I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.
An eminent divine suffering from a chronic disease, consulted three physicians, who declared, on being questioned by the sick man, that his disease would be followed by death in a shorter or longer time, according to the manner in which he lived; but they unanimously advised him to give up his office, because, in his situation, mental agitation would be fatal to him. "If I give myself to repose," inquired the divine, "how long will you guarantee my life?" "Six years," answered the doctors. "And if I should continue in office?" "Three years at most." "Thank you, gentlemen," he replied; "I should prefer living two or three years in doing some good to living six in idleness."
Parallel VersesKJV: I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.