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Morrish Bible Dictionary
tsippor, στρουθίον. It is supposed that various kinds of small birds are alluded to by these names, being so called because of their 'chirping,' which would include the sparrow. The Hebrew word is often translated 'bird,' but only twice 'sparrow.' It is alluded to in the Psalms as a lonely one upon the housetop, and as such finding a house in the courts of God's house. Psalm 84:3; Psalm 102:7 . In Palestine sparrows are plentiful, and five were sold for two farthings, and yet the Lord said not one fell without His Father's knowledge, adding "Ye are of more value than many sparrows." If God cares for the birds (and here the diminutive is employed), surely He will care for His own beloved ones. Matthew 10:29,31; Luke 12:6,7 . There are several species of sparrow in Palestine, the Passer cisalpinus, etc. The Petrocossyphus cyaneus, or blue thrush, may be alluded to.
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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Sparrow'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/s/sparrow.html. 1897.