Mark 6 captures the origin of these two common sayings. The first is: A prophet is without honor in his . . . hometown. And the second is: Bring me his head on a . . . platter.
A prophet without honor in his hometown . . . That’s a reference to Jesus’ reception, or rather his rejection, in Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. And Bring me his head on a platter is a reference to John the Baptist’s execution by King Herod Agrippa.