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AGRAPHA is the name for traditional sayings of Jesus that do not appear in the canonical gospels but are found in early Christian writings, and are reported by authors who did not derive them from oral tradition.

The agrapha of Jesus can be found in a variety of ancient sources. Based on different criteria for identification and classification, collections of agrapha may thus include isolated statements from:

  • New Testament writings other than the gospels (e.g., the word of Jesus reported in Acts 20:35; or quotations from Jesus in the letters of Paul)

  • Variable readings in the manuscripts of the canonical gospels (generally including: Matthew 20:28 in Codex D; Mark 9:49 in Codex D and others; Mark 16:14 in Codex W; Mark 16:15-18 in later Greek manuscripts; Luke 6:4 in Codex D; Luke 9:55b, Luke 22:27-28 in Codex D; John 8:7, 10-11 in Codex D and later Greek manuscripts)

  • Early Christian writings such as the Didache, 2 Clement or the Epistle of Barnabas, as well as later narrative, liturgical or religious texts (such as the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, the Pseudo-Clementines or the Syriac Liber Graduum);

  • Gospels or gospel-like texts preserved in papyrus fragments;

  • Texts qualified as "gnostic";

  • Manichean, rabbinic or Islamic sources.


Jesus said: I am he concerning whom Moses prophesied, saying, “A prophet shall the Lord our God raise unto you of your brethren, like unto me: Hear him in all things; and whosoever will not hear that prophet shall die.”...…


“The Lord said: I come to gather all nations and tongues.”


Jesus said, “I am the gate of life; he who entereth through me, entereth into life.”


Jesus said, “I am not come to send peace on earth, but a sword; and henceforth ye shall see father separated from son, son from father, husband from wife, and wife from husband, mother from daughter, and daughter from mother, brother from brother, father-in-law from daughter-in-law, friend from friend.”


Jesus said, “I came to put an end to sacrifice, and unless ye cease from sacrificing, anger will not cease from you.”


Jesus said, “Except ye fast to the world, ye shall in no wise find the kingdom of God; and except ye keep the Sabbath as a Sabbath, ye shall not see the Father.”


“On the same day, having seen one working on the Sabbath, he said to him: O man, if indeed thou knowest what thou doest, thou art blessed; but if thou knowest not, thou art cursed, and art a transgressor of the law.


”Jesus said, “How long shall I be with you and speak with you? I am weary of this generation. They proved me, He said, ten times, but these, twenty times, and ten times ten.”


Jesus said, “I stood in the midst of the world, and in the flesh was I seen of them; and I found all men drunken, and none found I athirst among them; and my soul grieveth over the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts.”


Jesus said, “Excepting a very few saints and illustrious ones, men have thought to sluggish for their crimes with a few pieces of money.”

Jesus said, “Thou hearest with one ear, but the other thou hast closed.”


Jesus said, “He who is near me is near the fire; but he who is far from me is far from the kingdom.”


Jesus said, “They who are with me have not understood me.”


Jesus said, “Even though ye were gathered together with me in my very bosom, yet if ye were not to keep my commandments, I would cast you off, and say unto you, “Depart from me; I know you not whence ye are, ye workers of iniquity.”


Jesus said, “But ye seek to increase from little, and from greater to be less. Jesus said to the apostles: I have chosen you before the world was made.”


Jesus said: “There shall be with me, also, my twelve servants.”


Jesus said, “I will select to myself these things. Very, very excellent are those whom my Father who is in heaven hath given me.”


Jesus said, “Ye have dismissed the living, who was before you, and talk of the dead.”


Jesus said, “Ye shall be called by my name, and ye shall be the temple of my Godhead.”


Jesus said, “Blessed is the man whom his Lord shall appoint to the ministry of his fellow-servants.”


Jesus said, “What ye preach in word to the people, that set before every man in your works.”


Jesus said, “Thou shalt keep what thou hast received, neither adding thereto nor taking away therefrom.”


Jesus said, “A share is allotted to all by the Father, according as each person is or shall be worthy.”


Jesus said, “Be ye subject unto kings and governors.”


Jesus said, “The laborer is worthy of his hire, and sufficient unto him that laboreth is his food.”


Jesus said, “If any one doth not work, let not such an one eat. For the Lord our God hateth the slothful.”  


“The Lord said unto the apostles: Should, then, any one of Israel be willing to repent, so as to believe upon God through my name, his sins shall be forgiven him. After twelve years, go out into the world, least anyone say, “We did not hear.”


“The disciples thus spake unto Jesus: Thou art a key to every man, and the one who shutteth to every man.”


Jesus said, “How cometh it, that while so many go about the well, no one goeth down into it? . . . Why art thou afraid when thou hast gone so far on the way? Thou art mistaken; for I lack neither courage nor weapons.”


Jesus said, “He that wondereth shall reign; and he that reigneth shall rest. Look with wonder at that which is before you.”


Jesus said, “A prophet is not acceptable in his own country, neither doth a physician work cures upon them that know him.”


Jesus said, “But where the pains are, thisther hasteneth the physician.”


Jesus said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. For the heavenly Father desires rather the repentance than the punishment of the sinner.”


“Zaccheus, according to others, Matthias, chief of the tax-collectors, when he heard how the Lord wished to come to him, said, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” Of him said the Lord: “The son of man came today and found that which was lost.”


Jesus said, “Behold, I will make the last like the first.”


Jesus said, “My friend, I do thee no wrong; thou hast received thine own in thy lifetime, take now what is thine, and depart.”


Jesus said, “For the Father willeth that to all should be given of His gifts.”


Jesus said, “From above, I am about to be crucified.”


Jesus said, “For those that are sick, I was sick, and for those that hunger, I suffered hunger, and for those that thirst, I suffered thirst.”


Jesus said, “The weak through the strong shall be saved.”


Jesus said, “Be saved, thou and thy soul.”


Jesus said, “Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”


Jesus said, “In any I may find you; in this also will I judge you.”


Jesus said, “Such as I may find thee, I will judge thee.”


Jesus said, “The Lord knows them that are His, both those that are near and those that are far off.”


Jesus said, “My mystery is for me and for the sons of my house. Keep the mystery for me and for the sons of my house.”


Jesus said, “For my brethren and fellow-heirs are those who do the will of my Father. And call no man your father upon earth; for there are many masters upon earth, but in heaven is the Father from whom is all the family in heaven and earth.”


Jesus said, “Our dwelling place is in heaven.”


Jesus said, “For the fashion of this world passeth away.”


Jesus said, “The world shall be built up through grace.”


Jesus said, “Buy for yourselves, O children of Adam, through these transitory things, which are not yours, that which is yours, and which passeth not away.”


Jesus said, “Why marvel ye at the signs? I give unto you a great inheritance, which the whole world hath not.”


Jesus said, “Be ye skilful moneychangers, rejecting some things, but retaining what is good." - According to Delitzsch the meaning is: "exchange the less valuable for the most valuable, esteem sacred coin higher than common coin, and highest of all the one precious pearl of the gospel." |Ein Tag in Kapernaian, p. 136|


Jesus said, “It is thine, O man, to prove my words, as silver and money are proved among the exchangers. Care for those things which are necessary for the body, and be anxious about nothing further save virtue.”


Jesus said, “Those who wish to see me, and to lay hold upon my kingdom, must receive me through tribulation and suffering.”


Jesus said, “Blessed are they who are persecuted by righteousness; for they shall be perfect. And wounded are they who are persecuted for my sake; for they shall have a place where they shall not be persecuted.”


Jesus said, “Watch ye, praying without ceasing, to escape from affliction.”


Jesus said, “Be ye watchful, circumspect, and well-instructed, since the ancient enemy goeth about attacking the servants of God.”


Jesus said, “The tempter is the wicked one.”


Jesus said, “Give no pretext to the evil one.”


Jesus said, “If ye resist the devil, he will be conquered, and flee from you in disgrace.”


Jesus said, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.”


Jesus said, “A man that is a reprobate is not tried by God. A man who is not tempted is not approved.”


Jesus said, “He that is lawless, let him be lawless still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still.”


Jesus said, “There is a shame which leadeth unto death, and there is a shame which leadeth unto life.”


Jesus said, “Ye shall be as lambs in the midst of wolves. And Peter answered, and said unto him, “What, then, if the wolves shall tear in pieces the lambs?”… Jesus said unto Peter, “The lambs have no cause, after they are dead, to fear the wolves; and in like manner, fear ye not them that kill you, and can do nothing more unto you; but fear Him who, after ye are dead, hath power over both soul and body, to cast them into hell fire.”


Jesus said, “Pray ye, and faint not.”


Jesus said, “Ask great things, and the small shall be added unto you; and ask heavenly things, and the earthly shall be added unto you.”


Jesus said, “If ye keep not that which is small, who will give you that which is great? For I say unto you, that he that is faithful in very little is faithful also in much.”


Jesus said, “Let my name be hallowed in your hearts.”


Jesus said, “First must the one who prayeth, who offers his prayer, well consider his gift to see whether there be any spot found in it; and then shall he offer it, that his offering remain not upon the earth.”


Jesus said, “Let the Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us.”


Jesus said, “Those who walk in the Spirit of God are the sons of God.”


Jesus said, “Grieve not the Holy Spirit which is in you, and extinguish not the light which shineth within you.”


Jesus said, “Just now, my mother, the Holy Spirit, took me by one of my hairs, and bare me away to the great mountain Tabor.”


Jesus said, “The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy; but He gives more grace.”


Jesus said, “God resisteth the proud, but givesth grace unto the humble.”


Jesus said, “The Lord said to Peter: Verily thine eye shall never be closed in eternity for the light of this world.”


Jesus said, “Doubt not, that ye sink not into the world, as Simon when he doubted and began to sink into the sea.”


Jesus said, “He that ploweth, should plow in hope; and he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.”


Jesus said, “Cultivate faith and hope through which is begotten the love of God and of man, that gaineth everlasting life.”


Jesus said, “Charity covereth a multitude of sins. Love beareth all things, is long-suffering in all things.”


Jesus said, “He to whom more is forgiven, loveth more; and he to whom less is forgiven, loveth little.”


Jesus said, “Be ye merciful, that ye may obtain mercy. Forgive, that it may be forgiven to you. As you do, so shall it be done unto you. As ye give, so shall it be given unto you. As ye judge, so shall ye be judged. As ye are kind, so shall kindness be shown unto you. With what measure ye mete, with the same it shall be measured unto you.”


Jesus said, “Good things must needs come, but blessed is he through whom they come. Likewise, evil things also shall come, but woe to him through whom they come.”


Jesus said, “Men must give an account of every good word which they shall not speak.”


Jesus said, “No one shall be called good who mixeth evil with the good.”


Jesus said, “He keeps the good which he hath, and increases more and more.”


Jesus said, “Gall doth not mix well with honey.”


Jesus said, “If concupiscence or malice shall ascend into the heart of man, it shall be taken for the deed itself.”


Jesus said, “Let thy works shine, and, behold, a man and his works are before His face. For, hold God and His works.”


Jesus said, “A city built upon the top of a high hill, and established, can neither fall nor be hid.”


Jesus said, “All things whatsoever ye would not that a man should do unto you, do ye not unto another. And what thou hatest, thou shalt not do unto another.”


Jesus said, “Be ye angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath.”


Jesus said, “Anger destroyeth even the prudent. Render not evil for evil, or railing for railing, or blow for blow, or cursing for cursing.”


Jesus said, “Pray for your enemies, and wounded are those who mourn on account of the destruction of the unbelievers.”


Jesus said, “Amongst the greatest offenders is he who woundeth the spirit of his brother.”


Jesus said, “Never be joyful except when ye shall look upon your brother in love.”


Jesus said, “As one of you seeth himself in the water or in a glass, so see ye me in you.”


Jesus said, “Having seen your brother, thou hast seen your God.”


Jesus said, “I am thou, and thou, I. And wheresoever thou art, there am I also; and I am in all scattered. And whence thou wilt, thou canst gather me together; but when thou gatherest me together, thou gatherest thyself together.”


Jesus said, “Where one is, there am I also. And where two are, there also will I be, and when we are three.”


Jesus said, “Be ye joined unto the saints, because they that are joined unto them shall be sanctified.”


Jesus said, “He that seeketh me shall find me in children after the seventh year. For there, to become hidden in the fourteenth year, I am manifested.”


Jesus said, “The just shall fall seven times and shall rise again.”


Jesus said, “If thy brother sin against thee by a word, and giveth thee reparation, thou shalt seven times in a day accept him.…Then said Simon his disciple to him, “Seven times?” The Lord answered, and said unto him: “Yea, I say unto thee, until seventy times seven. For even in the prophets, after they were anointed with the Holy Spirit, there is found a word of sin.”


Jesus said, “If the neighbor of an elect man sin, the elect man hath sinned. For had he conducted himself as the word prescribed, his neighbor also would have been filled with such reverence for the life he led as not to sin.”


Jesus said, “Whatsoever brother liveth in the manner of the aliens, and alloweth things like unto their deeds, refrain from being in his company, which, unless thou doest, thou also wilt be a partaker with him.”


Jesus said, “It is good to give rather than to receive.”


Jesus said, “Let thine alms sweat in thy hands, until thou know to whom thou shouldest give.”


Jesus said, “Accept not anything from any man, and possess not anything in this world.”


Jesus said, “Woe unto those who have, and in hypocrisy receive, or who, being themselves able to help, receive from others. For each one shall give an account to the Lord God at the day of judgment.”


Another rich man said to him, “Master, what good thing shall I do to live?” He said unto him: “Fulfil the law and the prophets. He answered him, “I have fulfilled them.” He said unto him: “Go, sell all that thou hast, and distribute to the poor, and come follow me.” But the rich man began to scratch his head, and it pleased him not……And the Lord said unto him: “How sayest thou, “I have fulfilled the law and the prophets,” since it is written in the law, “Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself,” and lo, many of thy brethren sons of Abraham, are clothed in filth, dying of hunger, an thy house is full of many goods, and nothing at all goeth out of it to them”… And he turned, and said to Simon disciple, who was sitting by him: Simon, son of Jonas, it is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.”


Jesus said unto Cephas: “What thinkest thou, Simon? The kings of the earth, from whom do they receive custom and tribute? From their sounds, or from strangers?” Simon said unto him, “From strangers.” Jesus said unto him: “Children, then, are free?” Simon said unto him, “Yea.” Jesus said unto him: “Give thou also unto them, like the stranger.”


Jesus said, “Woe unto those who do anything through their own presumption, and not through God.”


Jesus said, “Woe unto those who join together their offenses as with a long rope.”


Jesus said, “These are they that stretch the warps and weave nothing.”


Jesus said, “A man had three servants; one who consumed his substance with harlots and flute-players; another who increased it; and another who hid the talent. Afterwards, one was accepted, one was blamed alone, and another 
was shut up in jail.”


“Christ bade men to abandon and disregard [curious questions], which cause much strife, and not to waste their thoughts upon things which have been removed far from their knowledge; but as much as possible to seek the Lord of the universe with the whole mind and spirit.”


Christ said: “Wisdom killeth her own children.”


Jesus said, “Wisdom sendeth forth her own children.”


Jesus said, “God made the heaven and the earth and all things which are therein.”


Jesus said, “The soul is altogether impenetrable and hard to make out. For it abideth not always in the same form or shape, or in one condition, so that any one might express it by a type, or might lay hold upon its essence.”


The Lord revealed unto Philip what the soul must say when it ascendeth to heaven, and what it must answer to each of the powers above. Namely, “I have known myself, and have gathered myself together everywhere, and have not begotten children for the prince [of this world,] ……but have extirpated his roots, and have gathered together the scattered members, and know who thou art . For I am one of those above.” And if it so speaketh, it is absolute. But if it is convicted that it hath borne a son, it is kept below, until it can take its children up and draw them to itself.”


Salome said, “Until when shall death have dominion?” He said: “As long as ye women bring forth. For I came to destroy the works of the woman, namely, of lust; of the works, namely, of birth and of destruction.” And she said, “I did well, then, in not bringing forth.” The Lord answered, saying: “Eat every herb, but of that which hath bitterness, eat not….And Salome, inquiring concerning when the things in regard to which he spake should be known, and when his kingdom should come, the Lord said : When ye shall trample underfoot the garment of modesty. . . when the two shall be one, and that which is without as that which is within, and the male with the female neither male nor female.”


Jesus said, “If ye do not make what is on the right to be left, and the left right, and what is above to be below, and what is before to be behind, ye shall not perceive the kingdom of God. If ye do not make your low things high, and your crooked things straight, ye shall not enter into my kingdom.”


Jesus said, “Let not the one who is married put away [his wife], and he who is unmarried, let him not marry. Let him who for the sake of chastity hath agreed not to marry, remain unmarried.”


Jesus said, “Let the women be subject unto their own husbands.”


Jesus said, “The son and daughter shall inherit alike.”


Jesus said, “Even if a woman doth all that is right, and yet once committeth the sin of adultery, she must be punished.”


Jesus said, “Keep the flesh holy and the seal unspotted, that ye may receive eternal life.”


Jesus said, “Preserve ye the flesh, that ye may become partakers of the spirit. The flesh must be contended with, be evil entreated, and its unbridled lust in no way be yielded to; but the soul must be made to grow through faith and knowledge.”


Jesus said, “Should any one for this reason kiss [a woman] a second time, because she pleased him, [he committeth sin]. Men must therefore act thus with extreme caution in the kiss [of peace], (or rather the salutation), as knowing that, if per chance it should be sullied by thought, it would place them out of the pale of eternal life.”


Jesus said, “If any one shall leave all things for my name's sake, at the second coming he shall inherit everlasting life.”


Jesus said, “Many shall come in my name, clothed outwardly in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. And there shall be schisms and heresies. Many false Christs and false apostles shall arise and shall deceive many of the faithful.”


Jesus said, “They are false Christs and false teachers, who have blasphemed the Spirit of grace, and done despite to the gift they had from Him, after the grace [of baptism], to whom forgiveness shall not be granted, neither in this world nor in that which is to come.”


Jesus said, “A false prophet must first come from some deceiver; and then in like manner, after the removal of the holy place, the true Gospel must be secretly sent abroad for the rectification of the heresies that shall be. …And then, toward the end, shall appear the world-deceiver as Son of God, and shall do signs and wonders; and the earth shall be delivered into his hands, and he shall do iniquitous things which have never yet come to pass since the beginning; and after this, the eternal light having sprung up, all the things of darkness must disappear.”


Jesus said, “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”


Jesus said, “What I say unto one of you, I say unto all.”


Jesus said, “Then shall the wicked go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous shall go into life eternal, to inherit those things which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, such things as God hath prepared for them that love Him.”


Jesus said, “Good things are prepared which the angels desire to look into.”


Jesus said, “Often did I desire to hear one of these words, and I had not one to tell me.”


Jesus said, “The days will come in which vines shall grow, having each ten thousand branches, and in each branch ten thousand twigs, and in each true twig ten thousand shoots, and in every one of the shoots ten thousand clusters, and on every one of the clusters ten thousand grapes, and every grape when pressed will give five and twenty meters of wine. And when any one of the saints shall lay hold of a cluster, another shall cry out, “I am a better cluster, take me; 
bless the Lord through me.”... In like manner, a grain of wheat shall produce ten thousand ears, and every ear shall have ten thousand grains, and every grain shall yield ten pounds of clear, pure, fine flour; and apples, and seeds, and grass shall produce in similar proportions; and all animals, feeding then only on the productions of the earth, shall be come peaceable and harmonious, and be in perfect subjection to man. 


…And Judas the traitor, not believing, and asking, “How shall such growths be accomplished by the Lord?” the Lord said: They shall see who shall come to them. These, then, are the times mentioned by the prophet Isaiah, “And the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.”


Jesus said, “By way of reproach, he said to Jerusalem: Sodom is justified of thee.”


Jesus said, “O Father, let their temple be desolate.”


Jesus said, “The Gentiles are justified more than ye. Many shall come from the east, and from the west, the north, and the south, and shall recline on the bosoms of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob.”


Jesus said, “Prophesying concerning the temple, he said: See ye these buildings? Verily, I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another which shall not be taken away; and this generation shall not pass until the destruction begins. For they shall come and shall sit here, and shall besiege it, and shall slay your children here.”


Jesus said, “I will cleanse the house of my kingdom from every stumbling block.”


Jesus said, “Whoso reedeemeth souls from idols, he shall be great in my kingdom. Of the hire of an harlot hath she gathered them, and to the hire of an harlot shall they return; from filth it came, to the place of filth shall it go.”


Jesus said, “Be ye valiant in war, and fight with the ancient enemy, and ye shall receive the everlasting kingdom.”


Jesus said, “Neither did he sin at all, nor his parents, but that the power of God might be made manifest through him in healing the sins of ignorance.”


Jesus said, “To his chosen, he saith: Go ye out of the house of my Father.”


Jesus said, “Let us resist all iniquity and hold it in hatred.”


“The Savior himself testified that Solomon was wiser than all who came before.”


Jesus said, “Few things are needful, or just one.”


Jesus said, “Blessed is he who also fasts for this, that he might feed the poor.”


Jesus said, “Honor the demons, not that ye may be assisted by them, but that they may not injure you.”


Jesus said, “The Father begat me, he said, and I came forth from the Father, and am here.”

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