The Prayer of the Apostle Paul
Translation by Dieter Mueller
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... your light, give me your mercy! My Redeemer, redeem me, for I am yours; the one who
has come forth from you. You are my mind; bring me forth! You are my treasure house; open
for me! You are my fullness; take me to you! You are (my) repose; give me the perfect
thing that cannot be grasped!
I invoke you, the one who is and who pre-existed in the name which is exalted above
every name, through Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords, the King of the ages; give me your
gifts, of which you do not repent, through the Son of Man, the Spirit, the Paraclete of
truth. Give me authority when I ask you; give healing for my body when I ask you through
the Evangelist, and redeem my eternal light soul and my spirit. And the First-born of the
Pleroma of grace -- reveal him to my mind!
Grant what no angel eye has seen and no archon ear (has) heard, and what has not
entered into the human heart which came to be angelic and (modelled) after the image of
the psychic God when it was formed in the beginning, since I have faith and hope. And
place upon me your beloved, elect, and blessed greatness, the First-born, the
First-begotten, and the wonderful mystery of your house; for yours is the power and the
glory and the praise and the greatness for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer of Paul (the) Apostle.
Christ is holy.
Selection made from James M. Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library,
revised edition. HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1990.