And as they heard these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem…
"Dost thou believe this doctrine that I ask thee of? Dost thou hold it firmly?" "Indeed I do, sir. I keep it most carefully." "Keep it carefully! What dost thou mean?" "I have it, sir, folded away in a napkin." "A napkin! What is the name of that napkin?" "It is called secret doubt." "And why dost thou keep the truth in the napkin of secret doubt?" "They tell me that if exposed to the air of inquiry it will disappear; so, when asked for it, I shall not have it, and shall perish." "Thou art foolish, and they that have told thee this arc foolish. Truth is corn, and thou wilt not be asked for the corn first given thee, but for sheaves. Thou art as if keeping thy corn in the sack of unbelief. The corn shall be taken from thee if thou use it not, and thyself put in thy sack of unbelief, and drowned in the deep, as evil-doers were punished in old times."
(Thomas T. Lynch.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.