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Theasaurus: Oxen

8 Bible Verses about Oxen

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1 Timothy 5:18

for the scripture says, Thou shalt not muzzle an ox that treadeth out corn, and, The workman is worthy of his hire.

Numbers 7:3

and they brought their offering before Jehovah, six covered waggons, and twelve oxen; a waggon for two princes, and an ox for each; and they presented them before the tabernacle.

Deuteronomy 14:4

These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat;

Exodus 20:24

An altar of earth shalt thou make unto me, and shalt sacrifice on it thy burnt-offerings, and thy peace-offerings, thy sheep and thine oxen: in all places where I shall make my name to be remembered, I will come unto thee, and bless thee.

Job 24:3

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

Exodus 23:12

Six days thou shalt do thy work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest; that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger may be refreshed.

1 Corinthians 9:9

For in the law of Moses it is written, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that is treading out corn. Is God occupied about the oxen,

From Thematic Bible


Agriculture or husbandry » Beasts used in » Oxen

Horns » Animals with, mentioned » Oxen

Psalm 69:31

And it shall please Jehovah more than an ox, a bullock with horns and cloven hoofs.

Oxen » Used for » Food

1 Kings 19:21

And he returned back from him, and took the yoke of oxen, and killed them, and boiled their flesh with the implements of the oxen, and gave to the people, and they ate. And he arose and went after Elijah, and ministered to him.

1 Kings 1:9

And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fatted cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by En-rogel, and invited all his brethren, the king's sons, and all the men of Judah, the king's servants;

2 Chronicles 18:2

And after certain years he went down to Ahab, to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that were with him, and urged him to go up against Ramoth-Gilead.

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

Genesis 41:2

And behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fine-looking and fat-fleshed, and they fed in the reed-grass.

Genesis 41:26

The seven fine kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

Genesis 41:29

Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout the land of Egypt.

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

Genesis 41:30

And there will arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will waste away the land.

Genesis 41:27

And the seven lean and bad kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears, parched with the east wind, will be seven years of famine.

Genesis 41:3

And behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, bad-looking and lean-fleshed, and stood by the kine on the bank of the river.

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

Genesis 50:8

and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house; only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.

Exodus 12:32

Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and go; and bless me also.

Exodus 10:9

And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters; with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we have a feast of Jehovah.

Oxen » Was fed » With grass

Job 40:15

See now the behemoth, which I made with thee: he eateth grass as an ox.

Psalm 106:20

And they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.

Daniel 4:25

They shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and thou shalt be bathed with the dew of heaven; and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the Most High ruleth over the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

Oxen » Formed a part of the patriarchal wealth

Job 1:3

And his substance was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and very many servants; and this man was greater than all the children of the east.

Genesis 26:14

And he had possessions of flocks, and possessions of herds, and a great number 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, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that is treading out corn. Is God occupied about the oxen,

Oxen » Used for » Plowing

1 Kings 19:19

And he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was ploughing with twelve yokes before him, and he with the twelfth; and Elijah went over to him, and cast his mantle on him.

Job 1:14

And there came a messenger to Job and said, The oxen were ploughing, and the asses feeding beside them;

Amos 6:12

Shall horses run upon the rock? will men plough thereon with oxen? For ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,

Oxen » Increase of, promised

Deuteronomy 7:13

and he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee, and will bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy ground, thy corn and thy new wine, and thine oil, the offspring of thy kine, and the increase of thy sheep, in the land which he swore unto thy fathers to give thee.

Deuteronomy 28:4

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the offspring of thy kine, and the increase of thy sheep.

Oxen » Was fed » In the valleys

Isaiah 65:10

And the Sharon shall be a fold for flocks, and the valley of Achor a couching-place of the herds, for my people that have sought me.

1 Chronicles 27:29

And over the herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite; and over the herds in the valleys was Shaphat the son of Adlai.

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

Exodus 23:4

If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt certainly bring it back to him.

Deuteronomy 22:1-2

Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them back unto thy brother. And if thy brother be not near unto thee, and thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thy house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it unto him.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Of others not to be coveted

Deuteronomy 5:21

Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, nor his bondman, nor his handmaid, his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.

Exodus 20:17

Thou shalt not desire thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not desire thy neighbour's wife, nor his bondman, nor his handmaid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.

Oxen » Laws respecting » To rest on the sabbath

Exodus 23:12

Six days thou shalt do thy work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest; that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger may be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 5:14

but the seventh day is the sabbath of Jehovah thy God: thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy bondman, nor thy handmaid, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy sojourner that is within thy gates; that thy bondman and thy handmaid may rest as well as thou.

Oxen » Used for » Sacrifice

Exodus 20:24

An altar of earth shalt thou make unto me, and shalt sacrifice on it thy burnt-offerings, and thy peace-offerings, thy sheep and thine oxen: in all places where I shall make my name to be remembered, I will come unto thee, and bless thee.

2 Samuel 24:22

And Araunah said to David, Let my lord the king take and offer up that which is good in his sight: see, here are oxen for the burnt-offering, and the threshing-sledges and implements of the oxen for wood.

Oxen » Often given as a present

Genesis 12:16

And he treated Abram well on her account; and he had sheep, and oxen, and he-asses, and bondmen, and bondwomen, and she-asses, and camels.

Genesis 20:14

And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and bondmen and bondwomen, and gave them to Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.

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

Isaiah 15:5

My heart crieth out for Moab; their fugitives have fled unto Zoar, unto Eglath-Sheli-shijah: for by the ascent of Luhith, with weeping they go up by it; for in the way of Horonaim they raise up a cry of destruction.

Jeremiah 48:34

Because of the cry from Heshbon, unto Elaleh, unto Jahaz have they uttered their voice, from Zoar unto Horonaim, unto Eglath-shelishijah: for even the waters of Nimrim shall become desolations.

Oxen » Described as » Beautiful

Hosea 10:11

And Ephraim is a trained heifer, that loveth to tread out the corn; I have passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to draw; Judah shall plough, Jacob shall break his clods.

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is a very fair heifer; the gad-fly cometh, it cometh from the north.

Oxen » Described as » Strong

Psalm 144:14

Our kine laden with young; no breaking in and no going forth, 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.

1 Samuel 21:7

(Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before Jehovah; and his name was Doeg, the Edomite, chief of the shepherds that belonged to Saul.)

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

Matthew 22:4

Again he sent other bondmen, saying, Say to the persons invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatted beasts are killed, and all things ready; come to the wedding feast.

Proverbs 9:2

she hath slaughtered her cattle, she hath mingled her wine, she hath also prepared her table;

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

Isaiah 32:20

Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth the feet of the ox and the ass.

Isaiah 30:24

and the oxen and the asses that till the ground shall eat salted provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.

Oxen » Includes the » Bullock

Jeremiah 46:21

Also her hired men in the midst of her are like fatted bullocks; for they also have turned back, they have fled away together, they did not stand; for the day of their calamity is come upon them, the time of their visitation.

Psalm 50:9

I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he-goats out of thy folds:

Oxen » Includes the » Heifer

Genesis 15:9

And he said to him, Take me a heifer of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon.

Numbers 19:2

This is the statute of the law which Jehovah hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without blemish, wherein is no defect, and upon which never came yoke;

Oxen » Used for » Earing the ground

Isaiah 32:20

Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth the feet of the ox and the ass.

Isaiah 30:24

and the oxen and the asses that till the ground shall eat salted provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.

Oxen » Formed a part of the wealth of the jews

Psalm 144:14

Our kine laden with young; no breaking in and no going forth, and no outcry in our streets.

Numbers 32:4

the country that Jehovah smote before the assembly of Israel, is a land for cattle, and thy servants have cattle;

Oxen » Publicly sold

2 Samuel 24:24

And the king said to Araunah, No; but I will in any case buy them of thee at a price: neither will I offer up to Jehovah my God burnt-offerings without cost. And 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 go to prove them; I pray thee hold me for excused.

Oxen » Used for » Drawing wagons, &c

1 Samuel 6:7

And now make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on which there has come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them;

Numbers 7:3

and they brought their offering before Jehovah, six covered waggons, and twelve oxen; a waggon for two princes, and an ox for each; and they presented them before the tabernacle.

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » Of fierce enemies

Psalm 68:30

Rebuke the beast of the reeds, the assembly of the strong, with the calves of the peoples: every one submitteth himself with pieces of silver. Scatter the peoples that delight in war.

Psalm 22:12

Many bulls have encompassed me; Bashan's strong ones have beset me round.

Oxen » Includes the » Bull

Genesis 32:15

thirty milch camels with their colts; forty kine, and ten bulls; twenty she-asses, and ten young asses.

Job 21:10

Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.

Oxen » Includes the » Cow

Numbers 18:17

But the firstborn of a cow, or the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat, thou shalt not ransom: they are holy. Thou shalt sprinkle their blood on the altar, and their fat shalt thou burn as an offering by fire for a sweet odour to Jehovah.

Job 21:10

Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.

Oxen » Lowing of, alluded to

Job 6:5

Doth the wild ass bray by the grass? loweth an ox over his fodder?

1 Samuel 15:14

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

Oxen » Young of, considered a great delicacy

Genesis 18:7

And Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf tender and good, and gave it to the attendant; and he hasted to dress it.

Amos 6:4

that lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves from 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, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that is treading out corn. Is God occupied about the oxen, or does he say it altogether for our sakes? For for our sakes it has been written, that the plougher should plough in hope, and he that treads out corn, in hope of partaking of it.

Oxen » Used for » Carrying burdens

1 Chronicles 12:40

and those too that were near them, as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought food on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen; provisions of meal, fig-cakes and raisin-cakes, and wine and oil, and oxen and sheep, abundantly; for there was joy in Israel.

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

Deuteronomy 33:17

His majesty is as the firstling of his ox; And his horns are as the horns of a buffalo. With them shall he push the peoples Together to the ends of the earth. These are the myriads of Ephraim, And these are the thousands of Manasseh.

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

Oxen » Tithe of, given to the priests

2 Chronicles 31:6

And the children of Israel and of Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated to Jehovah their God, and laid them by heaps.

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

Deuteronomy 22:4

Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case help him to lift them up.

Oxen » Was clean and fit for food

Deuteronomy 14:4

These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat;

Oxen » Often found wild

Deuteronomy 14:5

the hart, and the gazelle, and the stag, and the wild goat, and the dishon and the oryx, and the wild sheep.

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

Exodus 21:35-36

And if one man's ox gore his neighbour's ox, and it die, then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money thereof, and divide the dead also. Or if it be known that the ox have gored heretofore, and its owner have not kept him in, he shall in any case restore ox for ox; and the dead shall be his.

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

Exodus 21:28-32

And if an ox gore a man or a woman, so that they die, then the ox shall certainly be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be guiltless. But if the ox have gored heretofore, and it have been testified to its owner, and he have not kept it in, and it kill a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death. If there be imposed on him a satisfaction, then he shall give the ransom of his life, according to what is imposed on him. read more.
Whether it gore a son or gore a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done to him. If the ox gore a bondman or a handmaid, he 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 indeed heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus: Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised as a bullock not trained: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art Jehovah my God.

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

Jeremiah 46:21

Also her hired men in the midst of her are like fatted bullocks; for they also have turned back, they have fled away together, they did not stand; for the day of their calamity is come upon them, the time of their visitation.

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

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is a very fair heifer; the gad-fly cometh, it cometh from the north.

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

Jeremiah 50:11

For ye rejoiced, for ye triumphed, ye plunderers of my heritage; for ye have been wanton as the heifer at grass, and neighed as steeds.

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

Exodus 22:9-13

As to all manner of fraud, as to ox, as to ass, as to sheep, as to clothing, as to everything lost, of which a man saith, It is this the cause of both parties shall come before the judges: he whom the judges shall condemn shall restore double to his neighbour. If a man deliver unto his neighbour an ass, or an ox, or a sheep, or any cattle, to keep, and it die, or be hurt, or driven away, and no man see it, an oath of Jehovah shall be between them both, that he hath not put his hand unto his neighbour's goods; and the owner of it shall accept it, and he shall not make it good. read more.
But if it have been stolen from him, he shall make it good unto its owner. If it have been torn in pieces, let him bring it as witness: he shall not make good what was torn.

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

Leviticus 7:23

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, No fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat shall ye eat.

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

Jeremiah 11:19

And I was like a tame lamb that is led to the slaughter; and I knew not that they devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and 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

He went after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, and as stocks serve for the correction of the fool;

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 throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, Whoever comes not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen! And the fear of Jehovah fell on the people, and they came out as one man.

Oxen » Goes to the slaughter unconscious

Proverbs 7:22

He went after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, and as stocks serve for the correction of the fool;

Oxen » In stalls

Habakkuk 3:17

For though the fig-tree shall not blossom, Neither shall fruit be in the vines; The labour of the olive-tree shall fail, And the fields shall yield no food; The flock shall be cut off from the fold, And there shall be no herd in the stalls:

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

Isaiah 51:20

Thy children have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as an oryx in a net: they are full of the fury of Jehovah, the rebuke of thy God.

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » Of a beloved wife

Judges 14:18

And the men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, "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 found out my riddle."

Oxen » Was fed » With corn

Isaiah 30:24

and the oxen and the asses that till the ground shall eat salted provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.

Oxen » Rapid manner of collecting its food alluded to

Numbers 22:4

And Moab said to the elders of Midian, Now will this company lick up all that is round about us, as an ox licks up the green herb of the field. Now Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.

Oxen » Male firstlings of, belonged to God

Exodus 34:19

All that openeth the womb is mine; and all the cattle that is born a male, the firstling of ox and sheep.

Oxen » Sea of brass rested on figures of

1 Kings 7:25

It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east; and the sea was above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.

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

Hosea 10:11

And Ephraim is a trained heifer, that loveth to tread out the corn; I have passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to draw; Judah shall plough, Jacob shall break his clods.

Oxen » Laws respecting » If stolen to be restored double

Exodus 22:4

If the stolen thing be actually found alive in his hand, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep, he shall restore double.

Oxen » Used for » Treading out the corn

Hosea 10:11

And Ephraim is a trained heifer, that loveth to tread out the corn; I have passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to draw; Judah shall plough, Jacob shall break his clods.

Oxen » Was fed » On the hills

Isaiah 7:25

And all mountains that have been dug up with the hoe thither will they not come, from fear of briars and thorns; and they shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of small cattle.

Oxen » Was fed » With straw

Isaiah 11:7

And the cow and the she-bear shall feed; their young ones 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 shall please Jehovah more than an ox, a bullock with horns and cloven hoofs.

Oxen » Urged on by the goad

Judges 3:31

After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed six hundred of the Philistines with an oxgoad; and he too delivered Israel.

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

Hosea 4:16

For Israel is refractory as an untractable heifer; now will Jehovah feed them as a lamb in a wide pasture.

Oxen » Described as » Not without sagacity

Oxen » Kine illustrative » Of proud and wealthy rulers

Amos 4:1

Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, that oppress the poor, that crush the needy, that say to their lords, Bring, and let us drink:

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

Job 24:3

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