The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 10:30
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
proverbial expression, showing the perfect knowledge God has, and
the exquisite care he takes, in providence, of all his creatures,
particularly men, and especially his dear children and faithful
ministers; as not a sparrow, so not a single hair of a man's head
falls to the ground without the knowledge, and will of God: a way of
speaking sometimes used to signify, that not the least hurt or
damage should befall a person; see (1 Samuel 14:45) (2 Samuel 14:11) (Acts 27:34)
and the phraseology of the text was in use, and very well known by
the Jews; for so they represent God speaking F9;
``do not I number all the hairs of every creature?''
As our Lord applies this particularly to his disciples, his sense is,
that they had no reason to be afraid of men, or fear anything that
should befall them, for their bearing a faithful testimony to him;
for, their valuable lives were under the special and peculiar care of
divine providence; not only the days, months, and years of their
lives were with God, and put down in his book of purposes and
decrees, which could neither be shortened nor lengthened; and not
only the more principal, and even all the members of their bodies
were written in his book of providence, and a singular care taken of
them; but even their very excrescences, the more minute parts, and
which were of no great account with them, the "hairs" of their head",
even "all" of them, were not only known, but numbered", taken account
of; yea, the thing was done already, it was not to be done; a very
strong way of setting forth the doctrine of divine providence: a
doctrine which the Jews were not unacquainted with, who say F11;
``that the events of man, and accidents which come upon him,
(Mymv ydyb lkh) , "are all by", or "in the hands of God";''
and F12 that
``nothing is by chance, but all things are (tnwkb) , "with
or, as they elsewhere say F13,
``a man does not hurt his finger below, but they proclaim
concerning it above;''
that is, as the gloss explains it, (wyle wrzg) , "it is decreed"
concerning it: which comes very near to the phrase here used.
F9 Pesikta, fol. 18. 4. apud Drusium in loc.
F11 Piske Tosaphot ad Cetubot, art. 119.
F12 Kimchi in Ps. civ. 4.
F13 T. Bab. Cholin, fol. 7. 2.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 10:30". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=010&verse=030>. 1999.