Marsanes: NHC X,1: 1,10-68,18


NHC X,1: 1,10-68,18
MARSANES 

I. Exordium on the Steadfastness and Confidence of the Recipients of the Revelation

1 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [material ...] 11 and a [power]. They 12 found him (the supreme Father?) with a pure heart 13 without their being afflicted by 14 evils. Those who have received 15 you (pl.) will be given a 16 choice reward for 17 their endurance, and [they will] 18 endure [the] 19 evils.
[But] let none 20 of us be distressed [and] 21 think [in] his 22 heart that the supreme 23 Father [is aloof], 24 for he looks upon the All [and] 25 takes care of them all. 26 And [he] has shown them 27 his [command] 28 since it is they who speak [...] 2 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [the things I said] at first. 12 

II. Marsanes' Vision of the Nature, Structure, and Deployment of the Entirety

A. The Thirteen Seals

But as for the thirteenth 13 seal, I have confirmed it 14 together with [the] limit of 15 knowledge and the certainty 16 of rest. 

1. Seals 1-3 The Corporeal: the Worldly and Material Levels

The first 17 [and the] second and the 18 [third] are for the worldly 19 and the material. I have 20 [informed] you concerning these, that you should 21 [guard] your bodies. And 22 a sense-perceptible [power] 23 will [hide] those who will rest, 24 and they will be kept 25 [from the] passion(s) and division 26 [of the] (incarnational) union. 

2. Seals 4-5 The Incorporeal: the Sojourn (Seal 4) and Repentance (Seal 5)

The fourth (the Sojourn) 27 [and the] fifth (the Repentance) which is above (it, i.e., the Sojourn), 28 [are the ones] you have come to know 29 [as divine]. 30 [The fourth, concerning that which] 3 1 exists after (i.e., above) the [somatic type] 2 and nature, 3 that is, that which [is divided in] 4 three. And you [were] 5 [informed] about [these and that which is] 6 in three [dimensions] 7 by these [two (the fourth & fifth?)]. 8 You [were informed that it] 9 is incorporeal 10 [...] 11 and after [...] 12 within [...] 13 every [...] which [... and] 14 the things within them. 

3. Seal 5 The Repentance

The [fifth,] 15 [concerning the] repentance [of] 16 those that are within me and 17 {concerning those} who sojourn in that place (the fourth?). 18 

4. Seal 6 The Self-generated Ones

But the sixth, 19 concerning the self-generated ones, 20 concerning the incorporeal being 21 that exists individually (cf. the perfect individuals), 22 together with those who abide in 23 the truth of the All [in regard to] 24 understanding and 25 assurance (or: stability). 

5. Seal 7 The Autogenes

And the [seventh,] 26 concerning the self-begotten power 27 which [is the] 28 Third [perfect Mind, 29 [the second (after Barbelo) who extended to] 4 1 [the] fourth (the Sojourn) for salvation 2 [through] Wisdom. 

6. Seal 8 The Protophanes

And the eighth, 3 concerning the mind which is 4 [male, which] appeared 5 [in the beginning (i.e., "Protophanes")], as well as the substance 6 [which is incorporeal] and the 7 [intelligible] world. 

7. Seal 9 The Kalyptos

The ninth, 8 [concerning the head] of the power 9 [that] appeared [in the] 10 [beginning. 

8. Seal 10 The Aeon of Barbelo

The] tenth, [concerning] 11 [Barbelo, the] virgin 12 [who is male], that is, the Aeon.13 

9. Seals 11-12 The Triple Powered One and the Invisible Spirit

[The eleventh] and [the] 14 [twelfth] speak of the 15 Invisible One who possesses 16 three powers 17 and the insubstantial Spirit 18 who belongs to 19 the first unbegotten one (fem., i.e., first unbegotten power of the Triple Powered One, which is the Invisible Spirit). 

10. Seal 13 The Unknown Silent One

The 20 thirteenth speaks concerning 21 [the] Silent One who was not 22 [known], even the foundation (katarchê = ) of 23 the indiscriminables. 24 

B. Marsanes' Insight into the Nature of Incorporeal and Corporeal Reality

For it is I who have 25 [contemplated] that which truly exists. 26 [Whether] individually or 27 [as a whole], by difference 28 [I knew] that they [pre]-exist 29 [in the] entire place (i. e., the aeonic realm) that is 5 1 eternal: all those that have come into 2 existence whether without substance 3 or with substance, those who are 4 unbegotten, and the divine aeons 5 together with the angels and the 6 souls without guile 7 and the soul-[garments], 8 the images of [the] 9 simple ones (souls?). And [afterwards they] 10 were mixed with [those that were distinct from] 11 them (i.e., their bodies?). But [even the] 12 entire [perceptible] substance 13 still resembles the [intelligible substance] 14 as well as the insubstantial. [I have known] 15 the entire corruption [of the former (the perceptible realm)] 16 as well as the immortality of 17 the latter (fem., i.e., the intelligible and insubstantial).
    I have discriminated 18 and have attained the boundary of the sense-perceptible 19 world (and) 20 the entire realm 21 of the incorporeal essence. And 22 the intelligible world knew 23 by discrimination 24 that in every respect the sense-perceptible 25 world is [worthy] 26 of being preserved entire, [for] 27 I have not ceased speaking [of the] 28 Autogenes, [lest] 29 [anyone] be [ignorant] 6 1 in turn of the entire place (i.e., the aeonic realm).

C. The Saving Descent of Autogenes

He (Autogenes) descended, again he descended 3 from the Unbegotten One 4 who is insubstantial, who 5 is the Spirit. The one (Autogenes??) who exists 6 before all of them (the realms below the Barbelo Aeon) extends 7 [to the divine] self-generated ones. 8 The one who is 9 [substantial (Autogenes)] examines 10 [the all (the Barbelo Aeon)] and is 11 [the all and] resembles 12 [the all]. And from 13 [the single one] they [are] divided, 14 [so that] I experienced 15 many things, it being manifest 16 that he saved a multitude. 17 

D. The Deployment of the Barbelo Aeon from the Triple Powered One

1. Marsanes inquires about the Aeonic Realm of the Triple Powered One

But beyond all of these, 18 I am seeking the kingdom 19 of the Triple Powered One, 20 which has no beginning. Whence 21 did he appear and 22 act to fill the 23 the entire place (i. e., the aeonic realm) with his power? And 24 in what way did the unbegotten ones 25 come into existence without being begotten? And 26 what are [the] differences among the [aeons]? 27 [And] as for those who are unbegotten, 28 how many [are they]? And in what respect 29 [do they differ] from each other? 

2. The Triple Powered One actualizes the Silence of the Unknown Silent One

7 1 When I had inquired about these things 2 I perceived that he (the Triple Powered One) acted 3 from silence. He exists 4 prior to those that 5 truly exist, that belong to the realm of Being. 6 He (the Triple Powered One) is a pre-existent otherness 7 belonging to the one (the Invisible Spirit) that 8 actualizes the Silent One. 9 And the silence of [that (the Triple Powered One) which follows] 10 him (the Invisible Spirit) acts. For [so] 11 [long as] the latter (the Spirit) [acts], 12 the former (the Triple Powered One) [acts also]. 13 The [silence which belongs to the Un-] 14 begotten One (the Invisible Spirit) is among [the aeons, and from] 15 the beginning he is in-[substantial]. 16 But the activity of 17 that One (the Invisible Spirit) <is> the Triple Powered One. 18 The Unbegotten One (the Invisible Spirit) is prior to 19 the Aeon, since he is in-[substantial]. 20
And as for the summit of the 21 silence of the Silent One, 22 it is possible <for> the summit (i.e., the Invisible Spirit) 23 of the energy of the Triple 24 Powered One to behold it. And the One (the Unknown Silent One) who 25 exists, who is silent, [who is] 26 beyond [insubstantiality], 27 manifested [the Triple] 28 [Powered, First-] 29 Perfect One. 

3. The Self-manifestation of the Triple Powered One

[When he appeared] 8 1 to the powers, they rejoiced. 2 Those that are within me were completed 3 together with all the 4 rest. And they all blessed 5 the Triple Powered One, 6 one by one, who 7 is [the] First-Perfect One, 8 [blessing] him in purity, [every]where 9 praising the Lord 10 [who exists] before the All, 11 [who (is) the] Triple Powered One. 12 [It did not happen that] their worshippings 13 [were audible], but [it was my part] 14 [to keep on] 15 [inquiring] how they had 16 become silent. I would contemplate a 17 power that I hold 18 in honor. 

4. The Barbelo Aeon reveals Itself as the Triple Powered One's Third Power

When the third 19 power (i.e. the Barbelo Aeon) of the Triple Powered One 20 contemplated him (the Triple Powered One), 21 it said to me (Marsanes), "Be silent 22 lest you should know and flee 23 and come before me. But 24 know that this One was 25 [silent], and concentrate on understanding. 26 For [the power still] keeps 27 [guiding] me into 28 [the Aeon which] is Barbelo, 29 [the] male [Virgin]." 

5. Marsanes explains the Barbelo Aeon's Deployment from the Invisible Spirit

9 1 For this reason the 2 Virgin became male (as nous, the Aeon of Barbelo), 3 because she had separated from the male (i.e., the Invisible Spirit). The 4 Knowledge stood outside of him, 5 as if belonging to him. 6 And she who exists is she who sought. 7 She is situated just as 8 the Triple Powered One is situated. 9 She withdrew 10 from [these] two [powers] (the first two powers of the Triple Powered One), 11 since she exists [outside of] 12 the Great One (the Invisible Spirit), [seeing what] 13 is above [her, the Perfect One (the Triple Powered One)] 14 who is silent, [who has] 15 this [commandment] 16 to be silent. His knowledge (gnôsis; cf. Mind) 17 and his hypostasis (hypostasis;  cf. Existence) 18 and his activity (energeia;  cf. Life) 19 are those things that the power (dynamis, i.e. Barbelo) 20 of the Triple Powered One expressed: 21 

6. The Barbelo Aeon describes the Praise of the Triple Powered One

"We all have 22 withdrawn to ourselves. We have [become] 23 silent, [and] 24 when we [too] came to know [that he is] 25 the Triple Powered One, [we] 26 bowed down; we [gave glory and we] 27 blessed him. [He conferred] 28 upon us [a great revelation]." 29 
    [Again] the Invisible [Spirit] 10 1 ran up 2 to his place. The entire place (i. e., the aeonic realm) 3 was revealed, the entire place unfolded 4 <until> he reached the upper region. 5 Again he went forth and caused the 6 entire place to be illuminated, and the entire 7 place was illuminated.

E. Marsanes receives the Power of the Barbelo Aeon

And [I (Marsanes)] have been given 8 the third part (i.e., knowledge, the Barbelo Aeon) of 9 [the spirit] of the power of the Triple 10 [Powered] 11 [One]! Blessed is 12 [the Aeon (of Barbelo)]! It (the power) said: 

F. Through Marsanes the Barbelo Aeon urges the Ascent towards the Invisible Spirit

"O 13 [inhabitants of these] places (the sensible world?)! It is necessary 14 [for you (sg.) to contemplate] those that are higher 15 than these (the denizens of the Barbelo Aeon?), and tell them to the 16 powers. For you will become 17 [better] than the elect 18 [in the last] times. 19 Upward mounts the Invisible Spirit! 20 And you (pl.) 21 [yourselves], ascend with him 22 [up above], since you have 23 [the] great [radiant] crown! 24 But on that day 25 you will see 26 [as you hasten to] ascend above 27 [with him]. And [even] the sense-perceptible 28 [things that are] visible 29 [to you ...] and they ..." (pages 11-12 missing) 13 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [..] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 the intellection. He (the Invisible Spirit??) exists eternally 16 without substance 17 in the One who is, who is silent, 18 the One who is from the beginning, 19 who] is with-[out] substance 20 [...] part of [...] 21 [...] indivisible. The [...] 22 [...] consider a [...] 23 [...] 24 [ ... ninth] 25 [...] for [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 14 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [..] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...]. 

G. Marsanes' Ascent to the Triple Powered One

I [was dwelling] 16 among the aeons that were 17 generated. As I was permitted, [I] 18 came to be among those that were un-[begotten]. 19 But I was dwelling in the [great] 20 Aeon (of Barbelo), although I [was separate from it]. 21 And [I saw] 22 [the] three powers [of] 23 the Triple [Powered] One. 24 The [first (third?)] 25 [power ...] 26 and [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 15 1 [... the] Silent One and the 2 Triple Powered One, [and the One (i.e., the Spirit)] 3 that does not have breath. 4
    We took our stand [...] 5 [...] we [contemplated] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 we entered [...] 14 [...] breath (or: the intelligible? pnoê[tos]) [...] 15 [...] 6 [...] 17 [...] 18 [...] 19 [...] 20 [...] 21 [...] 22 [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [... the Spirit] 16 1 [that] does not have breath, 2 [and he] exists in [unknowability].

H. Marsanes sees the Supreme Deity

And [through] him (the Invisible Spirit?) I saw 4 the great 5 [unknowable power (the Unknown Silent One?)]. 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [the one without] limit [...] 13 [...] and [I] 14 [saw the one who exists] alone 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [...] 18 [...] 19 [...] 20 [...] 21 [...] 22 [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 17 1 [...] is active 2 [...] why is there no knowledge 3 [among the] ignorant, and [...] 4 [...] he runs the risk 5 [...] that he become 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] and 9 [...] on account of 10 [...] in [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] those that are dis- 16 [similar].
    But it is necessary that 17 [that everyone who] is without image 18 [be like] those of the [single] one 19 [that] exists before 20 [them all]. The 21 pre-[existent] thought 22 [...] the one that 23 [...]... 24 [...] 15 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 18 1 [Now] these [are the images that I] 2 saw in nine [cosmic] 3 hebdomads 4 [that are] in a [single eternal] day. 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] thirty [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [... herself]. 14

III. The Nomenclature of the Cosmic Powers and of the Soul

A. The Need to Know the Nomenclature of the Cosmic Powers and of the Soul

And [again after] 15 many [years, as for me], 16 when I saw the [Father (?) I came to] 17 know him, and [...] 18 many [...] 19 partial [...] 20 for ever [...] 21 the material ones [...] 22 worldly [...] 23 above [...] 24 in addition [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 19 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] he [...] 14 [...] ... [It is necessary that] a deity [transfer them] 15 from [those who] 16 [observe] the things that 17 [act in] them into 18 [actuality]. Name 19 [them according] to their nomenclature, 20 [and let no] one [think] 21 [that you (pl.) are] inferior to [their] 22 [knowledge] and their [hypostasis]. 23 And [in addition, so that] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 20 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] hidden [...] 15 [... the] third 16 [power]. 

B. The Blessed Authority's Instructions on Preparing the Soul

[And] the blessed Authority (chief fem.) 17 said [to me]: 18 "Among these [may] 19 she who [does not have it receive no glory]. 20 For there is no glory [...] 21 nor even the one (masc.) who [...] 22 For indeed the one [without glory] 23 [is] a ... [...]. 24 For [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 

C. The Configurations and Powers of the Zodiacal Signs

21 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] and the [Zodiacal signs] 15 [...] and the [...] 16 [...] and [...] 17 [...] which do not have [...] 18 [...] acquire for [...] 19 [...] revolution 20 [...] And [it is the] soul [that] 21 [has] the this [sort of] 22 [corporeality], namely 23 [the] celestial soul [that] 24 [sur]rounds [the world]. 25 [...] configuration [...] 26 [...] which is [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 22 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [spiritual ...] ... [...] 15 [... And] those that [have likeness] 16 [...] 17 [...]... those who [...] 18 [... the form ...] 19 [...] all the images [of which I] 20 [spoke]. [It is necessary that] 21 all the forms [become] 22 configurations, so that [the forms may] 23 become [the elements (cf. letters)] 24 themselves [including the] 15 [smooth (cf. inaspirates)] and the [rough (cf. aspirates), like] 26 [the voices] of animals [...] 27 [...] and the [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] (pages 23-24 missing) 25 1 [...] there.
    But their (the signs of the Zodiac) 2 powers, which are the angels, 3 are in the form of 4 beasts and animals. 5 Some among them are 6 [polymorphous] and contrary to 7 [nature]; they have [sounds] 8 for (adapted to?) their names, that [is], 9 they are [distinct] and [different] 10 in [appearance] 11 and [they are bi-] 12 [formed]. But these that are 13 [homo-] phonic by a third 14 originate from substance. 15
    And concerning these, all of 16 these (remarks) are sufficient, 17 since we have (already) spoken about them. For [this] 18 distribution takes place 19 again in these regions (i.e., here) in [the manner] 20 we have mentioned from the [beginning]. 21 

D. The Alphabet and the Configurations of the Soul

1. Vowels and Diphthongs: The First and Second Configurations of the Soul

However, the soul 22 too [has] 23 its configuration, although it is diverse. 24 It is [in] 25 [its] form 26 that the configuration of the only begotten soul 27 resides. Its configuration 28 is [the second] 26 1 spherical part--eêiou-- 2 while the first goes around [it], 3 the self-begotten soul-- 4 aeêiouô. 5
    [The] second configuration-- 6 eêiou--derives from those [having] 7 two sounds (diphthongs). The first 8 that suffixes them is [the] 9 [upsilon], and [the iota is its] 10 [companion. And these are the ones] 11 [you know] in [the radiance] 12 of the light.
    [Control] 13 yourselves, receive [the] 14 imperishable seed, 15 bear fruit, and 16 do not be 17 attached to your possessions. 18 

2. Tones/Accents

But know that the oxytones (jise = oxys; or should it be "long vowels" = makra = êô) 19 exist among the vowels 20 and the 21 diphthongs 22 beside them. But the [short (vowels) (brachy eo; or should this be barytones = baru = gajb?)] 23 are deficient, as well as the 24 [other sounds that] originate 25 through them. [And] those that [are drawn (~perispwmenon i.e., circumflex)], 26 since they are intermediate, 27 [are also deficient]. 

3. Consonants and their Combinations

The sounds of 28 [the semivowels (hemiphwna = z x y l m n r s)] are 27 1 superior to the voiceless (consonants b g d k p t th ph c = aphôna). 2 And those that are double (z x ps = dipla) are superior 3 to the semivowels which 4 do not change (lmnr =ametabola). And the aspirates (dasu = th ph xi) 5 are better than the inaspirates (psila = k p t) <of> 6 the mute consonants (b g d k p t th ph xi). 7 And as for those that are intermediate (b g d = mesa), 8 their combinations are many (e.g., by aspirate or "spiritual" precedence = ph b p - xi g k - th d t). 9 They are ignorant [of] 10 the good ones (i.e., combinations) and 11 are combined with the worse ones in the [middle]. 12
    [As] in the case 13 of the nomenclature for the [gods] 14 and the angels, it is [not that] 15 they (the consonants) are combined with each other 16 indiscriminately, but 17 only that they have 8 a beneficial effect. 19 It just didn't happen 20 that their intention (or: pronunciation) was apparent. 21
    Don't (sg.) [sin anymore], 22 and don't dare to 23 have anything to do with sin.
    Now [I] 24 speak to you (sg.) [concerning the] 25 [three configurations of the form] 26 of the soul.

4. Vowels and the Second and Third Configurations of the Soul

[The] 27 third [configuration of the soul] 28 is [a sphere and] 28 1 it is a spherical one that goes around 2 it. From the 3 simple vowels 4 <aaa,> eee, <êêê,> iii, ooo, uuu, ôôô 5 the diphthongs were 6 as follows: ai, au, 7 [e]i, eu, êu, ou, ôu, oi, hi, 8 [u]i, ôi. auei, euêu, oiou, 9 [gg]g, ggg, ggg, aiau, 10 [eieu], êu, oiou, ôu, ggg, 11 [ggg], aueieu, oiou, êu-- 12 three times for a male soul. 13 The third 14 configuration is spherical; 15 the second configuration, 16 since it goes around it, has 17 two sounds (is a diphthong).
    The male soul's 18 third configuration 19 (consists) of the 20 simple vowels: 21 aaa, eee, êêê, iii, ooo, 22 uuu, ôôô, ôôô, ôôô. 23 [And] this configuration is distinct 24 [from] the first, but 25 [they resemble] each other 26 [and they] make some 27 [easy sounds] of 28 [this sort: aeê] (i.e., the protactic vowels of the diphthongs). And 29 1 from these (are made) the diphthongs (by appending I or u).

5. Vowel Combinations and the Fourth and Fifth Configurations of the Soul

So also the 3 fourth and the fifth: 4 with regard to them, not everything was allowed to be 5 revealed, 6 but only those things that are obvious. 7 You (pl.) were taught 8 about them, that you should contemplate them 9 in order that they, too, might 10 seek and find [what] 11 they all are, either 12 through themselves alone 13 or through one another, 14 or (seek) to reveal [limits] 15 set from the beginning, 16 either with reference to themselves alone [or] 17 with reference to one another.
    Just as [they (the letters)] 18 coexist with each other [in] 19 speech, whether individually 20 or by similarity, [they are] 21 prepended (or) [they] 22 are appended. Either their 23 [part] is derivative and 24 similar, whether through [the] 25 [long (makron)] (vowels êô) or [through] 26 those of [dual time value (dichronoi aiu), or] 27 through [the short (vowels brachy eo)] 28 which are short [...] 29 [...] 30 1 or the oxytones (or: short vowels) or the 2 intermediate tones (i.e., perispômena) or the barytones (or: short vowels). 3

6. Consonant-Vowel Combinations: Syllables

And (sometimes) <the> consonants 4 exist with the vowels, 5 and by turns 6 they are prepended 7 and appended. 8 They constitute a nomenclature 9 [for] the angels. And (sometimes) 10 [the] consonants are 11 independent (self-existent?), 12 [and] diverse-- 13 they (txt. "it": sg. vb w. neut. pl. subject?) prefix and they (txt. "it") suffix 14 the hidden 15 gods (the graphically unrepresented phenomena of speech?). By means of 16 beat and 17 pitch and 18 silence and attack 19 [they] summon the semivowels, 20 all of which 21 are subjected to a 22 single [sound]. Just as it is only 13 the [unchanging (consonants l m n r s)] <and> the double (consonants z ch ps) 24 that exist among the semivowels (z ch ps l m n r s), 25 the aspirates (dasy th ph xi) 26 [and the inaspirates (psiloi k p t)] and the 27 [intermediates (b g d)] constitute 28 [the voiceless (consonants [mute b g d k p t th ph xi]).
Contrary to] 29 [nature they (the consonants and vowels)] are combined 30 [with one another, and] they are separate 31 1 from one another. They are 2 prepended and appended, 3 and they constitute an 4 ignorant nomenclature. 5 And they (the resulting syllables) become one or 6 two or three or [four] 7 or five or six up to 8 seven having a 9 [simple] sound. These that [have] 10 two [sounds (diphthongs)] are grouped with [the] 11 [seventeen consonants.
    Among] 12 the previously named (~proônumos) [some] are 13 deficient and 14 they are as if [they] had no substance, 15 or as if [they] were an image [of] 16 substance, [or] as if they separate 17 the nature [that is] good [from the one] 18 that [is evil] in the [middle.] 19 And you (sg.) [will assemble] 20 into those (patterns) that resemble each other 21 the vowels [together with] 22 the consonants. Some 23 are: bagad[a]zatha, 24 beged[e]zeqe, [bêgêdê] 25 zêthê, [bigidizithi, bogo] 26 dozotho, [buguduzuthu], 27 bôgôdô[zôthô, and] 28 the rest. [And some are]: 29 ba[bebêbibobubô]. 32 1 But the rest are 2 different: abebêbi 3 [b]ob, in order that you (sg.) might [assemble] 4 them and become separate from the 5 angels. 

7. Arithmology

And there 6 will be some effects. 7 A good point of departure 8 is from 9 [the] Triad. It [extends] 10 [to that which (i.e., the Dyad)] has need of [the One] 11 [that] confined 12 [it in] a shape (the Triad). <The> Dyad 13 and the Monad 14 do not resemble anything; rather 15 they are principles. 16 The Dyad [constitutes] 17 a division [from the] Monad, [and] 18 [it] belongs to the hypostasis (should this be substrate = hypokeimenon?). 19 But the Tetrad received (the) [elements] 20 and the Pentad 21 received concord, and the 22 [Hexad] was perfected by 23 itself. The 24 [Hebdomad] received beauty, 25 [and the] Ogdoad 26 [attuned its constituents] 27 [to harmony], 28 [and the Ennead is] 29 [honored much more]. 33 1 And the [Decad revealed] 2 the entire place (i. e., the aeonic realm). 3 But the Hendecad and the 4 [Dodecad] have passed over 5 [into the boundless], 6 [and] it [is higher than] the 7 Hebdomad [which is] 8 [bounded. ...] 9 [...] 10 

8. Syllables and Nouns

[...] 11 [...] 12 from [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [noun(s) ...] 16 [...] 17 promise that [the articulation marks (diairesis)] 18 begin [to separate] 19 them by means of 20 a sign [and] 21 a point, the [uninflected (upright = :) one] 22 and the [inflected (bent = klje)] one. 23 So also [are the images] 24 of being: 25 they derive [from a joining] 26 of the letters (elements) 27 in [a holy union] 34 1 according to a [juxtaposition] 2 where they exist independently. 3 [And] <they> exist with each 4 [other] by generation or [by] 5 [their kinship]. And] according to [their own] 6 [generation] they do not have 7 [...] these [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [... they have] 17 [...] 18 [...] one [...] speaking 19 [the] riddle. Just as within 20 [the] sense-perceptible world 21 there exists the temple 22 [which measures] seven hundred 23 [cubits], and a river which 24 [...] within 25 [an] eternity, they 26 [...] three 27 [...] to the four 28 [...] seal(s) 29 [...] clouds 35 1 [and the] waters, and the [forms] 2 [of the] wax images, 3 [and] some emerald images. 4
    For the rest, I will 5 [teach you (sg.)] about them. This is 6 [the] generation of the names. That (fem.) which [was not] 7 generated [... from the] 8 beginning [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 with regard to [...] 16 [...] 17 however, [... three] 18 times, when [closed], when 19 lengthened, when [short]. 20 

9. Words

But there exists gentle [discourse] 21 and there exists another 22 discourse [related to] 23 [permanent (ahe for rmhe?)] substance 24 of this [sort, by speaking] 25 of [that which is invisible], 26 and it [manifests] 27 the difference [between the Same] 28 and the [Different and] 36 1 between the whole and a [part] 2 of an [indivisible] substance. 3 And [that] power 4 has [a] 5 share in [the joy]-- 6 in (both) discord and [harmony--] 7 [of their honor], whether 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [... it is] possible 16 [to know that the things that] exist 17 everywhere [are honored] 18 always, 19 [since they] dwell (both) with the corporeal 20 and the incorporeal ones. 21 This is the discourse on the hypostases 22 that one should 23 [know] in this way. If 24 [they do] not [speak] with one another, 25 [how then] does it (the discourse) help 26 [those who] are troubled [with] 27 [it (the discourse) about that which is] visible? 28 [Therefore] if one 37 1 knows it, one will 2 [speak] it. 3
But there are words, some 4 of which are [dual], 5 [and others] that exist 6 [separately, the ones that pertain] 7 to [substance (proper nouns?) ...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [and] they [...] 14 ... [...] 15 or those which [...] 16 [... according to those that perdure] 17 or according to [those that] have 18 time . And [these] 19 either are separated 20 or they are joined with one another 21 or with themselves, either [the] 22 diphthongs, or the 23 simple [vowels], or every [...] 24 or [...] 25 or [...] 26 [exist] just as [...] 27 [exist] ... [...] 28 the [consonants ...] 38 1 they exist individually 2 until they are divided 3 and joined.
    Now some 4 are able 5 [to generate the consonants] 6 [letter] by [letter] ...] 7 [... difference] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] become 13 [... being]... 14 [.... ] 15 [They (the letters) will count] once 16 [or twice], and thrice 17 [for the] vowels, 18 and twice 19 [for] the consonants, 20 [and] once for 21 the entire ensemble, and with 22 uncertainty for 23 [things that] are subject to change 24 [as well as those things that] originated 25 [from them] and [everything] 26 thereafter. And 27 they are all [the names] 28 [at once. They] were 39 1 hidden, but they were pronounced 2 openly. They did not 3 stop being revealed, 4 nor did they stop 5 naming the angels. 6 The vowels [are joined with] the 8 [consonants, whether] externally 9 [or] internally, 10 by means of [...] they 11 said [...] 12 [teach you ...] 13 again [in this way they were counted] 14 four times, (and) they were [engendered] 15 three 16 times, and they became 17 [twelvefold]. 18 

IV. Being Worthy of and Safeguarding the Revelation

For these reasons we have acquired 19 sufficiency; for it is fitting that 20 each one acquire 21 power for himself that he may bear fruit, 22 and that we 23 never heap 24 scorn [on] the mysteries 25 [...] the [...] 26 For [...] which [is ...] 27 [... the] souls [...] 28 [... the] signs of the Zodiac [...] 29 [...] 30 [...] 40 1 a new hypostasis. 2 And the reward which will 3 be provided for such a one 4 is salvation. 5 But the opposite will 6 happen there to the one 7 who commits sin. [The one who commits] sin 8 by himself [...] will be 9 [in a ... in a] 10 [...] 11 [... these]. 12
    [Ponder them] so that, 13 before you (sg.) examine 14 what one 15 might [convey] to another, 16 [you may receive an] exalted power 17 and a divine knowledge 18 and an ability that 19 cannot be resisted. 20 But you (sg.) shall examine 21 who is worthy that he should 22 reveal them, knowing 23 that they [will ... down] 24 to the [...] who 25 sin. Therefore [...] 26 [the Father ...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 41 1 that which is fitting. Do not desire 2 to empower the sense-perceptible world 3 by not attending to me, 4 the one who has received the salvation 5 (that comes) from the intelligible world. 6
    But as for these <discourses>, beware your 7 [divulging] them to [any] one. 8 [...] ... 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] lest [he succeed] 12 [in understanding them] and take [them away]. 13 [And, as for the remainder], 14 I [will speak to] them of the [completion] 15 [of my discourse] lest 16 the sinful person 17 [divulge them to others]. 18 They did not understand them, namely the embodied 19 souls upon 20 the earth, as well as those outside of 21 the body, who are in heaven, 22 more numerous than the angels.
    The topic 23 which we [talked] about in 24 [every] discourse, these [...] 25 [...] stars [...] 26 [...] 27 say [...] 28 whether already [...] 29 into the [...] 30 those who [...] 42 1 whether he observes the 2 two (sun and moon) or observes 3 the seven planets 4 or the twelve 5 signs of the Zodiac or 6 the thirty [-six] Decans 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [... which] 12 are [the twelve zones (dôdekatêmoria, i.e., 12 signs of 30 degrees each)] 13 [that total] 14 [three hundred-sixty] 15 degrees (monomoiria [up to] the 16 [loci (twelfths of the ecliptic)] in [association] with 17 [these] numbers (i.e., degrees traversed), whether [those in heaven] 18 or those upon the earth, 19 and those that are under the [earth,] 20 according to the sympathies and 21 the divisions (allotments?) deriving from 22 these and from the remaining 23 [three hundred sixty] degrees 24 [according to kind and] according to 25 [species ...] 26 [...] 27 [...
    They] will [submit] 28 [since] she (the soul?) has power 29 [...] above 30 [... they exist] individually 43 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 the time [...] 6 every [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [...] 18 [...] 19 [... who are incorporeal]. 20 [Those that are] 21 [to-]gether [surround the divine Barbelo] 22 [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [intelligible ...] 28 ... [...] 29 [...] 44 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] reveal them [...] 5 [...] of this [sort] 6 [...] this [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [...] 18 [...] 19 [...] 20 [intelligible angels], as she (the soul?) [...] 21 [...] intelligible [...] 22 [...] above 23 [...] save(d) from [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] them [...] 28 [...] . . . [...] 29 [...] 45 1 [...] 2 [...] ... [...] 3 [...] world 4 and [...] 5 ... [...] 6 [world ...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [...] 18 [...] 19 [...] 20 ... [...] 21 

V. Marsanes' Concluding Vision concerning the Destiny of Souls

A. The (Baptismal?) Names

They came [...] 22 ... [...] 23 and [...] 24 those who [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 46 1 [...] 2 [...] ... [...] 3 [...] ... [...] 4 [...] ... [...] 5 [...] is [...] 6 [...] like [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [...] 18 [...] 19 [...] 20 [...] the voice of 21 [...] name(s) [and] 22 [...] ... [...] 23 [... for] ever [...] 24 [... name(s)] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] (pp. 47-54 are missing) 55 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 

B. Marsanes' Query about the (Baptismal?) Powers

Now when I became silent, [I said,] 18 "Tell [me ...] 19 what is the [power ...] 20 [...] will wash (complete?) [...] 21 [entire generation ...] 22 [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 56 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [...] only, the 18 [...] [and] since the 19 [first (number)] is [not a quantity], and 20 [...] all [...] 21 [...] in the [...] 22 [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 57 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [...] 18 [knowledge ...] 19 [...] 20 persevere [...] 21 the great [...] 22 for I [became ...] 23 [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 

C. (Response?)

58 1 [...] 2 [...] 3 [...] 4 [...] 5 [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [...] 18 [...] 19 [...] ... 20 [...] bone(s?) of the 21 [...] in the [worldly] 22 [...] ... 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] (pp. 59-60 are missing) 61 1 [...] for your daughters 2 [...] 3 [...] for just as 4 [... the] kingdom of [the] 5 [Triple Powered One].
    But this one [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] every [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [...] 18 [...] 19 [...] 20 [...] 21 [...] 22 [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [.... Don't] 62 1 [speak] on the basis of what [you don't know] 2 [And ...], 3 for it is [...] that you (sg.) [...] the one whose [...] 4 [you (pl.) did not] know. 

D. Marsanes' (apocalyptic) Vision of the Fearsome Angels

And] 5 I [said ...] for the [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [partially ...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [...] 18 [...] 19 [...] 20 [...] 21 [...] 22 [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 63 1 [...] in 2 [... the] remainder 3 down [against the] earth. And they 4 spoke like the angels. 5 [And one] was like the 6 wild [beasts].
    And he said, 7 [...] 8 [... for] ever 9 [...] beast 10 [...] beast 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 from [...] 18 [...] of my [soul ...] 19 [...]
    I saw [a ...] 20 [standing ...] 21 and his [image] was [fearsome]. 22 And [his face] was [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 64 1 I [...] 2 because I [saw] all of [the lights] 3 around [me blazing] 4 [with] fire. [And I looked at myself] 5 in their midst [...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] angel(s) [attending] 17 me. 

E. Gamaliel comes to Marsanes' Aid

[And] 18 [...] the [one ...] 19 [...] Gamaliel, 20 [the one] who presides over [those spirits]. 21 [...] 22 [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 65 1 [... the great] angels 2 [who are those] that receive 3 [all of them ...] 4 [...] with those whom they [...] 5 [... 

F. Gamaliel's Revelation

And] he [led] 6 [me down], and he] 7 [me ...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [... her] members 13 [...] ... 14 [...] the [invisible] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 [... judgment ...] 18 [...] thrown 19 [...] every [... who is placed] 20 [...] 21 [... everflowing fountain] of 22 [the] living [water] 23 [...] the two 24 [... silent] 25 [... god(s) ...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 66 1 cleanse it (fem.) from [...] 2 [of...] 3 the one whom they [sealed] 4 has been adorned [with the] 5 celestial [seal. ...] 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 to his [...] 12 great [...] 13 [...] 14 [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] 17 

G. Marsanes' Vision of the Judgment of Souls

And I [saw ...] 18 [...] 19 [unmixed ...] 20 those who [...] 21 ... [...] 22 [...] 23 [...] 24 [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 67 1 [...] they will become 2 [...] of God 3 [...] a woman 4 [...] while she is in [travail] 5 [...] while the offspring 6 [...] 7 [...] 8 [...] 9 [...] 10 [...] with 11 [...] 12 [...] all of [...] 13 [...] thing 14 [...] men [...] and 15 [...] women [and men] 16 [of this sort ...] 17 [it is others [that are upon the] earth. 18 [Know] that they [...] 19 [...] every [...] them, 20 [...] ... on these, [together with the] 21 home-[born], for these will [pay] 22 [...] God [...] 23 [...] ... 24 [...] aeon(s) [...] 25 [...] 26 [...] 27 [...] 28 [...] 29 [...] 68 1 with those who will [...] 2 who have [...] 3 God [...] 4 from the [beginning ...] 5 in [the 6 horror [...] 7 [...] 8 [name (s) 9 [...] 10 [...] 11 [...] 12 [mysteries 13 [...] in [...] 14 [...] God [...] 15 [...] 16 [...] manifest [...] 17 [...] those who will know. 18
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