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8 Bible Verses about Oxen

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1 Timothy 5:18

For the Scripture says, "You must not muzzle an ox while it is treading out grain," and, "A worker deserves his pay."

Numbers 7:3

They brought their offering into the LORD's presence, consisting of six covered carts and twelve oxen one cart each from two leaders and an ox from each one. After they presented them in front of the tent,

Deuteronomy 14:4

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

Exodus 20:24

You are to make an altar of earth for me, and you are to sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep, and your cattle. Everywhere I cause my name to be remembered, I'll come to you and bless you.

Job 24:3

They drive away the orphan's donkey; they take the ox of the widow as security for a loan;

Exodus 23:12

You are to do your work for six days, but on the seventh day you are to refrain from work so that your ox and donkey may rest, and so the son of your maidservant and the alien may be refreshed.

1 Corinthians 9:9

For in the Law of Moses it is written, "You must not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." God is not only concerned about oxen, is he?

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Agriculture or husbandry » Beasts used in » Oxen

Horns » Animals with, mentioned » Oxen

Psalm 69:31

That will please the LORD more than oxen and bulls with horns and hooves.

Oxen » Used for » Food

1 Kings 19:21

So Elisha turned back, took the pair of oxen, sacrificed them, boiled their flesh using the farm implements for fuel, and gave the food to the people with him. Then he got up, followed Elijah, and became his servant.

1 Kings 1:9

Adonijah sacrificed sheep, oxen, and fatted cattle by the Serpent Stone near En-rogel, inviting all of his relatives, the king's sons, and all of the men of Judah who worked for the king,

2 Chronicles 18:2

After a few years, he visited Ahab in Samaria. Ahab slaughtered lots of sheep and oxen for him, and the people who were with him persuaded Jehoshaphat to attack Ramoth-gilead.

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

Genesis 41:2

when all of a sudden seven healthy, plump cows emerged from the Nile to graze in the grass that grew in the reeds that lined the bank.

Genesis 41:26

The seven healthy cows represent seven years, as do the seven healthy ears. The dreams are identical.

Genesis 41:29

Be advised that seven years of phenomenal abundance are coming throughout all the land of Egypt,

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

Genesis 41:30

but after them seven years of famine are ahead, during which all of the abundance will be forgotten throughout the land of Egypt. The famine will ravage the land so severely that

Genesis 41:27

The seven gaunt cows that arose after the healthy cows are seven years, as are the seven gaunt ears scorched by the east wind. There will be seven years of famine.

Genesis 41:3

Right after that, seven more cows came up out of the Nile. Ugly and gaunt, they stood next to the other cows on the bank of the Nile River.

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

Genesis 50:8

all of Joseph's household, his brothers, and his father's household. They left behind in the territory of Goshen only their youngest children, their flocks, and their herds.

Exodus 12:32

Take both your sheep and your cattle, just as you demanded and go! And bless me too!"

Exodus 10:9

Moses said, "We will go with our young and with our old. We will go with our sons and our daughters, with our sheep and our cattle, because it's a festival to the LORD for us."

Oxen » Was fed » With grass

Job 40:15

"Please observe Behemoth, which I made along with you. He eats grass like an ox.

Psalm 106:20

They exchanged their glory with the image of a grass-eating bull.

Daniel 4:25

You'll be driven from people, and you'll live among wild animals of the field. You'll eat grass like cattle and be soaked with the dew of the sky while seven years pass you by until you realize that the Most High is sovereign over human kingdoms and grants them to whomever he desires.

Oxen » Formed a part of the patriarchal wealth

Job 1:3

His livestock included 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and many servants. Indeed, the man's stature greatly exceeded that of many people who lived in the East.

Genesis 26:14

He owned so many sheep, cattle, and servants that the Philistines eventually became envious of 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 must not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." God is not only concerned about oxen, is he?

Oxen » Used for » Plowing

1 Kings 19:19

Elijah left there and located Shaphat's son Elisha, who was plowing, along with a total of twelve pairs of oxen. (He was plowing with the twelfth pair.) As Elijah passed by, he tossed his cloak at Elisha.

Job 1:14

a messenger approached Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the female donkeys were grazing nearby

Amos 6:12

"Horses don't run over bare rock, do they? One doesn't plow rock with oxen, does he? But you have turned justice to gall, and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness.

Oxen » Increase of, promised

Deuteronomy 7:13

He'll love you and increase your numbers. He'll bless the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your land (the grain, new wine, and oil), the offspring of your herds, and the lambs of your flock, in the land that the LORD promised your ancestors he would give you.

Deuteronomy 28:4

"Blessed will your children be, as well as the produce of your land, the offspring of your beasts and cattle, and the offspring of your flock.

Oxen » Was fed » In the valleys

Isaiah 65:10

Sharon will become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a fold for herds, for my people who have sought me.

1 Chronicles 27:29

Shitrai the Sharonite supervised the herds that were pastured in Sharon. Adlai's son Shaphat supervised 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 ox or donkey wandering off, you are to certainly return it to him.

Deuteronomy 22:1-2

"When you see the ox or sheep of your fellow countryman straying, don't go away and leave it. Instead, be sure to return it to him. If your fellow countryman doesn't live near you or you don't know who he is, bring the animal to your house and let it remain with you until he claims it. Then return it to him.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Of others not to be coveted

Deuteronomy 5:21

""You are not to desire your neighbor's wife nor crave your neighbor's house, his fields, his male and female servants, his ox, his donkey, nor anything that pertains to your neighbor.'"

Exodus 20:17

"You are not to desire your neighbor's house, nor your neighbor's wife, his male or female servant, his ox, his donkey, nor anything else that pertains to your neighbor."

Oxen » Laws respecting » To rest on the sabbath

Exodus 23:12

You are to do your work for six days, but on the seventh day you are to refrain from work so that your ox and donkey may rest, and so the son of your maidservant and the alien may be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 5:14

but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. You are not to do any work neither you, your son, nor your daughter, your male and female servants, your oxen and donkeys, nor any of your livestock, nor any foreigner who lives among you, so that your male and female servants may rest as you do.

Oxen » Used for » Sacrifice

Exodus 20:24

You are to make an altar of earth for me, and you are to sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep, and your cattle. Everywhere I cause my name to be remembered, I'll come to you and bless you.

2 Samuel 24:22

Araunah responded to David, "May your majesty the king take it and offer whatever pleases him. Here are oxen for a burnt offering, along with the threshing sledges and yokes from the oxen for wood!

Oxen » Often given as a present

Genesis 12:16

He treated Abram well because of her, so Abram acquired sheep, oxen, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.

Genesis 20:14

So Abimelech took some sheep and oxen, and some male and female servants, gave them to Abraham, 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; her fugitives flee as far as Zoar, as far as Eglath-shelishiyah. For at the ascent to Luhith they go up weeping; on the road to Horonaim they raise a cry of destruction.

Jeremiah 48:34

"From the cry of Heshbon, to Elealeh, to Jahaz they have lifted up their voice. From Zoar to Horonaim and to Eglath-shelishiyah, even the waters of Nimrim will become a desolate place.

Oxen » Described as » Beautiful

Hosea 10:11

"Ephraim, the well-trained heifer, loves to thresh grain, so I will spare her neck. I will turn Ephraim into a pack animal. Judah will pull the plow, and Jacob will turn up the fallow ground.

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is a beautiful calf, but a horsefly from the north is surely coming.

Oxen » Described as » Strong

Psalm 144:14

May our cattle grow heavy with young, with no damage or loss. May there be no cry of anguish in our streets!

Oxen » Herdmen appointed over

Genesis 13:7

There was strife between the herdsmen in charge of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen in charge of Lot's livestock. Also, at that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land.

1 Samuel 21:7

Now, Doeg the Edomite, one of Saul's officials, was there that day, detained in the LORD's presence. He was the chief of Saul's shepherds.

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

Matthew 22:4

So he sent other servants after saying, "Tell those who have been invited, "Look! I've prepared my dinner. My oxen and fattened calves have been slaughtered. Everything is ready. Come to the wedding!"'

Proverbs 9:2

She has prepared her food, she has spiced her wine, and she also has set her dining table.

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

Isaiah 32:20

How happy you will be, sowing your seed beside every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range freely!"

Isaiah 30:24

and oxen and donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder that workers will winnow with shovels and forks.

Oxen » Includes the » Bullock

Jeremiah 46:21

Even the mercenary troops in her ranks are like a fattened calf. They too will turn around, and will flee together. They won't stand, for the day of their disaster is coming on them, the time of their punishment.

Psalm 50:9

I will no longer accept a sacrificial bull from your household; nor goats from your pens.

Oxen » Includes the » Heifer

Genesis 15:9

The LORD responded, "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 ordinance of the law that the LORD commanded that the Israelis be told: They are to bring you a spotless red heifer, without physical defect, that has never been fitted with a yoke.

Oxen » Used for » Earing the ground

Isaiah 32:20

How happy you will be, sowing your seed beside every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range freely!"

Isaiah 30:24

and oxen and donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder that workers will winnow with shovels and forks.

Oxen » Formed a part of the wealth of the jews

Psalm 144:14

May our cattle grow heavy with young, with no damage or loss. May there be no cry of anguish in our streets!

Numbers 32:4

the land that the LORD defeated in the sight of the community of Israel is perfect for cattle and your servants have cattle.

Oxen » Publicly sold

2 Samuel 24:24

"No!" the king replied to Araunah. "I will buy them from you at full price. I won't offer to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for 50 silver shekels,

Luke 14:19

Another said, "I bought five pairs of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.'

Oxen » Used for » Drawing wagons, &c

1 Samuel 6:7

"So make a new cart, and take two milk cows that have never had a yoke on them. Hitch the cows to the cart and take their calves away from them and back to the house.

Numbers 7:3

They brought their offering into the LORD's presence, consisting of six covered carts and twelve oxen one cart each from two leaders and an ox from each one. After they presented them in front of the tent,

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » Of fierce enemies

Psalm 68:30

Rebuke the wildlife that lives among the reeds, the nations that congregate like bulls and cows, humbling themselves with pieces of silver, for God scatters the nations that delight in battle.

Psalm 22:12

Many bulls have surrounded me; the vicious bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

Oxen » Includes the » Bull

Genesis 32:15

30 milking camels with their young, 40 cows with ten bulls, and 20 female donkeys with ten male donkeys.

Job 21:10

Their bull breeds without fail, and their cows calve without miscarriages.

Oxen » Includes the » Cow

Numbers 18:17

But you are not to redeem the firstborn of a cow, sheep, or a female goat. They are holy. You are to sprinkle their blood on the altar and burn their fat for an offering made by fire, a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Job 21:10

Their bull breeds without fail, and their cows calve without miscarriages.

Oxen » Lowing of, alluded to

Job 6:5

"Will the wild donkey bray from hunger if fresh grass is beside him? Will the ox low from distress if it is near its feed?

1 Samuel 15:14

Samuel said, "Then what is this bleating of sheep in my ears and the lowing of cattle that I hear?"

Oxen » Young of, considered a great delicacy

Genesis 18:7

Next, Abraham ran to the herd, found a choice and tender calf, and gave it to the young men, who went off in a hurry to prepare it.

Amos 6:4

lying on ivory beds, stretching out on your couches, eating lambs from the flock, and fattened calves from 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 must not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." God is not only concerned about oxen, is he? Isn't he really speaking for our benefit? Yes, this was written for our benefit, because the one who plows should plow in hope, and the one who threshes should thresh in hope of sharing in the crop.

Oxen » Used for » Carrying burdens

1 Chronicles 12:40

Their neighbors came from as far away as the territories of Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali, bringing provisions loaded on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. They brought abundant provisions of meal, fig bars, raisins, wine, oil, oxen, and sheep, because there was joy in Israel.

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

Deuteronomy 33:17

May the firstborn of his bull be honorable to him, and may his horns be those of a wild ox. With them may he push people all together, to the ends of the earth. These are the myriads of Ephraim and 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

The descendants of Israel and Judah who lived throughout the cities of Judah also brought tithes of cattle and sheep, as well as tithes of gifts that had been dedicated to the LORD their God.

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

Deuteronomy 22:4

When you see the donkey or the ox of your fellow countryman fallen on the road, don't ignore it. Instead be sure to help it get up."

Oxen » Was clean and fit for food

Deuteronomy 14:4

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

Oxen » Often found wild

Deuteronomy 14:5

deer, gazelle, roebuck, wild goat, ibex, antelope, and mountain sheep.

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

Exodus 21:35-36

"If a man's ox strikes his neighbor's ox and it dies, they are to sell the live ox and divide the money. They also are to divide the dead animal. But if it was known that the ox had gored previously, and its owner didn't restrain it, he shall certainly repay ox for ox, and the dead ox will become his."

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

Exodus 21:28-32

"If an ox gores a man or woman so that they die, the ox is certainly to be stoned and its flesh may not be eaten, but the owner of the ox is free from liability. But if the ox has gored previously, and its owner has been warned about it but didn't restrain it, and it kills a man or woman, the ox is to be stoned and its owner also is to be put to death. If a fine is imposed on him, he may pay all that was imposed on him as a ransom for his life. read more.
This same ordinance applies if it gores a son or daughter. "If the ox gores a male or female servant, the owner is to give 30 shekels of silver to the servant's master, and the ox is to be stoned.

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

Jeremiah 31:18

"I've certainly heard Ephraim shuddering with grief as they said, "You have disciplined me, and I'm disciplined like an untrained calf. Restore me, and let me return, for you are the LORD my God.

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

Jeremiah 46:21

Even the mercenary troops in her ranks are like a fattened calf. They too will turn around, and will flee together. They won't stand, for the day of their disaster 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 calf, but a horsefly from the north is surely coming.

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

Jeremiah 50:11

"Though you rejoice, though you exult, you plunderers of my inheritance, though you skip around like a heifer in the grass and neigh like stallions,

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

Exodus 22:9-13

"In every ownership dispute involving an ox, donkey, sheep, garment, or anything that is lost where a person says, "This is mine,' the case between the two of them is to come before the judges, and the one that the judges declare guilty is to repay double to his neighbor. "When a man gives a donkey, ox, sheep, or any animal to his neighbor for safe keeping, and it dies or is injured or is driven away when no one is looking, the two of them are to take an oath in the LORD's presence that the accused has not taken his neighbor's property. Its owner is to accept this, and the neighbor is not to make restitution. read more.
But if it was actually stolen from him, the neighbor is to make restitution to its owner. If it was torn to pieces, let the neighbor bring the remains as evidence, and he is not to make restitution for what was torn apart.

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

Leviticus 7:23

"Tell the Israelis, "You are not to eat the fat of an ox, a lamb, or a goat.

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

Jeremiah 11:19

I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. I didn't know that they had devised schemes against me. They told themselves, "Let's destroy the tree with its fruit. Let's eliminate him from the land of the living, so his name won't be remembered again."

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

All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap

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

1 Samuel 11:7

He took a yoke of oxen, cut them in pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers through all the territory of Israel: "This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone who does not come out and join Saul and Samuel!" The fear of the LORD fell on the people and they came out as one man.

Oxen » Goes to the slaughter unconscious

Proverbs 7:22

All of a sudden he follows her like an ox fit for slaughter or like a fool fit for a trap

Oxen » In stalls

Habakkuk 3:17

Even though the fig tree does not blossom, and there are no grapes on the vines; even if the olive harvest fails, and the fields produce nothing edible; even if the flock is snatched from the sheepfold, and there is no herd 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 antelope caught in a trap, filled with the anger of the LORD and the rebuke of your God.

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » Of a beloved wife

Judges 14:18

Then the men of the city answered him just before sunset on the seventh day: "What is sweeter than honey? What are stronger than lions?" Samson responded, "If you hadn't plowed with my heifer, you wouldn't have solved my riddle."

Oxen » Was fed » With corn

Isaiah 30:24

and oxen and donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder that workers will winnow with shovels and forks.

Oxen » Rapid manner of collecting its food alluded to

Numbers 22:4

the Moabites told the elders of Midian, "This horde of people is about to lick up everything around us, like an ox licks up the green ground."

Oxen » Male firstlings of, belonged to God

Exodus 34:19

"Everything firstborn belongs to me: all the males of your herds, the firstborn of both cattle and sheep.

Oxen » Sea of brass rested on figures of

1 Kings 7:25

The sea stood on top of twelve oxen. Three faced north, three faced west, three faced south, and three faced east. The sea was set on top of them, and their hind parts faced the center.

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

Hosea 10:11

"Ephraim, the well-trained heifer, loves to thresh grain, so I will spare her neck. I will turn Ephraim into a pack animal. Judah will pull the plow, and Jacob will turn up the fallow ground.

Oxen » Laws respecting » If stolen to be restored double

Exodus 22:4

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

Oxen » Used for » Treading out the corn

Hosea 10:11

"Ephraim, the well-trained heifer, loves to thresh grain, so I will spare her neck. I will turn Ephraim into a pack animal. Judah will pull the plow, and Jacob will turn up the fallow ground.

Oxen » Was fed » On the hills

Isaiah 7:25

As for all the hills that used to be cultivated with a hoe, you won't go there, because you'll fear iron briars and thorns. Nevertheless, those hills will be reserved as a pasture where cattle will feed and where sheep will graze."

Oxen » Was fed » With straw

Isaiah 11:7

The cow and the bear will graze, and their young 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 the LORD more than oxen and bulls with horns and hooves.

Oxen » Urged on by the goad

Judges 3:31

After Ehud, Anath's son Shamgar attacked 600 Philistines with a cattle prod. He also delivered Israel.

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

Hosea 4:16

For Israel is as obstinate as a stubborn mule! Nevertheless, will not the LORD feed them like a lamb in a broad pasture?

Oxen » Described as » Not without sagacity

Oxen » Kine illustrative » Of proud and wealthy rulers

Amos 4:1

"Listen to this message, you fat cows from Bashan, who live on the Samaritan mountains, who oppress the poor, who rob the needy, and who constantly ask your husbands for one more drink!"

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

Job 24:3

They drive away the orphan's donkey; they take the ox of the widow as security for a loan;

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