It is the Lord who spoke with me: "See now the completion of my redemption. I have
given you a sign of these things, James, my brother. For not without reason have I
called you my brother, although you are not my brother materially. And I am not ignorant
concerning you; so that when I give you a sign - know and hear."
"Nothing existed except Him-who-is. He is unnameable and ineffable. I myself am also
unnameable, from Him-who-is, just as I have been given a number of names - two from
Him-who-is. And I, I am before you. Since you have asked concerning femaleness,
femaleness existed, but femaleness was not first. And it prepared for itself powers and
gods. But it did not exist when I came forth, since I am an image of Him-who-is. But I have
brought forth the image of him so that the sons of Him-who-is might know what things are
theirs and what things are alien (to them). Behold, I shall reveal to you everything of this
mystery. For they will seize me the day after tomorrow. But my redemption will be near."
James said, "Rabbi, you have said, 'they will seize me.' But I, what can I do?" He said to
me, "Fear not, James. You too will they seize. But leave Jerusalem. For it is she who
always gives the cup of bitterness to the sons of light. She is a dwelling place of a great
number of archons. But your redemption will be preserved from them. So that you may
understand who they are and what kinds they are, you will [...]. And listen. They are not
[...] but archons [...]. These twelve [...] down [...] archons [...] upon his own hebdomad."
James said, "Rabbi, are there then twelve hebdomads and not seven as there are in the
scriptures?" The Lord said, "James, he who spoke concerning this scripture had a limited
understanding. I, however, shall reveal to you what has come forth from him who has no
number. I shall give a sign concerning their number. As for what has come forth from him
who has no measure, I shall give a sign concerning their measure"
James said, "Rabbi, behold then, I have received their number. There are seventy-two
measures!" The Lord said, "These are the seventy-two heavens, which are their
subordinates. These are the powers of all their might; and they were established by
them; and these are they who were distributed everywhere, existing under the authority
of the twelve archons. The inferior power among them brought forth for itself angels and
unnumbered hosts. Him-who-is, however, has been given [...] on account of [...]
Him-who-is [...] they are unnumbered. If you want to give them a number now, you will not
be able to do so until you cast away from your blind thought, this bond of flesh which
encircles you. And then you will reach Him-who-is. And you will no longer be James;
rather you are the One-who-is. And all those who are unnumbered will all have been
<James said,>, "Rabbi, in what way shall I reach Him-who-is, since all these
powers and these hosts are armed against me?" He said to me, "These powers are not
armed against you specifically, but are armed against another. It is against me that they
are armed. And they are armed with other powers. But they are armed against me in
judgment. They did not give [...] to me in it [...] through them [...]. In this place [...]
suffering, I shall [...]. He will [...] and I shall not rebuke them. But there shall be within me
a silence and a hidden mystery. But I am fainthearted before their anger."
James said, "Rabbi, if they arm themselves against you, then is there no blame?"
But I was concerned because of you.
- You have come with knowledge,
- that you might rebuke their forgetfulness.
- You have come with recollection,
- that you might rebuke their ignorance.
And I was not like them, but I clothed myself with everything of theirs.
- For you descended into a great ignorance,
- but you have not been defiled by anything in it.
- For you descended into a great mindlessness,
- and your recollection remained.
- You walked in mud,
- and your garments were not soiled,
- and you have not been buried in their filth,
- and you have not been caught.
[...] knowledge [...] not in their sufferings [...]. But I have become afraid before them,
since they rule. For what will they do? What will I be able to say? Or what word will I be
able to say that I may escape them?"
- There is in me forgetfulness,
- yet I remember things that are not theirs.
- There is in me [....],
- and I am in their [...].
The Lord said, "James, I praise your understanding and your fear. If you continue to be
distressed, do not be concerned for anything else except your redemption. For behold, I
shall complete this destiny upon this earth as I have said from the heavens. And I shall
reveal to you your redemption."
James said, "Rabbi, how, after these things, will you appear to us again? After they
seize you, and you complete this destiny, you will go up to Him-who-is." The Lord said,
"James, after these things I shall reveal to you everything, not for your sake alone but for
the sake of the unbelief of men, so that faith may exist in them. For a multitude will attain
to faith and they will increase in [...]. And after this I shall appear for a reproof to the
archons. And I shall reveal to them that he cannot be seized. If they seize him, then he
will overpower each of them. But now I shall go. Remember the things I have spoken and
let them go up before you." James said,"Lord, I shall hasten as you have said." The Lord
said farewell to him and fulfilled what was fitting.
When James heard of his suffering and was much distressed, they awaited the sign of
his coming. And he came after several days. And James was walking upon the mountain
which is called "Gaugelan", with his disciples, who listened to him because they had
been distressed, and he was [...] a comforter, saying, "This is [...] second [...]" Then
the crowd dispersed, but James remained [...] prayer [...], as was his custom.
And the Lord appeared to him. Then he stopped (his) prayer and embraced him. He
kissed him, saying, "Rabbi, I have found you! I have heard of your sufferings, which you
endured. And I have been much distressed. My compassion you know. Therefore, on
reflection, I was wishing that I would not see this people. They must be judged for these
things that they have done. For these things that they have done are contrary to what is
The Lord said, "James, do not be concerned for me or for this people. I am he who was
within me. Never have I suffered in any way, nor have I been distressed. And this people
has done me no harm. But this (people) existed as a type of the archons, and it deserved
to be destroyed through them. But [...] the archons, [...] who has [...] but since it [...] angry
with [...] The just [...] is his servant. Therefore your name is "James the Just". You see
how you will become sober when you see me. And you stopped this prayer. Now since
you are a just man of God, you have embraced me and kissed me. Truly I say to you that
you have stirred up great anger and wrath against yourself. But (this has happened) so
that these others might come to be."
But James was timid (and) wept. And he was very distressed. And they both sat down
upon a rock. The Lord said to him, "James, thus you will undergo these sufferings. But
do not be sad. For the flesh is weak. It will receive what has been ordained for it. But as
for you, do not be timid or afraid". The Lord ceased.
Now when James heard these things, he wiped away the tears in his eyes and very bitter
[...] which is [...]. The Lord said to him, "James, behold, I shall reveal to you your
redemption. When you are seized, and you undergo these sufferings, a multitude will arm
themselves against you that <they> may seize you. And in particular three of them
will seize you - they who sit (there) as toll collectors. Not only do they demand toll, but
they also take away souls by theft. When you come into their power, one of them who is
their guard will say to you, 'Who are you or where are you from?' You are to say to him,
'I am a son, and I am from the Father.' He will say to you, 'What sort of son are you, and
to what father do you belong?' You are to say to him, 'I am from the Pre-existent Father,
and a son in the Pre-existent One.' When he says to you, [...], you are to say to him [...] in
the [...] that I might [...]."
'[...] of alien things?' You are to say to him, 'They are not entirely alien, but they are from
Achamoth, who is the female. And these she produced as she brought down the race
from the Pre-existent One. So then they are not alien, but they are ours. They are indeed
ours because she who is mistress of them is from the Pre-existent One. At the same
time they are alien because the Pre-existent One did not have intercourse with her, when
she produced them.' When he also says to you, 'Where will you go?', you are to say to
him, 'To the place from which I have come, there shall I return.' And if you say these
things, you will escape their attacks.
"But when you come to these three detainers who take away souls by theft in that place
[...] these. You [...] a vessel [...] much more than [...] of the one whom you [...] for [...] her
root. You too will be sober [...]. But I shall call upon the imperishable knowledge, which
is Sophia who is in the Father (and) who is the mother of Achamoth. Achamoth had no
father nor male consort, but she is female from a female. She produced you without a
male, since she was alone (and) in ignorance as to what lives through her mother
because she thought that she alone existed. But I shall cry out to her mother. And then
they will fall into confusion (and) will blame their root and the race of their mother. But you
will go up to what is yours [...] you will [...] the Pre-existent One."
"They are a type of the twelve disciples and the twelve pairs, [...] Achamoth, which is
translated 'Sophia'. And who I myself am, (and) who the imperishable Sophia (is) through
whom you will be redeemed, and (who are) all the sons of Him-who-is - these things they
have known and have hidden within them. You are to hide <these things> within you,
and you are to keep silence. But you are to reveal them to Addai. When you depart,
immediately war will be made with this land. Weep, then, for him who dwells in
Jerusalem. But let Addai take these things to heart. In the tenth year let Addai sit and
write them down. And when he writes them down [...] and they are to give them [...] he has
the [...] he is called Levi. Then he is to bring [...] word [...] from what I said earlier [...] a
woman [...] Jerusalem in her [...] and he begets two sons through her. They are to inherit
these things and the understanding of him who [...] exalts. And they are to receive [...]
through him from his intellect. Now, the younger of them is greater. And may these things
remain hidden in him until he comes to the age of seventeen years [...] beginning [...]
through them. They will pursue him exceedingly, since they are from his [...]
companions. He will be proclaimed through them, and they will proclaim this word. Then
he will become a seed of [...]."
James said, "I am satisfied [...] and they are [...] my soul. Yet another thing I ask of you:
who are the seven women who have been your disciples? And behold all women bless
you. I also am amazed how powerless vessels have become strong by a perception
which is in them." The Lord said, "You [...] well [...] a spirit of [...], a spirit of thought, a
spirit of counsel of a [...], a spirit [...] a spirit of knowledge [...] of their fear. [...] when we
had passed through the breath of this archon who is named Adonaios [...] him and [...] he
was ignorant [...] when I came forth from him, he remembered that I am a son of his. He
was gracious to me at that time as his son. And then, before <I> appeared here,
<he> cast them among this people. And from the place of heaven the prophets [...]."
James said, "Rabbi, [...] I [...] all together [...] in them especially [...]." The Lord said,
"James, I praise you [...] walk upon the earth [...] the words while he [...] on the [...]. For
cast away from you the cup which is bitterness. For some from [...] set themselves
against you. For you have begun to understand their roots from beginning to end. Cast
away from yourself all lawlessness. And beware lest they envy you. When you speak
these words of this perception, encourage these four: Salome and Mariam and Martha
and Arsinoe [...] since he takes some [...] to me he is [...] burnt offerings and [...]. But I
[...] not in this way; but [...] first-fruits of the [...] upward [...] so that the power of God might
appear. The perishable has gone up to the imperishable and the female element has
attained to this male element."
James said, "Rabbi, into these three (things), then, has their [...] been cast. For they have
been reviled, and they have been persecuted [...]. Behold [...] everything [...] from
anyone [...]. For you have received [...] of knowledge. And [...] that what is the [...] go [...]
you will find [...]. But I shall go forth and shall reveal that they believed in you, that they
may be content with their blessing and salvation, and this revelation may come to pass."
And he went at that time immediately and rebuked the twelve and cast out of them
contentment concerning the way of knowledge [...].
[...]. And the majority of them [...] when they saw, the messenger took in [...]. The others
[...] said, "[...] him from this earth. For he is not worthy of life." These, then, were afraid.
They arose, saying, "We have no part in this blood, for a just man will perish through
injustice" James departed so that [...] look [...] for we [...] him.