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Theasaurus: Oxen

8 Bible Verses about Oxen

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1 Timothy 5:18

For the scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward.

Numbers 7:3

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

Deuteronomy 14:4

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

Exodus 20:24

An altar of earth you shall make for me, and shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings, and your peace offerings, your sheep, and your oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto you, and I will bless you.

Job 24:3

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

Exodus 23:12

Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest: that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

1 Corinthians 9:9

For it is written in the law of Moses, You shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the grain. Does God 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 an ox or bullock that has 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 did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

1 Kings 1:9

And Adonijah sacrificed sheep and oxen and fatlings 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 he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth-gilead.

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

Genesis 41:2

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

Genesis 41:26

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

Genesis 41:29

Behold, there comes seven years of great plenty 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

And the seven thin and ill favored cows that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears dried by 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, ill favored and thin; and stood by the other cows upon 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 brothers, 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 you have said, and be gone; 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 must hold a feast unto the LORD.

Oxen » Was fed » With grass

Job 40:15

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

Psalm 106:20

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

Daniel 4:25

That they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen, and they shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will.

Oxen » Formed a part of the patriarchal wealth

Job 1:3

His possessions also were seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred female donkeys, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

Genesis 26:14

For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and a 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, You shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the grain. Does God 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 there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the donkeys feeding beside them:

Amos 6:12

Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for you have turned justice into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock:

Oxen » Increase of, promised

Deuteronomy 7:13

And he will love you, and bless you, and multiply you: he will also bless the fruit of your womb, and the fruit of your land, your grain, and your wine, and your oil, the increase of your cattle, and the flocks of your sheep, in the land which he swore unto your fathers to give you.

Deuteronomy 28:4

Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your herds, the increase of your cattle, and the flocks of your sheep.

Oxen » Was fed » In the valleys

Isaiah 65:10

And Sharon shall be 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 herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite: and over the herds 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 you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again.

Deuteronomy 22:1-2

You shall not see your brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and withhold your help from them: you shall certainly bring them again unto your brother. And if your brother is not near unto you, or if you know him not, then you shall bring it unto your own house, and it shall be with you until your brother seeks after it, and you shall restore it to him again.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Of others not to be coveted

Deuteronomy 5:21

Neither shall you desire your neighbor's wife, neither shall you covet your neighbor's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.

Exodus 20:17

You shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor any thing that is your neighbor's.

Oxen » Laws respecting » To rest on the sabbath

Exodus 23:12

Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest: that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 5:14

But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates; that your manservant and your maidservant may rest as well as you.

Oxen » Used for » Sacrifice

Exodus 20:24

An altar of earth you shall make for me, and shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings, and your peace offerings, your sheep, and your oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto you, and I will bless you.

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 yokes 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 male donkeys, and menservants, and maidservants, and female donkeys, and camels.

Genesis 20:14

And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored to 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 flee unto Zoar, to Eglathshelishiyah: for by the ascent of Luhith with weeping shall they go up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.

Jeremiah 48:34

From the cry of Heshbon even unto Elealeh, and even unto Jahaz, have they uttered their voice, from Zoar even unto Horonaim, like a heifer of three years old: for the waters also of Nimrim shall be desolate.

Oxen » Described as » Beautiful

Hosea 10:11

And Ephraim is as a heifer that is trained, and loves to tread out the grain; but I harnessed her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to pull a plow; Judah shall plow, and Jacob must break his clods.

Jeremiah 46:20

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

Oxen » Described as » Strong

Psalm 144:14

That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no outcry in our streets.

Oxen » Herdmen appointed over

Genesis 13:7

And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and the herdsmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanites and the Perizzites dwelled then in the land.

1 Samuel 21:7

Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chief of the herdsmen that belonged to Saul.

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

Matthew 22:4

Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them who are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

Proverbs 9:2

She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also furnished her table.

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

Isaiah 32:20

Blessed are you that sow beside all waters, that send forth freely the feet of the ox and the donkey.

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that work the ground shall eat salted provender, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fork.

Oxen » Includes the » Bullock

Jeremiah 46:21

Also her hired soldiers are in the midst of her like fatted calves; for they also are turned back, and have fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity had come upon them, and the time of their punishment.

Psalm 50:9

I will take no bullock out of your house, nor male goats out of your folds.

Oxen » Includes the » Heifer

Genesis 15:9

And he said unto him, Take me a heifer three years old, and a female goat three years old, and a ram three years old, and a turtle dove, and a young pigeon.

Numbers 19:2

This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came a yoke:

Oxen » Used for » Earing the ground

Isaiah 32:20

Blessed are you that sow beside all waters, that send forth freely the feet of the ox and the donkey.

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that work the ground shall eat salted provender, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fork.

Oxen » Formed a part of the wealth of the jews

Psalm 144:14

That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no outcry in our streets.

Numbers 32:4

Even the country which the LORD defeated before the congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and your servants have cattle:

Oxen » Publicly sold

2 Samuel 24:24

And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it from you at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which does cost me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

Luke 14:19

And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them: I pray you 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 there has come no yoke, and tie the cows to the cart, and bring their calves home from them:

Numbers 7:3

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

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » Of fierce enemies

Psalm 68:30

Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submits himself with pieces of silver: scatter you the people 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

Genesis 32:15

Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty cows, and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys, and ten he-donkeys.

Job 21:10

Their bull breeds, and fails not; their cow calves, and casts not her calf.

Oxen » Includes the » Cow

Numbers 18:17

But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, you shall not redeem; they are holy: you shall sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shall burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet aroma unto the LORD.

Job 21:10

Their bull breeds, and fails not; their cow calves, and casts not her calf.

Oxen » Lowing of, alluded to

Job 6:5

Does the wild donkey bray when it has grass? or the ox lows over its fodder?

1 Samuel 15:14

And 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 fetched 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 yourselves upon your 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, You shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the grain. Does God care for oxen? Or says he 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

Moreover they that were near them, even from Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought food on donkeys, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and supplies of 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 glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of a wild ox: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

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

Oxen » Tithe of, given to the priests

2 Chronicles 31:6

And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated 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

You shall not see your brother's donkey or his ox fall down by the way, and withhold your help from them: you shall surely help him to lift them up again.

Oxen » Was clean and fit for food

Deuteronomy 14:4

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

Oxen » Often found wild

Deuteronomy 14:5

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

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

Exodus 21:35-36

And if one man's ox hurts another's, that it dies; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it; and the dead ox also they shall divide. Or if it be known that the ox was accustomed to gore in time past, and its owner has not kept it 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 be surely stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be clear. But if the ox were accustomed to gore with its horn in time past, and it has been testified to its owner, and he has not kept it in, but that it has killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death. If there be laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the ransom of his life whatsoever 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 manservant or a maidservant; 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; You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: restore me, and I shall return; for you are the LORD my God.

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

Jeremiah 46:21

Also her hired soldiers are in the midst of her like fatted calves; for they also are turned back, and have fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity had come upon them, and the time of their punishment.

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

Jeremiah 46:20

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

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

Jeremiah 50:11

Because you were glad, because you rejoiced, O you destroyers of my heritage, because you have grown fat like a heifer threshing grain, and bellow like bulls;

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

Exodus 22:9-13

For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for donkey, for sheep, for clothing, 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 neighbor. If a man deliver unto his neighbor a donkey, or an ox, or a sheep, or any beast, to keep; and it die, or be 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 neighbor's goods; and the owner of it shall accept the oath, and he shall not make it good. read more.
And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof. If it be torn in pieces, then let him bring it as evidence, 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 children of Israel, saying, You 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 lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised plots 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 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 goes after her immediately, 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 cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever comes not 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 goes after her immediately, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

Oxen » In stalls

Habakkuk 3:17

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be on the vines; the labor of the olive 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

Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as an antelope in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of your God.

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » Of a beloved wife

Judges 14:18

And the men of the city said 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 you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have found out my riddle.

Oxen » Was fed » With corn

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that work the ground shall eat salted provender, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fork.

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 grass 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 firstling among your cattle, whether ox or 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 south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hind parts were inward.

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

Hosea 10:11

And Ephraim is as a heifer that is trained, and loves to tread out the grain; but I harnessed her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to pull a plow; Judah shall plow, and Jacob must break his clods.

Oxen » Laws respecting » If stolen to be restored double

Exodus 22:4

If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or donkey, or sheep; he shall restore double.

Oxen » Used for » Treading out the corn

Hosea 10:11

And Ephraim is as a heifer that is trained, and loves to tread out the grain; but I harnessed her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to pull a plow; Judah shall plow, and Jacob must break his clods.

Oxen » Was fed » On the hills

Isaiah 7:25

And on all hills that were dug with the hoe, you shall not come there for fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be a range for oxen, and a place for sheep to tread.

Oxen » Was fed » With straw

Isaiah 11:7

And 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 an ox or bullock that has 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 delivered Israel.

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

Hosea 4:16

For Israel slides back like a stubborn heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in an open pasture.

Oxen » Described as » Not without sagacity

Oxen » Kine illustrative » Of proud and wealthy rulers

Amos 4:1

Hear this word, you 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 donkey of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.