Gospel of Thomas: Leaven - Jar
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Patterson and Meyer translation:
Jesus [said], "One who seeks will find, and for [one who knocks] it will be opened."
[Jesus said], "If you have money, don't lend it at interest. Rather, give [it] to someone from whom you won't get it back."
Jesus [said], "The Father's kingdom is like [a] woman. She took a little leaven, [hid] it in dough, and made it into large loaves of bread. Anyone here with two ears had better listen!"
Jesus said, "The [Father's] kingdom is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind her [along] the road. She didn't know it; she hadn't noticed a problem. When she reached her house, she put the jar down and discovered that it was empty."
Jesus said, "The Father's kingdom is like a person who wanted to kill someone powerful. While still at home he drew his sword and thrust it into the wall to find out whether his hand would go in. Then he killed the powerful one."
Jesus said, "He who seeks will find, and he who knocks will be let in."
Jesus said, "If you have money, do not lend it at interest, but give it to one from whom you will not get it back."
Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman. She took a little leaven, concealed it in some dough, and made it into large loaves. Let him who has ears hear."
Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a certain woman who was carrying a jar full of meal. While she was walking on the road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out behind her on the road. She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty."
Jesus said, "The kingdom of the father is like a certain man who wanted to kill a powerful man. In his own house he drew his sword and stuck it into the wall in order to find out whether his hand could carry through. Then he slew the powerful man."
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Source: Gospel of Thomas 94-98.
MLLL-2003. World Literature: Frametales. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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