Gospel of Thomas Saying 92

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Nag Hammadi Coptic Text

Gospel of Thomas Coptic Text


(92) Jesus said: Seek, and you will find; but the things you asked me in those days and I did not tell you then, now I desire to tell them, but you do not ask about them.


(92) Jesus said, "Seek and you (plur.) will find. Yet, now I am willing to say the things which you used to ask me about and which I did not say to you; and you are not seeking them."


96 [92]. Jesus says: "Seek and you will find! But the things you have asked me about during these days and which I have not told you up till now, I now want to tell you, so that you will not have to seek them any longer."

Funk's Parallels

POxy654 2, GThom 2, GThom 94, Luke 11:9-13, Matt 7:7-11, Matt 21:18-22, John 15:16-17, John 14:12-14, John 16:20-28, Mark 11:20-25, GHeb 4b, DialSav 9-12, DialSav 20.

Visitor Comments

Re Gerd Ludemann's comment, perhaps the right time to ask questions and seek answers is when we are afraid to ask questions and seek answers. If we are not afraid, perhaps we do not know what we are asking and, this being so, the answer would be of little use to us. In the search the question and answer become, perhaps, two sides of the same coin.
- Brick in the wall

- Thief37

The answers will be given to us when we are ready [or in an appropriate space] to hear them.
- R. Bowen

Scholarly Quotes

Helmut Koester points out a parallel with John 16:4b-5: "Those things I did not tell you from the beginning when I was with you. Now I am going to the one who sent me, and none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'" (Ancient Christian Gospels, p. 121)

J. D. Crossan writes: "As in the preceding instance, only the seek/find stich is present; but now it is accompanied by another saying whose meaning is not exactly clear. More significant for my own purpose is the fact that the stich's version here is in imperative/future format and thus in the second person." (In Fragments, p. 100)

Funk and Hoover write: "Just as Thom 2:2-4 is an expansion of the basic saying in 2:1, so here 92:2 is an editorial comment on 92:1: it apparently refers to Jesus' earlier refusal to tell the disciples all his secret knowledge, coupled with the reprimand that his current disciples are not seeking true knowledge. The editorial comment undoubtedly refers to the knowledge (gnosis in Greek) that was important in this branch of the Christian movement." (The Five Gospels, p. 521)

Gerd Ludemann writes: "This verse calls on the reader not to give up the search, even though signs of neglect are becoming evident (v. 2b). Gnostic existence is grounded in a 'religion of searching'." (Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 635)

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Gospel of Thomas Saying 92

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