Matthew 13:57
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And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home."

King James Bible
And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

Darby Bible Translation
And they were offended in him. And Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honour, unless in his country and in his house.

World English Bible
They were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house."

Young's Literal Translation
and they were stumbled at him. And Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honour except in his own country, and in his own house:'

Matthew 13:57 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And they were offended in him - They took offense at him, εσκανδαλιζοντο εν αυτω, making the meanness of his family the reason why they would not receive him as a prophet, though they were astonished at his wisdom, and at his miracles, Matthew 13:54. So their pride and their envy were the causes of their destruction.

A prophet is not without honor - This seems to have been a proverbial mode of speech, generally true, but not without some exceptions. The apparent meanness of our Lord was one pretense why they rejected him; and yet, God manifested in the flesh, humbling himself to the condition of a servant, and to the death of the cross, is the only foundation for the salvation of a lost world. Perhaps our Lord means, by prophet, in this place, himself alone, as if he had said, My ministry is more generally reputed, and my doctrine better received, in any other part of the land than in my own country, among my own relatives; because, knowing the obscurity of my birth, they can scarcely suppose that I have these things from heaven.

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Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he, whoever shall not be offended in me.

Isaiah 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel...

Isaiah 49:7 Thus said the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despises, to him whom the nation abhors...

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him...

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon?...

Luke 2:34,35 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel...

Luke 7:23 And blessed is he, whoever shall not be offended in me.

John 6:42,61 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he said...

1 Corinthians 1:23-28 But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness...

A prophet.

Mark 6:14 And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead...

Luke 4:24 And he said, Truly I say to you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

John 4:44 For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet has no honor in his own country.

Acts 3:22,23 For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you of your brothers, like to me...

Acts 7:37-39,51,52 This is that Moses, which said to the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you of your brothers...

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Toleration
(Preached at Christ Church, Marylebone, 1867, for the Bishop of London's Fund.) MATTHEW xiii. 24-30. The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the household came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

Ears and no Ears
'Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.--MATT. xiii. 8. This saying was frequently on our Lord's lips, and that in very various connections. He sometimes, as in the instance before us, appended it to teaching which, from its parabolic form, required attention to disentangle the spiritual truth implied. He sometimes used it to commend some strange, new revolutionary teaching to men's investigation--as, for instance, after that great declaration of the nullity of ceremonial worship, how that nothing
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Parable of the Tares, by Bishop Latimer, Preached on the 7Th of February, 1553.
MATTHEW XIII.--The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way, &c. This is a parable or similitude wherein our Saviour compared the kingdom of God, that is, the preaching of his word, wherein consisteth the salvation of mankind, unto a husbandman who sowed good seed in his field. But before we come unto the matter, you shall first learn to understand what this word parable, which
John Knox—The Pulpit Of The Reformation, Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

A Man Reaps More than He Sows.
A MAN REAPS MORE THAN HE SOWS. "But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold."--Matt. xiii: 8. If I sow a bushel, I expect to reap ten or twenty bushels. I can sow in one day what will take ten men to reap. The Spaniards have this proverb: "Sow a thought and reap an act. Sow an act, and reap a habit. Sow a habit, and reap a character. Sow a character and reap a destiny." And it takes a longer time to reap than to sow. I have heard
Dwight L. Moody—Sowing and Reaping

Cross References
Matthew 11:6
Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me."

Matthew 13:58
And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Mark 6:1
Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples.

Mark 6:4
Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home."

Luke 4:24
"Truly I tell you," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown.

John 4:44
(Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)

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