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a prophet is not without honor save in his own country

One will not be regarded as a figure of authority or knowledge within one's own community, as the people there will not feel like one has the right to preach to them. Spoken by Jesus in the Bible passage Mark 6:4 in reference to the fact that the people of Nazareth refused to believe in him as a prophet. He has a very large following in parts of Europe and Asia, even though he is largely denounced as a dangerous radical here. A prophet is not without honor save in his own country.

prophet of doom

A person who always warns others about possible negative consequences of decisions or actions. Don't tell Rodney about your new plan—he's such a prophet of doom that he'll completely kill your motivation.
See also: doom, of, prophet
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prophet is not without honor save in his own country

Prov. Everyone recognizes that a wise person is wise, except for the people close to him or her. (Biblical.) No one in the novelist's country would publish her books, but last year she won the Nobel Prize. A prophet is not without honor save in his own country.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a ˌprophet of ˈdoom


a ˈdoom merchant

a person who always expects that things will go very badly: Various prophets of doom have suggested that standards in education are worse than ever.
See also: doom, of, prophet
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References in classic literature ?
Not a solitary commoner ever has the luck to see a reception of a prophet, I can tell you.
We found afterwards that we had come near seeing another patriarch, and likewise a genuine prophet besides, but at the last moment they sent regrets.
"We meet at last, Caiaphas," said the prophet. "Your church and mine are the only realities on this earth.
The prophet of the sun leaned easily against the mantelpiece and resumed:
It was impossible to avoid the feeling which the prophet's winged words had fanned, that here was a sullen, professional suspecter of men overwhelmed by a prouder and purer spirit of natural liberty and health.
Kalon the prophet stood away from the paper with that loyal unconsciousness that had carried him through.
"Come, come, prophet," interrupted Flambeau, with a kind of sneer; "remember that all this world is a cloudland."
The tall prophet retreated before the tiny priest in an almost mad disorder.
It came with this precious prophet, or whatever he calls himself, who taught her to stare at the hot sun with the naked eye.
And the prophet lost five hundred thousand pounds and committed one of the most brutal and brilliant murders in human history for nothing."
But the Prophet Elijah came to him there and read his fate to him, and the fate of Jezebel; and said that in the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs should also lick his blood--and he said, likewise, the dogs should eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
The prophet Elisha declared that within four and twenty hours the prices of food should go down to nothing, almost, and it was so.
I don't care about knuckling under to any man, as these folk do to their darned prophet. I'm a free-born American, and it's all new to me.
OEDIPUS Did the same prophet then pursue his craft?
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