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Theasaurus: Oxen

8 Bible Verses about Oxen

Most Relevant Verses

Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is empty,
but an abundant harvest comes
through the strength of an ox.

1 Timothy 5:18

For the Scripture says:Do not muzzle an ox
while it is treading out the grain, and,
the worker is worthy of his wages.

Numbers 7:3

They brought as their offering before the Lord six covered carts and 12 oxen, a cart from every two leaders and an ox from each one, and presented them in front of the tabernacle.

Deuteronomy 14:4

These are the animals you may eat:the ox, the sheep, the goat,

Exodus 20:24

“You must make an earthen altar for Me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats, as well as your cattle. I will come to you and bless you in every place where I cause My name to be remembered.

Job 24:3

They drive away the donkeys owned by the fatherless
and take the widow’s ox as collateral.

Exodus 23:12

“Do your work for six days but rest on the seventh day so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave as well as the foreign resident may be refreshed.

1 Corinthians 9:9

For it is written in the law of Moses, Do not muzzle an oxwhile it treads out grain. Is God really concerned with oxen?

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Agriculture or husbandry » Beasts used in » Oxen

Horns » Animals with, mentioned » Oxen

Psalm 69:31

That will please Yahweh more than an ox,
more than a bull with horns and hooves.

Oxen » Used for » Food

1 Kings 19:21

So he turned back from following him, took the team of oxen, and slaughtered them. With the oxen’s wooden yoke and plow, he cooked the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he left, followed Elijah, and served him.

1 Kings 1:9

Adonijah sacrificed sheep, oxen, and fattened cattle near the stone of Zoheleth, which is next to En-rogel. He invited all his royal brothers and all the men of Judah, the servants of the king,

2 Chronicles 18:2

Then after some years, he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria. Ahab sacrificed many sheep and cattle for him and for the people who were with him. Then he persuaded him to march up to Ramoth-gilead,

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

Genesis 41:2

when seven healthy-looking, well-fed cows came up from the Nile and began to graze among the reeds.

Genesis 41:26

The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven ripe heads are seven years. The dreams mean the same thing.

Genesis 41:29

Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt.

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

Genesis 41:30

After them, seven years of famine will take place, and all the abundance in the land of Egypt will be forgotten. The famine will devastate the land.

Genesis 41:27

The seven thin, ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven worthless, scorched heads of grain are seven years of famine.

Genesis 41:3

After them, seven other cows, sickly and thin, came up from the Nile and stood beside those cows along the bank of the Nile.

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

Genesis 50:8

along with all Joseph’s household, his brothers, and his father’s household. Only their children, their sheep, and their cattle were left in the land of Goshen.

Exodus 12:32

Take even your flocks and your herds as you asked and leave, and also bless me.”

Exodus 10:9

Moses replied, “We will go with our young and our old; we will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds because we must hold Yahweh’s festival.”

Oxen » Was fed » With grass

Job 40:15

Look at Behemoth,
which I made along with you.
He eats grass like an ox.

Psalm 106:20

They exchanged their glory
for the image of a grass-eating ox.

Daniel 4:25

You will be driven away from people to live with the wild animals. You will feed on grass like cattle and be drenched with dew from the sky for seven periods of time, until you acknowledge that the Most High is ruler over the kingdom of men, and He gives it to anyone He wants.

Oxen » Formed a part of the patriarchal wealth

Genesis 26:14

He had flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, and many slaves, and the Philistines were envious of him.

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

1 Corinthians 9:9

For it is written in the law of Moses, Do not muzzle an oxwhile it treads out grain. Is God really concerned with oxen?

Oxen » Used for » Plowing

1 Kings 19:19

Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat as he was plowing. Twelve teams of oxen were in front of him, and he was with the twelfth team. Elijah walked by him and threw his mantle over him.

Job 1:14

a messenger came to Job and reported: “While the oxen were plowing and the donkeys grazing nearby,

Amos 6:12

Do horses gallop on the cliffs;
does anyone plow there with oxen?
Yet you have turned justice into poison
and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood

Oxen » Increase of, promised

Deuteronomy 7:13

He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will bless your descendants, and the produce of your land—your grain, new wine, and oil—the young of your herds, and the newborn of your flocks, in the land He swore to your fathers that He would give you.

Deuteronomy 28:4

Your descendants will be blessed,
and your land’s produce,
and the offspring of your livestock,
including the young of your herds
and the newborn of your flocks.

Oxen » Was fed » In the valleys

Isaiah 65:10

Sharon will be a pasture for flocks,
and the Valley of Achor a place for cattle to lie down,
for My people who have sought Me.

1 Chronicles 27:29

Shitrai the Sharonite was in charge of the herds that grazed in Sharon, while
Shaphat son of Adlai was in charge of the herds in the valleys.

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

Exodus 23:4

“If you come across your enemy’s stray ox or donkey, you must return it to him.

Deuteronomy 22:1-2

"If you see your brother's ox or sheep straying, you must not ignore it; make sure you return it to your brother. If your brother does not live near you or you don't know him, you are to bring the animal to your home to remain with you until your brother comes looking for it; then you can return it to him.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Of others not to be coveted

Deuteronomy 5:21

Do not covet your neighbor’s wife or desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Exodus 20:17

Do not covet your neighbor’s house. Do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Oxen » Laws respecting » To rest on the sabbath

Exodus 23:12

“Do your work for six days but rest on the seventh day so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave as well as the foreign resident may be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 5:14

14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. You must not do any work—you, your son or daughter, your male or female slave, your ox or donkey, any of your livestock, or the foreigner who lives within your gates, so that your male and female slaves may rest as you do.

Oxen » Used for » Sacrifice

Exodus 20:24

“You must make an earthen altar for Me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats, as well as your cattle. I will come to you and bless you in every place where I cause My name to be remembered.

2 Samuel 24:22

Araunah said to David, “My lord the king may take whatever he wants and offer it. Here are the oxen for a burnt offering and the threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood.

Oxen » Often given as a present

Genesis 12:16

He treated Abram well because of her, and Abram acquired flocks and herds, male and female donkeys, male and female slaves, and camels.

Genesis 20:14

Then Abimelech took sheep and cattle and male and female slaves, gave them to Abraham, and returned his wife Sarah to him.

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

Isaiah 15:5

My heart cries out over Moab,
whose fugitives flee as far as Zoar,
to Eglath-shelishiyah;
they go up the slope of Luhith weeping;
they raise a cry of destruction
on the road to Horonaim.

Jeremiah 48:34

“There is a cry from Heshbon to Elealeh; they raise their voices as far as Jahaz—from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah—because even the waters of Nimrim have become desolate.

Oxen » Described as » Beautiful

Hosea 10:11

Ephraim is a well-trained calf
that loves to thresh,
but I will place a yoke on her fine neck.
I will harness Ephraim;
Judah will plow;
Jacob will do the final plowing.

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is a beautiful young cow,
but a horsefly from the north is coming against her.

Oxen » Described as » Strong

Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is empty,
but an abundant harvest comes
through the strength of an ox.

Psalm 144:14

Our cattle will be well fed.
There will be no breach in the walls,
no going into captivity,
and no cry of lament in our public squares.

Oxen » Herdmen appointed over

Genesis 13:7

and there was quarreling between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land.

1 Samuel 21:7

One of Saul’s servants, detained before the Lord, was there that day. His name was Doeg the Edomite, chief of Saul’s shepherds.

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

Matthew 22:4

Again, he sent out other slaves, and said, ‘Tell those who are invited: Look, I’ve prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

Proverbs 9:2

She has prepared her meat; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.

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

Isaiah 32:20

Those who sow seed are happy
beside abundant waters;
they let ox and donkey range freely.

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen and donkeys that work the ground will eat salted fodder scattered with winnowing shovel and fork.

Oxen » Includes the » Bullock

Jeremiah 46:21

Even her mercenaries among her
are like stall-fed calves.
They too will turn back;
together they will flee;
they will not take their stand,
for the day of their calamity is coming on them,
the time of their punishment.

Psalm 50:9

I will not accept a bull from your household
or male goats from your pens,

Oxen » Includes the » Heifer

Genesis 15:9

He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old cow, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”

Numbers 19:2

“This is the legal statute that the Lord has commanded: Instruct the Israelites to bring you an unblemished red cow that has no defect and has never been yoked.

Oxen » Used for » Earing the ground

Isaiah 32:20

Those who sow seed are happy
beside abundant waters;
they let ox and donkey range freely.

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen and donkeys that work the ground will eat salted fodder scattered with winnowing shovel and fork.

Oxen » Formed a part of the wealth of the jews

Psalm 144:14

Our cattle will be well fed.
There will be no breach in the walls,
no going into captivity,
and no cry of lament in our public squares.

Numbers 32:4

which the Lord struck down before the community of Israel, is good land for livestock, and your servants own livestock.”

Oxen » Publicly sold

2 Samuel 24:24

The king answered Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it from you for a price, for I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for 20 ounces of silver.

Luke 14:19

“Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m going to try them out. I ask you to excuse me.’

Oxen » Used for » Drawing wagons, &c

1 Samuel 6:7

“Now then, prepare one new cart and two milk cows that have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up.

Numbers 7:3

They brought as their offering before the Lord six covered carts and 12 oxen, a cart from every two leaders and an ox from each one, and presented them in front of the tabernacle.

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » Of fierce enemies

Psalm 68:30

Rebuke the beast in the reeds,
the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
Trample underfoot those with bars of silver.
Scatter the peoples who take pleasure in war.

Psalm 22:12

Many bulls surround me;
strong ones of Bashan encircle me.

Oxen » Includes the » Bull

Job 21:10

Their bulls breed without fail;
their cows calve and do not miscarry.

Oxen » Includes the » Cow

Numbers 18:17

“However, you must not redeem the firstborn of an ox, a sheep, or a goat; they are holy. You are to sprinkle their blood on the altar and burn their fat as a fire offering for a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

Job 21:10

Their bulls breed without fail;
their cows calve and do not miscarry.

Oxen » Lowing of, alluded to

Job 6:5

Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass
or an ox low over its fodder?

1 Samuel 15:14

Samuel replied, “Then what is this sound of sheep and cattle I hear?”

Oxen » Young of, considered a great delicacy

Genesis 18:7

Meanwhile, Abraham ran to the herd and got a tender, choice calf. He gave it to a young man, who hurried to prepare it.

Amos 6:4

They lie on beds inlaid with ivory,
sprawled out on their couches,
and dine on lambs from the flock
and calves from the stall.

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

1 Corinthians 9:9-10

For it is written in the law of Moses, Do not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain. Is God really concerned with oxen? Or isn't He really saying it for us? Yes, this is written for us, because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes should do so in hope of sharing the crop.

Oxen » Used for » Carrying burdens

1 Chronicles 12:40

In addition, their neighbors from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali came and brought food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen—abundant provisions of flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine and oil, oxen, and sheep. Indeed, there was joy in Israel.

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

Deuteronomy 33:17

His firstborn bull has splendor,
and horns like those of a wild ox;
he gores all the peoples with them
to the ends of the earth.
Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
and such 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

As for the Israelites and Judahites who lived in the cities of Judah, they also brought a tenth of the cattle and sheep, and a tenth of the dedicated things that were consecrated to the Lord their God. They gathered them into large piles.

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

Deuteronomy 22:4

If you see your brother’s donkey or ox fallen down on the road, you must not ignore it; you must help him lift it up.

Oxen » Was clean and fit for food

Deuteronomy 14:4

These are the animals you may eat:the ox, the sheep, the goat,

Oxen » Often found wild

Deuteronomy 14:5

the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer,
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

"When a man's ox injures his neighbor's ox and it dies, they must sell the live ox and divide its proceeds; they must also divide the dead animal. If, however, it is known that the ox was in the habit of goring, yet its owner has not restrained it, he must compensate fully, ox for ox; the dead animal will become his.

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

Exodus 21:28-32

"When an ox gores a man or a woman to death, the ox must be stoned, and its meat may not be eaten, but the ox's owner is innocent. However, if the ox was in the habit of goring, and its owner has been warned yet does not restrain it, and it kills a man or a woman, the ox must be stoned, and its owner must also be put to death. If instead a ransom is demanded of him, he can pay a redemption price for his life in the full amount demanded from him. read more.
If it gores a son or a daughter, he is to be dealt with according to this same law. If the ox gores a male or female slave, he must give 30 shekels of silver to the slave's master, and the ox must be stoned.

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

Jeremiah 31:18

I have heard Ephraim moaning,
“You disciplined me, and I have been disciplined
like an untrained calf.
Restore me, and I will return,
for you, Lord, are my God.

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

Jeremiah 46:21

Even her mercenaries among her
are like stall-fed calves.
They too will turn back;
together they will flee;
they will not take their stand,
for the day of their calamity is coming on them,
the time of their punishment.

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

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is a beautiful young cow,
but a horsefly from the north is coming against her.

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

Jeremiah 50:11

Because you rejoice,
because you sing in triumph—
you who plundered My inheritance—
because you frolic like a young cow treading grain
and neigh like stallions,

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

Exodus 22:9-13

In any case of wrongdoing involving an ox, a donkey, a sheep, a garment, or anything [else] lost, and someone claims: That's mine, the case between the two parties is to come before the judges. The one the judges condemn must repay double to his neighbor. "When a man gives his neighbor a donkey, an ox, a sheep, or any [other] animal to care for, but it dies, is injured, or is stolen, while no one is watching, there must be an oath before the Lord between the two of them to determine whether or not he has taken his neighbor's property. Its owner must accept [the oath], and the other man does not have to make restitution. read more.
But if, in fact, the animal was stolen from his custody, he must make restitution to its owner. If it was actually torn apart [by a wild animal], he is to bring it as evidence; he does not have to make restitution for the torn carcass.

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

Leviticus 7:23

“Tell the Israelites: You are not to eat any fat of an ox, a sheep, or a goat.

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

Jeremiah 11:19

for I was like a docile lamb led to slaughter.
I didn’t know that they had devised plots against me:
“Let’s destroy the tree with its fruit;
let’s cut him off from the land of the living
so that his name will no longer be 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 follows her impulsively
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer bounding toward a trap

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

1 Samuel 11:7

He took a team of oxen, cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the land of Israel by messengers who said, “This is what will be done to the ox of anyone who doesn’t march behind Saul and Samuel.” As a result, the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they went out united.

Oxen » Goes to the slaughter unconscious

Proverbs 7:22

He follows her impulsively
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer bounding toward a trap

Oxen » In stalls

Habakkuk 3:17

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there is no fruit on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,

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

Isaiah 51:20

Your children have fainted;
they lie at the head of every street
like an antelope in a net.
They are full of the Lord’s fury,
the rebuke of your God.

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » Of a beloved wife

Judges 14:18

On the seventh day, before sunset, the men of the city said to him:What is sweeter than honey?
What is stronger than a lion?So he said to them:If you hadn’t plowed with my young cow,
you wouldn’t know my riddle now!

Oxen » Was fed » With corn

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen and donkeys that work the ground will eat salted fodder scattered with winnowing shovel and fork.

Oxen » Rapid manner of collecting its food alluded to

Numbers 22:4

So the Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “This horde will devour everything around us like an ox eats up the green plants in the field.”Since Balak son of Zippor was Moab’s king at that time,

Oxen » Male firstlings of, belonged to God

Exodus 34:19

“The firstborn male from every womb belongs to Me, including all your male livestock, the firstborn of cattle or sheep.

Oxen » Sea of brass rested on figures of

1 Kings 7:25

It stood on 12 oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The reservoir was on top of them and all their hindquarters were toward the center.

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

Hosea 10:11

Ephraim is a well-trained calf
that loves to thresh,
but I will place a yoke on her fine neck.
I will harness Ephraim;
Judah will plow;
Jacob will do the final plowing.

Oxen » Laws respecting » If stolen to be restored double

Exodus 22:4

If what was stolen—whether ox, donkey, or sheep—is actually found alive in his possession, he must repay double.

Oxen » Used for » Treading out the corn

Hosea 10:11

Ephraim is a well-trained calf
that loves to thresh,
but I will place a yoke on her fine neck.
I will harness Ephraim;
Judah will plow;
Jacob will do the final plowing.

Oxen » Was fed » On the hills

Isaiah 7:25

You will not go to all the hills
that were once tilled with a hoe,
for fear of the thorns and briers.
Those hills will be places for oxen to graze
and for sheep to trample.

Oxen » Was fed » With straw

Isaiah 11:7

The cow and the bear will graze,
their young ones will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

Oxen » Horns and hoofs of, alluded to

Psalm 69:31

That will please Yahweh more than an ox,
more than a bull with horns and hooves.

Oxen » Urged on by the goad

Judges 3:31

After Ehud, Shamgar son of Anath became judge. He delivered Israel by striking down 600 Philistines with an oxgoad.

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

Hosea 4:16

For Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn cow.
Can the Lord now shepherd them
like a lamb in an open meadow?

Oxen » Described as » Not without sagacity

Oxen » Kine illustrative » Of proud and wealthy rulers

Amos 4:1

Listen to this message, you cows of Bashan
who are on the hill of Samaria,
women who oppress the poor
and crush the needy,
who say to their husbands,
“Bring us something to drink.”

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

Job 24:3

They drive away the donkeys owned by the fatherless
and take the widow’s ox as collateral.

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