Matthew 10:29
New International Version
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care.

New Living Translation
What is the price of two sparrows--one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.

English Standard Version
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

Berean Study Bible
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.

Berean Literal Bible
Are not two sparrows sold for an assarion? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

New American Standard Bible
"Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

King James Bible
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

Christian Standard Bible
Aren't two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's consent.

Contemporary English Version
Aren't two sparrows sold for only a penny? But your Father knows when any one of them falls to the ground.

Good News Translation
For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father's consent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Aren't two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's consent.

International Standard Version
"Two sparrows are sold for a penny, aren't they? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's permission.

NET Bible
Aren't two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will.

New Heart English Bible
"Are not two sparrows sold for an assarion coin? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father's will,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny, and not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Aren't two sparrows sold for a penny? Not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's permission.

New American Standard 1977
“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

King James 2000 Bible
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

American King James Version
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

American Standard Version
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father.

Darby Bible Translation
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall to the ground without your Father;

English Revised Version
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father:

Webster's Bible Translation
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father.

Weymouth New Testament
Do not two sparrows sell for a halfpenny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's leave.

World English Bible
"Aren't two sparrows sold for an assarion coin? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father's will,

Young's Literal Translation
'Are not two sparrows sold for an assar? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father;
Study Bible
Fear God Alone
28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:26
Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

Matthew 6:26
Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns--and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Mark 12:42
Then one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amounted to a small fraction of a denarius.

Luke 12:6
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.

Treasury of Scripture

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

two.

Luke 12:6,7
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? …

farthing.

Matthew 18:28
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

and one.

Psalm 104:27-30
These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season…







Lexicon
{Are} not
Οὐχὶ (Ouchi)
IntPrtcl
Strong's Greek 3780: By no means, not at all. Intensive of ou; not indeed.

two
δύο (dyo)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1417: Two. A primary numeral; 'two'.

sparrows
στρουθία (strouthia)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4765: A small bird, sparrow. Diminutive of strouthos; a little sparrow.

sold
πωλεῖται (pōleitai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4453: To sell, exchange, barter. Probably ultimately from pelomai; to barter, i.e. To sell.

for a penny?
ἀσσαρίου (assariou)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 787: A small coin equal to the tenth part of a drachma. Of Latin origin; an assarius or as, a Roman coin.

Yet
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

one
ἓν (hen)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1520: One. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one.

of
ἐξ (ex)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

them
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Neuter 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

will fall
πεσεῖται (peseitai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4098: A reduplicated and contracted form of peto; probably akin to petomai through the idea of alighting; to fall.

to
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

ground
γῆν (gēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1093: Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe.

apart from the will
ἄνευ (aneu)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 427: Without, without the cooperation (or knowledge) of. A primary particle; without.

of your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

Father.
Πατρὸς (Patros)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.
(29) Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?--The coin mentioned here is not the same as the "farthing" of Mark 12:42. The word there is kodrant?s, the quadrans, or fourth part, of the Roman as; here it is assarion, the diminutive of the as, and equal to the tenth part of the denarius. The fact that the denarius was the average day's wages of a soldier or a labourer, gives a fair approximation to its value. The homeliness of the illustration was adapted to the past experience of the apostles. It appears in a yet more homely form, in the "five sparrows sold for two farthings" of Luke 12:6, the cheapness that thus tempted the purchaser witnessing to the small account men took of the birds so bargained for.

Without your Father.--The primary thought is obviously that the providence of God extends to the very meanest of His creatures. The thoughts with which we in these later days are more familiar may lead us to think of that Providence as more commonly working under the form of fixed and general laws; but, however this may be, the truth remains unaltered, for law itself is but the expression of the will of God, and faith may accept the law as working out a divine purpose of good for the universe and for every free agent who consciously accepts it.

Verse 29. - Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? The form of the saying in Luke 12:6 is practically equivalent ("Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings?"); for sparrows are so common and cheap that if a man buys two farthings' worth he gets one thrown in. "At the present day the markets of Jerusalem and Jaffa are attended by many 'f owlets,' who offer for sale long strings of little birds of various species, chiefly sparrows, wagtails, and larks. These are also frequently sold ready plucked, trussed in rows of about a dozen on slender wooden skewers, and are cooked and eaten like kabobs" (Tristram, in Smith's 'Dict. of Bible,' 3:1366, where is added an into-resting account of the various methods of catching them). A farthing (ἀσσαρίου). This might either be one of the coins of the Herods (ver. 9, note), or, as it seems, a "second brass" Antiochene as (cf. Madden, 'Coins of the Jews,' p. 301, etc.). And one of them shall not fall - and not one of them shall fall (Revised Version, more idiomatically) - on the ground. Dead. In the parallel passage in Luke, more generally, "Not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God," even in life. Origen and Chrysostom read, "fall into the snare" (cf. Ames 3:5). Without (ἄνευ). Ξωρίς would deny merely physical connexion (cf. John 15:5), and the sentence would then imply that God causes their death; ἄνευ is only negative, and the sentence implies that their death is not outside of his knowledge and care. In Amos 3:5 the thought is that for every event there is a cause; here that every event is taken notice of by God. Sennacherib's boast (Isaiah 36:10) contained a truth other than he intended. Your Father. For this and nothing less is God's relation to you. There is a Talmudic tale told in various forms, of which the earliest seems to be that R. Simon ben Jochai, after hiding thirteen years in a cave, saw from the entrance of it a fowler snaring birds, but that these could not be taken if the Divine voice (Bath Qol) said, "Released" (dimus,' dimissus). "A bird," said the rabbi, "perishes not without God, much less a man," and he returned to the city (Talm. Jeremiah, 'Shebiith,' 9:1). 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.
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