apostles, and the
apostles anointed us. He who has been anointed possesses everything. He possesses the
resurrection, the light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. The Father gave him this in the bridal chamber;
he merely accepted (the gift). The Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is the
Kingdom of Heaven.
The Lord said it well: "Some have entered the Kingdom of Heaven laughing, and they have come
out [...] because [...] a Christian, [...]. And as soon as [...] went down into the water, he came [...]
everything (of this world), [...] because he [...] a trifle, but [...] full of contempt for this [...] the
Kingdom of Heaven [...] If he despises [...], and scorns it as a trifle, [...] out laughing. So it is also
with the bread and the cup and the oil, even though there is another one superior to these.
The world came about through a mistake. For he who created it wanted to create it imperishable
and immortal. He fell short of attaining his desire. For the world never was imperishable, nor, for
that matter, was he who made the world. For things are not imperishable, but sons are. Nothing
will be able to receive imperishability if it does not first become a son. But he who has not the
ability to receive, how much more will he be unable to give?
The cup of prayer contains wine and water, since it is appointed as the type of the blood for which
thanks is given. And it is full of the Holy Spirit, and it belongs to the wholly perfect man. When
we drink this, we shall receive for ourselves the perfect man. The living water is a body. It is
necessary that we put on the living man. Therefore, when he is about to go down into the water,
he unclothes himself, in order that he may put on the living man.
A horse sires a horse, a man begets man, a god brings forth a god. Compare the bridegroom and
the bride. They have come from the [...]. No Jew [...] has existed. And [...] from the Jews. [...]
Christians [...] these [...] are referred to as "The chosen people of [...]," and "The true man" and "Son
of Man" and "the seed of the Son of Man". This true race is renowned in the world [...] that the
sons of the bridal chamber dwell.
Whereas in this world the union is one of husband with wife - a case of strength complemented by
weakness(?) - in the Aeon (eternal realm), the form of the union is different, although we refer to
them by the same names. There are other names, however; they are superior to every other name
that is named and are stronger than the strong. For where there is a show of strength, there those
who excel in strength appear. These are not separate things, but both of them are this one single
thing. This is the one which will not be able to rise above the heart of flesh.
Is it not necessary for all those who possess everything to know themselves? Some indeed, if they
do not know themselves, will not enjoy what they possess. But those who have come to know
themselves will enjoy their possessions.
Not only will they be unable to detain the perfect man, but they will not be able to see him, for if
they see him, they will detain him. There is no other way for a person to acquire this quality
except by putting on the perfect light and he too becoming perfect light. He who has put it on will
enter [...]. This is the perfect [...] that we [...] become [...] before we leave [...]. Whoever receives
everything [...] hither [...] be able [...] that place, but will [...] the Middle as imperfect. Only Jesus
knows the end of this person.
The priest is completely holy, down to his very body. For if he has taken the bread, he will
consecrate it. Or the cup or anything else that he gets, he will consecrate. Then how will he not
consecrate the body also?
By perfecting the water of baptism, Jesus emptied it of death. Thus we do go down into the water,
but we do not go down into death, in order that we may not be poured out into the spirit of the
world. When that spirit blows, it brings the winter. When the Holy Spirit breathes, the summer
He who has knowledge of the truth is a free man, but the free man does not sin, for "He who sins
is the slave of sin" (Jn 8:34). Truth is the mother, knowledge the father. Those who think that
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