Gospel of Thomas - Chapter 047

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Saying 45

(45) Jesus said, "Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they do not produce fruit. A good man brings forth good from his storehouse; an evil man brings forth evil things from his evil storehouse, which is in his heart, and says evil things. For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil things."

A good man brings forth good from his storehouse

The word אוצר store house is composed of the word אור light and the letter צ which is the 'heart of the righteous man'.

The word בל heart is pronounce Bal. Look familiar? It is a phonetic pun to בעל Baal which also mean 'lord' and 'man'. Baal was the god of the OT which opposed God. It is reminiscent of original sin where man is made a peer to God. Here man makes himself lord of his own heart.

The letter represents evil. It is the preaching of holiness and grace without the cross. When the ע is added to bar, 'son', it becomes 'son of evil'. From the heart of בעל comes evil (ע).

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