Pistis Sophia II


THE SECOND BOOK OF PISTIS SOPHIA
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JOHN also came forward and said: “O Lord, bid me also speak the solution of the words which thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime through David.”

And Jesus answered and said unto John: “To thee too, John, I give commandment to speak the solution of the words which my light-power hath prophesied through David:

“’10. Grace and truth met together, and righteousness and peace kissed each other.

“’11. Truth hath sprouted forth out of the earth, and righteousness looked down from heaven.'”

John further interpreteth the same scripture.

And John answered and said: “This is the word which thou hast said unto us aforetime: ‘I have come out of the Height and entered into Sabaōth, the Good, and embraced the light-power in him.’ Now, therefore, ‘Grace and truth’ which ‘met together,’–thou art ‘grace,’ thou who art sent out of the regions of the Height through thy Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, in that he hath sent thee, |127. that thou mayest have mercy on the whole world. ‘Truth’ on the other hand is the power of

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[paragraph continues] Sabaōth, the Good, which bound itself in thee and which thou hast cast forth to the Left,–thou the First Mystery which looketh without. And the little Sabaōth, the Good, took it and cast it

Of Sabaōth, Barbēlō, Yabraōth and the light-vesture.

forth into the matter of Barbēlō, and he made proclamation concerning the regions of Truth to all the regions of those of the Left. That matter of Barbēlō then it is which is body for thee to-day.

“And ‘righteousness and peace’ which ‘kissed each other,’–‘righteousness’ then art thou who didst bring all the mysteries through thy Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, and hast baptized this power of Sabaōth, the Good; and thou didst go to the region of the rulers and didst give unto them the mysteries of the Height; they became righteous and good.

“‘Peace’ on the other hand is the power of Sabaōth, that is thy soul, which did enter into the matter of Barbēlō, and all the rulers of the six æons of Yabraōth have made peace with the mystery of the Light.

“And ‘truth’ which ‘sprouted forth out of the earth,’–it is the power of Sabaōth, the Good, which came out of the region of the Right, which lieth outside the Treasury of the Light., and which hath come into the region of those of the Left; |128. it hath entered into the matter of Barbēlō, and hath made proclamation concerning the mysteries of the region of Truth.

“‘Righteousness’ on the other hand which ‘looked down from heaven,’ is thou the First Mystery which looketh down without, as thou didst come out of the spaces of the Height with the mysteries of the Light-kingdom; and thou

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didst come down upon the light-vesture which thou didst receive from the hand of Barbēlō, which [vesture] is Jesus, our Saviour, in that thou didst come down upon him as a dove.”

It came to pass then, when John had brought forward these words, that the First Mystery which looketh without, said unto -him: “Well said, John, beloved brother.”

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Gabriēl and Michaēl are summoned to help Pistis Sophia.

The First Mystery again continued and said: “It came to pass, therefore, that the power which had come out of the Height, that is I, in that my Father sent me to save Pistis Sophia out of the chaos, [that] I, therefore, and also the power which did go from me, and the soul which I had received from Sabaōth, the Good,–they drew towards one another and become a single light-stream, which shone very exceedingly. I called down Gabriēl and Michaēl out of the æons, at the command of my Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, and I gave unto them the light-stream and let them go down into the chaos |129. to help Pistis Sophia and to take the light-powers, which the emanations of Self-willed had taken from her, from them and give them to Pistis Sophia.

“And straightway, when they had brought down the light-stream into the chaos, it shone most exceedingly in the whole of the chaos, and spread itself over all their regions. And when the emanations of Self-willed had seen the great light of that stream, they were terror-stricken one with the other. And that stream drew forth out of them all the light-powers which they had taken from Pistis Sophia, and the emanations of Self-willed could not dare to lay hold of that light-stream

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in the dark chaos; nor could they lay hold of it with the art of Self-willed, who ruleth over the emanations.

The light-stream restoreth the light-powers to Sophia.

“And Gabriēl and Michaēl led the light-stream over the body of the matter of Pistis Sophia and poured into her all the light-powers which they had taken from her. And the body of her matter became shining throughout, and all the powers also in her, whose light they had taken away, took light and ceased to lack their light, for they got their light which had been taken from them, because the light was given them through me. And Michaēl and Gabriēl, who ministered and had brought the light-stream |130. into the chaos, will give them the mysteries of the Light; it is they to whom the light-stream was entrusted, which I have given unto them and brought into the chaos. And Michaēl and Gabriēl have taken no light for themselves from the lights of Sophia, which they had taken from the emanations of Self-willed.

“It came to pass then, when the light-stream had ingathered into Pistis Sophia all her light-powers, which it had taken from the emanations of Self-willed, that she became shining throughout; and the light-powers also in Pistis Sophia, which the emanations of Self-willed had not taken, became joyful again and filled themselves with light. And the lights which were poured into Pistis Sophia, quickened the body of her matter, in which no light was present, and which was on the point of perishing or perished. And they raised up all her powers which were on the point of being dissolved. And they took unto themselves a light-power and became again as they

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The light-stream, having accomplished its purpose, departeth from Sophia.

were before, and they increased again in their sense of the Light. And all the light-powers of Sophia knew themselves mutually through my light-stream and were saved through the light of that stream.

And my light-stream, when it had taken away the lights from the emanations of Self-willed, which they had taken away from |131. Pistis Sophia, poured them into Pistis Sophia, and turned itself about and went up out of the chaos.”

When then the First Mystery said this to the disciples, that it had befallen Pistis Sophia in the chaos, he answered and said unto them: “Understand ye in what manner I discourse with you?”

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Peter came forward and said: “My Lord, concerning the solution of the words which thou hast spoken, thus hath thy light-power prophesied aforetime through Solomon in his Odes:

Peter interpreteth the narrative from the Odes of Solomon.

“‘1. A stream came forth and became a great wide flood.

“‘2. It tore away all to itself and turned itself against the temple.

“‘3. Dams and buildings could not hold it, nor could the art of them who hold the waters.

“‘4. It was led over the whole land and laid hold of all.

“‘5. They who were on the dry sand, drank; their thirst was quieted and quenched, when the draught from the hand of the Highest was given.

“‘6. Blessed are the ministers of that draught, to whom the water of the Lord is entrusted.

“‘7. They have refreshed parched lips; they whose power was taken away, have gotten joy of heart and they have laid hold of souls, having

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poured in the breath, so that they should not die.

“‘8. They have raised up limbs which were fallen; they have given power to their openness and light unto their eyes.

“‘9. For they all have known themselves in the Lord and are saved through the water of Life eternal.’

“Hearken, therefore, my Lord, that I may set forth the word in openness. As thy |132. power hath prophesied through Solomon: ‘A stream came forth and became a great wide flood,’–this is: The light-stream hath spread itself out in the chaos over all the regions of the emanations of Self-willed.

“And again the word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘It tore away all to itself and led it over the temple,’–that is: It drew all the light-powers out of the emanations of Self-willed, which they had taken from Pistis Sophia, and poured them anew into Pistis Sophia.

“And again the word thy power hath spoken: ‘The dams and buildings could not hold it,’–that is: The emanations of Self-willed could not hold the light-stream within the walls of the darkness of the chaos.

“And again the word which it hath spoken: It was led over the whole land and filled all,’–that is: When Gabriēl and Michaēl had led it over the body of Pistis Sophia, they poured into her all the lights which the emanations of Self-willed had taken from her, and the body of her matter shone.

“And the word which it hath spoken: ‘They who were in the dry sand, drank,’–that is:

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All in Pistis Sophia whose light had before been taken away, got light.

“And the word which it hath spoken: ‘Their thirst was quieted |133. and quenched,’–that is: Her powers ceased to lack the light, because their light, which had been taken from them, was given them [again].

“And again as thy power hath spoken: ‘The draught through the Highest was given them,’–that is: The light was given unto them through the light-stream, which came forth out of thee, the First Mystery.”

“And as thy power hath spoken: ‘Blessed are the ministers of that draught,’–this is the word which thou hast spoken: ‘Michaēl and Gabriēl, who have ministered, have brought the light-stream into the chaos and also led it forth again. They will give them the mysteries of the Light of the Height, they to whom the light-stream is entrusted.’

“And again as thy power hath spoken: ‘They have refreshed parched lips,’–that is: Gabriēl and Michaēl have not taken for themselves from the lights of Pistis Sophia, which they had spoiled from the emanations of Self-willed, but they have poured them into Pistis Sophia.

“And again the word which it hath spoken:

They whose power was taken away, have gotten joy of heart,’–that is: All the other powers of Pistis Sophia, which the emanations of Self-willed have not taken, are become exceedingly merry and have filled themselves with light from their light-fellows, for these have poured it into them. |134.

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘They have quickened souls, having poured in

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the breath, so that they should not die,’–that is: When they had poured the lights into Pistis Sophia, they quickened the body of her matter, from which they had before taken its lights, and which was on the point of perishing.

“And again the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘They have raised up limbs which were fallen, or that they should not fall,’–that is: When they poured into her her lights, they raised up all her powers which were on the point of being dissolved.

“And again as thy light-power hath spoken: They have received again their light and have become as they were before ‘; and again the word which it hath spoken: ‘They have given light unto their eyes,’–that is: They have received sense in the Light and known the light-stream, that it belongeth to the Height.

“And again the word which it hath spoken: ‘They all have known themselves in the Lord,’–that is: All the powers of Pistis Sophia have known one another through the light-stream.

“And again the word which it hath spoken: ‘They are saved through water of Life eternal,’–that is: They are saved through the whole light-stream.

“And again the word which it hath spoken: ‘The light-stream tore all to itself and drew it over the temple,’–that is: When the light-stream had taken all the light-powers of Pistis Sophia and had spoiled them from the emanations of Self-willed, it poured them into Pistis Sophia |135. and turned itself about and went out of the chaos and came over thee,–thou who art the temple.

“This is the solution of all the words which

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thy light-power hath spoken through the Ode of Solomon.”

It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had heard Peter speak these words, that he said unto him: “Well said, blessed Peter. This is the solution of the words which have been spoken.”

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The emanations of Self-willed cry aloud to him for help.

And the First Mystery continued again in the discourse and said: “It came to pass then, before I had led forth Pistis Sophia out of the chaos, because it was not yet commanded me through my Father, the First Mystery which looketh within,–at that time then, after the emanations of Self-willed had perceived that my light-stream had taken from them the light-powers which they had taken from Pistis Sophia, and had poured them into Pistis Sophia, and when they again had seen Pistis Sophia, that she shone as she had done from the beginning, that they were enraged against Pistis Sophia and cried out again to their Self-willed, that he should come and help them, so that they might take away the powers in Pistis Sophia anew.

He sendeth forth another more violent power like unto a flying arrow.

“And Self-willed sent out of the height, out of the thirteenth æon, and sent another great light-power. It came down into the chaos |136. as a flying arrow, that he might help his emanations, so that they might take away the lights from Pistis Sophia anew. And when that light-power had come down, the emanations of Self-willed which were in the chaos and oppressed Pistis Sophia, took great courage and again pursued Pistis Sophia with great terror and great alarm. And some of the emanations of Self-willed oppressed her. One of them changed itself into

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The fashioning of the serpent-, basilisk- and dragon-powers.

the form of a great serpent; another again changed itself also into the form of a seven-headed basilisk; another again changed itself into the form of a dragon. And moreover the first power of Self-willed, the lion-faced, and all his other very numerous emanations, they came together and oppressed Pistis Sophia and led her again into the lower regions of the chaos and alarmed her again exceedingly.

The demon-power of Adamas dasheth Sophia down.

“It came to pass then that there looked down out of the twelve æons, Adamas, the Tyrant, who also was wroth with Pistis Sophia, because she desired to go to the Light of lights, which was above them all; therefore was he wroth with her. It came to pass then, when Adamas, the Tyrant, had looked down out of the twelve æons, that he saw the emanations of Self-willed oppressing Pistis Sophia, until they should take from her all her lights. It came to pass then, when the power of Adamas had come down into the chaos unto all the emanations of Self-willed,–it came to pass then, when that demon came down into the chaos, that it dashed down Pistis Sophia. And the lion-faced power and the serpent-form and the basilisk-form and the dragon-form and all the other very numerous emanations of Self-willed surrounded Pistis Sophia all together, desiring to take from her anew her powers in her, and they oppressed Pistis Sophia exceedingly and threatened her. It came to pass then, when they oppressed her and alarmed her exceedingly, that she cried again to the Light and sang praises, saying:

“‘1. O Light, it is thou who hast helped me; let thy light come over me.

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Sophia again crieth to the Light.

“‘2. For thou art my protector, and I come hence unto thee, O Light, having faith in thee, O Light.

“‘3. For thou art my saviour from the emanations of Self-willed and of Adamas, the Tyrant, and thou shalt save me from all his violent threats.’

Gabriēl and Michaēl and the light-stream again go to her aid.

“And when Pistis Sophia had said this, then at the commandment |138. of my Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, I sent again Gabriēl and Michaēl and the great light-stream, that they should help Pistis Sophia. And I gave commandment unto Gabriēl and Michaēl to bear Pistis Sophia in their hands, so that her feet should not touch the darkness below; and I gave them commandment moreover to guide her in the regions of the chaos, out of which she was to be led.

“It came to pass then, when the angels had come down into the chaos, they and the light-stream, and moreover [when] all the emanations of Self-willed and the emanations of Adamas had seen the light-stream, how it shone very exceedingly and there was no measure for the light about it, that they became terror-stricken and quitted Pistis Sophia. And the great light-stream surrounded Pistis Sophia on all sides of her, on her left and on her right and on all her sides, and it became a light-wreath round her head.

“It came to pass then, when the light-stream had surrounded Pistis Sophia, that she took great courage, and it ceased not to surround her on all her sides; and she was no longer in fear of the emanations of Self-willed which are in the

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chaos, nor was she any more in fear of the other new power of Self-willed which he had cast down into the chaos |139. as a flying arrow, nor did she any more tremble at the demon power of Adamas which had come out of the æons.

The transfiguration of Sophia.

“And moreover by commandment of myself, the First Mystery which looketh without, the light-stream which surrounded Pistis Sophia on all her sides, shone most exceedingly, and Pistis Sophia abode in the midst of the light, a great light being on her left and on her right, and on all her sides, forming a wreath round her head. And all the emanations of Self-willed [could] not change their face again, nor could they bear the shock of the great light of the stream, which was a wreath round her head. And all the emanations of Self-willed,–many of them fell at her right, because she shone most exceedingly, and many others fell at her left, and were not able at all to draw nigh unto Pistis Sophia because of the great light; but they fell all one on another, or they all came near one another, and they could not inflict any ill on Pistis Sophia, because she had trusted in the Light.

Jesus, the First Mystery looking without, causeth Sophia to triumph.

“And at the commandment of my Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, I myself went down into the chaos, shining most exceedingly, and approached the lion-faced power, which shone exceedingly, and took its whole light in it and held fast all the emanations of Self-willed, so that from now on they went not into their region, that is the thirteenth æon. And I took away the power of all the emanations of Self-willed, and they all fell down in the chaos powerless. And I led forth Pistis Sophia, she

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being on the right of Gabriēl and Michaēl. And the great light-stream entered again into her. And Pistis Sophia beheld with her eyes her foes, that I had taken their light-power from them. And I led Pistis Sophia forth from the chaos, she treading under foot the serpent-faced emanation of Self-willed, and moreover treading under foot the seven-faced-basilisk emanation, and treading under foot the lion- and dragon-faced power. I made Pistis Sophia continue to stand upon the seven-headed-basilisk emanation of Self-willed; and it was more mighty than them all in its evil doings. And I, the First Mystery, stood by it and took all the powers in it, and made to perish its whole matter, so that no seed should arise from it from now on.”

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And when the First Mystery said this unto his disciples, he answered and said: “Understand ye in what manner I discourse with you?”

James came forward and said: “My Lord, concerning then the solution of the words which thou hast said, thus hath thy light-power prophesied thereon aforetime through David in the ninetieth Psalm:

James interpreteth the narrative from Psalm xc.

“‘1. Whoso then dwelleth under the help of the Most High, will abide under the shadow of the God of heaven.

“‘2. He will say unto the Lord: Thou art my succour and my place of refuge, my God, in whom I trust.

“‘3. For he will save me out of the snare of the hunters and from mighty word.

“‘4. He will shade thee with his breast, and thou shalt have trust beneath his wings; his truth shall surround thee as a shield.

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“‘5. Thou wilt not be afraid of terror by night nor of an arrow which flieth by day,

“‘6. Of a thing which slinketh in the darkness, of a mischance and a demon at mid-day.

“‘7. A thousand will fall on |142. thy left, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but they shall not come nigh thee.

“‘8. Nay rather with thine eyes wilt thou behold, thou wilt see the requital of the sinners.

“‘9. For thou, O Lord, art my hope. Thou hast established the Most High for thyself as refuge.

“’10. Harm will not come nigh unto thee; scourge will not come nigh thy dwelling.

“’11. For he will give commandment to his angels on thy behalf that they guard thee on all thy ways,

“’12. And bear thee on their hands, that thou mayest never strike with thy foot against a stone.

“’13. Thou wilt stride over the serpent and basilisk and tread on lion and dragon.

“’14. Because he hath trusted in me, I will save him; I will overshadow him, because he hath known my name.

“’15. He will cry unto me and I shall hearken unto him; I am at his side in his tribulation and will save him and honour him,

“’16. And increase him with many days and show him my salvation.’

“This, my Lord, is the solution of the words which thou hast said. Hearken therefore, that I may say it in openness.

“The word then which thy power hath spoken through David: ‘Whoso then dwelleth under

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the help of the Most High, will abide under the shadow of the God of heaven,’–that is: When Sophia had trusted in the Light, she abode under the light of the light-stream, which through thee came out of the Height.

“And the word which thy power hath spoken through David: ‘I will say unto the Lord: Thou art my succour and my refuge, my God, in whom I trust,’–it is the word with which Pistis Sophia hath sung praises: |143. ‘Thou art my succour, and I come unto thee.’

“And again the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘My God, in whom I trust, thou wilt save me out of the snare of the hunters and from mighty word,’–it is what Pistis Sophia hath said: ‘O Light, I have faith in thee, for thou wilt save me from the emanations of Self-willed and from those of Adamas, the Tyrant, and thou wilt save me also from all their mighty threats.’

“And again the word which thy power hath spoken through David: ‘He will shade thee with his breast, and thou wilt have trust beneath his wings,’–that is: Pistis Sophia hath been in the light of the light-stream, which hath come from thee, and hath continued in firm trust in the light, that on her left and that on her right, which are the wings of the light-stream.

“And the word which thy light-power hath prophesied through David: ‘Truth will surround thee as a shield,’–it is the light of the light-stream which hath surrounded Pistis Sophia on all her sides as a shield.

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘He will not be afraid of terror by night,’–that is: Pistis Sophia hath not been afraid of the

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terrors and alarms into which she had been planted in the chaos, which is the ‘night.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: |144. He will not be afraid of an arrow which flieth by day,’–that is: Pistis Sophia hath not been afraid of the power which Self-willed hath sent last of all out of the height, and which hath come into the chaos as it were a flying arrow. Thy light-power therefore hath said: ‘Thou wilt not be afraid of an arrow which flieth by day,’ for that power hath come out of the thirteenth æon, it being that which is lord over the twelve æons, and which giveth light unto all the æons; wherefor hath he [David] said ‘day.’

“And again the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘He will not be afraid of a thing which slinketh in the darkness,’–that is: Sophia hath not been afraid of the lion-faced emanation, which caused fear for Pistis Sophia in the chaos, which is the ‘darkness.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘He will not be afraid of a mischance and of a demon at mid-day,’–that is: Pistis Sophia hath not been afraid of the demon emanation of Tyrant Adamas, which hath cast Pistis Sophia to the ground in a great mischance, and which hath come forth out of Adamas out of the twelfth æon; wherefor then hath thy power said: ‘He will not be afraid of |145. the demon mischance at mid-day,’–‘mid-day,’ because it hath come out of the twelve æons, which is ‘mid-day’; and again [‘night,’ because] it hath come out of the chaos, which is the ‘night,’ and because it hath come out of the twelfth æon which is in the midst between both; therefore hath thy light-power said ‘mid-day,’

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because the twelve æons lie in the midst between the thirteenth æon and the chaos.

“And again the word which thy light-power hath spoken through David: ‘A thousand will fall on his left, and ten thousand at his right hand, but they shall not come nigh him,’–that is: When the emanations of Self-willed, which are exceedingly numerous, could not bear the great light of the light-stream, many of them fell on the left hand of Pistis Sophia and many at her right, and they could not come nigh her, to do her [harm].

“And the word which thy light-power hath spoken through David: ‘Nay rather with thine eyes wilt thou behold, and wilt see the requital of the sinners, for thou, O Lord, art my hope,’–that is the word: Pistis Sophia hath with her eyes beheld her foes, that is the emanations of Self-willed, who all |146. have fallen one on another; not only hath she with her eyes beheld this, but thou also thyself, my Lord, the First Mystery, hast taken the light-power which is in the lion-faced power, and hast moreover taken the power of all the emanations of Self-willed and moreover thou hast imprisoned them in that chaos, [so that] from henceforth they have not gone forth to their own region. Therefore then hath Pistis Sophia with her eyes beheld her foes, that is the emanations of Self-willed, in all which David hath prophesied concerning Pistis Sophia, saying: ‘Nay rather with thine eyes wilt thou behold, and thou wilt see the requital of the sinners.’ Not only hath she with her eyes beheld, how they fall one on another in the chaos, but she hath also seen the requital with which it was requited them. Just as the emanations of Self-willed have thought

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to take away the light of Sophia from her, so hast thou requited them and repaid them in full, and hast taken the light-power in them instead of the lights of Sophia, who hath had faith in the Light of the Height.

“And as thy light-power hath spoken through David: ‘Thou hast established the Most High for thyself as refuge; harm will not come nigh unto thee, scourge will not come nigh thy dwelling,’–that is: When Pistis Sophia had had faith in the Light and was afflicted, she sang praises unto it, and the emanations of Self-willed could not inflict on her any harm, |147. nor could they [injure] her, nor could they at all come nigh her.

“And the word which thy light-power hath spoken through David: ‘He will give commandment to his angels on thy behalf, that they guard thee on all thy ways and bear thee on their hands, that thou mayest never strike with thy foot against a stone,’–it is again thy word: Thou hast given commandment to Gabriēl and Michaēl, that they guide Pistis Sophia in all the regions of the chaos, until they lead her forth and that they uplift her on their hands, so that her feet do not touch the darkness beneath, and [that] on the other hand they of the lower darkness do not seize hold of her.

“And the word which thy light-power hath spoken through David: ‘Thou wilt tread on serpent and basilisk and tread on lion and dragon; because he hath trusted in me, I will save him and I will overshadow him, because he hath known my name,’–that is the word: When Pistis Sophia was on the point of coming forth out of the chaos, she trod on the emanations of Self-willed, and she

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trod on the serpent-faced ones and on the basilisk-faced ones, which have seven heads; and she trod on the lion-faced power and on the dragon-faced one. Because she had had faith in the Light, is she saved from all of them.

“This, my Lord, is the solution of the words which thou hast spoken.”

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It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had heard these words, that he said: “Well said, James, |148. beloved one.”

And the First Mystery continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass, when I had led Pistis Sophia out of the chaos, that she cried out again and said:

Sophia singeth a song of praise.

“‘1. I am saved out of the chaos and loosed from the bonds of the darkness. I am come unto thee, O Light.

“‘2. For thou wert light on all sides of me, saving me and helping me.

“‘3. And the emanations of Self-willed, which fought against me, thou hast hindered through thy light, and they could not come nigh me; for thy light was with me and saved me through thy light-stream.

“‘4. Because in sooth the emanations of Self-willed constrained me, they took from me my power and cast me out into the chaos with no light in me. So I became as heavy-weighing matter in comparison with them.

“‘5. And thereafter came a light-stream unto me through thee which saved me; it shone on my left and on my right and surrounded me on all sides of me, so that no part of me was without light.

“‘6. And thou hast covered me with the light

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of thy stream and purged from me all my evil matters; and I shall be relieved of all my matters because of thy light.

“‘7. And it is thy light-stream which hath raised me up and taken from me the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me.

“‘8. And I |149. have become sure-trusting in thy light and purified light in thy stream.

“‘9. And the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me, have withdrawn themselves from me; and I shone in thy great power, for thou savest for ever.’

“This is the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, when she came forth out of the chaos and was freed from the bonds of the chaos. Now, therefore, who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

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It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had heard these words, that he said: “Well said, James, |148. beloved one.”

And the First Mystery continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass, when I had led Pistis Sophia out of the chaos, that she cried out again and said:

Sophia singeth a song of praise.

“‘1. I am saved out of the chaos and loosed from the bonds of the darkness. I am come unto thee, O Light.

“‘2. For thou wert light on all sides of me, saving me and helping me.

“‘3. And the emanations of Self-willed, which fought against me, thou hast hindered through thy light, and they could not come nigh me; for thy light was with me and saved me through thy light-stream.

“‘4. Because in sooth the emanations of Self-willed constrained me, they took from me my power and cast me out into the chaos with no light in me. So I became as heavy-weighing matter in comparison with them.

“‘5. And thereafter came a light-stream unto me through thee which saved me; it shone on my left and on my right and surrounded me on all sides of me, so that no part of me was without light.

“‘6. And thou hast covered me with the light

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of thy stream and purged from me all my evil matters; and I shall be relieved of all my matters because of thy light.

“‘7. And it is thy light-stream which hath raised me up and taken from me the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me.

“‘8. And I |149. have become sure-trusting in thy light and purified light in thy stream.

“‘9. And the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me, have withdrawn themselves from me; and I shone in thy great power, for thou savest for ever.’

“This is the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, when she came forth out of the chaos and was freed from the bonds of the chaos. Now, therefore, who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

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It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had finished saying these words unto his disciples, that Thomas came forward, and said: “My Lord, my light-dweller hath ears and my mind hath understood the words which thou hast said. Now, therefore, give commandment unto me to set forth clearly the solution of the words.”

And the First Mystery answered and said unto Thomas: “I give thee commandment to set forth the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia sang unto me.”

Thomas interpreteth the song of Sophia from the Odes of Solomon.

Thomas answered and said: “My Lord, concerning the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, because she was saved out of the chaos, thy light-power prophesied aforetime thereon through Solomon, the son of David, in his Odes:

“‘1. I am saved |150. from the bonds and am fled unto thee, O Lord.

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“‘2. For thou hast been on my right hand, saving me and helping me.

“‘3. Thou hast hindered my adversaries and they have not been revealed, because thy face was with me, saving me in thy grace.

“‘4. I was despised in the sight of many and cast out; I have become as lead in their sight.

“‘5. Through thee I have gotten a power which helped me; for thou hast set lamps on my right and on my left, so that no side of me may be without light.

“‘6. Thou hast overshadowed me with the shadow of thy grace, and I was relieved of the coats of skin.

“‘7. It is thy right hand which hath raised me up, and thon hast taken the sickness from me.

“‘8. I have become powerful in thy truth and purified in thy righteousness.

“‘9. My adversaries have withdrawn themselves from me, and I am justified by thy goodness, for thy rest endureth unto all eternity.’

“This then, my Lord, is the solution of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, when she was saved out of the chaos. Hearken, therefore, that I may say it in openness.

“The word then which thy light-power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘I am saved from the bonds and am fled unto thee, O Lord,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘I am loosed from the bonds of the darkness and am come unto thee, O Light.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Thou wert on my right hand, saving |151. and helping me,’–it is again the word which Pistis Sophia

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hath spoken: ‘Thou art become a light on all sides of me, [saving me] and helping me.’

“And the word which thy light-power hath spoken: ‘Thou hast hindered my adversaries and they have not been revealed,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And the emanations of Self-willed which fought against me, thou hast hindered through thy light, and they could not come nigh me.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Thy face was with me, saving me in thy grace,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘Thy light was with me, saving me in thy light-stream.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘I was despised in the sight of many and cast out,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken:

The emanations of Self-willed constrained me and took my power from me, and I have been despised before them and cast out into the chaos, with no light in me.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken:

I have become as lead in their sight,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘When they had taken my light from me, I became as heavy-weighing matter before them.’

“And moreover the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Through thee |152. I have gotten a power for me which helped me,’–it is again the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And thereafter came a light-power unto me through thee which saved me.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Thou hast set lamps on my right and on my left, so that no side of me may be without light,’–it

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is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken:

‘Thy power shone on my right and on my left and surrounded me on all sides of me, so that no part of me was without light.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken:

‘Thou hast overshadowed me with the shadow of thy grace,’–it is again the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And thou hast covered me with the light of the stream.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: I was relieved of the coats of skin,’–it is again the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And they have purified me of all my evil matters, and I raised myself above them in thy light.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘It is thy right hand which hath raised me up, and hath taken the sickness from me,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And it is thy light-stream which hath raised me up in thy light and hath taken from me the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me.’ |153.

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘I have become powerful in thy truth and purified in thy righteousness,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘I have become powerful in thy light and purified light in thy stream.’

And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘My adversaries have withdrawn themselves from me,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘The emanations of Self-willed which constrained me, have withdrawn themselves from me.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘And I am justified in thy

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goodness, for thy rest endureth unto all eternity,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘I am saved in thy goodness; for thou savest every one.’

“This then, O my Lord, is the whole solution of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, when she was saved out of the chaos and loosed from the bonds of the darkness.”

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It came to pass then when the First Mystery had heard Thomas say these words, that he said unto him: “Well said, finely, Thomas, blessed one. This is the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

And the First Mystery continued again and said unto the disciples: “And Pistis Sophia continued and sang praises unto me, saying:

Sophia singeth another song of praise.

“‘1. I sing a song unto thee; |154. through thy commandment hast thou led me down out of the higher æon which is above, and hast led me up to the regions which are below.

“‘2. And again through thy commandment thou hast saved me out of the regions which are below, and through thee hast thou taken there the matter in my light-powers, and I have seen it.

“‘3. And thou hast scattered far from me the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me and were hostile to me, and hast bestowed power on me to loose myself from the bonds of the emanations of Adamas.

“‘4. And thou hast smitten the basilisk with the seven heads and cast it out with my hands and hast set me above its matter. Thou hast destroyed it, so that its seed may not raise itself up from now on.

“‘5. And thou Wert with me, giving me power

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in all this, and thy light surrounded me in all regions, and through thee hast thou made all the emanations of Self-willed powerless.

“‘6. For thou hast taken the power of their light from them and made straight my way to lead me out of the chaos.

“‘7. And thou hast removed me from the material darknesses and taken from them all my powers, from which the light had been taken.

“‘8. Thou hast put into them purified light and unto all my limbs, |155. in which was no light, thou hast given purified light from the Light of the Height.

“‘9. And thou hast made straight the way for them [sc. my limbs], and the light of thy face hath become for me life indestructible.

“’10. Thou hast led me forth above the chaos, the region of chaos and extermination, in order that all the matters in it which are in that region, might be unloosed and all my powers be renewed in thy light, and thy light be in them all.

“’11. Thou hast deposited the light of thy stream in me and I am become purified light.’

“This again is the second song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. Who then hath understood this repentance, let him come forward and speak it.”

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It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had finished saying these words, that Matthew came forward and said: “I have understood the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. Now, therefore, give commandment unto me, that I speak it in openness.”

And the First Mystery answered and said: “I give commandment unto thee, Matthew, to

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set forth the interpretation of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

And Matthew answered and said: “Concerning the interpretation of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, thus thy light-power prophesied aforetime thereon through the Ode of Solomon:

Matthew interpreteth the song of Sophia from the Odes of Solomon.

“‘1. He who hath led me down out of the higher regions which are above, hath led me up out of |156. the regions which are in the bottom below.

“‘2. Who hath there taken those in the midst, he hath taught me concerning them.

“‘3. Who hath scattered my foes and my adversaries, he hath bestowed power on me over the bonds, to unloose them.

“‘4. Who hath smitten the serpent with the seven heads with my hands, he hath set me up above its root, that I may extinguish its seed.

“‘5. And thou wert with me, helping me; in all regions thy name surrounded me.

“‘6. Thy right hand hath destroyed the venom of the slanderer; thy hand hath cleared the way for thy faithful.

“‘7. Thou hast freed them out of the tombs and hast removed them from the midst of the corpses.

“‘8. Thou hast taken dead bones and hast clothed them with a body and to them who stirred not, hast thou given the activity of life.

“‘9. Thy way is become indestructibleness and thy face [also].

“’10. Thou hast led thy æon above decay, so that they all may be loosed and renewed and thy light become a foundation for them all.

“’11. Thou hast piled thy riches upon them and they have become a holy dwelling-place.’

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“This then, my Lord, is the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. Hearken, therefore, that I may say it in openness.

“The word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘Who hath led me down out of the higher regions which are above, he hath also led me up out of the regions which are in the bottom below,’–it is the |157. word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘I sing praises unto thee; through thy commandment hast thou led me down out of this higher æon which is above, and hast led me to the regions below. And again through thy commandment thou hast saved me and led me up out of the regions which are below.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘Who hath there taken those in the midst and hath taught me concerning them,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophis hath spoken: ‘And again through thy commandment hast thou caused the matter in the midst of my power to be purified, and I have seen it.’

“And moreover the word which thy power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘Who hath scattered my foes and my adversaries,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘Thou hast scattered far from me all the emanations of Self-willed which constrained me and were hostile to me.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Who hath bestowed on me wisdom over the bonds, to unloose them,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And he hath bestowed on me wisdom to loose myself from the bonds of those emanations.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: Who hath smitten |158. the serpent with the seven

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heads with my hands, he hath set me up above its root, that I may extinguish its seed,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And thou hast smitten the serpent with the seven heads through my hands and set me up above its matter. Thou hast destroyed it, so that its seed may not raise itself up from now on.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘And thou wert with me, helping me,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And thou wert with me, giving me power in all this.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘And thy name surrounded me in all regions,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And thy light surrounded me in all their regions.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘And thy right hand hath destroyed the venom of the slanderers,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And through thee the emanations of Self-willed became powerless, for thou hast taken from them the light of their power.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken:

Thy hand hath cleared the way for thy faithful,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘Thou hast made straight my way to lead the out of the chaos, because I have had faith in thee.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Thou hast freed them out of the tombs and hast removed them from the midst of the corpses,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘Thou hast freed me out of the chaos and removed me out of the material darknesses, that is |159. out of the dark emanations which are in the chaos, from which thou hast taken their light.’

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“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Thou hast taken dead bones and hast clothed them with a body, and to them who stirred not, thou hast given activity of life,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And thou hast taken all my powers in which was no light, and hast bestowed on them within purified light, and unto all my limbs, in which no light stirred, thou hast given life-light out of thy Height.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken:

Thy way is become indestructibleness, and thy face [also],’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And thou hast made straight thy way for me, and the light of thy face hath become for me life indestructible.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘Thou hast led thy æon above decay, so that all might be loosed and renewed,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘Thou hast led me, thy power, up above the chaos and above decay, that all the matters in that region may be loosed and all my powers renewed in the Light.’

“And the word which thy power hath spoken: ‘And thy light hath [become] foundation for them all,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘And thy light hath been in them all.’ |160.

“And the word which thy light-power hath spoken through Solomon: ‘Thou hast put thy riches over him, and he hath become a holy dwelling-place,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘Thou hast stayed the light of thy stream over me, and I have become a purified light.’

“This then, my Lord, is the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

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It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had heard Matthew speak these words, that he said: “Well said, Matthew, and finely, beloved. This is the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

And the First Mystery continued again and said:

Sophia continueth to sing.

“‘1. I will declare: Thou art the higher Light, for that hast saved me and led me unto thee, and thou hast not let the emanations of Self-willed, which are hostile unto me, take my light.

“‘2. O Light of lights, I sing praises unto thee; thou hast saved me.

“‘3. O Light, thou hast led up my power out of the chaos; thou hast saved me from them which have gone down into the darkness.’

“These words again hath Pistis Sophia uttered, Now, therefore, whose mind hath become understanding, comprehending the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, let him come forward and set forth their solution.”

Mary is afraid of Peter.

It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had finished speaking these words unto the disciples, that Mary came forward and said: “My Lord, my |161. mind is ever understanding, at every time to come forward and set forth the solution of the words which she hath uttered; but I am afraid of Peter, because he threatened me and hateth our sex.”

And when she had said this, the First Mystery said unto her: “Every one who shall be filled with the spirit of light to come forward and set forth the solution of what I say,–no one shall be able to prevent him. Now, therefore, O Mary, set forth then the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

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Then Mary answered and said unto the First Mystery in the midst of the disciples: “My Lord, concerning the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, thus hath thy light-power prophesied aforetime through David:

Mary interpreteth the song of Sophia from Psalm xxix.

“‘1. I will exalt thee, O Lord, for thou hast received me, and thou hast not made glad my foes over me.

“‘2. O Lord, my God, I cried up unto thee, and thou hast healed me.

“‘3. O Lord, thou hast led up my soul out of hell; thou hast saved me from them which have gone down into the pit.'”

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And when Mary had said this, the First Mystery said unto her, “Well said, finely, Mary, blessed one.”

And he continued |162. again in the discourse and said unto the disciples: “Sophia again continued in this song and said:

Sophia continueth her song.

“‘1. The Light hath become my saviour.

“‘2. And it hath changed my darkness into light, and it has rent the chaos which surrounded me and girded me with light.'”

It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had finished saying these words, that Martha came forward and said: “My Lord, thy power hath prophesied aforetime through David concerning these words:

Martha interpreteth from Psalm xxix.

“’10. The Lord hath become my helper.

“’11. He hath changed my lamentation into joy; he hath rent my mourning-robe and girded me with joy.'”

And it came to pass when the First Mystery had heard Martha speak these words, that he said: “Well said, and finely, Martha.”

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And the First Mystery continued again and said unto the disciples: “Pistis Sophia again continued in the song and said:

Sophia continueth her song.

“‘1. My power, sing praises to the Light and forget not all the powers of the Light which it hath given unto thee.

“‘2. And the powers which are in thee, sing praises to the name of his holy mystery;

“‘3. Who forgiveth all thy transgression, who saveth thee from all the afflictions with which the emanations of Self-willed have constrained thee;

“‘4. Who hath saved thy light |163. from the emanations of Self-willed which belong to destruction; who hath wreathed thee with light in his compassion, until he saved thee;

“‘5. Who hath filled thee with purified light; and thy beginning will renew itself as an invisible of the Height.’

“With these words Pistis Sophia sang praises, because she was saved and remembered all things which I had done unto her.”

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It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had finished setting forth these words unto the disciples, that he said unto them: “Who hath understood the solution of these words, let him come forward and say it in openness.”

Mary again came forward and said: “My Lord, concerning these words with which Pistis Sophia hath sung praises, thus thy light-power prophesied them through David:

Mary interpreteth from Psalm cii.

“‘1. My soul, praise the Lord, let all that is in me praise his holy name.

“‘2. My soul, praise the Lord and forget not all his requitals.

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“‘3. Who forgiveth all thy iniquities; who healeth all thy sicknesses;

“‘4. Who redeemeth thy life from decay; who wreatheth thee with grace and compassion;

“‘5. Who satisfieth thy longing with good things; thy youth will renew itself as an eagle’s.’

“That is: Sophia will be as the invisibles who are in the Height; he hath, therefore, said ‘as an eagle,’ because the dwelling-place of the eagle is in the height, and the |164. invisibles also are in the Height; that is: Pistis Sophia will shine as the invisibles, as she was from her beginning.”

It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had heard Mary say these words, that he said: “Well said, Mary, blessed one.”

Sophia is led to a region below the thirteenth æon and given a new mystery.

It came to pass then thereafter, that the First Mystery continued again in the discourse and said unto the disciples: “I took Pistis Sophia and led her up to a region which is below the thirteenth æon, and gave unto her a new mystery of the Light which is not that of her æon, the region of the invisibles. And moreover I gave her a song of the Light, so that from now on the rulers of the æons could not [prevail] against her. And I removed her to that region until I should come after her and bring her to her higher region.

“It came to pass then, when I had removed her to that region, that she again uttered this song thus:

She continueth to sing.

“‘1. In faith have I had faith in the Light; and it remembered me and hearkened to my song.

“‘2. It hath led my power up out of the chaos and the nether darkness of the whole matter and it hath led me up. It hath removed. me to a higher

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and surer æon, lofty and firm; it hath changed my place on the way which leadeth to my region.

“‘3. And it hath given unto me a new mystery, which is not that of my æon, and given unto me a song of the Light. Now, therefore, O Light, all the rulers will see what thou hast done unto me, and be |165.afraid and have faith in the Light.’

This song then Pistis Sophia uttered, rejoicing that she had been led up out of the chaos and brought to regions which are below the thirteenth æon. Now, therefore, let him whom his mind stirreth, so that he understandeth the solution of the thought of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, come forward and say it.”

Andrew came forward and said: “My Lord, this is concerning what thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime through David:

Andrew interpreteth from Psalm xxxix.

“‘1. In patience I tarried for the Lord; he hath given heed unto me and ear unto my weeping.

“‘2. He hath led up my soul out of the pit of misery and out of the filthy mire; he hath set my feet on a rock and made straight my steps.

“‘3. He hath put in my mouth a new song, a song of praise for our God. Many will see and be afraid and hope in the Lord.'”

It came to pass then, when Andrew had set forth the thought of Pistis Sophia, that the First Mystery said unto him: “Well said, Andrew, blessed one.”

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And he continued again in the discourse and said unto the disciples: “These are all adventures which have befallen Pistis Sophia. |166. It came to pass then, when I had led her to the region which is below the thirteenth æon, and was

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about to go unto the Light and depart from her, that she said unto me:

The conversation of Sophia and the Light.

“‘O Light of lights, thou wilt go to the Light and depart from me. And Tyrant Adamas will know that thou hast departed from me and will know that my saviour is not at hand. And he will come again to this region, he and all his rulers who hate me, and Self-willed also will bestow power unto his lion-faced emanation, so that they all will come and constrain me all together and take my whole light from me, in order that I may become powerless and again without light. Now, therefore, O Light and my Light, take from them the power of their light, so that they may not be able to constrain me from now on.’

The Light promiseth to seal the regions of Self-willed.

“It came to pass then, when I heard these words which Pistis Sophia had spoken unto me, that I answered her, saying: ‘My Father, who hath emanated me, hath not yet given me commandment to take their light from them; but I will seal the regions of Self-willed and of all his rulers who hate thee because thou hast had faith in the Light. And I will also seal the regions of Adamas and of his rulers, so that none of them may be able to fight with thee, until their time is completed and the season cometh that my Father give me commandment to take their light from them.’

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“And thereafter I said again unto her: ‘Hearken that I |167. may speak with thee about their time, when this which I have said unto thee, will come to pass. It will come to pass when [the] three times are completed.’

“Pistis Sophia answered and said unto me:

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[paragraph continues] ‘O Light, by what shall I know when the three times will take place, so that I may be glad and rejoice that the time is near for thee to bring me to my region, and moreover rejoice therein that the time is come when thou wilt take the light-power from all them which hate me, because I have had faith in thy light?’

How Sophia will know that the time of her final deliverance hath come.

“And I answered and said unto her: ‘If thou seest the gate of the Treasury of the Great Light which is opened after the thirteenth æon, and that is the left [one],–when that gate is opened, then are the three times completed.’

“Pistis Sophia again answered and said: ‘O Light, by what shall I know,–for I am in this region,–that that gate is opened?’

What will come to pass at that time.

“And I answered and said unto her: ‘When that gate is opened, they who are in all the æons will know because of the Great Light which will obtain in all their regions. But see, I have now settled that they shall venture no ill against thee, until the three times are completed. And thou wilt have the power of going down into their twelve æons, |168. when it pleaseth thee, and also of returning and going into thy region, which is below the thirteenth æon, and in which thou now art. But thou wilt not have the power of passing through the gate of the Height which is in the thirteenth æon, so as to enter into thy region whence thou didst come down. Moreover, if then the three times are completed, Self-willed and all his rulers will again constrain thee, to take thy light from thee, being enraged against thee and thinking that thou hast imprisoned his power in the chaos, and thinking that thou hast taken its light from it. He will then be embittered

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against thee, to take from thee thy light, in order that he may send it down into the chaos and it may get down to that emanation of his, so that it may be able to come up out of the chaos and go to his region. Adamas will attempt this. But I will take all thy powers from him and give them unto thee, and I will come to take them. Now, therefore, if they constrain thee at that time, then sing praises to the Light, and I will not delay to help thee. And I will quickly come unto thee to the regions which are below thee. And I will come down to their regions to take their light from them. And I will come to this region whither I have removed thee, and which is below the thirteenth |169. æon, until I bring thee to thy region whence thou art come.’

“It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia had heard me say these words unto her, that she rejoiced with great joy. But I removed her to the region which is below the thirteenth æon. I went to the Light and departed from her.”

And all these adventures the First Mystery told to the disciples, that they should come to pass for Pistis Sophia. And he sat on the Mount

The time for the final deliverance of Sophia is completed.

of Olives, narrating all these adventures in the midst of the disciples. And he continued again and said unto them: “And it came to pass again after this, while I was in the world of men and sat in the way, that is in this region which is the Mount of Olives, before my vesture was sent unto me, which I had deposited in the four-and-twentieth mystery from the interior, but the first from the exterior, which is the Great Uncontainable, in which I am enwrapped, and before I had gone to the Height to receive my second vesture,–

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while I sat with you in this region, which is the Mount of Olives, that the time was completed of which I had said to Pistis Sophia: ‘Adamas and all his rulers will constrain thee.’

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“It came to pass then, when that time came on,–and I was in the world of men, |170. sitting with you in this region, which is the Mount of Olives,–that Adamas looked down out of the twelve æons and looked down at the regions of the chaos and saw his demon power which is in the chaos, that no light at all was in it, because I had taken its light from it; and he saw it, that it was dark and

Adamas sendeth forth two emanations of darkness to plague Sophia.

could not go to his region, that is to the twelve moons. Thereon Adamas again remembered Pistis Sophia and became most exceedingly wroth against her, thinking that it was she who had imprisoned his power in the chaos, and thinking that it was she who had taken its light from it. And he was exceedingly embittered; he piled wrath on wrath and emanated out of himself a dark emanation and another, chaotic and evil, the violent [one], so as through them to harass Pistis Sophia. And he made a dark region in his region, so as to constrain Sophia therein. And he took many of his rulers; they pursued after Sophia, in order that the two dark emanations which Adamas had emanated, might lead her into the dark chaos which he had made, and constrain her in that region and harass her, until they should take her whole light from her, and Adamas should take the light from Pistis Sophia and give it to the two dark violent emanations, and they should carry it to the great chaos which is below and dark, |171. and cast it into his dark power which is chaotic, if perchance it might be able to come to his

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region, because it had become exceedingly dark, for I had taken its light-power from it.

“It came to pass then, when they pursued after Pistis Sophia, that she cried out again and sang praises to the Light, since I had said unto her: ‘If thou shalt be constrained and singest praises unto me, I will come quickly and help thee.’ It came to pass then, when she was constrained,–and I sat with you in this region, that is on the Mount of Olives,–that she sang praises to the Light, saying:

Sophia again singeth a song to the Light.”‘1. O Light of lights, I have had faith in thee. Save me from all these rulers who pursue after me, and help me,

“‘2. That in sooth they may never take from me my light, as the lion-faced power [did]. For thy light is not with me and thy light-stream to save me. Nay, Adamas is the more enraged against me, saying unto me: Thou hast imprisoned my power in the chaos.

“‘3. Now, therefore, O Light of lights, if I have done this and have imprisoned it, if I have done any injustice at all to that power,

“‘4. Or if I have constrained it, as it hath constrained me, then let all these rulers who pursue after me, take my light from me and leave me empty;

“‘5. And let foe Adamas pursue after my power and seize upon it and take my light from me and cast it into his dark power which is in the chaos, and keep my power in the chaos.

“‘6. Now, therefore, O Light, lay hold on me in thy wrath and lift up thy power above my foes who have lifted themselves up against me to the very end.

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“‘7. Quicken me quickly, as thou hast said unto me: I will help thee.’

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It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had finished saying these words unto the disciples, that he said: “Who hath understood the words which I have spoken, let him come forward and set forth their solution.”

James came forward and said: “My Lord, concerning this song which Pistis Sophia hath sung, thus thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime through David in the seventh Psalm:

James interpreteth the song from Psalm vii.

“‘1. O Lord, my God, in thee have I hoped. Free me from my pursuers and save me,

“‘2. That in sooth he may never steal away my soul as a lion, without any one to deliver and save.

“‘3. O Lord, my God, if I have done this, if injustice is on my hands,

“‘4. If I have requited those who requite me with evil, then let me fall down empty through my foes.

“‘5. And let the foe pursue after my soul and seize it, and trample my life to the ground and lay my honour in the dust. (Selah.)

“‘6. Arise, O Lord, in thy wrath, raise thyself up for the end of my foes.

“‘7. Arise according to the commandment which thou hast commanded.'” |173.

It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had heard James speak these words, that he said: “Well said, James, beloved.”

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And the First Mystery continued again and said unto the disciples: “It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia had finished uttering the words of this song, that she turned herself back

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to see whether Adamas and his rulers had turned back to go to their æon. And she saw them, how they pursued after her. Then she turned unto them and said unto them:

Sophia addresseth Adamas and his rulers.

“‘1. Why pursue ye after me and say: I should not have help, that it [sc. the Light] should save me from you?

“‘2. Now, therefore, my vindicator is the Light and a strong [one]; but it is long-suffering until the time of which it hath said unto me: I will come and help thee. And it will not bring its wrath upon you always. But this is the time of which he hath spoken unto me.

“‘3. Now, therefore, if ye turn not back and cease not to pursue after me, then will the Light make ready its power, and it will make itself ready in all its powers.

“‘4. And in its power hath it made itself ready, so that it may take your lights which are in you, and ye may become dark; and its power hath brought it to pass, so that it may take your power from you and ye go to ground.’

“And when Pistis Sophia had said this, she looked at the region of Adamas and saw the dark and chaotic region |174. which he had made, and saw also the two dark exceedingly violent emanations which Adamas had emanated, in order that they might seize Pistis Sophia and cast her down into the chaos which he had made, and constrain and harass her in that region, until they should take her light from her. It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia had seen those two dark emanations and the dark region which Adamas had made, that she feared and cried unto the Light, saying:

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Sophia again singeth to the Light.

“‘1. O Light, lo! Adamas, the doer of violence, is wrathful; he hath made a dark emanation,

“‘2. And he hath also emanated another chaos and hath made another dark and chaotic [one] and made it ready.

“‘3. Now, therefore, O Light, the chaos which he hath made, in order to cast me down therein and take from me my light-power, take then from him his own.

“‘4. And the plan which he hath devised, to take my light,–they are to take his own from him; and the injustice which he hath spoken, to take my lights from me,–take then all of his.’

“These are the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered in her song. Now, therefore, who is sober in spirit, let him come forward and set forth the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia [hath uttered] in her song.”

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Martha again came forward and said: “My Lord, |175. I am sober in my spirit and understand the words which thou sayest. Now, therefore, give me commandment to set forth their solution in openness.”

And the First Mystery answered and said unto Martha: “I give thee commandment, Martha, to set forth the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered in her song.”

And Martha answered and said: “My Lord, these are the words which thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime through David in the seventh Psalm, saying:

“’12. God is a righteous vindicator and strong and long-suffering, who bringeth not on his wrath every day.

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Martha interpreteth the words of Sophia from Psalm vii.

“’13. If ye turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow and made it ready.

“’14. And he hath made ready for him instruments of death; he hath made his arrows for those who will be burnt up.

“’15. Behold, injustice hath been in labour, hath conceived wrong and brought forth iniquity.

“’16. It hath digged a pit and hollowed it out. It will fall into the hole which it hath made.

“’17. Its wrong will return on its own head, and its injustice will come down on its pate.'”

When Martha had said this, the First Mystery which looketh without, said unto her: “Well said, finely, Martha, blessed [one].”

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Jesus bringeth Sophia again to the thirteenth æon.

It came to pass then, when Jesus had finished telling his disciples all the adventures which had befallen Pistis Sophia when she was in the chaos, and the way |176. she had sung praises to the Light, that it should save her and lead her out of the chaos, and lead her into the twelve æons, and also the way it had saved her out of all her afflictions with which the rulers of the chaos had constrained her, because she longed to go to the Light, that Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass then after all this, that I took Pistis Sophia and led her into the thirteenth æon, shining most exceedingly, there being no measure for the light which was about me. I entered into the region of the four-and-twenty invisibles, shining most exceedingly. And they fell into great commotion; they looked and saw Sophia, who was with me. Her they knew, but me they knew not, who I was, but held me for some sort of emanation of the Light-land.

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“It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia saw her fellows, the invisibles, that she rejoiced in great joy and exulted exceedingly and desired to proclaim the wonders which I had wrought on her below in the earth of mankind, until I saved her. She came into the midst of the |177. invisibles, and in their midst sang praises unto me, saying:

Sophia singeth the praises of the Light to her fellow-invisibles.

“‘1. I will give thanks unto thee, O Light, for thou art a saviour; thou art a deliverer for all time.

“‘2. I will utter this song to the Light, for it hath saved me and saved me out of the hand of the rulers, my foes.

“‘3. And thou hast preserved me in all the regions, thou hast saved me out of the height and the depth of the chaos and out of the æons of the rulers of the sphere.

“‘4. And when I was come out of the Height, I wandered round in regions in which is no light, and I could not return to the thirteenth æon, my dwelling-place.

“‘5. For there was no light in me nor power. My power was utterly weakened (?).

“‘6. And the Light saved me in all my afflictions. I sang praises unto the Light, and it hearkened unto me, when I was constrained.

“‘7. It guided me in the creation of the æons to lead me up into the thirteenth æon, my dwelling-place.

“‘8. I will give thanks unto thee, O Light, that thou hast saved me, and for thy wondrous works unto the race of men.

“‘9. When I failed of my power, thou hast given me power; and when I failed of my light, thou didst fill me with purified light.

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“’10. I was in the darkness and in the shadow of the chaos, bound with the mighty fetters of the chaos, and no light was in me.

“’11. For I have provoked the commandment of the Light and have transgressed, and I have made wroth the commandment of the Light, because I had gone out of my region.

“’12. And when I |178. had gone down, I failed of my light and became without light, and no one had helped me.

“’13. And in my affliction I sang praises unto the Light, and it saved me out of my afflictions.

“’14. And it hath also broken asunder all my bonds and led me up out of the darkness and the affliction of the chaos.

“’15. I will give thanks unto thee, O Light, that thou hast saved me and that thy wondrous works have been wrought in the race of men.

“’16. And thou hast shattered the upper gates of the darkness and the mighty bolts of the chaos.

“’17. And thou didst let me depart out of the region in which I had transgressed, and my light was taken, because I have transgressed.

“’18. And I ceased from my mysteries and went down to the gates of the chaos.

“’19. And when I was constrained, I sang praises to the Light. It saved me out of all my afflictions.

“’20. Thou sentest thy stream; it gave me power and saved me out of all my afflictions.

“’21. I will give thanks unto thee, O Light, that thou hast saved me, and for thy wondrous works in the race of men.’

“This then is the song which Pistis Sophia

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hath uttered in the midst of the four-and-twenty invisibles, desiring that they should know all the wondrous works which I had done for her, and desiring that they should know that I have gone to the world of men and have given them the mysteries of the Height. Now, therefore, who is exalted in his thought, let him come forward and say the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

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It came to pass then, when Jesus |179. had finished saying these words, that Philip came forward and said: “Jesus, my Lord, my thought is exalted, and I have understood the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. The prophet David hath prophesied concerning it aforetime in the one-hundred-and-sixth Psalm, saying:

Philip interpreteth the song from Psalm cvi.

“‘1. Give ye thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his grace is eternal.

“‘2. Let the delivered of the Lord say this, for it is he who hath delivered them out of the hand of their foes.

“‘3. He hath gathered them together out of their lands, from the east and from the west and from the north and from the sea.

“‘4. They wandered round in the desert, in a waterless country; they found not the way to the city of their dwelling-place.

“‘5. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

“‘6. He saved them out of their necessities. They cried unto the Lord and he hearkened unto them in their affliction.

“‘7. He led them on a straight way, that they might go to the region of their dwelling-place.

“‘8. Let them give thanks unto the Lord for

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his graciousness and his wondrous works unto the children of men.

“‘9. For he hath satisfied a hungering soul; he hath filled a hungering soul with good things,

“’10. Them who sat in darkness and the shadow of death, who were fettered in misery and iron.

“’11. For |180. they had provoked the word of God and made wroth the determination of the Most High.

“’12. Their heart was humbled in their miseries; they become weak and no one helped them.

“’13. They cried unto the Lord in their affliction; he saved them out of their necessities.

“’14. And he led them out of the darkness and the shadow of death and brake their bonds asunder.

“’15. Let them give thanks unto the Lord for his graciousness and his wondrous works unto the children of men.

“’16. For he hath shattered the gates of brass and burst the bolts of iron asunder.

“’17. He hath taken them unto himself out of the way of their iniquity. For they were brought low because of their iniquities.

“’18. Their heart abhorred all manner of meat and they were near unto the gates of death.

“’19. They cried unto the Lord in their affliction and he saved them out of their necessities.

“’20. He sent his word and healed them and freed them from their miseries.

“’21. Let them give thanks unto the Lord for

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his graciousness and his wondrous works unto the children of men.’

“This then, my Lord, is the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. Hearken, therefore, my Lord, that I may say it clearly. The word in Booth which David hath spoken: ‘Give ye thanks unto the Lord, for he is good, for his grace is eternal,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘I will give thanks unto thee, O Light, for thou art a saviour and thou art a deliverer for all time.’

“And the word which hath David spoken: |181. ‘Let the delivered of the Lord say this, for he hath delivered them out of the hand of their foes,’–it is the word which Pistis Sophia hath spoken: ‘I will utter this song to the Light, for it hath saved me and saved me out of the hand of the rulers, my foes.’ And the rest of the Psalm.

“This then, my Lord, is the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered in the midst of the four-and-twenty invisibles, desiring that they should know all the wondrous works which thou hast done for her, and desiring that they should know that thou hast given thy mysteries to the race of men.”

It came to pass then, when Jesus had heard Philip say these words, that he said: “Well said, blessed Philip. This is the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

[END OF THE STORY OF PISTIS SOPHIA]

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