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The Gospel of Thomas: A Public Domain Translation
 
by Mark M. Mattison
 
This translation has been committed to the public domain. It may be freely copied and used, in whole or in part, changed or unchanged, for any purpose. The text is based on NHC II,2 – the second tractate of Volume II of the Nag Hammadi Codices, a Coptic library of ancient texts dating to the fourth century. The Nag Hammadi manuscript contains the most complete copy of Thomas’ Gospel discovered so far. It’s a fourth-century translation of an earlier Greek text.  In addition to the Coptic manuscript, three smaller Greek fragments also came to light in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Greek copies date to the third century, which proves that Thomas’ Gospel was widely copied in antiquity.  All four copies were discovered in Egypt. Scholars widely agree that the original Gospel was probably written in the Greek language in Syria in the late first or early second century, meaning it was written at least as early as the latest books of the New Testament. Gaps (“lacunae”) in the manuscript are denoted by square brackets. Words in square brackets are hypothetical reconstructions based on the size of the gap, the number of letters that probably would have fit in that gap, and the surrounding context.  Angled brackets denote an emendation or correction of what appears to be a scribal error, and words in parentheses are strictly editorial additions to clarify the meaning of the text.  Finally, the labels of the sayings are not in the original Coptic, but are provided for ease of reference. For a more colloquial translation along with some commentary, see my book The Gospel of Thomas: A New Translation for Spiritual Seekers, available from Amazon.com.  
Incipit
 
These are the hidden sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
 
Saying One: True Meaning
 
And he said, “Whoever discovers the meaning of these sayings won’t taste death.”
 
Saying Two: Seek and Find
 
Jesus said, “Whoever seeks shouldn’t stop until they find. When they find, they’ll be disturbed. When they’re disturbed, they’ll be […] amazed, and reign over the All.”
 
Saying Three: Seeking Within
 
Jesus said, “If your leaders tell you, ‘Look, the kingdom is in heaven,’ then the birds of heaven will precede you. If they tell you, ‘It’s in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is within you and outside of you.  “When you know yourselves, then you’ll be known, and you’ll realize that you’re the children of the living Father. But if you don’t know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty.”
 
Saying Four: First and Last
 
Jesus said, “The older person won’t hesitate to ask a little seven-day-old child about the place of life, and they’ll live, because many who are first will be last, and they’ll become one.”
 
Saying Five: Hidden and Revealed
 
Jesus said, “Know what’s in front of your face, and what’s hidden from you will be revealed to you, because there’s nothing hidden that won’t be revealed.”
 
 
Saying Six: Public Ritual
 
His disciples said to him, “Do you want us to fast? And how should we pray? Should we make donations? And what food should we avoid?” Jesus said, “Don’t lie, and don’t do what you hate, because everything is revealed in the sight of heaven; for there’s nothing hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing covered up that will stay secret.”
 
Saying Seven: The Lion and the Human
 
Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion that’s eaten by a human and then becomes human, but how awful for the human who’s eaten by a lion, and the lion becomes human.”
 
Saying Eight: The Parable of the Fish
 
He said, “The human being is like a wise fisher who cast a net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisher found a fine large fish and cast all the little fish back down into the sea, easily choosing the large fish. Anyone who has ears to hear should hear!”
 
Saying Nine: The Parable of the Sower
 
Jesus said, “Look, a sower went out, took a handful of seeds, and scattered them. Some fell on the roadside; the birds came and gathered them. Others fell on the rock; they didn’t take root in the soil and ears of grain didn’t rise toward heaven. Yet others fell on thorns; they choked the seeds and worms ate them. Finally, others fell on good soil; it produced fruit up toward heaven, some sixty times as much and some a hundred and twenty.” 
 
Saying Ten: Jesus and Fire (1)
 
Jesus said, “I’ve cast fire on the world, and look, I’m watching over it until it blazes.”
 
 
Saying Eleven: Those Who Are Living Won’t Die (1)
 
Jesus said, “This heaven will disappear, and the one above it will disappear too. Those who are dead aren’t alive, and those who are living won’t die. In the days when you ate what was dead, you made it alive. When you’re in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became divided. But when you become divided, what will you do?”
 
Saying Twelve: James the Just
 
The disciples said to Jesus, “We know you’re going to leave us. Who will lead us then?”  Jesus said to them, “Wherever you are, you’ll go to James the Just, for whom heaven and earth came into being.”
 
Saying Thirteen: Thomas’ Confession
 
Jesus said to his disciples, “If you were to compare me to someone, who would you say I’m like?” Simon Peter said to him, “You’re like a just angel.”  Matthew said to him, “You’re like a wise philosopher.” Thomas said to him, “Teacher, I’m completely unable to say whom you’re like.” Jesus said, “I’m not your teacher. Because you’ve drunk, you’ve become intoxicated by the bubbling spring I’ve measured out.” He took him aside and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked, “What did Jesus say to you?” Thomas said to them, “If I tell you one of the things he said to me, you’ll pick up stones and cast them at me, and fire will come out of the stones and burn you up.”
 
Saying Fourteen: Public Ministry
 
Jesus said to them, “If you fast, you’ll bring guilt upon yourselves; and if you pray, you’ll be condemned; and if you make donations, you’ll harm your spirits. “If they welcome you when you enter any land and go around in the countryside, heal those who are sick among them and eat whatever they give you, because it’s not what goes into your mouth that will defile you. What comes out of your mouth is what will defile you.” 
Saying Fifteen: Worship
 
Jesus said, “When you see the one who wasn’t born of a woman, fall down on your face and worship that person. That’s your Father.”
 
Saying Sixteen: Not Peace, but War
 
Jesus said, “Maybe people think that I’ve come to cast peace on the world, and they don’t know that I’ve come to cast divisions on the earth: fire, sword, and war. Where there are five in a house, there’ll be three against two and two against three, father against and son and son against father. They’ll stand up and be one.”
 
Saying Seventeen: Divine Gift
 
Jesus said, “I’ll give you what no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, no hand has ever touched, and no human mind has ever thought.”
 
Saying Eighteen: Beginning and End
 
The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us about our end. How will it come?” Jesus said, “Have you discovered the beginning so that you can look for the end? Because the end will be where the beginning is. Blessed is the one who will stand up in the beginning. They’ll know the end, and won’t taste death.”
Saying Nineteen: Five Trees in Paradise
 
Jesus said, “Blessed is the one who came into being before coming into being. If you become my disciples and listen to my message, these stones will become your servants; because there are five trees in paradise which don’t change in summer or winter, and their leaves don’t fall. Whoever knows them won’t taste death.”
 
Saying Twenty: The Parable of the Mustard Seed
 
The disciples asked Jesus, “Tell us, what can the kingdom of heaven be compared to?”
He said to them, “It can be compared to a mustard seed. Though it’s the smallest of all the seeds, when it falls on tilled soil it makes a plant so large that it shelters the birds of heaven.”
 
Saying Twenty-One: The Parables of the Field, the Bandits, and the Reaper
 
Mary said to Jesus, “Whom are your disciples like?” He said, “They’re like little children living in a field which isn’t theirs. When the owners of the field come, they’ll say, ‘Give our field back to us.’ They’ll strip naked in front of them to let them have it and give them their field.  “So I say that if the owner of the house realizes the bandit is coming, they’ll watch out beforehand and won’t let the bandit break into the house of their domain and steal their possessions. You, then, watch out for the world! Prepare to defend yourself so that the bandits don’t attack you, because what you’re expecting will come. May there be a wise person among you! “When the fruit ripened, the reaper came quickly, sickle in hand, and harvested it. Anyone who has ears to hear should hear!”
 
Saying Twenty-Two: Making the Two into One
 
Jesus saw some little children nursing. He said to his disciples, “These nursing children can be compared to those who enter the kingdom.” They said to him, “Then we’ll enter the kingdom as little children?” Jesus said to them, “When you make the two into one, and make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and so make the male and the female a single one so that the male won’t be male nor the female female; when you make eyes in the place of an eye, a hand in the place of a hand, a foot in the place of a foot, and an image in the place of an image; then you’ll enter [the kingdom].”
 
Saying Twenty-Three: Those Who are Chosen (1)
 
Jesus said, “I’ll choose you, one out of a thousand and two out of ten thousand, and they’ll stand as a single one.”
 
 
Saying Twenty-Four: Light
 
His disciples said, “Show us the place where you are, because we need to look for it.” He said to them, “Anyone who has ears to hear should hear! Light exists within a person of light, and they light up the whole world. If they don’t shine, there’s darkness.”
 
Saying Twenty-Five: Love and Protect
 
Jesus said, “Love your brother as your own soul. Protect them like the pupil of your eye.” Saying Twenty-Six: Speck and Beam
 
Jesus said, “You see the speck that’s in your brother’s eye, but you don’t see the beam in your own eye. When you get the beam out of your own eye, then you’ll be able to see clearly to get the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
 
Saying Twenty-Seven: Fasting and Sabbath
 
“If you don’t fast from the world, you won’t find the kingdom. If you don’t make the Sabbath into a Sabbath, you won’t see the Father.”
 
Saying Twenty-Eight: The World is Drunk
 
Jesus said, “I stood in the middle of the world and appeared to them in the flesh. I found them all drunk; I didn’t find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they were blind in their hearts and couldn’t see. They came into the world empty and plan on leaving the world empty. Meanwhile, they’re drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they’ll change.”
 
Saying Twenty-Nine: Spirit and Body
 
Jesus said, “If the flesh came into existence because of spirit, that’s amazing. If spirit came into existence because of the body, that’s really amazing! But I’m amazed at how [such] great wealth has been placed in this poverty.”
Saying Thirty: Divine Presence
 
Jesus said, “Where there are three deities, they’re divine. Where there are two or one, I’m with them.”
 
Saying Thirty-One: Prophet and Doctor
 
Jesus said, “No prophet is welcome in their own village. No doctor heals those who know them.”
 
Saying Thirty-Two: The Parable of the Fortified City
 
Jesus said, “A city built and fortified on a high mountain can’t fall, nor can it be hidden.”
 
Saying Thirty-Three: The Parable of the Lamp
 
Jesus said, “What you hear with one ear, listen to with both, then proclaim from your rooftops. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket or in a hidden place. Rather, they put it on the stand so that everyone who comes and goes can see its light.”
 
Saying Thirty-Four: The Parable of Those Who Can’t See
 
Jesus said, “If someone who’s blind leads someone else who’s blind, both of them fall into a pit.”
 
Saying Thirty-Five: The Parable of Binding the Strong
 
Jesus said, “No one can break into the house of the strong and take it by force without tying the hands of the strong. Then they can loot the house.”
 
 
Saying Thirty-Six: Anxiety
 
Jesus said, “Don’t be anxious from morning to evening or from evening to morning about what you’ll wear.”
 
Saying Thirty-Seven: Seeing Jesus
 
His disciples said, “When will you appear to us? When will we see you?” Jesus said, “When you strip naked without being ashamed, and throw your clothes on the ground and stomp on them as little children would, then [you’ll] see the Son of the Living One and won’t be afraid.”
 
Saying Thirty-Eight: Finding Jesus
 
Jesus said, “Often you’ve wanted to hear this message that I’m telling you, and you don’t have anyone else from whom to hear it. There will be days when you’ll look for me, but you won’t be able to find me.”
 
Saying Thirty-Nine: The Keys of Knowledge
 
Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and hidden them. They haven’t entered, and haven’t let others enter who wanted to. So be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
 
Saying Forty: A Grapevine
 
Jesus said, “A grapevine has been planted outside of the Father. Since it’s malnourished, it’ll be pulled up by its root and destroyed.”
 
Saying Forty-One: More and Less
 
Jesus said, “Whoever has something in hand will be given more, but whoever doesn’t have anything will lose even what little they do have.”
 
 
Saying Forty-Two: Passing By
 
Jesus said, “Become passersby.”
 
Saying Forty-Three: The Tree and the Fruit
 
His disciples said to him, “Who are you to say these things to us?” “You don’t realize who I am from what I say to you, but you’ve become like those Judeans who either love the tree but hate its fruit, or love the fruit but hate the tree.”
 
Saying Forty-Four: Blasphemy
 
Jesus said, “Whoever blasphemes the Father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes the Son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, neither on earth nor in heaven.”
 
Saying Forty-Five: Good and Evil
 
Jesus said, “Grapes aren’t harvested from thorns, nor are figs gathered from thistles, because they don’t produce fruit. [A person who’s good] brings good things out of their treasure, and a person who’s [evil] brings evil things out of their evil treasure. They say evil things because their heart is full of evil.”
 
Saying Forty-Six: Greater than John the Baptizer
 
Jesus said, “From Adam to John the Baptizer, no one’s been born who’s so much greater than John the Baptizer that they shouldn’t avert their eyes. But I say that whoever among you will become a little child will know the kingdom and become greater than John.”
 
 
Saying Forty-Seven: The Parables of Divided Loyalties, New Wine in Old Wineskins, and New Patch on Old Cloth
 
Jesus said, “It’s not possible for anyone to mount two horses or stretch two bows, and it’s not possible for a servant to follow two leaders, because they’ll respect one and despise the other.  “No one drinks old wine and immediately wants to drink new wine. And new wine isn’t put in old wineskins, because they’d burst. Nor is old wine put in new wineskins, because it’d spoil.  “A new patch of cloth isn’t sewn onto an old coat, because it’d tear apart.”
 
Saying Forty-Eight: Unity (1)
 
Jesus said, “If two make peace with each other in a single house, they’ll say to the mountain, ‘Go away,’ and it will.”
 
Saying Forty-Nine: Those Who Are Chosen (2)
 
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are one – those who are chosen, because you’ll find the kingdom. You’ve come from there and will return there.”
 
Saying Fifty: Our Origin and Identity
 
Jesus said, “If they ask you, ‘Where do you come from?’ tell them, ‘We’ve come from the light, the place where light came into being by itself, [established] itself, and appeared in their image.’ “If they ask you, ‘Is it you?’ then say, ‘We are its children, and we’re chosen by our living Father.’ “If they ask you, ‘What’s the sign of your Father in you?’ then say, ‘It’s movement and rest.’” 
 
Saying Fifty-One: The New World
 
His disciples said to him, “When will the dead have rest, and when will the new world come?”
He said to them, “What you’re looking for has already come, but you don’t know it.”
 
Saying Fifty-Two: Twenty-Four Prophets
 
His disciples said to him, “Twenty-four prophets have spoken in Israel, and they all spoke of you.” He said to them, “You’ve ignored the Living One right in front of you, and you’ve talked about those who are dead.”
 
Saying Fifty-Three: True Circumcision
 
His disciples said to him, “Is circumcision useful, or not?” He said to them, “If it were useful, parents would have children who are born circumcised. But the true circumcision in spirit has become profitable in every way.”
 
Saying Fifty-Four: Those Who Are Poor
 
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of heaven.”
 
Saying Fifty-Five: Discipleship (1)
 
Jesus said, “Whoever doesn’t hate their father and mother can’t become my disciple, and whoever doesn’t hate their brothers and sisters and take up their cross like I do isn’t worthy of me.”
 
Saying Fifty-Six: The World is a Corpse
 
Jesus said, “Whoever has known the world has found a corpse. Whoever has found a corpse, of them the world isn’t worthy.”
 
Saying Fifty-Seven: The Parable of the Weeds
 
Jesus said, “My Fathers’ kingdom can be compared to someone who had [good] seed. Their enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The person
didn’t let anyone pull out the weeds, ‘so that you don’t pull out the wheat along with the weeds,’ they said to them. ‘On the day of the harvest, the weeds will be obvious. Then they’ll be pulled out and burned.’”
 
Saying Fifty-Eight: Finding Life
 
Jesus said, “Blessed is the person who’s gone to a lot of trouble. They’ve found life.” 
 
Saying Fifty-Nine: The Living One
 
Jesus said, “Look for the Living One while you’re still alive. If you die and then try to look for him, you won’t be able to.”
 
Saying Sixty: Don’t Become a Corpse
 
They saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb to Judea. He said to his disciples, “What do you think he’s going to do with that lamb?” They said to him, “He’s going to kill it and eat it.” He said to them, “While it’s living, he won’t eat it, but only after he kills it and it becomes a corpse.” They said, “He can’t do it any other way.” He said to them, “You, too, look for a resting place, so that you won’t become a corpse and be eaten.”
 
Saying Sixty-One: Jesus and Salome
 
Jesus said, “Two will rest on a couch. One will die, the other will live.” Salome said, “Who are you, Sir, to climb onto my couch and eat off my table as if you’re from someone?”  Jesus said to her, “I’m the one who exists in equality. Some of what belongs to my Father was given to me.” “I’m your disciple.” “So I’m telling you, if someone is <equal>, they’ll be full of light; but if they’re divided, they’ll be full of darkness.”
 
 
Saying Sixty-Two: Mysteries
 
Jesus said, “I tell my mysteries to [those who are worthy of my] mysteries. Don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”
 
Saying Sixty-Three: The Parable of the Rich Fool
 
Jesus said, “There was a rich man who had much money. He said, ‘I’ll use my money to sow, reap, plant, and fill my barns with fruit, so that I won’t need anything.’ That’s what he was thinking to himself, but he died that very night. Anyone who has ears to hear should hear!”
 
Saying Sixty-Four: The Parable of the Dinner Party
 
Jesus said, “Someone was planning on having guests. When dinner was ready, they sent their servant to call the visitors. “The servant went to the first and said, ‘My master invites you.’ “They said, ‘Some merchants owe me money. They’re coming tonight. I need to go and give them instructions. Excuse me from the dinner.’ “The servant went to another one and said, ‘My master invites you.’ “They said, “I’ve just bought a house and am needed for the day. I won’t have time.’ “The servant went to another one and said, ‘My master invites you.’ “They said, ‘My friend is getting married and I’m going to make dinner. I can’t come. Excuse me from the dinner.’ “The servant went to another one and said, ‘My master invites you.’ “They said, “I’ve just bought a farm and am going to collect the rent. I can’t come. Excuse me.’ “The servant went back and told the master, ‘The ones you’ve invited to the dinner have excused themselves.’ “The master said to their servant, ‘Go out to the roads and bring whomever you find so that they can have dinner.’ “Buyers and merchants won’t [enter] the places of my Father.”
 
Saying Sixty-Five: The Parable of the Sharecroppers
 
He said, “A [creditor] owned a vineyard. He leased it out to some sharecroppers to work it so he could collect its fruit.
“He sent his servant so that the sharecroppers could give him the fruit of the vineyard. They seized his servant, beat him, and nearly killed him.  “The servant went back and told his master. His master said, ‘Maybe he just didn’t know them.’ He sent another servant, but the tenants beat that one too. “Then the master sent his son, thinking, ‘Maybe they’ll show some respect to my son.’  “Because they knew that he was the heir of the vineyard, the sharecroppers seized and killed him. Anyone who has ears to hear should hear!”
 
Saying Sixty-Six: The Rejected Cornerstone
 
Jesus said, “Show me the stone the builders rejected; that’s the cornerstone.”
 
Saying Sixty-Seven: Knowing Isn’t Everything
 
Jesus said, “Whoever knows everything, but is personally lacking, lacks everything.”
 
Saying Sixty-Eight: Persecution
 
Jesus said, “Blessed are you when you’re hated and persecuted, and no place will be found where you’ve been persecuted.”
 
Saying Sixty-Nine: Those Who Are Persecuted
 
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who’ve been persecuted in their own hearts. They’ve truly known the Father. Blessed are those who are hungry, so that their stomachs may be filled.”
 
Saying Seventy: Salvation is Within
 
Jesus said, “If you give birth to what’s within you, what you have within you will save you. If you don’t have that within [you], what you don’t have within you [will] kill you.”  
Saying Seventy-One: Destroying the Temple
 
Jesus said, “I’ll destroy [this] house, and no one will be able to build it […]”
 
Saying Seventy-Two: Not a Divider
 
[Someone said to him], “Tell my brothers to divide our inheritance with me.”  He said to him, “Who made me a divider?” He turned to his disciples and said to them, “Am I really a divider?”
 
Saying Seventy-Three: Workers for the Harvest
 
Jesus said, “The harvest really is plentiful, but the workers are few. So pray that the Lord will send workers to the harvest.”
 
Saying Seventy-Four: The Empty Well
 
He said, “Lord, many are gathered around the well, but there’s nothing to drink.”
 
Saying Seventy-Five: The Bridal Chamber
 
Jesus said, “Many are waiting at the door, but those who are one will enter the bridal chamber.”
 
Saying Seventy-Six: The Parable of the Pearl
 
Jesus said, “The Father’s kingdom can be compared to a merchant with merchandise who found a pearl. The merchant was wise; they sold their merchandise and bought that single pearl for themselves.   “You, too, look for the treasure that doesn’t perish but endures, where no moths come to eat and no worms destroy.”
 
 
Saying Seventy-Seven: Jesus is the All
 
Jesus said, “I’m the light that’s over all. I am the All. The All has come from me and unfolds toward me. “Split a log; I’m there. Lift the stone, and you’ll find me there.”
 
Saying Seventy-Eight: Into the Desert
 
Jesus said, “What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? A [person] wearing fancy clothes, [like your] rulers and powerful people? They (wear) fancy [clothes], but can’t know the truth.”
 
Saying Seventy-Nine: Listening to the Message
 
A woman in the crowd said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that nourished you.” He said to [her], “Blessed are those who have listened to the message of the Father and kept it, because there will be days when you’ll say, ‘Blessed is the womb that didn’t conceive and the breasts that haven’t given milk.’”
 
Saying Eighty: The World is a Body
 
Jesus said, “Whoever has known the world has found the body; but whoever has found the body, of them the world isn’t worthy.”
 
Saying Eighty-One: Riches and Renunciation (1)
 
Jesus said, “Whoever has become rich should become a ruler, and whoever has power should renounce it.”
 
Saying Eighty-Two: Jesus and Fire (2)
 
Jesus said, “Whoever is near me is near the fire, and whoever is far from me is far from the kingdom.”
 
Saying Eighty-Three: Light and Images
 
Jesus said, “Images are revealed to people, but the light within them is hidden in the image of the Father’s light. He’ll be revealed, but his image will be hidden by his light.”
 
Saying Eighty-Four: Our Previous Images
 
Jesus said, “When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see your images that came into being before you did – which don’t die, and aren’t revealed – how much you’ll have to bear!”
 
Saying Eighty-Five: Adam Wasn’t Worthy
 
Jesus said, “Adam came into being from a great power and great wealth, but he didn’t become worthy of you. If he had been worthy, [he wouldn’t have tasted] death.”
 
Saying Eighty-Six: Foxes and Birds
 
Jesus said, “[The foxes have dens] and the birds have nests, but the Son of Humanity has nowhere to lay his head and rest.”
 
Saying Eighty-Seven: Body and Soul
 
Jesus said, “How miserable is the body that depends on a body, and how miserable is the soul that depends on both.”
 
Saying Eighty-Eight: Angels and Prophets
 
Jesus said, “The angels and the prophets will come to you and give you what belongs to you. You’ll give them what you have and ask yourselves, ‘When will they come and take what is theirs?’”
 
 
Saying Eighty-Nine: Inside and Outside
 
Jesus said, “Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Don’t you know that whoever created the inside created the outside too?”
 
Saying Ninety: Jesus’ Yoke is Easy
 
Jesus said, “Come to me, because my yoke is easy and my requirements are light. You’ll be refreshed.”
 
Saying Ninety-One: Reading the Signs
 
They said to him, “Tell us who you are so that we may trust you.”  He said to them, “You read the face of the sky and the earth, but you don’t know the one right in front of you, and you don’t know how to read the present moment.”
 
Saying Ninety-Two: Look and Find
 
Jesus said, “Look and you’ll find. I didn’t answer your questions before. Now I want to give you answers, but you aren’t looking for them.”
 
Saying Ninety-Three: Don’t Throw Pearls to Pigs
 
“Don’t give what’s holy to the dogs, or else it might be thrown on the manure pile. Don’t throw pearls to the pigs, or else they might […]”
 
Saying Ninety-Four: Knock and It Will Be Opened
 
Jesus [said], “Whoever looks will find, [and whoever knocks], it will be opened for them.”
 
 
Saying Ninety-Five: Giving Money
 
[Jesus said], “If you have money, don’t lend it at interest. Instead, give [it to] someone from whom you won’t get it back.”
 
Saying Ninety-Six: The Parable of the Yeast
 
Jesus [said], “The Father’s kingdom can be compared to a woman who took a little yeast and [hid] it in flour. She made it into large loaves of bread. Anyone who has ears to hear should hear!”
 
Saying Ninety-Seven: The Parable of the Jar of Flour
 
Jesus said, “The Father’s kingdom can be compared to a woman carrying a jar of flour. While she was walking down [a] long road, the jar’s handle broke and the flour spilled out behind her on the road. She didn’t know it, and didn’t realize there was a problem until she got home, put down the jar, and found it empty.”
 
Saying Ninety-Eight: The Parable of the Assassin
 
Jesus said, “The Father’s kingdom can be compared to a man who wanted to kill someone powerful. He drew his sword in his house and drove it into the wall to figure out whether his hand was strong enough. Then he killed the powerful one.”
 
Saying Ninety-Nine: Jesus’ True Family
 
The disciples said to him, “Your brothers and mother are standing outside.”  He said to them, “The people here who do the will of my Father are my brothers and mother; they’re the ones who will enter my Father’s kingdom.”
 
Saying One Hundred: Give to Caesar What Belongs to Caesar
 
They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, “Those who belong to Caesar demand tribute from us.”
He said to them, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give to God what belongs to God, and give to me what belongs to me.”
 
Saying One Hundred and One: Discipleship (2)
 
“Whoever doesn’t hate their [father] and mother as I do can’t become my [disciple], and whoever [doesn’t] love their [father] and mother as I do can’t become my [disciple]. For my mother […], but [my] true [Mother] gave me Life.”  
 
Saying One Hundred and Two: The Dog in the Feeding Trough
 
Jesus said, “How awful for the Pharisees who are like a dog sleeping in a feeding trough for cattle, because the dog doesn’t eat, and [doesn’t let] the cattle eat either.” 
 
Saying One Hundred and Three: The Parable of the Bandits
 
Jesus said, “Blessed is the one who knows where the bandits are going to enter. [They can] get up to assemble their defenses and be prepared to defend themselves before they arrive.” 
 
Saying One Hundred and Four: Prayer and Fasting
 
They said to [Jesus], “Come, let’s pray and fast today.”  Jesus said, “What have I done wrong? Have I failed? “Rather, when the groom leaves the bridal chamber, then people should fast and pray.”
 
Saying One Hundred and Five: Knowing Father and Mother
 
Jesus said, “Whoever knows their father and mother will be called a bastard.”
 
Saying One Hundred and Six: Unity (2)
 
Jesus said, “When you make the two into one, you’ll become Children of Humanity, and if you say ‘Mountain, go away!’, it’ll go.” 
 Saying One Hundred and Seven: The Parable of the Lost Sheep
 
Jesus said, “The kingdom can be compared to a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. The largest one strayed. He left the ninety-nine and looked for that one until he found it. Having gone through the trouble, he said to the sheep: ‘I love you more than the ninety-nine.’”
 
Saying One Hundred and Eight: Becoming Like Jesus
 
Jesus said, “Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me, and I myself will become like them; then, what’s hidden will be revealed to them.”
 
Saying One Hundred and Nine: The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
 
Jesus said, “The kingdom can be compared to someone who had a treasure [hidden] in their field. [They] didn’t know about it. After they died, they left it to their son. The son didn’t know it either. He took the field and sold it.  “The buyer plowed the field, [found] the treasure, and began to loan money at interest to whomever they wanted.”
 
Saying One Hundred and Ten: Riches and Renunciation (2)
 
Jesus said, “Whoever has found the world and become rich should renounce the world.”
 
Saying One Hundred and Eleven: Those Who are Living Won’t Die (2)
 
Jesus said, “The heavens and the earth will roll up in front of you, and whoever lives from the Living One won’t see death.” Doesn’t Jesus say, “Whoever finds themselves, of them the world isn’t worthy”?
 
 
Saying One Hundred and Twelve: Flesh and Soul
 
Jesus said, “How awful for the flesh that depends on the soul. How awful for the soul that depends on the flesh.”
 
Saying One Hundred and Thirteen: The Kingdom is Already Present
 
His disciples said to him, “When will the kingdom come?” “It won’t come by looking for it. They won’t say, ‘Look over here!’ or ‘Look over there!’ Rather, the Father’s kingdom is already spread out over the earth, and people don’t see it.”
 
Saying One Hundred and Fourteen: Peter and Mary
 
Simon Peter said to them, “Mary should leave us, because women aren’t worthy of life.” Jesus said, “Look, am I to make her a man? So that she may become a living spirit too, she’s equal to you men, because every woman who makes herself manly will enter the kingdom of heaven.”
 
The Gospel According to Thomas

 

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