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Theasaurus: Oxen

8 Bible Verses about Oxen

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1 Timothy 5:18

For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain, and again, The laborer is worthy of his hire.

Numbers 7:3

And they brought their offering before the Lord, six covered wagons and twelve oxen; a wagon for each two of the princes or leaders and an ox for each one; and they brought them before the tabernacle.

Deuteronomy 14:4

These are the beasts which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat,

Exodus 20:24

An altar of earth you shall make to Me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record My name and cause it to be remembered I will come to you and bless you.

Job 24:3

They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox for a pledge.

Exodus 23:12

Six days you shall do your work, but the seventh day you shall rest and keep Sabbath, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your bondwoman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

1 Corinthians 9:9

For in the Law of Moses it is written, You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn. Is it [only] for oxen that God cares?

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Agriculture or husbandry » Beasts used in » Oxen

Horns » Animals with, mentioned » Oxen

Psalm 69:31

And it will please the Lord better than an ox or a bullock that has horns and hoofs.

Oxen » Used for » Food

1 Kings 19:21

So Elisha went back from him. Then he took a yoke of oxen, slew them, boiled their flesh with the oxen's yoke [as fuel], and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, followed Elijah, and served him.

1 Kings 1:9

Adonijah sacrificed sheep, oxen, and fatlings by the Stone of Zoheleth, which is beside [the well] En-rogel; and he invited all his brothers, the king's sons, and all the royal officials of Judah.

2 Chronicles 18:2

After some years he went down to Ahab in Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance and for the people with him and persuaded him to go up with him against Ramoth-gilead.

Oxen » Kine illustrative » (well favored,) of years of plenty

Genesis 41:2

And behold, there came up out of the river [Nile] seven well-favored cows, sleek and handsome and fat; and they grazed in the reed grass [in a marshy pasture].

Genesis 41:26

The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears [of grain] are seven years; the [two] dreams are one [in their meaning].

Genesis 41:29

Take note! Seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt are coming.

Oxen » Kine illustrative » (lean,) of years of scarcity

Genesis 41:30

Then there will come seven years of hunger and famine, and [there will be so much want that] all the great abundance of the previous years will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and hunger (destitution, starvation) will exhaust (consume, finish) the land.

Genesis 41:27

And the seven thin and ill favored cows that came up after them are seven years, and also the seven empty ears [of grain], blighted and shriveled by the east wind; they are seven years of hunger and famine.

Genesis 41:3

And behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river [Nile], ill favored and gaunt and ugly, and stood by the fat cows on the bank of the river [Nile].

Oxen » Formed a part of the wealth of israel in egypt

Genesis 50:8

And all the household of Joseph and his brethren and his father's household. Only their little ones and their flocks and herds they left in the land of Goshen.

Exodus 12:32

Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone! And [ask your God to] bless me also.

Exodus 10:9

And Moses said, We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds [all of us and all we have], for we must hold a feast to the Lord.

Oxen » Was fed » With grass

Job 40:15

Behold now the behemoth (the hippopotamus), which I created as I did you; he eats grass like an ox.

Psalm 106:20

Thus they exchanged Him Who was their Glory for the image of an ox that eats grass [they traded their Honor for the image of a calf]!

Daniel 4:25

You shall be driven from among men and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field; you shall be made to eat grass as do the oxen and you shall be wet with the dew of the heavens; and seven times [or years] shall pass over you until you learn and know and recognize that the Most High [God] rules the kingdom of mankind and gives it to whomever He will.

Oxen » Formed a part of the patriarchal wealth

Genesis 26:14

He owned flocks, herds, and a great supply of servants, and the Philistines envied him.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Not to be muzzled when treading out the corn

1 Corinthians 9:9

For in the Law of Moses it is written, You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn. Is it [only] for oxen that God cares?

Oxen » Used for » Plowing

1 Kings 19:19

So Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat, whose plowing was being done with twelve yoke of oxen, and he drove the twelfth. Elijah crossed over to him and cast his mantle upon him.

Job 1:14

And there came a messenger to Job and said, The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them,

Amos 6:12

Do horses run upon rocks? Do men plow the ocean with oxen? But you have turned justice into [the poison of] gall and the fruit of righteousness into [the bitterness of] wormwood -- "

Oxen » Increase of, promised

Deuteronomy 7:13

And He will love you, bless you, and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your land, your grain, your new wine, and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock in the land which He swore to your fathers to give you.

Deuteronomy 28:4

Blessed shall be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock.

Oxen » Was fed » In the valleys

Isaiah 65:10

And [the plain of] Sharon shall be a pasture and fold for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, for My people who seek Me, inquire of Me, and require Me [by right of their necessity and by right of My invitation].

1 Chronicles 27:29

Over the herds pasturing in Sharon, Shitrai the Sharonite; over the herds in the valleys, Shaphat son of Adlai;

Oxen » Laws respecting » Straying to be brought back to its owner

Exodus 23:4

If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again.

Deuteronomy 22:1-2

You shall not see your brother's ox or his sheep being driven away or stolen, and hide yourself from [your duty to help] them; you shall surely take them back to your brother. And if your brother [the owner] is not near you or if you do not know who he is, you shall bring the animal to your house and it shall be with you until your brother comes looking for it; then you shall restore it to him.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Of others not to be coveted

Deuteronomy 5:21

Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife, nor desire your neighbor's house, his field, his manservant or his maidservant, his ox or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.

Exodus 20:17

You shall not covet your neighbor's house, your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.

Oxen » Laws respecting » To rest on the sabbath

Exodus 23:12

Six days you shall do your work, but the seventh day you shall rest and keep Sabbath, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your bondwoman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 5:14

But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, or your manservant or your maidservant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the stranger or sojourner who is within your gates, that your manservant and your maidservant may rest as well as you.

Oxen » Used for » Sacrifice

Exodus 20:24

An altar of earth you shall make to Me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record My name and cause it to be remembered I will come to you and bless you.

2 Samuel 24:22

And Araunah said to David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him. Behold, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and the yokes of the oxen for wood.

Oxen » Often given as a present

Genesis 12:16

And he treated Abram well for her sake; he acquired sheep, oxen, he-donkeys, menservants, maidservants, she-donkeys, and camels.

Genesis 20:14

Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham and restored to him Sarah his wife.

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » (of three years old,) of moab in affliction

Isaiah 15:5

My heart cries out for Moab; his nobles and other fugitives flee to Zoar, to Eglath-shelishiyah [like a heifer three years old]. For with weeping they go up the ascent of Luhith; for on the road to Horonaim they raise a cry of destruction.

Jeremiah 48:34

From the cry of Heshbon even to Elealeh even to Jahaz have they uttered their voice, from Zoar even to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah [like a three-year-old heifer], for even the waters of Nimrim have become desolations.

Oxen » Described as » Beautiful

Hosea 10:11

Ephraim indeed is a heifer broken in and loving to tread out the grain, but I have [heretofore] spared the beauty of her fair neck. I will now set a rider upon Ephraim and make him to draw; Judah shall plow and Jacob shall break his clods.

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is a very fair heifer [like Apis the bull-god, to which the country is, so to speak, espoused], but destruction [a gadfly] is coming -- "out of the north it is coming [against her]!

Oxen » Described as » Strong

Psalm 144:14

When our oxen are well loaded; when there is no invasion [of hostile armies] and no going forth [against besiegers -- "when there is no murder or manslaughter] and no outcry in our streets;

Oxen » Herdmen appointed over

Genesis 13:7

And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and the herdsmen of Lot's cattle. And the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land [making fodder more difficult to obtain].

1 Samuel 21:7

Now a certain man of Saul's servants was there that day, detained before the Lord; his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul's herdsmen.

Oxen » Illustrative » (prepared for a feast,) of the provision of the gospel

Matthew 22:4

Again he sent other servants, saying, Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my banquet; my bullocks and my fat calves are killed, and everything is prepared; come to the wedding feast.

Proverbs 9:2

She has killed her beasts, she has mixed her [spiritual] wine; she has also set her table.

Oxen » Illustrative » (engaged in husbandry,) of ministers

Isaiah 32:20

Happy and fortunate are you who cast your seed upon all waters [when the river overflows its banks; for the seed will sink into the mud and when the waters subside, the plant will spring up; you will find it after many days and reap an abundant harvest], you who safely send forth the ox and the donkey [to range freely].

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that till the ground will eat savory and salted fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and with fork.

Oxen » Includes the » Bullock

Jeremiah 46:21

Also her hired troops in the midst of her are like fatted calves [in the stall], for they also are turned back and are fleeing together; they do not stand, because the day of their calamity is coming upon them, the time of their visitation (their inspection and punishment).

Psalm 50:9

I will accept no bull from your house nor he-goat out of your folds.

Oxen » Includes the » Heifer

Genesis 15:9

And He said to him, Bring to Me a heifer three years old, a she-goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

Numbers 19:2

This is the ritual of the law which the Lord has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without spot, in which is no blemish, upon which a yoke has never come.

Oxen » Used for » Earing the ground

Isaiah 32:20

Happy and fortunate are you who cast your seed upon all waters [when the river overflows its banks; for the seed will sink into the mud and when the waters subside, the plant will spring up; you will find it after many days and reap an abundant harvest], you who safely send forth the ox and the donkey [to range freely].

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that till the ground will eat savory and salted fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and with fork.

Oxen » Formed a part of the wealth of the jews

Psalm 144:14

When our oxen are well loaded; when there is no invasion [of hostile armies] and no going forth [against besiegers -- "when there is no murder or manslaughter] and no outcry in our streets;

Numbers 32:4

The land the Lord smote before the congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and your servants have cattle.

Oxen » Publicly sold

2 Samuel 24:24

But King David said to Araunah, No, but I will buy it of you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God of that which costs me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

Luke 14:19

And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to examine and put my approval on them; I beg you, have me excused.

Oxen » Used for » Drawing wagons, &c

1 Samuel 6:7

Now then, make and prepare a new cart and two milch cows on which no yoke has ever come; and yoke the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them.

Numbers 7:3

And they brought their offering before the Lord, six covered wagons and twelve oxen; a wagon for each two of the princes or leaders and an ox for each one; and they brought them before the tabernacle.

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » Of fierce enemies

Psalm 68:30

Rebuke the wild beasts dwelling among the reeds [in Egypt], the herd of bulls (the leaders) with the calves of the peoples; trample underfoot those who lust for tribute money; scatter the peoples who delight in war.

Psalm 22:12

Many [foes like] bulls have surrounded me; strong bulls of Bashan have hedged me in.

Oxen » Includes the » Bull

Job 21:10

Their bull breeds and fails not; their cows calve and do not miscarry.

Oxen » Includes the » Cow

Numbers 18:17

But the firstling of a cow or of a sheep or of a goat you shall not redeem. They [as the firstborn of clean beasts belong to God and] are holy. You shall sprinkle their blood upon the altar and shall burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet and soothing odor to the Lord.

Job 21:10

Their bull breeds and fails not; their cows calve and do not miscarry.

Oxen » Lowing of, alluded to

Job 6:5

Does the wild ass bray when it has grass? Or does the ox low over its fodder?

1 Samuel 15:14

And Samuel said, What then means this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

Oxen » Young of, considered a great delicacy

Genesis 18:7

And Abraham ran to the herd and brought a calf tender and good and gave it to the young man [to butcher]; then he [Abraham] hastened to prepare it.

Amos 6:4

Woe to those who lie upon beds of ivory and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock and the calves out of the midst of the stall,

Oxen » Illustrative » (not muzzled in treading corn,) of minister's right to support

1 Corinthians 9:9-10

For in the Law of Moses it is written, You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn. Is it [only] for oxen that God cares? Or does He speak certainly and entirely for our sakes? [Assuredly] it is written for our sakes, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher ought to thresh in expectation of partaking of the harvest.

Oxen » Used for » Carrying burdens

1 Chronicles 12:40

Also those who were near them from as far as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali brought food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen, abundant supplies of meal, cakes of figs, bunches of raisins, wine, oil, oxen, and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » (firstling of,) of the glory of joseph

Deuteronomy 33:17

Like a firstling young bull his majesty is, and his horns like the horns of the wild ox; with them he shall push the peoples, all of them, to the ends of the earth. And they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Not to be yoked with an ass in the same plow

Deuteronomy 22:10

You shall not plow with an ox [a clean animal] and a donkey [unclean] together.

Oxen » Tithe of, given to the priests

2 Chronicles 31:6

The people of Israel and Judah who lived in Judah's cities also brought the tithe of cattle and sheep and of the dedicated things which were consecrated to the Lord their God, and they laid them in heaps.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Fallen under its burden to be raised up again

Deuteronomy 22:4

You shall not see your brother's donkey or his ox fall down by the way, and hide from [your duty concerning] them; you shall surely help him to lift them up again.

Oxen » Was clean and fit for food

Deuteronomy 14:4

These are the beasts which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat,

Oxen » Often found wild

Deuteronomy 14:5

The hart, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain sheep.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Mode of reparation for one, killing another

Exodus 21:35-36

If one man's ox hurts another's so that it dies, they shall sell the live ox and divide the price of it; the dead ox also they shall divide between them. Or if it is known that the ox has gored in the past, and its owner has not kept it closed in, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead beast shall be his.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Killing a man, to be stoned

Exodus 21:28-32

If an ox gores a man or a woman to death, then the ox shall surely be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be clear. But if the ox has tried to gore before, and its owner has been warned but has not kept it closed in and it kills a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned and its owner also put to death. If a ransom is put on [the man's] life, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is laid upon him. read more.
If the [man's ox] has gored another's son or daughter, he shall be dealt with according to this same rule. If the ox gores a manservant or a maidservant, the owner shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » (unaccustomed to the yoke,) of intractable sinners

Jeremiah 31:18

I have surely heard Ephraim [Israel] moaning thus: You have chastised me, and I was chastised, like a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke; bring me back, that I may be restored, for You are the Lord my God.

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » (fatted,) of greedy mercenaries

Jeremiah 46:21

Also her hired troops in the midst of her are like fatted calves [in the stall], for they also are turned back and are fleeing together; they do not stand, because the day of their calamity is coming upon them, the time of their visitation (their inspection and punishment).

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » (fair,) of the beauty and wealth of egypt

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is a very fair heifer [like Apis the bull-god, to which the country is, so to speak, espoused], but destruction [a gadfly] is coming -- "out of the north it is coming [against her]!

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » (at grass,) of the luxurious chaldees

Jeremiah 50:11

Though you are glad, though you rejoice, O you who plunder My heritage, though you are wanton and skip about like a heifer at grass and neigh like strong stallions,

Oxen » Laws respecting » Of others if lost or hurt through neglect, to be made good

Exodus 22:9-13

For every unlawful deed, whether it concerns ox, donkey, sheep, clothing, or any lost thing at all, which another identifies as his, the cause of both parties shall come before God [the judges]. Whomever [they] shall condemn shall pay his neighbor double. If a man delivers to his neighbor a donkey or an ox or a sheep or any beast to keep and it dies or is hurt or driven away, no man seeing it, Then an oath before the Lord shall be required between the two that the man has not taken his neighbor's property; and the owner of it shall accept his word and not require him to make good the loss. read more.
But if it is stolen when in his care, he shall make restitution to its owner. If it be torn in pieces [by some wild beast or by accident], let him bring [the mangled carcass] for witness; he shall not make good what was torn.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Fat of, not to be eaten

Leviticus 7:23

Say to the Israelites, You shall eat no kind of fat, of ox, or sheep, or goat.

Oxen » Illustrative » (led to slaughter,) of saints under persecution

Jeremiah 11:19

But I was like a tame lamb that is brought to the slaughter; I did not know that they had devised inventions and schemes against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with its fruit; let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.

Oxen » Illustrative » (stall fed,) of sumptuous living

Oxen » Required great care and attention

Oxen » Often stall-fed for slaughter

Oxen » Illustrative » (led to slaughter,) of a rash youth

Proverbs 7:22

Suddenly he [yields and] follows her reluctantly like an ox moving to the slaughter, like one in fetters going to the correction [to be given] to a fool or like a dog enticed by food to the muzzle

Oxen » Custom of sending the pieces of, to collect the people to war

1 Samuel 11:7

And he took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whoever does not come forth after Saul and Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen! And terror from the Lord fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.

Oxen » Goes to the slaughter unconscious

Proverbs 7:22

Suddenly he [yields and] follows her reluctantly like an ox moving to the slaughter, like one in fetters going to the correction [to be given] to a fool or like a dog enticed by food to the muzzle

Oxen » In stalls

Habakkuk 3:17

Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » (in a net,) of the impatient under judgment

Isaiah 51:20

Your sons have fainted; they lie [like corpses] at the head of all the streets, like an antelope in a net; they are full [from drinking] of the wrath of the Lord, the rebuke of your God.

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » Of a beloved wife

Judges 14:18

And the men of the city said to [Samson] on the seventh day before sundown, What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion? And he said to them, If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have solved my riddle.

Oxen » Was fed » With corn

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that till the ground will eat savory and salted fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and with fork.

Oxen » Rapid manner of collecting its food alluded to

Numbers 22:4

And Moab said to the elders of Midian, Now will this multitude lick up all that is round about us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field. So Balak son of Zippor, the king of the Moabites at that time,

Oxen » Male firstlings of, belonged to God

Exodus 34:19

All the males that first open the womb among your livestock are Mine, whether ox or sheep.

Oxen » Sea of brass rested on figures of

1 Kings 7:25

It stood upon twelve oxen, three facing north, three west, three south, and three east; the Sea was set upon them, and all their rears pointed inward.

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » (taught, &c) of israel's fondness for ease in preference to obedience

Hosea 10:11

Ephraim indeed is a heifer broken in and loving to tread out the grain, but I have [heretofore] spared the beauty of her fair neck. I will now set a rider upon Ephraim and make him to draw; Judah shall plow and Jacob shall break his clods.

Oxen » Laws respecting » If stolen to be restored double

Exodus 22:4

If the beast which he stole is found in his possession alive, whether it is ox or ass or sheep, he shall restore double.

Oxen » Used for » Treading out the corn

Hosea 10:11

Ephraim indeed is a heifer broken in and loving to tread out the grain, but I have [heretofore] spared the beauty of her fair neck. I will now set a rider upon Ephraim and make him to draw; Judah shall plow and Jacob shall break his clods.

Oxen » Was fed » On the hills

Isaiah 7:25

And as for all the hills that were formerly cultivated with mattock and hoe, you will not go there for fear of briers and thorns; but they will become a place where oxen are let loose to pasture and where sheep tread.

Oxen » Was fed » With straw

Isaiah 11:7

And the cow and the bear shall feed side by side, their young shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

Oxen » Horns and hoofs of, alluded to

Psalm 69:31

And it will please the Lord better than an ox or a bullock that has horns and hoofs.

Oxen » Urged on by the goad

Judges 3:31

After [Ehud] was Shamgar son of Anath, who slew 600 Philistine men with an oxgoad. He also delivered Israel.

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » (sliding back,) of backsliding israel

Hosea 4:16

For Israel has behaved stubbornly, like a stubborn heifer. How then should he expect to be fed and treated by the Lord like a lamb in a large pasture?

Oxen » Described as » Not without sagacity

Isaiah 1:3

The ox [instinctively] knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib, but Israel does not know or recognize Me [as Lord], My people do not consider or understand.

Oxen » Kine illustrative » Of proud and wealthy rulers

Amos 4:1

Hear this word, you cows [women] of Bashan who are in the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their husbands, Bring and let us drink!

Oxen » The wicked often took, in pledge from the poor

Job 24:3

They drive away the donkey of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox for a pledge.