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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 when it treads out the grain." And, "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

Numbers 7:3

and they brought their offering before Yahweh, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for every two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they presented them before the tabernacle.

Deuteronomy 14:4

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

Exodus 20:24

You shall make an altar of earth for me, and shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your cattle. In every place where I record my name I will come to you and I will bless you.

Job 24:3

They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, and 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 have rest, and the son of your handmaid, and the alien may be refreshed.

1 Corinthians 9:9

For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Is it for the oxen that God cares,

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Agriculture or husbandry » Beasts used in » Oxen

Horns » Animals with, mentioned » Oxen

Psalm 69:31

It will please Yahweh better than an ox, or a bull that has horns and hoofs.

Oxen » Used for » Food

1 Kings 19:21

He returned from following him, and took the yoke of oxen, and killed them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and served him.

1 Kings 1:9

Adonijah killed sheep and cattle and fatlings by the stone of Zoheleth, which is beside En Rogel; and he called all his brothers, the king's sons, and all the men of Judah, the king's servants:

2 Chronicles 18:2

After certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. Ahab killed sheep and cattle for him in abundance, and for the people who were with him, and moved him to go up [with him] to Ramoth Gilead.

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

Genesis 41:2

Behold, there came up out of the river seven cattle, sleek and fat, and they fed in the marsh grass.

Genesis 41:26

The seven good cattle are seven years; and the seven good heads of grain are seven years. The dream is one.

Genesis 41:29

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

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

Genesis 41:30

There will arise after them seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land,

Genesis 41:27

The seven thin and ugly cattle that came up after them are seven years, and also the seven empty heads of grain blasted with the east wind; they will be seven years of famine.

Genesis 41:3

Behold, seven other cattle came up after them out of the river, ugly and thin, and stood by the other cattle on the brink of the river.

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

Genesis 50:8

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

Exodus 12:32

Take both your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also!"

Exodus 10:9

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 to Yahweh."

Oxen » Was fed » With grass

Job 40:15

"See now, behemoth, which I made as well as you. He eats grass as an ox.

Psalm 106:20

Thus they exchanged their glory for an image of a bull that eats grass.

Daniel 4:25

that you shall be driven from men, and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field, and you shall be made to eat grass as oxen, and shall be wet with the dew of the sky, and seven times shall pass over you; until 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, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the children of the east.

Genesis 26:14

He had possessions of flocks, possessions of herds, and a great household. 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 an ox while it treads out the grain." Is it for the oxen that God cares,

Oxen » Used for » Plowing

1 Kings 19:19

So he departed 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 over to him, and cast his mantle on him.

Job 1:14

that there came a messenger to Job, and said, "The oxen were plowing, and the donkeys feeding beside them,

Amos 6:12

Do horses run on the rocky crags? Does one plow there with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison, and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness;

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 body and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your livestock and the young of your flock, in the land which he swore to your fathers to give you.

Deuteronomy 28:4

You shall be blessed in the fruit of your body, the fruit of your ground, the fruit of your animals, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock.

Oxen » Was fed » In the valleys

Isaiah 65:10

Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down in, for my people who 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 hide yourself from them: you shall surely bring them again to your brother. If your brother isn't near to you, or if you don't know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall be with you until your brother seek after it, and you shall restore it to him.

Oxen » Laws respecting » Of others not to be coveted

Deuteronomy 5:21

"Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife; neither shall you desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, 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 male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything 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 have rest, and the son of your handmaid, and the alien may be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 5:14

but the seventh day is a Sabbath to Yahweh your God, in which you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your livestock, nor your stranger who is within your gates; that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.

Oxen » Used for » Sacrifice

Exodus 20:24

You shall make an altar of earth for me, and shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your cattle. In every place where I record my name I will come to you and I will bless you.

2 Samuel 24:22

Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him. Behold, the cattle for the burnt offering, and the threshing instruments and the yokes of the oxen for the wood:

Oxen » Often given as a present

Genesis 12:16

He dealt well with Abram for her sake. He had sheep, cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

Genesis 20:14

Abimelech took sheep and cattle, male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and restored Sarah, his wife, to him.

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

Isaiah 15:5

My heart cries out for Moab! Her nobles flee to Zoar, to Eglath Shelishiyah; for they go up by the ascent of Luhith with weeping; for in the way of Horonaim, they raise up a cry of destruction.

Jeremiah 48:34

From the cry of Heshbon even to Elealeh, even to Jahaz have they uttered their voice, from Zoar even to Horonaim, to Eglath Shelishiyah: for the waters of Nimrim also shall become desolate.

Oxen » Described as » Beautiful

Hosea 10:11

Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke on her beautiful neck. I will set a rider on Ephraim. Judah will plow. Jacob will break his clods.

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is a very beautiful heifer; [but] destruction out of the north is come, it is come.

Oxen » Described as » Strong

Psalm 144:14

Our oxen will pull heavy loads. There is no breaking in, and no going away, and no outcry in our streets.

Oxen » Herdmen appointed over

Genesis 13:7

There was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite lived in the land at that time.

1 Samuel 21:7

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

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

Matthew 22:4

Again he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "Behold, I have prepared my dinner. My cattle and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast!"'

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

Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, who send out the feet of the ox and the donkey.

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that till the ground will eat savory provender, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fork.

Oxen » Includes the » Bullock

Jeremiah 46:21

Also her hired men in the midst of her are like calves of the stall; for they also are turned back, they are fled away together, they didn't stand: for the day of their calamity is come on them, the time of their visitation.

Psalm 50:9

I have no need for a bull from your stall, nor male goats from your pens.

Oxen » Includes the » Heifer

Genesis 15:9

He said to him, "Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon."

Numbers 19:2

"This is the statute of the law which Yahweh has commanded: Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without spot, in which is no blemish, [and] on which never came yoke.

Oxen » Used for » Earing the ground

Isaiah 32:20

Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, who send out the feet of the ox and the donkey.

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that till the ground will eat savory 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

Our oxen will pull heavy loads. There is no breaking in, and no going away, and no outcry in our streets.

Numbers 32:4

the land which Yahweh struck before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock; and your servants have livestock."

Oxen » Publicly sold

2 Samuel 24:24

The king said to Araunah, "No; but I will most certainly buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to Yahweh my God which cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

Luke 14:19

"Another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go try them out. Please have me excused.'

Oxen » Used for » Drawing wagons, &c

1 Samuel 6:7

"Now therefore take and prepare yourselves a new cart, and 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 Yahweh, six covered wagons, and twelve oxen; a wagon for every two of the princes, and for each one an ox: and they presented them before the tabernacle.

Oxen » Bull or bullock illustrative » Of fierce enemies

Psalm 68:30

Rebuke the wild animal of the reeds, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the peoples. Being humbled, may it bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations that delight in war.

Psalm 22:12

Many bulls have surrounded me. Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

Oxen » Includes the » Bull

Job 21:10

Their bulls breed without fail. Their cows calve, and don't miscarry.

Oxen » Includes the » Cow

Numbers 18:17

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

Job 21:10

Their bulls breed without fail. Their cows calve, and don't miscarry.

Oxen » Lowing of, alluded to

Job 6:5

Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder?

1 Samuel 15:14

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

Oxen » Young of, considered a great delicacy

Genesis 18:7

Abraham ran to the herd, and fetched a tender and good calf, and gave it to the servant. He hurried to dress it.

Amos 6:4

Who lie on beds of ivory, and stretch themselves on 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, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Is it for the oxen that God cares, or does he say it assuredly for our sake? Yes, it was written for our sake, because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should partake of his hope.

Oxen » Used for » Carrying burdens

1 Chronicles 12:40

Moreover those who were near to them, [even] as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on donkeys, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, food of meal, cakes of figs, and clusters of raisins, and wine, and oil, and cattle, and sheep in abundance: for there was joy in Israel.

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

Deuteronomy 33:17

The firstborn of his herd, majesty is his. His horns are the horns of the wild ox. With them he shall push the peoples all of them, [even] the ends of the earth: They are the ten thousands of Ephraim. 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

The children of Israel and Judah, who lived in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of cattle and sheep, and the tithe of dedicated things which were consecrated to Yahweh their God, and laid them by 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 fallen down by the way, and hide yourself 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 may eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat,

Oxen » Often found wild

Deuteronomy 14:5

the hart, and the gazelle, and the roebuck, and the wild goat, and the ibex, and the antelope, and the chamois.

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

Exodus 21:35-36

"If one man's bull injures another's, so that it dies, then they shall sell the live bull, and divide its price; and they shall also divide the dead animal. Or if it is known that the bull was in the habit of goring in the past, and its owner has not kept it in, he shall surely pay bull for bull, and the dead animal shall be his own.

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

Exodus 21:28-32

"If a bull gores a man or a woman to death, the bull shall surely be stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the bull shall not be held responsible. But if the bull had a habit of goring in the past, and it has been testified to its owner, and he has not kept it in, but it has killed a man or a woman, the bull shall be stoned, and its owner shall also be put to death. If a ransom is laid on him, then he shall give for the redemption of his life whatever is laid on him. read more.
Whether it has gored a son or has gored a daughter, according to this judgment it shall be done to him. If the bull gores a male servant or a female servant, thirty shekels of silver shall be given to their master, 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 calf unaccustomed [to the yoke]: turn me, and I shall be turned; for you are Yahweh my God.

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

Jeremiah 46:21

Also her hired men in the midst of her are like calves of the stall; for they also are turned back, they are fled away together, they didn't stand: for the day of their calamity is come on them, the time of their visitation.

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

Jeremiah 46:20

Egypt is a very beautiful heifer; [but] destruction out of the north is come, it is come.

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

Jeremiah 50:11

Because you are glad, because you rejoice, O you who plunder my heritage, because you are wanton as a heifer that treads out [the grain], and neigh as strong horses;

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

Exodus 22:9-13

For every matter of trespass, whether it be for ox, for donkey, for sheep, for clothing, or for any kind of lost thing, about which one says, 'This is mine,' the cause of both parties shall come before God. He whom God condemns shall pay double to his neighbor. "If a man delivers to his neighbor a donkey, an ox, a sheep, or any animal to keep, and it dies or is injured, or driven away, no man seeing it; the oath of Yahweh shall be between them both, whether he hasn't put his hand to his neighbor's goods; and its owner shall accept it, and he shall not make restitution. read more.
But if it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution to its owner. If it is torn in pieces, let him bring it for evidence. He shall not make good that which was torn.

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

Leviticus 7:23

"Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'You shall eat no fat, of bull, or sheep, or goat.

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

Jeremiah 11:19

But I was like a gentle lamb that is led to the slaughter; and I didn't know 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 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 followed her immediately, as an ox goes to the slaughter, as a fool stepping into a noose.

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

1 Samuel 11:7

He took a yoke of oxen, and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the borders of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, "Whoever doesn't come forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen." The dread of Yahweh fell on the people, and they came out as one man.

Oxen » Goes to the slaughter unconscious

Proverbs 7:22

He followed her immediately, as an ox goes to the slaughter, as a fool stepping into a noose.

Oxen » In stalls

Habakkuk 3:17

For though the fig tree doesn't flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, 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 sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as an antelope in a net; they are full of the wrath of Yahweh, the rebuke of your God.

Oxen » Heifer illustrative » Of a beloved wife

Judges 14:18

The men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, "What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?" He said to them, "If you hadn't plowed with my heifer, you wouldn't have found out my riddle."

Oxen » Was fed » With corn

Isaiah 30:24

The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that till the ground will eat savory provender, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fork.

Oxen » Rapid manner of collecting its food alluded to

Numbers 22:4

Moab said to the elders of Midian, "Now this multitude will lick up all that is around us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field." Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.

Oxen » Male firstlings of, belonged to God

Exodus 34:19

"All that opens the womb is mine; and all your livestock that is male, the firstborn of cow and sheep.

Oxen » Sea of brass rested on figures of

1 Kings 7:25

It stood on 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 on them above, 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 trained heifer that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke on her beautiful neck. I will set a rider on Ephraim. Judah will plow. Jacob will break his clods.

Oxen » Laws respecting » If stolen to be restored double

Exodus 22:4

If the stolen property is found in his hand alive, whether it is ox, donkey, or sheep, he shall pay double.

Oxen » Used for » Treading out the corn

Hosea 10:11

Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke on her beautiful neck. I will set a rider on Ephraim. Judah will plow. Jacob will break his clods.

Oxen » Was fed » On the hills

Isaiah 7:25

All the hills that were cultivated with the hoe, you shall not come there for fear of briers and thorns; but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of sheep."

Oxen » Was fed » With straw

Isaiah 11:7

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

Oxen » Horns and hoofs of, alluded to

Psalm 69:31

It will please Yahweh better than an ox, or a bull that has horns and hoofs.

Oxen » Urged on by the goad

Judges 3:31

After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who struck of the Philistines six hundred men with an oxgoad: and he also saved Israel.

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

Hosea 4:16

For Israel has behaved extremely stubbornly, like a stubborn heifer. Then how will Yahweh feed them like a lamb in a meadow.

Oxen » Described as » Not without sagacity

Oxen » Kine illustrative » Of proud and wealthy rulers

Amos 4:1

Listen to this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who tell their husbands, "Bring us drinks!"

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

Job 24:3

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