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THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS tr. by M. Foat (c) 2006 Please note that at times italics are used to indicate the special emphases of the Coptic second tenses. To that extent they are present in the work and are not editorial. I wish to acknowledge the debt that the majority of the explanatory footnotes owe to Peter Kirby’s extensive collection of Thomas commentary material, scholarly and otherwise, on his website, www.gospelthomas.com. The Coptic text used was that published by Marvin Meyers in his The Gospel of Thomas (San Francisco, CA: Harper Collins, 1992) These are the words that are hidden that the living Jesus said and that Didymus Judas Thomas wrote down. (1) And he said, “The one who will find the interpretation of these words will not partake of the taste of death.” (2) Jesus said, “Let the one who seeks not cease seeking until he finds. And if he finds he will be disturbed. And if he is disturbed, he will wonder and will rule over all.” 1 (3) Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘Behold, the Kingdom is in heaven,’ 2 then the birds of heaven will be before you. And if they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fishes will be before you. But the Kingdom in you, and it is outside of you. Whenever you know yourselves, then will you be known. And you will know that you are the children of the Father who lives. But if it will come to pass that you do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty, and you are poverty.” (4) Jesus said, “The one old in days will not wait to inquire of a little child of seven days concerning the place of life—and he shall live because there are many first who shall be last, and they shall become a solitary one.” (5) Jesus said, “Know that which is in front of your face, and that which is hidden to you will be revealed to you. For there is nothing that is hidden that will not be revealed.” (6) His disciples asked and said to him, “Do you want us to fast?” And, “How shall we pray? Should we give alms?” And, “eating should be regulated in what way?” Jesus said, “Do not lie, and do not do what is hateful to you. For all things are revealed in the presence of heaven. For there is nothing that is hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered which shall remain without being uncovered.” (7) Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion that the human will eat, and the lion become human; and cursed is the man whom the lion will eat, and the lion become human.” 1 The articulated Coptic word, pthrF can mean either “all” in an unrestricted sense, or “The All” in the sense of the universe. 2 lit., “the sky.”
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(8) And he said, “The human being is like a wise fisherman, who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman found a big good fish. He threw all the small fish down into the sea. He chose the big fish without trouble. The one who has ears to hear let him hear.” (9) Jesus said, “Behold, the sower went out and he filled his hand and he threw. Some fell on the road and the birds came and they collected them. Some others fell on the rock, and
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