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Theasaurus: Oxen

8 Bible Verses about Oxen

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1 Timothy 5:18

For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Numbers 7:3

and they brought their offerings before the LORD, six covered wagons and twelve oxen: a wagon for each two of the princes and for each one an ox, which they offered before the tabernacle.

Deuteronomy 14:4

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

Exodus 20:24

An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings and thy peace offerings, thy sheep and thine oxen; in whatever place where I cause my name to be remembered, I will come unto thee, and I will 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, and 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 it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the grain. Does God take care for oxen?

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Agriculture or husbandry » Beasts used in » Oxen

Horns » Animals with, mentioned » Oxen

Psalm 69:31

This also shall please the LORD better than the sacrifice of an ox or bullock that struggles with horns and hoofs.

Oxen » Used for » Food

1 Kings 19:21

And he returned back from him and took a yoke of oxen and slew them and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen and gave unto the people and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and served him.

1 Kings 1:9

And Adonijah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zoheleth, which is by Enrogel, and called all his brethren, the king's sons, and all the men of Judah, the king's slaves;

2 Chronicles 18:2

And after a few years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance and for the people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramothgilead.

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

Genesis 41:2

And, behold, there came up out of the river seven beautiful cows and very fat, and they fed in a meadow.

Genesis 41:26

The seven beautiful cows are seven years; and the seven good heads are seven years; the dream is one and the same.

Genesis 41:29

Behold, seven years of great plenty are coming throughout all the land of Egypt.

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

Genesis 41:30

And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land;

Genesis 41:27

Also the seven thin and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty heads blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.

Genesis 41:3

And, behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and lean-fleshed, and stood by the other cows upon the brink 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 sheep and their cows, they left in the land of Goshen.

Exodus 12:32

Also take your sheep and your cows, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.

Exodus 10:9

And Moses replied, We must go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our sheep and with our cows we must go; for we have a solemn feast unto the LORD.

Oxen » Was fed » With grass

Job 40:15

Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eats grass as an ox.

Psalm 106:20

Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eats grass.

Daniel 4:25

that they shall drive thee from among men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall feed thee with grass of the field as the oxen, and with the dew of heaven shalt thou be bathed, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou shalt understand that the most High takes rule over the kingdom of men and that he shall give it to whoever he will.

Oxen » Formed a part of the patriarchal wealth

Job 1:3

His substance was seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred she asses, and a very great store of servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

Genesis 26:14

for he had possession of flocks, possession of herds, great store of servants, and the Philistines envied 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, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the grain. Does God take care for oxen?

Oxen » Used for » Plowing

1 Kings 19:19

So he departed from there and found Elisha, the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed by him and cast his mantle upon him.

Job 1:14

and a messenger came unto Job and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them;

Amos 6:12

Shall horses run upon the rocks? will one plow there with oxen? why have ye turned judgment into hemlock, 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; he will also bless the fruit of thy womb and the fruit of thy land, thy grain and thy wine and thine oil, the increase of thy cows and the flocks 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 body and the fruit of thy ground and the fruit of thy beasts, the increase of thy cows, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Oxen » Was fed » In the valleys

Isaiah 65:10

And Sharon shall be for a fold of flocks and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.

1 Chronicles 27:29

and over the cows that fed in Sharon was Shitrai, the Sharonite; and over the cows that were 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 should encounter thine enemy's ox or his ass astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again.

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 again unto thy brother. And even if thy brother is not kin unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seeks after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Of others not to be coveted

Deuteronomy 5:21

Thou shalt not desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field or his manslave or his maidslave, his ox or his ass or any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Exodus 20:17

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manslave, nor his maidslave, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Oxen » Laws respecting » To rest on the sabbath

Exodus 23:12

Six days thou shalt do thy work, and 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 unto the LORD thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou nor thy son nor thy daughter nor thy manslave nor thy maidslave nor thine ox nor thine ass nor any animal of thine nor thy stranger that is within thy gates, that thy manslave and thy maidslave may rest as well as thou.

Oxen » Used for » Sacrifice

Exodus 20:24

An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings and thy peace offerings, thy sheep and thine oxen; in whatever place where I cause my name to be remembered, I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

2 Samuel 24:22

And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good unto him; behold, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood;

Oxen » Often given as a present

Genesis 12:16

And he treated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep and oxen and he asses and menslaves and maidslaves and she asses and camels.

Genesis 20:14

Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen and menslaves and womenslaves and gave them unto Abraham and restored him Sarah his wife.

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

Isaiah 15:5

My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall go up with weeping by the hill of Luhith unto Zoar, a heifer of three years; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.

Jeremiah 48:34

The cry, from Heshbon even unto Elealeh, and even unto Jahaz, they have uttered their voice; from Zoar even unto Horonaim, as a heifer of three years old; for the waters of Nimrim shall also be destroyed.

Oxen » Described as » Beautiful

Hosea 10:11

Ephraim is a heifer that is taught and loves to tread out the wheat; but I shall pass over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to draw; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction comes; it comes out of the north.

Oxen » Described as » Strong

Psalm 144:14

that our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in nor going out; that there be no shout of alarm in our streets.

Oxen » Herdmen appointed over

Genesis 13:7

And there was a strife between the pastors of Abram's cattle and the pastors of Lot's cattle; and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelt then in the land.

1 Samuel 21:7

Now a certain man of the slaves of Saul was there that day, fulfilling a vow before the LORD, and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the principal of the pastors of Saul.

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

Matthew 22:4

Again, he sent forth other slaves, saying, Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my bulls and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready; come unto the marriage.

Proverbs 9:2

She has killed her sacrifice; she has mingled her wine; and she has furnished her table.

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

Isaiah 32:20

Blessed are ye that sow upon all waters, ye that plow with the ox and with the ass.

Isaiah 30:24

Thine oxen and thine asses that work the ground shall eat clean grain, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.

Oxen » Includes the » Bullock

Jeremiah 46:21

Also her soldiers are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also turned back, and all fled away without stopping: because the day of their calamity was come upon them and 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 unto him, Take me a heifer three years old and a she goat three years old and a ram three years old and a turtledove and a young pigeon.

Numbers 19:2

This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying, Speak unto the sons of Israel that they bring thee a red heifer, perfect, in which there is no blemish, and upon which there has never been placed a yoke;

Oxen » Used for » Earing the ground

Isaiah 32:20

Blessed are ye that sow upon all waters, ye that plow with the ox and with the ass.

Isaiah 30:24

Thine oxen and thine asses that work the ground shall eat clean grain, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.

Oxen » Formed a part of the wealth of the jews

Psalm 144:14

that our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in nor going out; that there be no shout of alarm in our streets.

Numbers 32:4

the country which the LORD smote before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and thy slaves have livestock.

Oxen » Publicly sold

2 Samuel 24:24

And the king said unto Araunah, No, but I will surely buy it of thee at a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which costs me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor 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 have me excused.

Oxen » Used for » Drawing wagons, &c

1 Samuel 6:7

Now, therefore, make a new cart and take two milk cows, on which no yoke has been placed and tie the cows to the cart and bring their calves home from them.

Numbers 7:3

and they brought their offerings before the LORD, six covered wagons and twelve oxen: a wagon for each two of the princes and for each one an ox, which they offered before the tabernacle.

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » Of fierce enemies

Psalm 68:30

Reprehend the company of spearmen, the multitude of the strong, with the lords of the peoples, trampling them underfoot with their pieces of silver; Destroy thou the peoples that delight in war.

Psalm 22:12

Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round about.

Oxen » Includes the » Bull

Job 21:10

Their cows conceive, and do not abort; their cows calve and do not cast forth their young.

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 sanctified; thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar and shalt burn their fat for an offering on fire, for an acceptable savour unto the LORD.

Job 21:10

Their cows conceive, and do not abort; their cows calve and do not cast forth their young.

Oxen » Lowing of, alluded to

Job 6:5

Does the wild ass bray when he has grass? Does the ox low over his fodder?

1 Samuel 15:14

Then Samuel said, What means then 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 unto the herd and brought a calf tender and good and gave it unto a young man; and he hastened 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 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 it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the grain. Does God take care for oxen? Or does he say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that plows should plow in hope, and that he that threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.

Oxen » Used for » Carrying burdens

1 Chronicles 12:40

And likewise, those that were near them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses and on camels and on mules and on oxen, and food, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, 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 beauty is like the firstborn of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns; with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth; these are the ten thousands 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

Also the sons of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, gave in the same manner the tithe of the cows and the sheep, and the tithe of that which was sanctified of the things which had been promised unto the LORD their God, and laid them in 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 fallen down by the way and hide thyself from them; thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.

Oxen » Was clean and fit for food

Deuteronomy 14:4

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

Oxen » Often found wild

Deuteronomy 14:5

the hart and the roebuck and the buffalo and the wild goat and the unicorn (rhinoceros) and the wild ox and the mountain goat,

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

Exodus 21:35-36

And if one man's ox hurts another's that he dies; then they shall sell the live ox and divide the money of it, and the dead ox they shall also divide. Or if it is known that the ox used to push in time past and his owner has not kept him in, he shall surely pay ox for ox, and the dead shall be his own.

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

Exodus 21:28-32

If an ox gores a man or a woman that they die, then the ox shall surely be stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be absolved. But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past and it has been testified to his owner, and he has not kept him in, but that he has killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death. If there is laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the ransom of his life whatever is laid upon him. read more.
Whether it has gored a son or has gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him. If the ox shall gore a manslave or a maidslave, he shall give unto 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 bemoaning himself thus, Thou hast afflicted me, and I was chastised as an indomitable bullock: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.

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

Jeremiah 46:21

Also her soldiers are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also turned back, and all fled away without stopping: because the day of their calamity was come upon them and the time of their visitation.

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

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction comes; it comes out of the north.

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

Jeremiah 50:11

Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced destroying my heritage, because ye filled yourselves as a heifer on grass and neighed like horses;

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

Exodus 22:9-13

For all manner of fraud, whether it be for an ox, for an ass, for a sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, which another challenges to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; and whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour. If a man delivers unto his neighbour an ass 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 shall an oath of the LORD be between them both, that he has not put his hand unto his neighbour's goods, and the owner of it shall accept thereof, and he shall not make it good. read more.
And if it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto its owner. If it is torn in pieces, then let him bring witness, and he shall not make good that which was torn.

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

Leviticus 7:23

Speak unto the sons of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox or of sheep or of goat.

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

Jeremiah 11:19

But I was like a ram or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; for I did not understand that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, and let us cut him off from the land of the living that his name may 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 went after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,

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 hewed them in pieces and sent them throughout all the borders of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whoever does not come forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.

Oxen » Goes to the slaughter unconscious

Proverbs 7:22

He went after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,

Oxen » In stalls

Habakkuk 3:17

Because the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be on the vines; the labour of the olive shall lie, and the cultivated fields shall yield no food; the sheep 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 sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of thy God.

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » Of a beloved wife

Judges 14:18

And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye would have never discovered my enigma.

Oxen » Was fed » With corn

Isaiah 30:24

Thine oxen and thine asses that work the ground shall eat clean grain, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.

Oxen » Rapid manner of collecting its food alluded to

Numbers 22:4

And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licks up the herbs of the field. And Balak, the son of Zippor, was king of the Moabites at that time.

Oxen » Male firstlings of, belonged to God

Exodus 34:19

All that opens the womb is mine; and every firstborn among thy livestock, whether of cow or of sheep, that is male.

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 Negev and three looking toward the east; and upon them the sea rested, 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

Ephraim is a heifer that is taught and loves to tread out the wheat; but I shall pass over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to draw; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.

Oxen » Laws respecting » If stolen to be restored double

Exodus 22:4

If he is found with the theft 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

Ephraim is a heifer that is taught and loves to tread out the wheat; but I shall pass over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to draw; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.

Oxen » Was fed » On the hills

Isaiah 7:25

But the fear of briers and thorns shall not come unto all the hills that were dug with the hoe, but they shall be for pasture of oxen and for the treading of the lesser cattle.

Oxen » Was fed » With straw

Isaiah 11:7

The cow and the 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

This also shall please the LORD better than the sacrifice of an ox or bullock that struggles with horns and hoofs.

Oxen » Urged on by the goad

Judges 3:31

And after him was Shamgar, the son of Anath, who slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad, and he also saved Israel.

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

Hosea 4:16

for Israel has turned away as a wild heifer; shall the LORD now feed them as rams in a large place?

Oxen » Described as » Not without sagacity

Oxen » Kine illustrative » Of proud and wealthy rulers

Amos 4:1

Hear this word, ye cows of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their masters, 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.