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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Sparrow

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Related to Hebrew tsipor , imitation of the sound made by it, "tzip" (Psalms 84:3. (See BIRD.) Leviticus 14:4-7 margin.) On the meaning of the rite in cleansing leper's, one tsippor killed, the other dipped in its blood and let loose alive, Cowper writes: "Dipped in his fellow's blood, The living bird went free; The type, well understood, Expressed the sinner's plea; Described a guilty soul enlarged, And by a Saviour's death discharged." Its commonness gives point to Jesus' remark, "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing ... one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. ... Fear ye not therefore ye are of more value than many sparrows" (Matthew 10:29; Matthew 10:31; Luke 12:6-7). There are one hundred different species of the passerine order in Palestine.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Sparrow'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/s/sparrow.html. 1949.

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