SAYING 74: He said, “Lord, there are many about the well, but no one in the well.”
This saying is problematic because we’re not sure who the “he” is in reference to. Is Jesus the one saying, “O Lord, there are many around the drinking trough but nothing in the cistern”? Or is this one of his un-named disciples – perhaps Thomas – speaking to Jesus?
It may not be a disciple since the phrase “O Lord” is used and Jesus has previously established – more than once – that he is not their Master or Lord. So, perhaps this is meant to reflect something that Jesus said to his disciples, and the “O Lord” reference is merely used for dramatic effect.