Shalom Brothers and Sisters. This is the thirteenth repentance prayer of Sophia.
Pistis Sophia-translation by G. S. R. Mead
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“O Light of lights, I have transgressed in the twelve æons, and have descended from them; wherefor have I uttered the twelve repentances, [one] for each æon. Now, therefore, O Light of lights, forgive me my transgression, for it is exceedingly great, because I have abandoned the regions of the height and have come to dwell in the regions of the chaos.’
“When then Pistis Sophia had said this, she continued again in the thirteenth repentance, saying:
The thirteenth repentance of Sophia.“‘1. Hearken unto me singing praises unto thee, O Light of lights. Hearken unto me uttering the repentance for the thirteenth æon, the region out of which I have come down, in order that the thirteenth repentance of the thirteenth æon may be accomplished,–those [æons] which I have overstepped and out of which I have come down.
“‘2. Now, therefore, O Light of lights, hearken unto me singing praises unto thee in the thirteenth æon, my region out of which I have come down.
“‘3. Save me, O Light, in thy great mystery and forgive my transgression in thy forgiveness.
“‘4. And give unto me the baptism and forgive my sins and purify me from my transgression.
“‘5. And my transgression is the lion-faced power, which will never be hidden from thee; for because of it have I gone down.
“‘6. And I alone among the invisibles, in whose regions I was, have transgressed, and have gone down into the chaos. Moreover I have transgressed, that thy commandment may be accomplished.’
“This then Pistis Sophia said. Now, therefore, let him whom his spirit urgeth to understand her words, come forward and proclaim her thought.”
Martha came forward and said: “My Lord, my spirit urgeth me to proclaim the solution of that which Pistis Sophia hath spoken; thy power hath prophesied aforetime concerning it through David in the fiftieth Psalm, saying thus:
Martha interpreteth the thirteenth repentance from Psalm l.“‘1. Be gracious unto me, O God, according to thy great grace; according to the fulness of thy mercy blot out my sin.
“‘2. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity.
“‘3. And may my sin be ever present to thee,
“‘4. That thou mayest be justified in thy words and prevail when thou judgest me.’
“This is then the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”
Jesus said unto her: “Well said, finely, Martha, blessed [one].”
Jesus sendeth forth a light-power to help Sophia.And Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia had said these words, that the time was fulfilled that she should be led out of the chaos. And of myself, without the First Mystery, I despatched out of myself a light-power, and I sent it down to the chaos, so that it might lead Pistis Sophia forth from the deep regions of the chaos, and lead [her] to the higher regions of the chaos, until the command should come from the First Mystery that she should be led entirely forth out of the chaos. And my light-power led Pistis Sophia up to the higher regions of the chaos. It came to pass then, when the emanations of Self-willed had noticed that Pistis Sophia was led forth into the higher regions of the chaos, that they also sped after her upwards, desiring to bring her again into the lower regions of the chaos. And my light-power, which I had sent to lead up Sophia out of the chaos, shone exceedingly. It came to pass then, when the emanations of Self-willed pursued Sophia, when she had been led into the higher regions of the chaos, that she again sang praises and cried out unto me, saying:
Sophia uttereth a song of praise.
“‘1. I will sing praises unto thee, O Light, for I desired to come unto thee. I will sing thee praises, O Light, for thou art my deliverer.
“‘2. Leave me not in the chaos. Save me, O Light of the Height, for it is thou that I have praised.
“‘3. Thou has sent me thy light through thyself and hast saved me. Thou hast led me to the higher regions of the chaos.
“‘4. May the emanations of Self-willed which pursue me, sink down into the lower regions of the chaos, and let them not come to the higher regions to see me.
“‘5. And may great darkness cover them and darker gloom come over them. And let them not see me in the light of thy power, which thou hast sent unto me to save me, so that they may not again get dominion over me.
“‘6. And let not their resolution which they have formed, to take away my power, take effect for them. And as they have spoken against me, to take from me my light, take rather from them theirs instead of mine.
“‘8. Because they have taken counsel without thy commandment, O Light, therefore have they not been able to take away my light.
“‘9. Because I have had faith in the Light, I shall not be afraid; and the Light is my deliverer and I shall not fear.’
“Now, therefore, let him whose power is exalted, speak the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”
And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished speaking these words unto his disciples, that Salome came forward and said: “My Lord, my power constraineth me to speak the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. Thy power hath prophesied aforetime through Solomon, saying:
Salome interpreteth the song of Sophia from the Odes of Solomon.
“‘1. I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, for thou art my God.
“‘2. Abandon me not, O Lord, for thou art! my hope.
“‘3. Thou hast given me thy vindication for naught, and I am saved through thee.
“‘4. Let them who pursue me, fall down and let them not see me.
“‘5. May a smoke-cloud cover their eyes and an air-mist darken them, and let them not see the day, so that they may not seize me.
“‘6. May their resolution be impotent, and may what they concoct come upon them.
“‘7. They have devised a resolution, and it hath not taken effect for them.
“‘8. And they are vanquished, although they be mighty, and what they have wickedly prepared is fallen upon them.
“‘9. My hope is in the Lord, and I shall not be afraid, for thou art my God, my Saviour.'”
It came to pass then, when Salome had finished saying these words, that Jesus said unto her: “Well said, Salome; and finely. This is the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”
The power sent by Jesus formeth a light-wreath on Sophia’s head.
And Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass then, when Pistis Sophia had finished saying these words in the chaos, that I made the light-power, which I had sent to save her, become a light-wreath on her head, so that from now on the emanations of Self-willed could not have dominion over her. And when it had become a light-wreath round her head, all the evil matters in her were shaken and all were purified in her. They perished and remained in the chaos, while the emanations of Self-willed gazed upon them and rejoiced. And the purification of the pure light which was in Pistis Sophia, gave power to the light of my light-power, which had become a wreath round her head.
“It came to pass then moreover, when it surrounded the pure light in Sophia, and her pure light did not depart from the wreath of the power of the light-flame, so that the emanations of Self-willed should not rob it from it,–when then this befell her, the pure light-power in Sophia began to sing praises. And she praised my light-power, which was a wreath round her head, and she sang praises, saying:
Sophia uttereth another song of praise
“‘1. The Light hath become a wreath round my head; and I shall not depart from it, so that the emanations of Self-willed may not rob it from me.
“‘2. And though all the matters be shaken, yet shall I not be shaken.
“‘3. And though all my matters perish and remain in the chaos,–those which the emanations of Self-willed see,–yet shall I not perish.
“‘4. For the Light is with me, and I myself am with the Light.’
“These words then Pistis Sophia uttered. Now, therefore, let him who understandeth the thought of these words, come forward and proclaim their solution.”
Mary, his mother, asketh and receiveth permission to speak.
Then Mary, the mother of Jesus, came forward and said: “My son according to the world, my God and Saviour according to the height, bid me proclaim the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”
And Jesus answered and said: “Thou also, Mary, hast received form which is in Barbēlō, according to matter, and hast received likeness which is in the Virgin of Light, according to light, thou and the other Mary, the blessed one; and on thy account the darkness hath arisen, and moreover out of thee did come forth the material body in which I am, which I have purified and refined,–now, therefore, I bid thee proclaim the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”
And Mary, the mother of Jesus, answered and said: “My Lord, thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime concerning these words through Solomon in the nineteenth Ode and said:
“‘1. The Lord is on my head as a wreath, and I shall not depart from him.
Mary, his mother, interpreteth the song of Sophia from the xixth ode of Solomon.“‘2. The wreath in truth |117. is woven for me; and it hath caused thy twigs to sprout in me.
“‘3. For it is not like unto a wreath withered that sprouteth not. But thou art alive on my head and thou hast sprouted upon me.
“‘4. Thy fruits are full and perfect, filled with thy salvation.'”
Jesus commendeth his mother.It came to pass then, when Jesus had heard his mother Mary say these words, that he said unto her: “Well said, finely. Amēn, amēn, I say unto thee: They shall proclaim thee blessed from one end of the earth to the other; for the pledge of the First Mystery hath taken up its abode with thee, and through that pledge shall all from the earth and all from the height be saved, and that pledge is the beginning and the end.”
The commandment of the First Mystery is fulfilled for taking Sophia entirely out of the chaos.And Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto his disciples: “It came to pass when Pistis Sophia had uttered the thirteenth repentance,–in that hour was fulfilled the commandment of all the tribulations which were de-creed for Pistis Sophia for the fulfilment of the First Mystery, which was from the beginning, and the time had come to save her out of the chaos and lead her out from all the darknesses. For her repentance was accepted from her through the First Mystery; and that mystery sent me a great light-power out of the height, that I might help Pistis Sophia |118. and lead her up out of the chaos. The First Mystery and Jesus sent forth two light-powers to help Sophia.So I looked towards the æons into the height and saw that light-power which the First Mystery had sent me, that I might save Pistis Sophia out of the chaos. It came to pass, therefore, when I had seen it, coming forth from the æons and hastening down to me,–I was above the chaos,–that another light-power went forth out of me, that it too might help Pistis Sophia. And the light-power which had come from the height through the First Mystery, came down upon the light-power which had gone out of me; and they met together and became a great stream of light.”
When then Jesus had said this unto his disciples, he said: “Understand ye in what manner I discourse with you?”
Mary Magdalene interpreteth the mystery from Psalm lxxxiv.
Mary started forward again and said: “My Lord, I understand what thou sayest. Concerning the solution of this word thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime through David in the eighty-fourth Psalm, saying:
“’10. Grace and truth met together, and righteousness and peace kissed each other.
“’11. Truth sprouted forth out of the earth, and righteousness looked down from heaven.’
“‘Grace’ then is the light-power which hath come down through the First Mystery; for the First Mystery hath hearkened unto Pistis Sophia and hath had mercy on her in all her tribulations. ‘Truth’ on the other hand is the power which hath gone forth out of thee, for that thou hast fulfilled the truth, in order to save her out of the chaos. And ‘righteousness’ again is the power which hath come forth through the First Mystery, which will guide Pistis Sophia. And ‘peace’ again is the power which hath gone forth out of thee, so that it should enter into the emanations of Self-willed and take from them the lights which they have taken away from Pistis Sophia, that is, so that thou mayest gather them together into Pistis Sophia and make them at peace with her power. ‘Truth’ on the other hand is the power which went forth out of thee, when thou wast in the lower regions of the chaos. For this cause thy power hath said through David ‘Truth sprouted out of the earth,’ because thou wert in the lower regions of the chaos. ‘Righteousness’ on the other hand which hath ‘looked down from heaven,’–it is the power which hath come down from the height through the First Mystery and hath entered into Pistis Sophia.”