The sparrow is a very common bird in the Bible, appearing more than 150 times. Its appearance is usually associated with God’s care for the people and His promise of protection. The sparrow is often used to illustrate God’s providence and faithfulness to His children.
The sparrow is the symbol for the Holy Spirit in the Bible. In Matthew 10:16, Jesus says, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents.”
A sparrow is a small bird with brown and white feathers. Sparrows are also known to have short life spans and reproduce quickly.
Sparrows have been used as symbols in many cultures throughout history, including in Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism.
Matthew 6:25-34 ESV / 360 helpful votes
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. …
Matthew 10:29-31 ESV / 329 helpful votes
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Luke 12:6 ESV / 276 helpful votes
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Matthew 10:29 ESV / 256 helpful votes
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
Luke 12:7 ESV / 179 helpful votes
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:31 ESV / 159 helpful votes
Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Psalm 84:3 ESV / 108 helpful votes
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
Matthew 6:26 ESV / 97 helpful votes
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Luke 12:6-7 ESV / 81 helpful votes
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Psalm 102:7 ESV / 72 helpful votes
I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
Psalm 139:14 ESV / 64 helpful votes
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
Proverbs 26:2 ESV / 63 helpful votes
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.
Job 38:41 ESV / 55 helpful votes
Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?
1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 44 helpful votes
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Luke 12:24 ESV / 43 helpful votes
Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
Matthew 8:20 ESV / 41 helpful votes
And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Genesis 1:26 ESV / 40 helpful votes
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
John 3:16 ESV / 39 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 38 helpful votes
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Proverbs 27:8 ESV / 38 helpful votes
Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.
Matthew 6:1-34 ESV / 37 helpful votes
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. …
Romans 8:28 ESV / 36 helpful votes
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Matthew 10:30 ESV / 36 helpful votes
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Genesis 1:20 ESV / 35 helpful votes
And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”
Psalm 11:1 ESV / 32 helpful votes
To the choirmaster. Of David. In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain,
Proverbs 12:10 ESV / 30 helpful votes
Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
Matthew 10:1-42 ESV / 29 helpful votes
And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, …
Psalm 147:9 ESV / 29 helpful votes
He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.
Isaiah 11:6-9 ESV / 28 helpful votes
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
Psalm 50:11 ESV / 28 helpful votes
I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.
Leviticus 14:4 ESV / 28 helpful votes
The priest shall command them to take for him who is to be cleansed two live clean birds and cedarwood and scarlet yarn and hyssop.
Deuteronomy 22:6-7 ESV / 27 helpful votes
“If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. You shall let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long.
Matthew 13:32 ESV / 26 helpful votes
It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 26 helpful votes
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …
Psalm 84:1-12 ESV / 26 helpful votes
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. …
Proverbs 27:23 ESV / 25 helpful votes
Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,
Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 25 helpful votes
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …
Genesis 9:1-29 ESV / 25 helpful votes
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. …
Luke 12:22 ESV / 23 helpful votes
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.
Colossians 2:1-23 ESV / 22 helpful votes
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. …
Revelation 1:1 ESV / 21 helpful votes
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
1 John 1:9 ESV / 21 helpful votes
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Hebrews 13:5 ESV / 21 helpful votes
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
John 15:5 ESV / 21 helpful votes
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 3:16-17 ESV / 21 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Genesis 1:30 ESV / 21 helpful votes
And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Acts 10:1-48 ESV / 20 helpful votes
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. …
Luke 12:1-59 ESV / 20 helpful votes
In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! …
Matthew 6:33 ESV / 20 helpful votes
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 20 helpful votes
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. …
Genesis 1:1-31 ESV / 20 helpful votes
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. …
Matthew 10:28 ESV / 19 helpful votes
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Jeremiah 5:27 ESV / 19 helpful votes
Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich;
Matthew 12:12 ESV / 18 helpful votes
Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Matthew 5:16 ESV / 18 helpful votes
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Isaiah 40:22 ESV / 18 helpful votes
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
1 Corinthians 15:39 ESV / 17 helpful votes
For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.
Isaiah 31:5 ESV / 17 helpful votes
Like birds hovering, so the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it; he will spare and rescue it.”
Isaiah 1:4 ESV / 17 helpful votes
Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged.
Psalm 90:4 ESV / 17 helpful votes
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.
Psalm 11:1-7 ESV / 17 helpful votes
To the choirmaster. Of David. In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. …
1 Peter 1:23 ESV / 16 helpful votes
Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
Luke 21:18 ESV / 16 helpful votes
But not a hair of your head will perish.
Luke 1:37 ESV / 16 helpful votes
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Matthew 10:16 ESV / 16 helpful votes
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
Psalm 145:15 ESV / 16 helpful votes
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
Job 35:11 ESV / 16 helpful votes
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’
Philippians 4:6 ESV / 15 helpful votes
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Matthew 6:32 ESV / 15 helpful votes
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
Isaiah 40:8 ESV / 14 helpful votes
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
Isaiah 40:4 ESV / 14 helpful votes
Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
Isaiah 3:1-26 ESV / 14 helpful votes
For behold, the Lord God of hosts is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and supply, all support of bread, and all support of water; the mighty man and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable. …
Psalm 124:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!
Genesis 1:27 ESV / 14 helpful votes
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Matthew 10:20 ESV / 13 helpful votes
For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Matthew 6:34 ESV / 13 helpful votes
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:25-27 ESV / 13 helpful votes
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Matthew 6:25 ESV / 13 helpful votes
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Matthew 3:16 ESV / 13 helpful votes
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;
Proverbs 27:4 ESV / 13 helpful votes
Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
Job 1:21 ESV / 13 helpful votes
And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Romans 5:8 ESV / 12 helpful votes
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Psalm 147:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Genesis 2:19 ESV / 12 helpful votes
Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.
Genesis 1:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Philippians 4:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Galatians 2:20 ESV / 11 helpful votes
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Acts 2:38 ESV / 11 helpful votes
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 3:1-38 ESV / 11 helpful votes
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, …
Jeremiah 8:7 ESV / 11 helpful votes
Even the stork in the heavens knows her times, and the turtledove, swallow, and crane keep the time of their coming, but my people know not the rules of the Lord.
Psalm 124:1-8 ESV / 11 helpful votes
A Song of Ascents. Of David. If it had not been the Lord who was on our side— let Israel now say— if it had not been the Lord who was on our side when people rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; then over us would have gone the raging waters. …
Luke 6:38 ESV / 10 helpful votes
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Matthew 10:28-31 ESV / 10 helpful votes
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Psalm 23:4 ESV / 10 helpful votes
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
John 14:6 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Micah 5:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Psalm 119:172 ESV / 9 helpful votes
My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.
Matthew 23:1-39 ESV / 8 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, …
Hosea 9:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes
Ephraim’s glory shall fly away like a bird— no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
Job 38:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.