if you want to experience what he meant
saying- 39; don't squabble with babblers!
the Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge
and hidden them.
They themselves have not entered,
nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to.
You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.
There is also a Pap. Oxyrh. similar version.
This Jesus' saying is likely a sarcasm: the knowledge the learned men possessed was
how to interpret the Mosaic Law, whereas they were ignorant about what Jesus really taught.
So, the Pharisees and scribes knew nothing of value, and what they knew they refused to
Thomas' Jesus did not hand over the keys to Simon Peter (as in Mathew 16:19),
but instead advices his individual followers to be wise and choose in silence the right way
to follow (to be wise as serpents), and not to make a fuss about the neglect or ignorance
of the Pharisees and the scribes or anyone else (to be innocent as doves - play innocence),
because no one actually really need them and their 'knowledge'.
More generally, this saying could be taken as a warning against official institutions
or teachers, as these would be unwilling or ignorant about how to seek the kingdom.
The true seeker cannot be guided as he has to seek alone, by his own
determination and efforts.
Make the right choices in silence,
don't squabble with babblers.
See also saying-102.
Matthew 23:13; Luke 11:52; Matthew 10:16.