Gospel of Thomas: Pearl
Reading time: 2 minutes. Word count: 400 words.
Patterson and Meyer translation:
Jesus said, "The crop is huge but the workers are few, so beg the harvest boss to dispatch workers to the fields."
He said, "Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the well."
Jesus said, "There are many standing at the door, but those who are alone will enter the bridal suite."
Jesus said, "The Father's kingdom is like a merchant who had a supply of merchandise and found a pearl. That merchant was prudent; he sold the merchandise and bought the single pearl for himself. So also with you, seek his treasure that is unfailing, that is enduring, where no moth comes to eat and no worm destroys."
Jesus said, "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."
Jesus said, "The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Beseech the Lord, therefore, to send out laborers to the harvest."
He said, "O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern."
Jesus said, "Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary who will enter the bridal chamber."
Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a merchant who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl. That merchant was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys."
Jesus said, "It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."
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Source: Gospel of Thomas 73-78.
MLLL-2003. World Literature: Frametales. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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