Matthew 13:57 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 13:57, NIV: 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.'

Matthew 13:57, ESV: And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”

Matthew 13:57, KJV: 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.

Matthew 13:57, NASB: And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not dishonored except in hishometown and in his own household.'

Matthew 13:57, NLT: And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, 'A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.'

Matthew 13:57, CSB: And they were offended by him.Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his household."

What does Matthew 13:57 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The people of the town Jesus grew up in, Nazareth, took offense at Him. Scripture records that they were "astonished" by His wisdom and His mighty works. However, this was not an amazement leading to sincere questions or belief. Rather, it was offense. In their minds, they already knew who Jesus was, based on His childhood. They were not only disinterested in more information; they were insulted at the idea that someone like Jesus could be so important. The sense of this passage is that the Nazarenes thought the hometown boy was trying to rise above His place.

Luke describes their rejection as happening for a more specific reason and with more dire consequences. Whether it was the same visit or another one, the people flew into a rage after Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of one of Isaiah's prophecies about the Messiah. He compared them to those in the Old Testament Scriptures who were not miraculously saved by God. They tried to throw Jesus off a cliff (Luke 4:16–29)! Whatever the reason for their offense at Jesus, He responded to them by comparing Himself to the Old Testament prophets: "A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household" (Mark 6:4).

This phenomenon is partly summed up in the English expression "familiarity breeds contempt." When we're exposed to certain things, we tend to take them for granted. That can either mean missing their value, or letting our assumptions become dogmatic. Many people have misconceptions about faith, and about Jesus Christ. When the truth is presented, such people often become offended—they don't like to be told their perception of Christ is wrong. Rather than respond to evidence, they dismiss it as if to say, "I don't know where you came up with that, but I already know what I need to know."