The Gospel of Thomas
These are the secret sayings spoken by Jesus and transcribed by Didymos ("the twin") Judas Thomas. And he said, "The one who finds the interpretation of these sayings shall not taste death."
Jesus said, "Let the one who seeks not stop seeking until he finds;
and when he finds, he will be agitated.
When he is agitated, he will be amazed,
and he will rule over everything."
Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the Kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you,
'It is in the sea,'
then the fish will precede you. But the Kingdom is inside you and outside you.
When you (truly) know yourselves, then you will be known,
and you will know that you are the sons of the Father.
But if you do not know yourselves, then you are impoverished-and you are poverty itself!
Jesus said, "The man old of days will not hesitate to ask the child seven days old concerning the place of life; and that one shall live. For many who are first shall be last and shall become a single one."
Jesus said, "Recognize what is before your face, and what is hidden from you will be revealed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed.
His disciples questioned him and said to him, Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?"
Jesus said, "Do not lie, and do not do what you hate, because all things are revealed before heaven. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered that will remain without being disclosed."
Jesus said, "How honored is the lion whom the human eats,
so that the lion becomes a human. And how dishonored is the human whom the lion eats,
and the lion will become a human."
And he said, "The one is like a wise fisher who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish. Among them the wise fisher discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea, and without difficulty picked the large fish. Whoever has ears, listen!"
Jesus said, "Behold, a sower went out, took a handful [of seeds], and scattered. Some fell on the path, and the birds came and gathered them. Others fell on rock, and they did not root in the soil, and they did not produce heads of grain. Others fell among thorns, and they choked the seeds, and worms devoured them. And others fell on good soil, and it brought forth a good corp, yielding sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure."
Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon society; and behold, I am guarding it until it blazes."
Jesus said, "This heaven will pass, and the one above it will pass. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it alive. When you come to live in the light, what will you do? On the day you were one you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?
The disciples said to Jesus, "We know that you will leave us. Who will be our leader?"
Jesus said to them, Wherever you are, you are to go to James the Just. For his sake heaven and earth came into being."
Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like."
Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a righteous angel."
Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher."
Thomas said to him, "Master, my mouth is completely unable to say whom you are like."
Jesus said, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become drunk from the bubbling spring that I have tended." And he took him, went out, and told him three things. When Thomas returned to his companions, they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?"
Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the things he told me, you will pick up stones and hurl them at me. A fire will emerge from the stones and burn you up."
Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will bring sin upon yourselves. And if you pray, you will be condemned. And if you give alms, you will injure your spirits.
When you enter any region and walk about in the countryside, when people take you in, eat what they serve you and heal those who are sick among them.
For what goes into your mouth does not defile you; what comes out of your mouth will."
Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your father."
Jesus said, "Perhaps people think that I have come to cast peace on the world. They do not know that I have come to cast conflict upon the earth: fire, sword, war. For there will be five in a house: there will be three against two and two against three, father against son, and son against father, and they will stand alone."
Jesus said, "I will give you what no eye has seen and no ear has heard and no hand has touched and what has never risen in the human heart."
The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what our end will be like."
Jesus said, "Have you found the beginning, then, so that you are seeking the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is. How honorable is the one who stands at the beginning. That one will know the end and not taste death."
Jesus said, "Honorable is the one who came into being before coming into being. If you become my disciples and hear my words, these stones will serve you. For there are five trees in Paradise for you. They do not change, summer or winter, and their leaves do not fall. Whoever knows them will not taste death."
The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what the Reign of Heaven is like."
He said to them, It is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a large plant and becomes shelter for birds of the sky."