The Nag Hammadi Library

The Paraphrase of Shem
from McLeanMinistries Website



The Conflict of Light and Darkness

The paraphrase is about the unbegotten Spirit.

1 What Derdekeas revealed to me, Shem, according to the will of the Majesty. My mind which was in my body snatched me away from my race. It took me up to the top of the world, which is close to the light that shone upon the whole area there. I saw no earthly likeness, but there was light. And my mind separated from the body of darkness as though in sleep.

2 I heard a voice saying to me, Shem, since you are from an unmixed power and you are the first being upon the earth, hear and understand what I shall say to you first concerning the great Powers who were in existence in the beginning before I appeared. There was Light and Darkness and there was Spirit between them. Since your root fell into forgetfulness -- he who was the unbegotten Spirit -- I reveal to you the truth about the Powers. The Light was mind full of attentiveness and reason. They were united into one form. And the Darkness was wind in waters. He possessed the mind wrapped in a chaotic fire. And the Spirit between them was a gentle, humble light. These are the three roots. They reigned each in themselves, alone. And they covered each other, each one with its power.

3 But the Light, since he possessed a great power, knew the abasement of the Darkness and his disorder, namely, that the root was not straight. But the crookedness of the Darkness was lack of perception, namely the illusion that there is no one above him. And when he was able to bear up under his evil, he was covered with the water. And he stirred. And the Spirit was frightened by the sound. He lifted himself up to his station. And he saw a great, dark water. And he was nauseated. And the mind of the Spirit stared down; he saw the infinite Light. But he was overlooked by the putrid root. And by the will of the great Light the dark water separated. And the Darkness came up wrapped in vile ignorance, and this was in order that the mind might separate from him because he prided himself in it.

4 And when he stirred, the light of the Spirit appeared to him. When he saw it he was astonished. He did not know that another Power was above him. And when he saw that his likeness was dark compared with the Spirit, he felt hurt. And in his pain he lifted up to the height of the members of Darkness his mind which was outside the bitterness of evil. He caused his mind to take shape in a member of the regions of the Spirit, thinking that, by staring down at his evil, he would be able to equal the Spirit. But he was not able. For he wanted to do an impossible thing. And it did not take place, so that the mind of Darkness, which is outside the bitterness of evil, might not be destroyed. Since he was made partially similar, he arose and shone with a fiery light upon all of Hades, in order that the equality to the faultless Light might become apparent. For the Spirit benefited from every form of Darkness because he appeared in his majesty.

5 And the exalted, infinite Light appeared, for he was very joyful. he wished to reveal himself to the Spirit. And the likeness of the exalted Light appeared to the unbegotten Spirit. I appeared, I am the son of the incorruptible, infinite Light. I appeared in the likeness of the Spirit, for I am the ray of the universal Light. And his appearance to me was in order that the mind of Darkness might not remain in Hades. For the Darkness made himself like his mind in a part of the members. When I, O Shem, appeared in the likeness, in order that the Darkness might become dark to himself, according to the will of the Majesty -- in order that the Darkness might become free from every aspect of the power which he possessed -- the mind drew the chaotic fire, with which it was covered, from the midst of the Darkness and the water. And from the Darkness the water became a cloud. And from the cloud the womb took shape. The chaotic fire which was a deviation went there.

6 And when the Darkness saw the womb, he became unchaste. And when he had aroused the water, he rubbed the womb. His mind dissolved down to the depths of Nature. It mingled with the power of the bitterness of Darkness. And the womb's eye ruptured at the wickedness in order that she might not again bring forth the mind. For it was a seed of Nature from the dark root. And when Nature had taken to herself the mind by means of the dark power, every likeness took shape in her. And when the Darkness had acquired the likeness of the mind, it resembled the Spirit. For Nature rose up to expel it; she was powerless against it, since she did not have a form from the Darkness. For she brought it forth in a cloud. And the cloud shone. A mind appeared in it like a frightful, harmful fire. The mind collided against the unbegotten Spirit since it possessed a likeness from him, in order that Nature might become emptier than the chaotic fire.

7 And immediately Nature was divided into four parts. They became clouds which varied in their appearance. They were called Hymen, Afterbirth, Power, and Water. And the Hymen and the Afterbirth and the Power were chaotic fires. And the mind was drawn from the midst of the Darkness and the water -- since the mind was in the midst of Nature and the dark power -- in order that the harmful waters might not cling to it. Because of this, Nature was divided, according to my will, in order that the mind may return to its power which the dark root, which was mixed with the mind, had taken from it. And the dark root appeared in the womb. And at the division of Nature he separated from the dark power which he possessed from the mind. The mind went into the midst of the power -- this was the middle region of Nature.

8 And the Spirit of light, when the mind burdened him, was astonished. And the force of his astonishment cast off the burden. And the burden returned to its heat. It put on the light of the Spirit. And when Nature moved away from the power of the light of the Spirit, the burden returned. And the astonishment of the light cast off the burden. It stuck to the cloud of the Hymen. And all the clouds of Darkness cried out, they who had separated from Hades, because of the alien Power. He is the Spirit of light who has come from them. And by the will of the Majesty the Spirit gazed up at the infinite Light, in order that his light may be pitied. And the likeness was brought up from Hades.

9 And when the Spirit had looked, I flowed out -- I, the son of the Majesty -- like a wave of light and like a whirlwind of the immortal Spirit. And I blew from the cloud of the Hymen upon the astonishment of the unbegotten Spirit. The cloud separated and cast light upon the clouds. These separated in order that the Spirit might return. Because of this the mind took shape. Its repose was shattered. For the Hymen of Nature was a cloud which cannot be grasped; it is a great fire. Similarly, the Afterbirth of Nature is the cloud of silence; it is an august fire. And the Power which was mixed with the mind, it, too, was a cloud of Nature which was joined with the Darkness that had aroused Nature to unchastity. And the dark water was a frightful cloud. And the root of Nature, which was below, was crooked, since it is burdensome and harmful. The root was blind with respect to the light-bondage, which was unfathomable since it had many appearances.

10 And I had pity on the light of the Spirit which the mind had received. I returned to my position in order to pray to the exalted, infinite Light that the power of the Spirit might be suspended over the place and might be filled without dark defilement. And reverently I said, " You are the root of the Light. Your hidden form has appeared, O exalted, infinite one. May the whole power of the Spirit spread and may it be filled with its light, O infinite Light. Then he will not be able to join with the unbegotten Spirit, and the power of the astonishment will not be able to mix with Nature according to the will of the Majesty. " My prayer was accepted.

11 And the voice of the Word was heard saying through the Majesty of the unbegotten Spirit, " Behold, the power has been completed. What was revealed by me originated from the Spirit. Again I shall appear. I am Derdekeas, the son of the incorruptible, infinite Light. "

12 The light of the infinite Spirit came down to a feeble nature for a short time until all the impurity of nature became void, and in order that the darkness of Nature might be exposed. I put on my garment which is the garment of the light of the Majesty -- which I am. I came in the appearance of the Spirit to consider the whole light which was in the depths of the Darkness, according to the will of the Majesty. in order that the Spirit by means of the Word might be filled with his light independently of the power of the infinite Light. And at my wish the Spirit arose by his own power. His greatness was granted to him that he might be filled with his whole light and depart from the whole burden of the Darkness. For what was mentioned before was a dark fire which blew and pressed on the Spirit. And the Spirit rejoiced because he was protected from the frightful water. But his light was not equal to the Majesty -- but he who was favored by the infinite Light -- in order that in all his members he might appear as a single image of light. And when the Spirit arose above the water, his black likeness became apparent. And the Spirit honored the exalted Light: " Surely you alone are the infinite one, because you are above every unbegotten thing, for you have protected me from the Darkness. And at your wish I arose above the power of darkness. "

13 And that nothing might be hidden from you, Shem, the mind, which the Spirit from the greatness had contemplated, came into being, since the Darkness was not able to restrain his evil. But when the mind appeared, the three roots became known as they were from the beginning. If the Darkness had been able to bear up under his evil, the mind would not have separated from him, and another power would not have appeared.

14 But from the time it appeared I was seen, the son of the Majesty, in order that the light of the Spirit might not become faint, and that Nature might not reign over it, because it gazed at me. And by the will of the greatness my equality was revealed, that what is of the Power might become apparent. You are the great Power which came into being, and I am the perfect Light which is above the Spirit and the Darkness, the one who puts to shame the Darkness for the intercourse of the impure practice. For through the division of Nature the Majesty wished to be covered with honor up to the height of the mind of the Spirit. And the Spirit received rest in his power. For the image of the Light is inseparable from the unbegotten Spirit. And the lawgivers did not name him after all the clouds of Nature, nor is it possible to name him. For every likeness into which nature had divided is a power of the chaotic fire which is the hylic seed. The one who took to himself the power of the Darkness imprisoned it in the midst of its members.

15 And by the will of the Majesty, in order that the mind and the whole light of the Spirit might be protected from every burden and from the toil of Nature, a voice came forth from the Spirit to the cloud of the Hymen. And the light of the astonishment began to rejoice with the voice which was granted to him. And the great Spirit of light was in the cloud of the Hymen. he honored the infinite Light and the universal likeness who I am, the Son of the Majesty, saying, " Anasses Duses, you are the infinite Light who was given by the will of the Majesty to establish every light of the Spirit upon the place, and to separate the mind from the Darkness. For it was not right for the light of the Spirit to remain in Hades. For at your wish the Spirit arose to behold your greatness. "

16 For I said these things to you, Shem, that you might know that my likeness, the son of the Majesty, is from my infinite mind, since I am for him a universal likeness which does not lie, and I am above every truth and origin of the word. His appearance is in my beautiful garment of light which is the voice of the immeasurable mind. We are that single, sole light which came into being. He appeared in another root in order that the power of the Spirit might be raised from the feeble Nature. For by the will of the great Light I came forth from the exalted Spirit down to the cloud of the Hymen without my universal garment.

17 And the Word took me to himself, from the Spirit, in the first cloud -- of the Hymen -- of Nature. And I put on this of which the Majesty and the unbegotten Spirit made me worthy. And one-third of my garment appeared in the cloud, by the will of the Majesty, in a single form. And my likeness was covered with the light of my garment. And the cloud was disturbed, and it was not able to tolerate my likeness. It shed the first power which it had taken from the Spirit, that which shone on him from the beginning, before I appeared in the word to the Spirit. The cloud would not be able to tolerate both of them. And the light which came forth from the cloud passed through the silence, until it came into the middle region. And, by the will of the Majesty, the light mixed with him, i. e., the Spirit which exists in the silence, he who had been separated from the Spirit of light. It was separated from the light by the cloud of the silence. The cloud was disturbed. It was he who gave rest to the flame of fire. He humbled the dark womb in order that she might not reveal other seed from the darkness. He kept them back in the middle region of Nature in their position, which was in the cloud. They were troubled since they did not know where they were. For still they did not possess the universal understanding of the Spirit.

18 And when I prayed to the Majest, toward the infinite Light, that the chaotic power of the Spirit might go to and fro, and the dark womb might be idle, and that my likeness might appear in the cloud of the Hymen, as if I were wrapped in the light of the Spirit which went before me. And by the will of the Majesty and through the prayer I came in the cloud in order that through my garment -- which was from the power of the Spirit of the Pleroma of the word, from the members who possessed it in the Darkness. For because of them I appeared in this insignificant place. For I am a helper of everyone who has been given a name. For when I appeared in the cloud, the light of the Spirit began to save itself from the frightful water, and from the clouds of fire which had been separated from dark Nature. and I gave them eternal honor that they might not again engage in the impure practice.

19 And the light which was in the Hymen was disturbed by my power, and it passed through my middle region. It was filled with the universal mind. And through the word of the light of the Spirit it returned to its repose. It received form in its root and shone without deficiency. And the light which had come forth with it from the silence went in the middle region and returned to the place. And the cloud shone. And from it came an unquenchable fire. And the part which separated from the astonishment put on forgetfulness. It was deceived by the fire of darkness. And the shock of its astonishment cast off the burden of the cloud. It was evil since it was unclean. And the fire mixed with the water in order that the waters might become harmful.

20 And Nature which had been disturbed immediately arose from the idle waters. For her ascent was shameful. And Nature took to herself the power of fire. She became strong because of the light of the Spirit which was in Nature. Her likeness appeared in the water in the form of a frightful beast with many faces, which is crooked below. A light went down to chaos filled with mist and dust, in order to harm Nature. And the light of the astonishment which is in the middle region came to it after he cast off the burden of the Darkness. He rejoiced when the Spirit arose. For he looked from the clouds down at the dark waters upon the light which was in the depths of Nature.

21 Therefore I appeared that I might get an opportunity to go down to the nether world, to the light of the Spirit which was burdened, that I might protect him from the evil of the burden. And through his looking down at the dark region the light once more came up in order that the womb might again come up from the water. The womb came up by my will. Guilefully, the eye opened. And the light which had appeared in the middle region and which had separated from the astonishment rested and shone upon her. And the womb saw things she had not seen, and she rejoiced joyfully in the light, although this one which appeared in the middle region, in her wickedness, is not hers. When the light shone upon her, and the womb saw things she had not seen, and she was brought down to the water, she was thinking that she had reached to the power of light. And she did not know that her root was made idle by the likeness of the Light, and that it was to the root that he had run.

22 The light was astonished, the one which was in the middle region and which was beginning and end. Therefore his mind gazed directly up at the exalted Light. And he called out and said, " Lord, have mercy on me, for my light and my effort went astray. For if your goodness does not establish me, I do not know where I am. " And when the Majesty had heard him, he had mercy on him.

23 And I appeared in the cloud of the Hymen, in the silence, without my holy garment. With my will I honored my garment which has three forms in the cloud of the Hymen. And the light which was in the silence, the one from the rejoicing Power, contained me. I wore it. and its two parts appeared in a single form. Its other parts did not appear on account of the fire. I became unable to speak in the cloud of the Hymen, for its fire was frightful, lifting itself up without humility. And in order that my greatness and the word might appear, I placed likewise my other garment in the cloud of the silence. I went into the middle region and put on the light that was in it, that was sunk in forgetfulness and that was separated from the Spirit of astonishment, for he had cast off the burden. At my wish, nothing mortal appeared to him, but they were all immortal things which the Spirit granted to him. And he said in the mind of the Light, " I have come in a great rest in order that he may give rest to my light in his root, and may bring it out of harmful Nature. "

24 Then, by the will of the Majesty, I took off my garment of light. I put on another garment of fire which has no form, which is from the mind of the power, which was separated, and which was prepared for me, according to my will, in the middle region. For the middle region covered it with a dark power in order that I might come and put it on. I went down to chaos to save the whole light from it. For without the power of darkness I could not oppose Nature. When I came into Nature she was not able to tolerate my power. But I rested myself upon her staring eye which was a light from the Spirit. For it had been prepared for me as a garment and a rest by the Spirit. Through me, he opened his eyes down to Hades. He granted Nature his voice for a time.

25 And my garment of fire, according to the will of the Majesty, went down to what is strong, and to the unclean part of Nature which the power of darkness was covering. And my garment rubbed Nature in her covering. And her unclean femininity was strong. And the wrathful womb came up and made the mind dry, resembling a fish which as a drop of fire and a power of fire. And when Nature had cast off the mind, she was troubled and wept. When she was hurt and in her tears, she cast off the power of the Spirit and remained as I. I put on the light of the Spirit and rested with my garment on account of the sight of the fish.

26 And in order that the deeds of Nature might be condemned, since she is blind, manifold animals came out of her, in accordance with the number of the fleeting winds. All of them came into being in Hades, searching for the light of the mind which took shape. They were not able to stand up against it. I rejoiced over their ignorance. They found me, the son of the Majesty, in front of the womb which has many forms. I put on the beast, and laid before her a great request that Heaven and earth might come into being, in order that the whole light might rise up. For in no other way could the power of the Spirit be saved from bondage except that I appear to her in animal form. Therefore she was gracious to me as if I were her son.

27 And on account of my request, Nature arose, since she possesses the power of the Spirit and the Darkness and the fire. For she had taken off her forms. When she had cast it off, she blew upon the water. The Heaven was created. And the from the foam of the Heaven the earth came into being. And at my wish it brought forth all kinds of food in accordance with the number of the beasts. And it brought forth dew from the winds on account of you and those who will be begotten the second time upon the earth. For the earth possessed a power of chaotic fire. Therefore it brought forth every seed.

28 And when the Heaven and the earth were created, my garment of fire arose in the midst of the cloud of Nature and shone upon the whole world until Nature became dry. The Darkness which was the earth's garment was cast into harmful waters. The middle region was cleansed from the Darkness. But the womb grieved because of what had happened. She perceived in her parts what was water like a mirror. when she perceived it, she wondered how it had come into being. Therefore, she remained a widow. It also was astonished that it was not in her. For still the forms possessed a power of fire and light. The power remained in order that it might be in Nature until all the powers are taken away from her. For just as the light of the Spirit was completed in three clouds, it is necessary that also the power which is in Hades will be completed at the appointed time. For because of the grace of the Majesty, I came forth to her from the water for the second time. For my face pleased her. Her face also was glad.

29 And I said to her, " May seed and power come forth from you upon the earth. " And she obeyed the will of the Spirit that she might be brought to naught. And when her forms returned, they rubbed their tongues with each other; they copulated; they begot winds and demons and the powoer which is from the fire and the Darkness and the Spirit. but the form which remained alone cast the beast from herself. She did not have intercourse, but she was the one who rubbed herself alone. And she brought forth a wind which possessed a power from the fire and the Darkness and the Spirit.

30 And in order that the demons also might become free from the power which they possessed through the impure intercourse, a womb was with the winds resembling water. And an unclean penis was with the demons in accordance with the example of the Darkness, and in the way he rubbed with the womb from the beginning. And after the forms of Nature had been together, they separated from each other. They cast off the power, being astonished about the deceit which had happened to them. They grieved with an eternal grief. They covered themselves with their power.

31 And when I had put them to shame, I arose with my garment in the power and --which is above the beast which is a light, in order that I might make Nature desolate. The mind which had appeared in the Nature of Darkness and which was outside the heart of Darkness, at my wish reigned over the winds and the demons. And I gave him a likeness of fire: light, and attentiveness, and a share of guileless reason. Therefore he was given of the greatness in order to be strong in his power, independent of the power, independent of the light of the Spirit, and intercourse of Darkness, in order that, at the end of time, when Nature will be destroyed, he may rest in the honored place. For he will be found faithful, since he has loathed the unchastity of Nature with the Darkness. The strong power of the mind came into being from the mind and the unbegotten Spirit.

32 But the winds, which are demons from water and fire and darkness and light, had intercourse unto perdition. And through this intercourse the winds received in their womb foam from the penis of the demons. They conceived a power in their vagina. From the breathing, the wombs of the winds girded each other until the times of the birth came. they went down to the water. And the power was delivered, through the breathing which moves the birth, in the midst of the practice. And every form of the birth received shape in it. When the times of the birth were near, all the winds were gathered from the water which is near the earth. They gave birth to all kinds of unchastity. And the place where the wind alone went was permeated with the unchastity. Barren wives came from it and sterile husbands. For just as they are born, so they bear.

33 Because of you, the image of the Spirit appeared in the earth and the water. For you are like the Light. For you possess a share of the winds and the demons, and a mind from the Light of the power of the astonishment. For everything which he brought forth from the womb upon the earth was not a good thing for her, but her groan and her pain, because of the image which appeared in you from the Spirit. For you are exalted in your heart. And it is blessedness, Shem, if a part taken from the soul is given to the mind of the Light. For the soul is a burden of the Darkness, and those who know where the root of the soul came from will be able to grope after Nature also. For the soul is a work of unchastity and an object of scorn to the mind of Light. For I am the one who revealed concerning all that is unbegotten.

34 And in order that the sin of Nature might be filled, I made the womb, which was disturbed, pleasant -- the blind wisdom -- that I might be able to bring it to naught. And at my wish, he plotted with the water of Darkness and also the Darkness, that they might wound every form of your heart. For by the will of the light of the Spirit they surrounded you; they bound you securely. And in order that his mind might become idle, he sent a demon that the content of her wickedned might be proclaimed. And he caused a flood, and he destroyed your race, in order to take the light and to take from Faith. But I proclaimed quickly by the mouth of the demon that a tower come to be up to the [... ] of the light, which was left in the demons and their race -- which was water -- that the demon might be protected from the turbulent chaos. And the womb planned these things according to my will in order that she might pour forth completely. A tower came to be through the demons. The Darkness was disturbed by his loss. He loosened the muscles of the womb. And the demon who was going to enter the tower was protected in order that the races might continue and might acquire coherence through him. For he possesses power from every form.

35 Return henceforth, O Shem, and rejoice greatly over your race and Faith, for without body and necessity it is protected from every body of Darkness, bearing witness to the holy things of the greatness which were revealed to them in their mind by my will. And they shall rest in the unbegotten Spirit without grief. But you, Shem, because of this, you remained in the body outside the cloud of light that you might remain with Faith. And Faith will come to you. Her mind will be taken and given to you with a consciousness of light. And I told you these things for the benefit of your race from the cloud of light. And likewise, what I shall say to you concerning everything, I shall reveal to you completely that you may reveal them to those who will be upon the earth the second time.

36 O Shem, the disturbance which occurred at my wish happened in order that Nature might become empty. For the wrath of the Darkness subsided. O Shem, the Darkness' mouth was shut. No longer does the light which shone for the world appear in it, according to my will. And when Nature had said that its wish was fulfilled, then every form was engulfed by the waters in prideful ignorance. Nature turned her dark vagina and cast from her the power of fire which was in her from the beginning through the practice of the Darkness. It lifted itself up and shone upon the whole world instead of the righteous one. And all her forms sent forth a power like a flame of fire up to Heaven as a help to the corrupted light, which had lifted itself up. For they were members of the chaotic fire. And she did not know that she had harmed herself. When she cast forth the power, the power which she possessed, she cast it forth. And the demon, who is a deceiver, stirred up the womb to every form.

37 And in her ignorance, as if she were doing a great thing, she granted the demons and the winds a star each. For without wind and star nothing happens upon the earth. For every power is filled by them after they were released from the Darkness and the fire and the power and the light. For in the place where their darkness and their fire were mixed with each other, beasts were brought forth. And in the place of the Darkness and the fire, and the power of the mind and the light, where human beings came from, the Spirit, the mind of the Light, my eye, exists not in every man. For before the flood came from the winds and the demons, came to men that as yet the power which is in the tower might be brought forth, and might rest upon the earth.

38 Then Nature, which had been disturbed, wanted to harm the seed which will be upon the earth after the flood. Demons were sent to them, and a deviation of the winds, and a burden of the angels, and a fear of the prophet, a condemnation of speech, that I may teach you, O Shem, from what blindness your race is protected. When I have revealed to you all that has been spoken, then the righteous one will shine upon the world with my garment. And the night and the day will be separated. For I shall hasten down to the world to take the light of that place, the one which Faith possesses. And I shall appear to those who will acquire the mind of the light of the Spirit. For because of them my majesty appeared.

39 When he will have appeared, O Shem, upon the earth, in the place which will be called Sodom, then safeguard the insight which I shall give you. For those whose heart was pure will congregate to you, because of the word which you will reveal. For when you appear in the world, dark Nature will shake against you, together with the winds and a demon, that they may destroy the insight. But you, proclaim quickly to the Sodomites your universal teaching, for they are your members. For the demon of human form will part from that place by my will, since he is ignorant. He will guard this utterance. But the Sodomites, according to the will of the Majesty, will bear witness to the universal testimony. They will rest with a pure conscience in the place of their repose, which is the unbegotten Spirit. And as these things will happen, Sodom will be burned unjustly by a base nature. For the evil will not cease in order that your majesty may reveal that place.

40 Then the demon will depart with Faith. And then he will appear in the four regions of the world. And when Faith appears in the last likeness, then will her appearance become manifest. For the firstborn is the demon who appeared in the union of Nature with many faces, in order that Faith might appear in him. For when he appears in the world, evil passions will arise, and earthquakes, and wars, and famines, and blasphemies. For because of him the whole world will be disturbed. For he will seek the power of Faith and Light; he will not find it. For at that time the demon will also appear upon the river to baptize with an imperfect baptism, and to trouble the world the world with a bondage of water. But it is necessary for me to appear in the members of the mind of Faith to reveal the great things of my power. I shall separate it from the demon who is Soldas. And the light which he possesses from the Spirit I shall mix with my invincible garment, as well as him whom I shall reveal in the darkness for your sake and for the sake of your race, which will be protected from the evil Darkness.

41 Know, O Shem, that without Elorchaios and Amoias, and Strophaias and Chelkeak and Chelkea and Aileou, no one will be able to pass by this wicked region. For this is my testimony, that in it I have been victorious over the wicked region. And I have taken the light of the Spirit from the frightful water. For when the appointed days of the demon -- he who will baptize erringly -- draw near, then I shall appear in the baptism of the demon to reveal with the mouth of Faith a testimony to those who belong to her. I testify of you, Spark the unquenchable, Osei, the elect of the Light, the eye of Heaven, and Faith, the fist and the last, and Sophia, and Saphaia, andSaphaina, and the righteous Spark, and the impure light. And you, east, and west, and north, and south, upper air and lower air, and all the powers and authorities, you are in Nature. And you, Moluchtha and Soch, are from every work and every impure effort of Nature. Then I shall come from the demon down to the water. And whirlpools of water and flames of fire will rise up against me. Then I shall come up from the water, having put on the light of Faith and thw unquenchable fire, in order that through my help the power of the Spirit may cross, she who has been cast in the world by the winds and the demons and the stars. And in them every unchastity will be filled.

42 Finally, O Shem, consider yourself pleasing in the mind of the Light. Do no let your mind have dealings with the fire and the body of Darkness which was an unclean work. These things which I teach you are right.

43 This is the paraphrase: For you did not remember that it is from the firmament that your race has been protected. Elorchaios is the name of the great Light, the place from which I have come, the Word which has no equal. And the likeness is my honored garment. And Derdekeas speaks with the voice of the Spirit. And Strophaia is the blessed glance which is the Spirit. And Chelkeach, who is my garment, who has come from the astonishment, who was in the cloud of the Hymen which appeared, he is a trimorphic cloud. And Chelkea is my garment which has two forms, he who was in the cloud of silence. And Chelke is my garment which was given him from every region; it was given him in a single form from the greatness, he who was in the cloud of the middle region. And the star of the Light which was mentioned is my invincible garment which I wore in Hades; this, the star of the Light, is the mercy which surpasses the mind and the testimony of those who bear witness, and the testimony which has been mentioned, the first and the last, Faith, the mind of the wind of darkness. And Sophaia and Saphaina are in the cloud of those who have been separated from the chaotic fire. And the righteous Spark is the cloud of light which has shone in your midst. For in the cloud of light my garment will go down to chaos.

44 But the impure light, which appeared in the Darkness and which belongs to dark Nature, is a power. And the upper air and the lower air, and the powers and the authorities, the demons and the stars, these possessed a [... ] of fire and a light from the Spirit. And Moluchthas is a wind, for without it nothing is brought forth upon the earth. He has a likeness of a serpent and a unicorn. His protrusions are manifold wings. And the remainder is the womb which has been disturbed. You are blessed, Shem, for your race has been protected from the dark wind which is many-faced. And they will bear witness to the universal testimony and to the impure practice of Faith. And they will become high-minded through the reminder of the Light.

45 O Shem, no one who wears the body will be able to complete these things. But through remembrance he will be able to grasp them, in order that, when his mind separates from the body, then these things may be revealed to him. They have been revealed to your race. O Shem, it is difficult for someone wearing a body to complete these thigns, as I said to you. And it is a small number that will complete them, those who posses the mind of the light of the Spirit. They will keep their mind from the impure practice. For many in the race of Nature will seek the security of the Power. They will not find it, nor will they be able to do the will of Faith. For they are seed of the universal Darkness. And those who find them are in much suffering. The winds and the demons will hate them. And the bondage of the body is severe. For where the winds, and the stars, and the demons cast forth from the power of the Spirit, there repentance and testimony will appear upon them, and mercy will lead them to the unbegotten Spirit. And those who are repentant will find rest in the consummation and Faith, in the place of the Hymen. This is the Faith which will fill the place which has been dug out. But those who do not share in the Spirit of light and in Faith will dissolve in the Darkness, the place where repentance did not come.

46 It is I who opened the eternal gates which were shut from the beginning. To those who long for the best of life, and those who are worthy of the repose, he revealed them. I granted perception to those who perceive. I disclosed to them all the thoughts and teachings of the righteous ones. And I did not become their enemy at all. But when I had endured the wrath of the world, I was victorious. There was not one of them who knew me. The gates of fire and endless smoke opened against me. All the winds rose up against me. The thunderings and the lightning-flashes for a time will rise up against me. And they will bring their wrath upon me. And on account of me, according to the flesh, they will rule over them according to kind.

47 And many who wear erring flesh will go down to the harmful waters through the winds and the demons. And they are bound by the water. And he will heal with a futile remedy. He will lead astray, and he will bind the world. And it will not be granted them, when Faith disturbs them in order to take to herself the righteous one.

48 O Shem, it is necessary that the mind be called by the word in order that the bondage of the power of the Spirit may be saved from the frightful water. And it is blessedness if it is granted someone to contemplate the exalted one, and to know the exalted time and the bondage. For the water is an insignificant body. And men are not released since they are bound in the water, just as from the beginning the light of the Spirit was bound.

49 O Shem, they are deceived by manifold demons, thinking that through baptism with the uncleanness of water, that which is dark, feeble, idle, and disturbing, he will take away the sins. And they do not know that from the water to the water there is bondage, error, unchastity, envy, murder, adultery, false witness, heresies, robberies, lusts, babblings, wrath, and bitterness. Therefore, there are many deaths which burden their minds. For I foretell it to those who have a heart. They will refrain from the impure baptism. And those who take heart from the light of the Spirit will not have dealings with the impure practice. And their heart will not expire, nor will they curse nor will they be given honor. Where the curse is, there is the deficiency. And the blindness is where the honor is. For if they mix with the evil ones, they become empty in the dark water. For where the water has been mentioned, there is Nature, and the oath, and the lie, and the loss. For only in the unbegotten Spirit, where the exalted Light rested, has the water not been mentioned, nor can it be mentioned.

50 For this is my appearance: for when I have completed the times which are assigned to me upon the earth, then I will cast from me my garment of fire. And my unequalled garment will come forth upon me, and also all my garments which I put on in all the clouds which were the astonishment of the Spirit. For the air will tear my garment. For my garment will shine, and it will divide all the clouds up to the root of the Light. The repose is the mind and my garment. And my remaining garments, those on the left and those on the right, will shine on the back in order that the image of the Light may appear. For my garments which I put on in the three clouds, in the last day they will rest in their root, i. e., in the unbegotten Spirit, since they are without fault, through the division of the clouds.

51 Therefore I have appeared, being faultless, on account of the clouds, because they are unequal, in order that the wickedness of Nature might be ended. For she wished at that time to snare me. She was about to establish Soldas who is the dark flame, who attended on the [... ] of error, that he might snare me. She took care of her faith, being vain-glorious.

52 And at that time the light was about to separate from the Darkness, and a voice was heard in the world, saying, " Blessed is the eye which has seen you, and the mind which has supported your majesty at my desire. " It will be said by the exalted one, " Blessed is Rebouel among every race of men, for it is you alone who have seen. " And she will listen. And they will behead the woman who has the perception, whom you will reveal upon the earth. And according to my will, she will bear witness, and she will cease from every vain effort of Nature and Chaos. For the woman whom they will behead at that time is the coherence of the power of the demon who will baptize the seed of darkness in severity, that the seed may mix with unchastity. He begot a woman. She was called Rebouel.

53 See, O Shem, how all the things I have said to you have been fulfilled. And the things which you lack, according to my will, will appear to you at that place upon the earth, that you may reveal them as they are. Do not let your mind have dealings with the body. For I have said these things to you, through the voice of the fire, for I entered through the midst of the clouds. And I spoke according to the language of each one. This is my language which I spoke to you. And it will be taken from you. And you will speak with the voice of the world upon the earth. And it will appear to you with that appearance and voice, and all that I have said to you. Henceforth proceed with Faith to shine in the depths of the world.

54 And I, Shem, awoke as if from a long sleep. I marveled when I received the power of the Light and his whole mind. And I proceeded with Faith to shine with me. And the righteous one followed us with my invincible garment. And all that he had told me would happen upon the earth happened. Nature was handed over to Faith, that Faith might overturn her and that Nature might stand in the Darkness. These things completed her deeds.

55 Then I rejoiced in the mind of the Light. I came forth from the Darkness and I walked in Faith where the forms of Nature are, up to the top of the earth, to the things which are prepared. your Faith is upon the earth the whole day. For all night and day she surrounds Nature to take to herself the righteous one. For Nature is burdened, and she is troubled. For none will be bale to open the forms of the door except the mind alone who was entrusted with their likeness. For frightful is their likeness of the two forms of Nature, the one which is blind.

56 But they who have a free conscience remove themselves from the babbling of Nature. For they will bear witness to the universal testimony; they will strip off the burden of Darkness; they will put on the Word of the Light; and they will not be kept back in the insignificant place. And what they possess from the power of the mind they will give to Faith. They will be accepted without grief. And the chaotic fire which they possess they will place in the middle region of Nature. And they will take to themselves, through my garments, these things which are in the clouds. It is they who guide their members. They will rest in the Spirit without suffering. And because of this, the appointed term of Faith appeared upon the earth for a short time, until the Darkness is taken away from her, and her testimony is revealed which was revealed by me. They, who will prove to be from her root, will strip off the Darkness and the chaotic fire. They will put on the light of the mind and they will bear witness. For all that I have said must happen.

57 After I cease to be upon the earth and withdraw up to my rest, a great, evil error will come upon the world, and many evils in accordance with the number of the forms of Nature. Evil times will come. And when the era of Nature is approaching destruction, darkness will come upon the earth. The number will be small. And a demon will come up from the power who has a likeness of fire. He will divide the heaven, and he will rest in the depth of the east. For the whole world will quake. And the deceived world will be thrown into confusion. Many places will be flooded because of envy of the winds and the demons who have a name which is senseless: Phorbea, Chloerga. They are the ones who govern the world with their teaching. And they lead astray many hearts because of their disorder and their unchastity. Many places will be sprinkled with blood. And five races by themselves will eat their sons. But the regions of the south will receive the Word of the Light. But they who are from the error of the world and from the east will not. A demon will come forth from the belly of the serpent. He was in hiding in a desolate place. He will perform many wonders. Many will loathe him. A wind will come forth from his mouth with a female likeness. Her name will be called Abalphe. He will reign over the world from the east to the west.

58 Then Nature will have a final opportunity. And the stars will cease from the sky. The mouth of error will be opened in order that the evil Darkness may become idle and silent. And in the last days the forms of Nature will be destroyed with the winds and all their demons; they will become a dark lump, just as they were from the beginning. And the sweet waters which were burdened by the demons will perish. For where the power of the Spirit has gone there are my sweet waters. The other works of Nature will not be manifest. They will mix with the infinite waters of darkness. And all her forms will cease from the middle region.

59 I, Shem, have completed these things. And my mind began to separate from the body of darkness. My time was completed. And my mind put on the immortal memorial. And I said, I agree with your memorial which you have revealed to me, Elorchaios. And you, Amoiaiai, and you, Sederkeas, and your guilelessness, Strophaias, and you, Chelkeak, and you, Chelkea, and Chelke and Elaie, you are the immortal memorial. I testify to you, Spark, the unquenchable one, who is an eye of Heaven and a voice of Light, and Sophaia, and Saphaia, and Saphaina, and the righteous Spark, and Faith, the first and the last, and the upper air and lower air, and you, Chelkeak, Chelke, and Elai. You are the immortal memorial. I testify to you, Spark, the unquenchable one, who is an eye of Heaven and a voice of Light, and Sophaia, and Saphaia, and Saphaina, and the righteous Spark, and Faith, the first and the last, and the upper air and the lower air, and all the powers and the authorities that are in the world. And you, impure light, and you also, east, and west, and south, and north; you are the zones of the inhabited world. And you also, Moluchtha and Essoch, you are the root of evil and every work and impure effort of Nature.

60 These are the things which I completed while bearing witness. I am Shem. on the day that I was to come forth from the body, when my mind remained in the body, I awoke as if from a long sleep. And when I arose as it were from the burden of my body, I said, " Just as Nature became old, so is it also in the day of mankind. Blessed are they who knew, when they slept, in what power their mind rested. "

61 And when the Pleiades separated, I saw clouds, which I shall pass by. For the cloud of the Spirit is like a pure beryl. And the cloud of the hymen is like a shining emerald. And the cloud of silence is loke a flourishing amaranth. And the cloud of the middle region is like a pure jacinth. And when the righteous one appeared in Nature, then -- when Nature was angry -- she felt hurt, and she granted to Morphaia to visit Heaven. The righteous one visits during twelve periods that he may visit them during one period, in order that his time may be completed quickly, and Nature may become idle.

62 Blessed are they who guard themselves against the heritage of death, which is the burdensome water of darkness. For it will not be possible to conquer them in a few moments, since they hasten to come forth from the error of the world. And if they are conquered, they will be kept back from them and be tormented in the darkness until the time of consummation. When the consummation has come and Nature has been destroyed, then their minds will separate from the Darkness. Nature has burdened them for a short time. And they will be in the ineffable light of the unbegotten Spirit without a form. And thus is the mind as I have said from the first.

63 Henceforth, O Shem, go in grace and continue in faith upon the earth. For every power of light and fire will be completed by me because of you. For without you they will not be revealed until you speak to them openly. When you cease to be upon the earth, they will be given to the worthy ones. And apart from this proclamation, let them speak about you upon the earth, since they will take the carefree and agreeable land.


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