And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
He does not doubt wisely who, though stopping short of being an accomplished unbeliever, allows doubt to get ahead of belief; who does not, in fact, make believing his object, using the power and right of doubting only to preserve him against premature and crude and false conclusions. The truth-loving man will read and search, and think, and, let me add, pray, with the view to enlarge, and build, and beautify such a home for his soul as we are reminded of by the words of Solomon. "Every wise woman buildeth her house, but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands;" and "wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars." I believe in the palace-home of wisdom, with its seven pillars. But what home for the soul will the mere habit of doubting — and especially of doubting, for doubting sake — ever build, and what would be the pillars thereof?
(H. H. Dobney.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.