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Jesus says: "Blessed is the person who has struggled. He has found life." © Patterson-Robinson
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Jesus says: "Blessed is the person who has struggled. He has found life."
Other New Testament Parallels

James 1:12
12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Luke 6:20-22
20Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.

Matthew 5:3-12

3"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


1 Peter 3:14a
14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear[a]; do not be frightened."
Hebrew/Jewish/Samaritan Parallels

Marqah, Memar 2.1
In the depths of an abundant spring is the life of the world. Let us rise with understanding to drink from its waters! We thirst for the waters of life.

Marqah, Memar 2.9, 12
Deity drew for him the waters of Life [mayah chayyah] which watered his heart, until it produced that which gives life. Prophecy drew for him the waters of Life which purified his soul, until it made every soul great. Truth drew for him the waters of Life which made his spirit great, until it was able to illumine. And the four Names [of God]* drew for him the waters of life, so that he might be lifted up and glorified in every place.

Proverbs 8:34-36

34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. 36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."

Sirach 51:26-27
26 Submit your neck to her yoke, that your mind may accept her teaching. For she is close to those who seek her, and the one who is in earnest finds her. 27 See for yourselves! I have labored only a little, but have found much.
Other Parallels

The Song of Ascent (Mandaean)
How much I look forward to the day when my struggle is over, to the day when my struggle is over and my course is set towards the Place of Life.

Ginza Rba 30 (Mandaean)

... I climbed the mountain and fell not, I came (thither) and found the life of my Self...I went into fire and burned not, I came, and found the life of my Self...I came, the life of my Self I found, Yea, Life! lo, Life! Life hath triumphed over this world. And Life is victorious.

Ginza Rba 96 (Mandaean)
...life supported life, life found its own. its own self did life find and my soul found that for which it had looked. renowned is life and victorious and victorious the man who went hence.

Pseudo-Crates Epistle 15 (Cynic)
Shun not only the worst of evils, injustic and self-indulgence, but also their causes, pleasures. For you will concentrate on these alone, both present and future, and on nothing else. And pursue not only the best of goods, self control and perseverance, but also their causes, toils, and do not shun them on account of their harshness. For would you not exchange inferior things for something great? As you would receeive gold in exchange for copper, so you would receive virtue in exchange for toils.

Pseudo-Crates Epistle 16 (Cynic)
Text unknown, a letter to his disciples about the harsh Cynic lifestyle like 15 above.

Coptic Thomas 18
The disciples said to Jesus: "Tell us how our end will be." Jesus said: "Have you already discovered the beginning that you are now asking about the end? For where the beginning is, there the end will be too. Blessed is he who will stand at the beginning. And he will know the end, and he will not taste death." © Patterson-Robinson
Coptic Thomas 19
Jesus says: "Blessed is he who was, before he came into being. If you become disciples of mine (and) listen to my words, these stones will serve you. For you have five trees in Paradise that do not change during summer (and) winter, and their leaves do not fall. Whoever comes to know them will not taste death." © Patterson-Robinson
Coptic Thomas 59
Jesus says: "Look for the Living One while you are alive, so that you will not die (and) then seek to see him. And you will not be able to see (him)."© Patterson-Robinson
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Jesus says: "Adam came from a great power and a great wealth. But he did not become worthy of you. For if he had been worthy, (then) [he would] not [have tasted] death." © Patterson-Robinson
Coptic Thomas 101
"Whoever does not hate his [father] and his mother as I do will not be able to be a [disciple] of mine. And whoever does [not] love [his father] and his mother as I do will not be able to be a [disciple] of mine. For my mother […], but my true [mother] gave me life." © Patterson-Robinson
Coptic Thomas 111
Jesus says: "The heavens will roll up before you, and the earth. And whoever is living from the living one will not see death." Does not Jesus say: "Whoever has found himself, of him the world is not worthy"?© Patterson-Robinson
Coptic Thomas 114
Simon Peter said to them: "Let Mary go away from us, for women are not worthy of life." Jesus said: "Look, I will draw her in so as to make her male, so that she too may become a living male spirit, similar to you." (But I say to you): "Every woman who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven." © Patterson-Robinson
Commentary

Rick Van Vliet
It seems the closest parallels are to James and the Mandaeans, as is so often the case. The only ones that have both the struggle and finding life. In the Mandaean case, the Place of Life/Light. A kind of Heaven/refuge between worlds. Perhaps a common origin, after all, Jesus in Thomas says to tell people you come from the [place of] light, and all those other life/light parallels with the Mandaeans. In the case of James, as so often the case, it seems the author was familiar with the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas and referencing them to make his point to someone else also familiar with it.
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