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Matthew 6:26

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6:26 Look at the birds in the sky: 1  They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds 2  them. Aren’t you more valuable 3  than they are?

Matthew 10:29

Context
10:29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? 4  Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 5 

1 tn Grk “the birds of the sky” or “the birds of the heaven”; the Greek word οὐρανός (ouranos) may be translated either “sky” or “heaven,” depending on the context. The idiomatic expression “birds of the sky” refers to wild birds as opposed to domesticated fowl (cf. BDAG 809 s.v. πετεινόν).

2 tn Or “God gives them food to eat.” L&N 23.6 has both “to provide food for” and “to give food to someone to eat.”

3 tn Grk “of more value.”

4 sn The penny refers to an assarion, a small Roman copper coin. One of them was worth one-sixteenth of a denarius or less than a half hour’s average wage. Sparrows were the cheapest items sold in the market. God knows about even the most financially insignificant things; see Isa 49:15.

5 tn Or “to the ground without the knowledge and consent of your Father.”



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