Gospel of Thomas Quotes
Translated by Mark M. Mattison
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These are the hidden sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
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A Random Saying
Saying 20: The Parable of the Mustard Seed
The disciples asked Jesus, "Tell us, what can the kingdom of heaven be compared to?"
He said to them, "It can be compared to a mustard seed. Though it's the smallest of all the seeds, when it falls on tilled soil it makes a plant so large that it shelters the birds of heaven."
- Text: Gospels.Net and Mark M. Mattison: "The following translation has been committed to the public domain and may be freely copied and used, changed or unchanged, for any purpose. It is based on the Coptic text of Nag Hammadi Codex II, 2." Original site has notes on the translation.
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