A Prophet Without Honor

Mark 6:1-6

Et egressus inde, abiit in patriam suam: et sequebantur eum discipuli sui: et facto sabbato cœpit in synagoga docere: et multi audientes admirabantur in doctrina ejus, dicentes: Unde huic hæc omnia? et quæ est sapientia, quæ data est illi, et virtutes tales, quæ per manus ejus efficiuntur? Nonne hic est faber, filius Mariæ, frater Jacobi, et Joseph, et Judæ, et Simonis? nonne et sorores ejus hic nobiscum sunt? Et scandalizabantur in illo. Et dicebat illis Jesus: Quia non est propheta sine honore nisi in patria sua, et in domo sua, et in cognatione sua. Et non poterat ibi virtutem ullam facere, nisi paucos infirmos impositis manibus curavit: et mirabatur propter incredulitatem eorum, et circuibat castella in circuitu docens.

And going out from there, he went away to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue. And he was admired by many listening to his teaching, saying, “From where do these things come to him?” And what is this wisdom which has been given him, and these mighty works which are effected by his hand? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, brother of Jacob, and Joseph, and Juda, and Simon? Are not also his sisters here with us?” And they were scandalized in regard of him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house, and among his own relatives.” And he could not perform any miracle there, except that he healed some of the sick by laying his hands on them, and he was amazed on account of their unbelief, and he travelled around the villages in a circuit teaching.


  1. unde (spatial adverb) — from where, whence
  2. cognatio, cognationis — kindred
  3. virtus, virtutis — miracle
  4. ullus, a, um — any
  5. incredulitas, tatis — unbelief
  6. castellum, i — villages

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