Matthew 10:30
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New International Version
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

New Living Translation
And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.

English Standard Version
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

New American Standard Bible
"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

King James Bible
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But even the hairs of your head have all been counted.

International Standard Version
Indeed, even the hairs on your head have all been counted!

NET Bible
Even all the hairs on your head are numbered.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But your hairs of your head are all numbered.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Every hair on your head has been counted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

King James 2000 Bible
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

American King James Version
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

American Standard Version
but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Darby Bible Translation
but of you even the hairs of the head are all numbered.

English Revised Version
but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Weymouth New Testament
But as for you, the very hairs on your heads are all numbered.

World English Bible
but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Young's Literal Translation
and of you -- even the hairs of the head are all numbered;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:16-42 Our Lord warned his disciples to prepare for persecution. They were to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies, all meddling with worldly or political concerns, all appearance of evil or selfishness, and all underhand measures. Christ foretold troubles, not only that the troubles might not be a surprise, but that they might confirm their faith. He tells them what they should suffer, and from whom. Thus Christ has dealt fairly and faithfully with us, in telling us the worst we can meet with in his service; and he would have us deal so with ourselves, in sitting down and counting the cost. Persecutors are worse than beasts, in that they prey upon those of their own kind. The strongest bonds of love and duty, have often been broken through from enmity against Christ. Sufferings from friends and relations are very grievous; nothing cuts more. It appears plainly, that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution; and we must expect to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations. With these predictions of trouble, are counsels and comforts for a time of trial. The disciples of Christ are hated and persecuted as serpents, and their ruin is sought, and they need the serpent's wisdom. Be ye harmless as doves. Not only, do nobody any hurt, but bear nobody any ill-will. Prudent care there must be, but not an anxious, perplexing thought; let this care be cast upon God. The disciples of Christ must think more how to do well, than how to speak well. In case of great peril, the disciples of Christ may go out of the way of danger, though they must not go out of the way of duty. No sinful, unlawful means may be used to escape; for then it is not a door of God's opening. The fear of man brings a snare, a perplexing snare, that disturbs our peace; an entangling snare, by which we are drawn into sin; and, therefore, it must be striven and prayed against. Tribulation, distress, and persecution cannot take away God's love to them, or theirs to him. Fear Him, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. They must deliver their message publicly, for all are deeply concerned in the doctrine of the gospel. The whole counsel of God must be made known, Ac 20:27. Christ shows them why they should be of good cheer. Their sufferings witnessed against those who oppose his gospel. When God calls us to speak for him, we may depend on him to teach us what to say. A believing prospect of the end of our troubles, will be of great use to support us under them. They may be borne to the end, because the sufferers shall be borne up under them. The strength shall be according to the day. And it is great encouragement to those who are doing Christ's work, that it is a work which shall certainly be done. See how the care of Providence extends to all creatures, even to the sparrows. This should silence all the fears of God's people; Ye are of more value than many sparrows. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. This denotes the account God takes and keeps of his people. It is our duty, not only to believe in Christ, but to profess that faith, in suffering for him, when we are called to it, as well as in serving him. That denial of Christ only is here meant which is persisted in, and that confession only can have the blessed recompence here promised, which is the real and constant language of faith and love. Religion is worth every thing; all who believe the truth of it, will come up to the price, and make every thing else yield to it. Christ will lead us through sufferings, to glory with him. Those are best prepared for the life to come, that sit most loose to this present life. Though the kindness done to Christ's disciples be ever so small, yet if there be occasion for it, and ability to do no more, it shall be accepted. Christ does not say that they deserve a reward; for we cannot merit any thing from the hand of God; but they shall receive a reward from the free gift of God. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to him in all things.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 30. - But the very hairs of your head. "Your" emphatic, in contrast to the care bestowed on sparrows. (For the thought, compare not only the parallel passage, Luke 12:7, but also Luke 21:18; Acts 27:34.) Are all numbered. Perhaps long since (ἠριθμημέναι εἰσίν). When Job complained the Lord answered him, "Many hairs have! made on man, and for every single hair its own pit, that not two hairs should draw their sustenance from one pit... shall I make no mistake about this, and vet make a mistake in thy name and spell it not Ijob (Job, איוב), but Ojeb (enemy, אויב)?" (Talm. Bab., 'Baba Bathra,' 16a).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. A proverbial expression, showing the perfect knowledge God has, and the exquisite care he takes, in providence, of all his creatures, particularly men, and especially his dear children and faithful ministers; as not a sparrow, so not a single hair of a man's head falls to the ground without the knowledge, and will of God: a way of speaking sometimes used to signify, that not the least hurt or damage should befall a person; see 1 Samuel 14:45 and the phraseology of the text was in use, and very well known by the Jews; for so they represent God speaking (i);

"do not I number all the hairs of every creature?''

As our Lord applies this particularly to his disciples, his sense is, that they had no reason to be afraid of men, or fear anything that should befall them, for their bearing a faithful testimony to him; for, their valuable lives were under the special and peculiar care of divine providence; not only the days, months, and years of their lives were with God, and put down in his book of purposes and decrees, which could neither be shortened nor lengthened; and not only the more principal, and even all the members of their bodies were written in his book of providence, and a singular care taken of them; but even their very excrescences, the more minute parts, and which were of no great account with them, the "hairs" of their head", even "all" of them, were not only known, but numbered", taken account of; yea, the thing was done already, it was not to be done; a very strong way of setting forth the doctrine of divine providence: a doctrine which the Jews were not unacquainted with, who say (k);

"that the events of man, and accidents which come upon him, , "are all by", or "in the hands of God";''

and (l) that

"nothing is by chance, but all things are "with design";''

or, as they elsewhere say (m),

"a man does not hurt his finger below, but they proclaim concerning it above;''

that is, as the gloss explains it, , "it is decreed" concerning it: which comes very near to the phrase here used.

(i) Pesikta, fol. 18. 4. apud Drusium in loc. (k) Piske Tosaphot ad Cetubot, art. 119. (l) Kimchi in Psalm 104.4. (m) T. Bab. Cholin, fol. 7. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

30. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered—See Lu 21:18 (and compare for the language 1Sa 14:45; Ac 27:34).

Matthew 10:30 Additional Commentaries
Fearing God Alone
29"Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31"So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
Cross References
1 Samuel 14:45
But the men said to Saul, "Should Jonathan die--he who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Never! As surely as the LORD lives, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God's help." So the men rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death.

2 Samuel 14:11
She said, "Then let the king invoke the LORD his God to prevent the avenger of blood from adding to the destruction, so that my son will not be destroyed." "As surely as the LORD lives," he said, "not one hair of your son's head will fall to the ground."

1 Kings 1:52
Solomon replied, "If he shows himself to be worthy, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die."

Luke 12:7
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 21:18
But not a hair of your head will perish.

Acts 27:34
Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head."
Treasury of Scripture

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

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Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

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