And he said (eipen de). Also in Matthew 1:13 . The interjection of these words here by Luke may indicate a break in his address, though there is no other indication of an interval here. Perhaps they only serve to introduce solemnly the new proverb like the words Verily I say unto you (amhn legw umin). This proverb about the prophet having no honour in his own country Jesus had already applied to himself according to John 4:44 . Both Mark 6:4 and Matthew 13:57 give it in a slightly altered form on the last visit of Jesus to Nazareth. The devil had tempted Jesus to make a display of his power to the people by letting them see him floating down from the pinnacle of the temple ( Luke 4:9-11 ).