Psalter of Sophia

And Jesus answered and said unto his disciples: “Let him in whom the power of his spirit shall seethe, so that he understandeth what I say, come forward and speak. But now, Peter, I see thy power in thee, that it understandeth the solution of the mystery of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. Now, therefore, Peter, speak the thought of her repentance in the midst of thy brethren.”

And Peter answered and said unto Jesus “O Lord, give ear that I may speak the thought of her repentance, of which aforetime thy power prophesied through the prophet David, uttering her repentance in the seventieth Psalm:

For even from my youth, O God, by Thee have I been taught; And hitherto I have declared, the wonders Thou hast wrought. And now O God, forsake me not when I am old and gray; Till I proclaim Thy wondrous deeds to this and every age.

Thy perfect righteousness, O God, the heaven’s height exceeds; O God, who is like Thee, who has performed such mighty deeds? Thou who hast shown me trials sore and great adversities, Will quicken me again and bring me from the depths of earth.

My greatness and my power Thou will increase and far extend; Against all grief on every side to me will comfort send. And I will also praise Thy truth, O God, with psaltery; Thou Holy One of Israel, with harp I’ll sing to Thee.

And Peter answered and said unto Jesus “O Lord, give ear that I may speak the thought of her repentance, of which aforetime thy power prophesied through the prophet David, uttering her repentance in the seventieth Psalm:

Eternal God, my hope and refuge; Thou art my rock and fortress; O God incline Thine ear to me; Save me from the unjust man. Thou art my help and trust, O Lord; My praise shall always be to Thee; My mouth is filled with praise and glory, O God, forsake me not.

Eternal God, be not far from me! O God, make haste to help me! I’ll hope and praise Thee evermore; I will tell of Thy great works. Lord, when I’m old forsake me not; My enemies against me plan; They say, his God will not protect him, O God, forsake me not.

Eternal God, our great creator; Thy justice reaches heaven; Thou who hast shown me many trials; Thou shalt give me life once more. My lips will shout for joy, O God; When I sing songs of praise to Thee; Thou Holy One who hast redeemed me; O God, forsake me not.

It came to pass while Jesus spake these words unto his disciples, saying unto them: “This is the fourth repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered; now, therefore, let him who understandeth, understand,”–it came to pass then, when Jesus had spoken these words, that John came forward, adored the breast of Jesus and said unto him: “My Lord, give commandment to me also, and grant me to speak the solution of the fourth repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

Jesus said unto John: “I give thee commandment, and I grant thee to speak the solution of the repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

John answered and said: “My Lord and Saviour, concerning this repentance which Pistis Sophia hath uttered, thy light-power which was in David, hath prophesied aforetime in the one-hundred-and-first Psalm:

Hear my prayer, O Thou Eternal, Hide not Thy face from me; Hear my cry and quickly answer When my day of trouble comes. Like grass my heart is withered, My days like grass consumed; My God, take not my life now, In the midst of my days.

Like an owl in some poor wasteland, I mourn and cannot sleep; Like a melancholy sparrow, Like a pelican alone. O Thou, Eternal, hear me, And answer speedily; Hide not Thy face from me, Lord, For I moan bitterly.

When our God returns from heaven, Then Zion shall be built; He shall come in all His glory; He shall help the destitute; Their prayers He will despise not, Their groaning He will hear; And they shall dwell in safety, For our God shall return.

When all people then are gathered, To serve the Lord their God; To declare His Name in Zion, In Jerusalem His praise! All kings shall see His glory, All nations hear His name! His fame shall be declared then; He shall reign forevermore!

When then Jesus had spoken this unto his disciples, Thomas came forward and said: “My Lord, I am sober, I am plentifully sober, and my spirit is ready in me, and I rejoice exceedingly that thou hast revealed these words unto us. But indeed I have borne with my brethren until now, so that I should not anger them; nay rather I have borne with every one that he should come before thee and speak  the solution of the repentance of Pistis Sophia. Now, therefore, my Lord, concerning the solution of the seventh repentance of Pistis Sophia thy light-power hath prophesied through the prophet David in the twenty-fourth Psalm, thus:

Our God is good and upright; the way He’ll sinners show. The meek in judgement, He will guide, and make His paths to know. The whole paths of the Lord are truth and mercy sure. To those that keep His covenant and testimonies pure.

Now, for Thine own Name’s sake, O Lord, I thee entreat To pardon mine iniquity, for it is very great. What man is he that fears the Lord and doth Him serve? Him shall He teach of His own way, the way that he should choose.

His soul shall dwell at ease; and his posterity shall flourish still, and of the earth inheritors shall be. With those that fear Him is the secret of the Lord; The knowledge of His covenant He will to them afford.

Now, therefore, my Lord, concerning the solution of the seventh repentance of Pistis Sophia thy light-power hath prophesied through the prophet David in the twenty-fourth Psalm, thus:

To Thee I lift my soul; I trust Thee, O my God; Let me not be ashamed, nor let my foes triumph over me. Let none that wait on Thee, be put to shame at all; But those that without cause transgress; let shame upon them fall.

Show me Thy ways, O Lord, O teach Thou me Thy paths; And in Thy truth lead me Thyself, therein my teacher be. For Thou Art God that dost to me salvation send; And I upon Thee all the day, expecting, do attend.

Thy tender mercies, Lord, remember, pray I Thee; And loving kindnesses, for they have ever been of old. My sins and faults of you, do Thou, O Lord, forget; After Thy mercy think on me, and for Thy goodness great.

Now, therefore, my Lord, concerning the solution of the seventh repentance of Pistis Sophia thy light-power hath prophesied through the prophet David in the twenty-fourth Psalm, thus:

Mine eyes upon the Lord continually are set; For He it is that shall bring forth my feet out of the net; Turn unto me Thy face, and to me mercy show; Because that I am desolate and am brought very low.

My heart’s griefs are increased, relieve me from distress; See mine affliction, and my pain, and all my  sins forgive. Consider Thou my foes because they many are. And it a cruel hatred is which they against me bear.

O do Thou keep my soul, do Thou deliver me; And let me never be ashamed because I trust in Thee; Let uprightness and truth keep me, who Thee attend. Redemption, Lord, to Israel, from all his troubles send.

When then Jesus had said this unto his disciples, he said unto them: “Now, therefore, let him whom his spirit stirreth, come forward and speak the solution of the tenth repentance of Pistis Sophia.”

Peter answered and said: “O Lord, concerning this thy light-power prophesied aforetime through David in the one-hundred-and-nineteenth Psalm; saying:

In distress I cried unto the Lord and He did answer my prayer. Save my soul from lying lips, and from deceitful tongues, O Lord; O what will you get from Him, what reward O crafty tongue? Arrows sharp shall pour on you with burning coals of juniper.

Woe is me that I sojourn in Mesech for so long a time; And, alas, that in the tents of Kedar I should dwell therein; My soul hath long dwelt with them; Those who hate the peace I love. But however peaceably I speak to them, then they’re for war.

I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, From whence does my help come? For my help comes from the Lord Who made the heaven and the earth. He will never let you slip, He who keeps you never sleeps. He who keepeth Israel will never slumber, never sleep.

Neither sun nor moon will smite you by the day nor by the night. For the Lord will keep you from all evil, and shall save your life. He’ll protect your going out; He’ll protect your coming in; He will guard and keep your life From this time forth and evermore.

“Now, therefore, let him whom his spirit urgeth to understand her words, come forward and proclaim her thought.” Martha came forward and said: “My Lord, my spirit urgeth me to proclaim the solution of that which Pistis Sophia hath spoken; thy power hath prophesied aforetime concerning it through David in the fiftieth Psalm, saying thus:

In Thy loving kindness, Lord, be merciful to me; In compassion great, blot out all iniquity. Wash me thoroughly from sin; from all guilt cleanse Thou me; For transgressions I confess; sins I ever see.

‘Gainst Thee only have I sinned, done evil in Thy sight, That Thou speaking, may be just and in judging right. My iniquities blot out, my sin hide from Thy view; And in me a clean heart make, spirit right renew.

From Thy gracious presence, Lord, O cast me not away; And Thy Holy Spirit take not from me, I pray. Joy which Thy salvation brings again to me restore; With Thy spirit free do Thou keep me evermore.

Sacrifice dost Thou not want, else would I give it Thee; And with offering shalt Thou not delighted be. For a broken spirit is to God a sacrifice; And a broken, contrite heart, Thou wilt not despise.

It came to pass then, when Jesus  had finished saying these words, that Philip came forward and said: “Jesus, my Lord, my thought is exalted, and I have understood the solution of the song which Pistis Sophia hath uttered. The prophet David hath prophesied concerning it aforetime in the one-hundred-and-sixth Psalm, saying:

O that men would praise their God, For all His goodness and all His works! For he fills the hungry soul and they who are thirsty He satisfies. Some are bound in darkness and chains, For their rebellion against the Most High.

O that men would praise their God, For all His goodness and all His love. He has opened the prisons wide and saved men from death where they lay enslaved; In their trouble they cried to Him, And with His word He delivered their lives.

O that men would praise their God, For all He does for the sons of men. O that they would give thanks to Him, With shouts of joy and with songs of praise! Some crossed over the stormy seas; They see the wonders of God in the deep.

And Mary answered again and said: “Yea, my Lord, already have I seized on all the words which thou sayest. Now, therefore, my Lord, concerning the word which thou sayest:  `All the mysteries of the three spaces forgive sins and cover their [sc. the souls`] iniquities,`–David, the prophet, then hath prophesied aforetime concerning this word, saying: `Blessed are they whose sins are forgiven and whose iniquities are covered.`

They are blest who are forgiven, To whom God imputes no sin; Who go to the Eternal, And confess to Him their sins. Whose iniquities are covered, Whom the Lord does instruct! Saying I will direct you, In the way that you should go!

Many sorrows have the wicked, Who know not the way of God. Be not as mules or horses, Which are held, by bridles strong; But be glad in the Eternal, And rejoice all you just; Shout for joy all you upright; In whose spirit is no guile.

Day and night God’s hand was on me, And I groaned till I confessed. My sins I laid before Him; Quickly He forgave them all; Every godly one shall pray thus, While the Lord may be found; So be glad all you upright; All you righteous, shout for joy!

Thus were the hymns of Repentance that Wisdom sang, in faith and blindness, to be restored to the Eternal Aeon.

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