Early Christian Writings Commentary
Title: Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 26
Subheading: This page explores modern interpretations of the Gospel according to Thomas, an ancient text preserved in a Coptic translation at Nag Hammadi and Greek fragments at Oxyrhynchus. With no particular slant, this commentary gathers together quotations from various scholars in order to elucidate the meaning of the sayings, many of which are rightly described as “obscure.”
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From: Early Christian Writings
Horst Balz. (T87)
Bentley Layton. (T68)
Harold W Attridge. (T34)
Jean Doresse. (T81)
Robert Funk. (T71)
Nag Hammadi Coptic Text
BLATZ4CM Translator ID: T87
(26) Jesus said: You see the mote which is in your brother’s eye; but you do not see the beam which is in your own eye. When you cast out the beam from your own eye, then you will see (clearly) to cast out the mote from your brother’s eye.
LAYTON4CM Translator ID: T68
(26) Jesus said, “You (sing.) see the speck in your sibling’s eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you expel the beam from your own eye then you will be able to see to expel the speck from the eye of your sibling.”
DORESSE4CM Translator ID: T81
31 . Jesus says: “The straw that is in thy brother’s eye, though seest; but the beam that is in thine own eye, thou seest not! When thou hast cast out the beam that is in thine own eye, then thou wilt see to cast out the straw from thy brother’s eye.”
Oxyrhynchus Greek Fragment
DORESSE – Oxyrhynchus4CM Translator ID: T81
[“. . .] then thou wilt see to cast out the straw that is thy brother’s eye.”
ATTRIDGE – Oxyrhynchus4CM Translator ID: T34
(26) [. . .] and then you (sg.) will see clearly to cast the mote from your (sg.) brother’s eye.