Gospel of Thomas Saying 73

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Nag Hammadi Coptic Text

Gospel of Thomas Coptic Text


(73) Jesus said: The harvest is indeed great, but the labourers are few. But pray the Lord, that he send forth labourers into the harvest.


(73) Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. So plead with the lord to dispatch workers for the harvest."


77 [73]. Jesus says: "The harvest is great but the labourers are few. Pray the Lord to send labourers for the harvest."

Funk's Parallels

Luke 10:1-16, Matt 9:35-38, John 4:31-38.

Visitor Comments

Jesus is asking God to send forth workers to help with the harvest which is now beginning. What is God asking you to do?
- Simon Magus

This quote is saying that true seekers are few even when the reward is eternal life. Few are the people who long to see god face to face and who are not deluded by their own egos.
- unknown

Scholarly Quotes

Rabbi Tarfon in Pirke Aboth 2.20 says: "The day is short, and the work is great, and the laborers are slow, and the wages are high, and the master of the house is insistent." (The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus, p. 97)

Funk and Hoover write: "This saying evidently originated in the context of the Christian movement, at a time when missionary endeavor was a major activity. In addition, the image of the harvest is usually associated with the threat of judgment, a theme that was not characteristic of Jesus." (The Five Gospels, p. 514)

Gerd Ludemann writes: "The logion corresponds to Matt. 9.37-38/Luke 10.2 (=Q), but does not read 'of the harvest' after 'the lord' as Matthew and Luke do. There is no evidence of dependence on the Synoptic parallels." (Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 627)

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Gospel of Thomas Saying 73

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