- How well it suits all men,
on the subject of chaos,
to say that it is a kind of darkness!
But in fact it comes from a shadow,
which has been called by the name
And the shadow comes
from a product that has existed
since the beginning.
It is, moreover, clear
that it existed before chaos
came into being
I am in the process of becoming
The Nag Hammadi Library
On the Origin of the World
("The Untitled Text")
Translated by Hans-Gebhard Bethge and Bentley Layton