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Today's Verse Analysis

A crowd gathers, and Jesus addresses his followers.

Spoken to
KJV Verse

Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

NIV Verse:

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

What His Listeners Heard:

Instead, even the hairs of that head of yours all have been counted. Don't be afraid. You are more important than many sparrows.

Lost In Translation:

There is no "very" in this Greek. It is added to make this seem more like Matthew, which does have it.

"Are numbered" is from the Greek source of our word "arithmetic," which means "to count", "to number", "to count out", "to pay," and "to account." It is in the passive, past perfect tense: "have been numbered." This is a task completed in the past.

"Are of more value" and "are worth more are from a Greek word that means"to be different from," and "to be of importance."  Jesus uses this word three times to compare men to animals: sparrows here, birds in Matthew 6:26, and sheep in Matthew 12:12. The word also means "to spread fame" which gives this word a triple meaning.

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What Jesus's Listeners Heard

The everyday meanings of the Greek words Jesus used were different than the definitions they have been given over time in biblical translation. The word translations here are based upon documents of his time such as the Greek Septuagint, not ideas unknown in his time.

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