A Proverb on Honor and Community

A stone in its own place is weighty

Local Oral Tradition

This proverb means that a person is honored most in his own community. We have greater influence and “weight” where we are known and we feel the loss of that reputation when we are outsiders somewhere.

But as my eight-year-old son pointed out, this proverb may be generally true, but it is not true of prophets, those honored everywhere but their hometown (Matthew 13:57).

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