This is the discourse that James the just spoke in Jerusalem, which Mareim, one of the priests
wrote. He had told it to Theuda, the father of the Just One, since he was a relative of his. He
said, "Hasten, Come with Mary, your wife and your relatives [...] therefore [...] of this [...] to
[him, he will] understand. For behold, a multitude are disturbed over his [...], and they are greatly
angry [at him....] and they pray [...]. For [he would] often say these words and others also." "He
used to speak these words while the multitude of people were seated. But (on this occasion) he
entered and did sit down in the place, as was his custom. Rather he sat above the fifth flight
of the steps, [which] is (highly) esteemed, while all our people. [...] the words [...]." "[...]. I am
he who received revelation from the Pleroma (of) Imperishability. (I am) he who was first
summoned by him who is great, and who obeyed the [Lord] - he who passed [through] the
[worlds...] he who [...he who] stripped [himself and] went about naked, he who was found in a
perishable (state), though he was about to be brought up into imperishability. - This Lord who is
present [came] as a son who sees, and as a brother [was he sought]. He will come to [...]
produced him because [...] and he unites [...] make him free [...] in [...] he who came [to...].
"Now again am I rich in knowledge [and] I have a unique [understanding], which was produced
only from above and the [...] comes from a [...]. I am the [...] whom I knew. That which was
revealed to me was hidden from everyone and shall only be revealed through him. These two
who see I (and) they have already proclaimed through these [words]: "He shall be judged
with the [unrighteous]". He who lived [without] blasphemy died by means of [blasphemy]. He
who was cast out they [...]. """ [...the] flesh [and] it is by knowledge that I shall come forth from
the [flesh]. I am surely dying, but it is in life that I shall come forth [in...] judge [...I do] not bring
blame against the servants of his [...]. I hasten to make them free and want to take them above
him who wants to rule over them. If they are helped, I am the brother in secret , who prayed to
the Father [until he...] in [...] reign [...imperishability ...] first in [...].
Behold, I speak in order that I may come forth. Pay attention in order that you may
see me! "If I I have come into existence, who then am I? For I did come as I am,
nor would I have appeared as I am. For I used to exist for a brief period of time [. . .]."
"'Once when I was sitting Ideliberating, [he] opened [the] door. That one whom you hated and
persecuted came in to me. He said to me, "Hail, my brother; my brother, hail." As I raised my
[face] to stare at him, (my) mother said to me, "Do not be frightened, my son, because he saicl
'My brother' to you , For you (pl.) were nourished with this same milk. Because of this he calls me
"My mother". For he is not a stranger to us. He is your [step-brother...]." "'"[. . .] these words [.
. .] great [. . .] I shall [find] them, and [they shall come] I forth. [However], I am the stranger,
and they have no knowledge of me in [their] thoughts, for they know me in [this place]. But it
was fitting that others know through you. "'" the one to whom I say: Hear and
understand - for a multitude, when they hear, will be slow witted. But you, understand as I shall
be able to tell you. Your father isnot my father. But my father has become a father to [you].
"This virgin about whom you hear - this is how; . . . [...] virgin [...] namely, the virgin. I [...],
how [...] to me for [ ...] to know not as [. . .] whom I [. . .]. For this one (masc.) [ . . .] to him,
I and this also is profitable for you. Your father, whom you consider to be [rich], shall grant that
you inherit all these (things) that you see. ''''I proclaim to you to tell you these (words) that I
shall speak. When you hear, therefore, open your ears and understand and walk (accordingly)!
It is because of you that they pass by, activated by that one who is glorious. And if they want to
make a disturbance and (seize) possession [...] he began [. . .] not, nor those who are [coming],
who were sent forth [by] him to make this present [creation]. Atter [these things, when he] is
ashamed, he shall be disturbed that his labor, which is far [from] the aeons, is nothing. And his
inheritance , which he boasted to be great, shall appear small. And his gifts are not blessings.
His promises are evil schemes. For you are not an (instrument) of his compassion, but it is
through you that he does violence. He wants to do injustice to us, and Wilj exercise dominion for
a time allotted to him. "'"But I understand and know the Father who has compassion. He was
not given an inheritance that was unlimited, [nor] does (his inheritance) [have] a (limited)number
of days, but it is as [the] eternal [day . . . ] " it is [. . .] perceive [. . .]. And he used [. ..] For in
fact he is not one (come) from [them], (and) because of this he [is despised]. Because of this he
[boasts], so that he may not be reproved. For because of this he is superior to those who are
below, for those who are below, those by whom you were looked down upon. After he
imprisioned those from the Father, he seized them and fashioned them to resemble himself. And it
is with him that they exist. "I saw from the height those (things) that happened, and I have
explained how they happened. They^ were visited while they were in another form, while I was
watching, [they] came to know as I am through those whom I know. '''''Now before
those (things) [have happened] they will make a [...]. I know [how] they attempted [to come]
down to this place [that] he might approach [ . . . ] the small children, [but, I] wish to reveal
through you and the [spirit of power], in order that he might reveal [to those] who are yours.
and those who wish to enter, and who seek to walk in the way that is before the door, open the
good do or through you. And they i follow you; they enter [and you] escort them inside, and
give a reward to each one who is ready for it.
"'[Renounce] this difficult way, which is (so) variable, I [and] walk in
accordance with him who desires [that] you become free men [with] me, after you have passed
above every [dominion]. For he will not [Judge] (you) for those (things) that you did, but will
have mercy on you. For (it is) not you that did them, but it is [your] Lord (that did them). [He
was not] a wrathful one, but he was a kind Father. "But you have judged [yourselves], and
because of this you will remain in their fetters. You have oppressed yourselves, and you will
repent, (but) you will not profit at all. Behold him who speaks and seek him who is silent. Know
him who came to this place, and understand him who went forth (from it). I am the Just One,
and I do (not) judge. I am not a master, then, but I am a helper. He was cast out before he
stretched out his hand. I [. . .]. '''[...] and he allows me to hear. and play your trumpets, your
flutes and your harps [of this house]. The Lord has taken you captive from the Lord, having
closed your ears, that they may not hear the sound of my word. Yet you [will be able to pay]
heed in your hearts, [and] you will call me "the just one." Therefore, I tell you: Behold, I gave
you your house, which you say that God has made, - that (house) in which he promised to give
you an inheritance throught it. This (house) I shall doom to destruction and derision of those
who are in ignorance. For behold, those who judge deliberarately [...] "[On] that day all the
[people] and the crowd were disturbed, and they showed that they had not been persuaded. And
he arose and went forth speaking in this imanner]. And he entered (again) on the same day and
spoke a few hours. And I was with the priests and revealed nothing1 of the relationship, since all
of them were sayin with one voice, 'come, let us stone the just one.' and they arose saying,
'Yes, let i us kill this man, that he may be taken from our midst. For he will be of no use to us.'
'And they were there and found him standing beside the columns of the temple beside the mighty
corner stone . And they decided to throw him down from the height, and they cast him down.
And they [...] they [...]. They seized him and [struck] him as they dragged him upon the ground.
They stretched him out, and placed a stone on his abdomen. They all placed their feet on him,
saying ' You have erred ! ' "Again they raised him up, since he was alive, and made him dig a hole.
They made him stand in it. After having covered him up his abdomen, they stoned him in this
manner. "And he stretched out his hands and said this prayer - not that (one) which it is his
custom to say:
selection made from
James M.Robinson(ed): The Nag Hammadi Library, revised edition. HarperCollins, San
Fransisco 1990.ISBN 0-06066935-7.