The Prayer of Thanksgiving
James Brashler, Peter A. Dirkse and Douglas M.
This the prayer that they spoke:
"We give thanks to You! Every soul and heart is lifted up to You, undisturbed
name, honored with the name 'God' and praised with the name 'Father', for to everyone and
everything (comes) the fatherly kindness and affection and love, and any teaching there
may be that is sweet and plain, giving us mind, speech, (and) knowledge: mind, so that we
may understand You, speech, so that we may expound You, knowledge, so that we may know
You. We rejoice, having been illuminated by Your knowledge. We rejoice because You have
shown us Yourself. We rejoice because while we were in (the) body, You have made us divine
through Your knowledge.
"The thanksgiving of the man who attains to You is one thing: that we know You. We
have known You, intellectual light. Life of life, we have known You. Womb of every
creature, we have known You. Womb pregnant with the nature of the Father, we have known
You. Eternal permanence of the begetting Father, thus have we worshiped Your goodness.
There is one petition that we ask: we would be preserved in knowledge. And there is one
protection that we desire: that we not stumble in this kind of life."
When they had said these things in the prayer, they embraced each other and they went
to eat their holy food, which has no blood in it.
I have copied this one discourse of his. Indeed, very many have come to me. I have not
copied them because I thought that they had come to you (pl.). Also, I hesitate to copy
these for you because, perhaps they have (already) come to you, and the matter may burden
you. Since the discourses of that one, which have come to me, are numerous ...
Selection made from James M. Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library,
revised edition. HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1990.