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Luke 4:24

ESV And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.
NIV "Truly I tell you," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown.
NASB But He said, 'Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown.
CSB He also said, "Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown.
NLT But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.
KJV And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country,
NKJV Then He said, ÔÇťAssuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.

What does Luke 4:24 mean?

When visiting His childhood home of Nazareth (Luke 4:15–21), Jesus made bold statements about His role as the Messiah. The people's response was skeptical; they could only see Jesus as another ordinary, unimportant Nazarene (Mark 6:1–3). This inspires Jesus' remark, which parallels the English proverb "familiarity breeds contempt." The people assume that because they watched Jesus growing up, He must not be special. In their minds, the Messiah is supposed to be a mysterious, mystical figure (John 7:27). The person speaking now, to them, is merely the son of Mary and Joseph (Matthew 13:55).

Though the people are skeptical, they have been positive about Jesus' teaching, so far (Luke 4:22). That will change drastically when Jesus points out that God will send His messengers to Gentiles when Israel refuses to listen (Luke 4:25–27). These Nazarene neighbors will become violently enraged (Luke 4:28–30).
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