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1 Samuel 25:2

A man in Maon had a business in Carmel; he was a very rich man with 3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats and was shearing his sheep in Carmel.

Psalm 144:13

Our storehouses will be full, supplying all kinds of produce; our flocks will increase by thousands and tens of thousands in our open fields.

Genesis 12:16

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

Exodus 9:3

then the Lord's hand will bring a severe plague against your livestock in the field-the horses, donkeys, camels, herds, and flocks.

Exodus 22:1

"When a man steals an ox or a sheep and butchers it or sells it, he must repay five cattle for the ox or four sheep for the sheep.

Deuteronomy 22:1-2

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

Joshua 6:21

They completely destroyed everything in the city with the sword-every man and woman, both young and old, and every ox, sheep, and donkey.

2 Samuel 12:2-3

The rich man had a large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. It lived and grew up with him and his children. It shared his meager food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him.

Job 1:3

His estate included 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very large number of servants. Job was the greatest man among all the people of the east.

Job 42:12

So the Lord blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the earlier. He owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.

1 Samuel 25:18

Abigail hurried, taking 200 loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five butchered sheep, a bushel of roasted grain, 100 clusters of raisins, and 200 cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys.

Leviticus 7:23

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

Numbers 18:17-18

"However, you must not redeem the firstborn of an ox, a sheep, or a goat; they are holy. You are to sprinkle their blood on the altar and burn their fat as a fire offering for a pleasing aroma to the Lord. But their meat belongs to you. It belongs to you like the breast of the presentation offering and the right thigh.

1 Samuel 14:32

they rushed to the plunder, took sheep, cattle, and calves, slaughtered them on the ground, and ate [meat] with the blood [still in it.]

2 Samuel 17:29

honey, curds, sheep, and cheese from the herd for David and the people with him to eat. They had reasoned, "The people must be hungry, exhausted, and thirsty in the desert."

1 Chronicles 12:40

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

2 Kings 3:4

King Mesha of Moab was a sheep breeder. He used to pay the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams,

Genesis 31:19

When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father's household idols.

Genesis 38:12-13

After a long time Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had finished mourning, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went up to Timnah to the sheepshearers. Tamar was told, "Your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep."

Deuteronomy 18:4

You are to give him the firstfruits of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the first sheared [wool] of your flock.

1 Samuel 25:7

I hear that you are shearing. When your shepherds were with us, we did not harass them, and nothing of theirs was missing the whole time they were in Carmel.

2 Samuel 13:23-24

Two years later, Absalom's sheepshearers were at Baal-hazor near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king's sons. Then he went to the king and said, "Your servant has just hired sheepshearers. Will the king and his servants please come with your servant?"

Ezekiel 27:18

Damascus was also your trading partner because of your numerous products and your great wealth of every kind, [trading] in wine from Helbon and white wool.

Genesis 20:14

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

Genesis 30:25-43

After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, "Send me on my way so that I can return to my homeland. Give me my wives and my children that I have worked for, and let me go. You know how hard I have worked for you." But Laban said to him, "If I have found favor in your sight, [stay.] I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you."read more.
Then Laban said, "Name your wages, and I will pay them." So Jacob said to him, "You know what I have done for you and your herds. For you had very little before I came, but now your wealth has increased. The Lord has blessed you because of me. And now, when will I also do something for my own family?" Laban asked, "What should I give you?" And Jacob said, "You don't need to give me anything. If you do this one thing for me, I will continue to shepherd and keep your flock. Let me go through all your sheep today and remove every sheep that is speckled or spotted, every dark-colored sheep among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the female goats. [Such] will be my wages. In the future when you come to check on my wages, my honesty will testify for me. [If I have] any female goats that are not speckled or spotted, or any lambs that are not black, they will be considered stolen." "Good," said Laban. "Let it be as you have said." That day Laban removed the streaked and spotted male goats and all the speckled and spotted female goats-every one that had any white on it-and every dark-colored sheep among the lambs, and he placed his sons in charge of them. He put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob. Jacob, meanwhile, was shepherding the rest of Laban's flock. Jacob then took branches of fresh poplar, almond, and plane wood, and peeled [the bark], exposing white stripes on the branches. He set the peeled branches in the troughs in front of the sheep-in the water channels where the sheep came to drink. And the sheep bred when they came to drink. The flocks bred in front of the branches and bore streaked, speckled, and spotted young. Jacob separated the lambs and made the flocks face the streaked and the completely dark sheep in Laban's flocks. Then he set his own stock apart and didn't put them with Laban's sheep. Whenever the stronger of the flock were breeding, Jacob placed the branches in the troughs, in full view of the flocks, and they would breed in front of the branches. As for the weaklings of the flocks, he did not put out the branches. So it turned out that the weak sheep belonged to Laban and the stronger ones to Jacob. And the man became very rich. He had many flocks, male and female slaves, and camels and donkeys.

1 Samuel 16:11

Samuel asked him, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," he answered, "but right now he's tending the sheep." Samuel told Jesse, "Send for him. We won't sit down to eat until he gets here."

Genesis 29:2-3

He looked and saw a well in a field. Three flocks of sheep were lying there beside it because the sheep were watered from this well. A large stone covered the opening of the well. When all the flocks were gathered there, the [shepherds] would roll the stone from the opening of the well and water the sheep. The stone was then placed back on the well's opening.

Genesis 37:13

Israel said to Joseph, "Your brothers, you know, are pasturing [the flocks] at Shechem. Get ready. I'm sending you to them." "I'm ready," Joseph replied.

1 Samuel 17:34-35

David answered Saul, "Your servant has been tending his father's sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock, I went after it, struck it down, and rescued [the lamb] from its mouth. If it reared up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down, and kill it.

Hosea 12:12

Jacob fled to the land of Aram. Israel worked to earn a wife; he tended flocks for a wife.

Exodus 20:24

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

Leviticus 1:10

"But if his gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from sheep or goats, he is to present an unblemished male.

Leviticus 22:19

must offer an unblemished male from the cattle, sheep, or goats in order for you to be accepted.

Numbers 22:40

Balak sacrificed cattle and sheep, and sent for Balaam and the officials who were with him.

Deuteronomy 18:3

This is the priests' share from the people who offer a sacrifice, whether it is an ox, a sheep, or a goat; the priests are to be given the shoulder, jaws, and stomach.

1 Kings 1:9

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

1 Kings 8:5

King Solomon and the entire congregation of Israel, who had gathered around him and were with him in front of the ark, were sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted or numbered, because there were so many.

John 2:14

In the temple complex He found people selling oxen, sheep, and doves, and [He also found] the money changers sitting there.

1 Kings 22:17

So Micaiah said: I saw all Israel scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd. And the Lord said, 'They have no master; let everyone return home in peace.'

Numbers 27:16-17

"May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the community who will go out before them and come back in before them, and who will bring them out and bring them in, so that the Lord's community won't be like sheep without a shepherd."

2 Samuel 24:17

When David saw the angel striking the people, he said to the Lord, "Look, I am the one who has sinned; I am the one who has done wrong. But these sheep, what have they done? Please, let Your hand be against me and my father's family."

Zechariah 10:2

For the idols speak falsehood, and the diviners see illusions; they relate empty dreams and offer empty comfort. Therefore [the people] wander like sheep; they suffer affliction because there is no shepherd.

Zechariah 13:7

Sword, awake against My shepherd, against the man who is My associate- the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will also turn My hand against the little ones.

Matthew 26:31

Then Jesus said to them, "Tonight all of you will run away because of Me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.

Psalm 44:11

You hand us over to be eaten like sheep and scatter us among the nations.

Psalm 49:14

Like sheep they are headed for Sheol; Death will shepherd them. The upright will rule over them in the morning, and their form will waste away in Sheol, far from their lofty abode.

Jeremiah 12:3

As for You, You know me, Lord; You see me. You test whether my heart is with You. Drag the wicked away like sheep to slaughter, and set them apart for the day of killing.

Romans 8:36

As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.

Psalm 44:22

Because of You we are slain all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.

Matthew 25:32-33

All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left.

Ezekiel 34:17

"The Lord God says to you, My flock: I am going to judge between one sheep and another, between the rams and male goats.

Psalm 119:176

I wander like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commands.

Psalm 74:1

Why have You rejected [us] forever, God? Why does Your anger burn against the sheep of Your pasture?

Psalm 78:52

He led His people out like sheep and guided them like a flock in the wilderness.

Psalm 79:13

Then we, Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will thank You forever; we will declare Your praise to generation after generation.

Jeremiah 23:1

"Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!" [This is] the Lord's declaration.

Jeremiah 50:6

My people are lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray, guiding them the wrong way in the mountains. They have wandered from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place.

Ezekiel 34:11-15

"For this is what the Lord God says: See, I Myself will search for My flock and look for them. As a shepherd looks for his sheep on the day he is among his scattered flock, so I will look for My flock. I will rescue them from all the places where they have been scattered on a cloudy and dark day. I will bring them out from the peoples, gather them from the countries, and bring them into their own land. I will shepherd them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the land.read more.
I will tend them with good pasture, and their grazing place will be on Israel's lofty mountains. There they will lie down in a good grazing place; they will feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will tend My flock and let them lie down." [This is] the declaration of the Lord God .

Micah 2:12

I will indeed gather all of you, Jacob; I will collect the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in the middle of its fold. It will be noisy with people.

John 10:1-16

"I assure you: Anyone who doesn't enter the sheep pen by the door but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The doorkeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.read more.
When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don't recognize the voice of strangers." Jesus gave them this illustration, but they did not understand what He was telling them. So Jesus said again, "I assure you: I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and doesn't own the sheep, leaves them and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them. [This happens] because he is a hired man and doesn't care about the sheep. "I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.

John 21:16-17

A second time He asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Shepherd My sheep," He told him. He asked him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?" He said, "Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You." "Feed My sheep," Jesus said.

Isaiah 5:17

Lambs will graze as [if in] their own pastures, and strangers will eat [among] the ruins of the rich.

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Animals » Lions » Sheep

Genesis 30:32

Let me go through all your sheep today and remove every sheep that is speckled or spotted, every dark-colored sheep among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the female goats. [Such] will be my wages.

Deuteronomy 18:4

You are to give him the firstfruits of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the first sheared [wool] of your flock.

Deuteronomy 32:14

cream from the herd and milk from the flock, with the fat of lambs, rams from Bashan, and goats, with the choicest grains of wheat; you drank wine from the finest grapes.

2 Chronicles 7:5

King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep. In this manner the king and all the people dedicated God's temple.

Beasts » Clean » Sheep

Deuteronomy 7:13

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

Deuteronomy 14:4

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

Commerce » Articles of » Sheep

Revelation 18:13

cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, and frankincense; wine, olive oil, fine wheat flour, and grain; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human bodies and souls.

Lost » Power » Sheep

Jeremiah 50:17

Israel is a stray lamb, chased by lions. The first who devoured him was the king of Assyria; this last who has crunched his bones was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

Matthew 10:6

Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Righteous » Compared with » Sheep

Psalm 78:52

He led His people out like sheep and guided them like a flock in the wilderness.

Matthew 25:33

He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left.

compared to Saints » Sheep

John 10:4

When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.

Psalm 78:52

He led His people out like sheep and guided them like a flock in the wilderness.

Matthew 25:33

He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left.

Sheep » Flesh of, extensively used as food

1 Samuel 25:18

Abigail hurried, taking 200 loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five butchered sheep, a bushel of roasted grain, 100 clusters of raisins, and 200 cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys.

1 Kings 4:23

10 fattened oxen, 20 range oxen, and 100 sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and pen-fed poultry,

Isaiah 22:13

But look: joy and gladness, butchering of cattle, slaughtering of sheep, eating of meat, and drinking of wine- "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!"

1 Kings 1:19

He has lavishly sacrificed oxen, fattened cattle, and sheep. He invited all the king's sons, Abiathar the priest, and Joab the commander of the army, but he did not invite your servant Solomon.

Nehemiah 5:18

Each day, one ox, six choice sheep, and some fowl were prepared for me. An abundance of all kinds of wine was [provided] every 10 days. But I didn't demand the food allotted to the governor, because the burden on the people was so heavy.

Sheep » Were frequently » Taken in great numbers in war

1 Chronicles 5:21

They captured the Hagrites' livestock-50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys-as well as 100,000 people.

2 Chronicles 14:15

They also attacked the tents of the herdsmen and captured many sheep and camels. Then they returned to Jerusalem.

Judges 6:4

They encamped against them and destroyed the produce of the land, even as far as Gaza. They left nothing for Israel to eat, as well as no sheep, ox or donkey.

1 Samuel 14:32

they rushed to the plunder, took sheep, cattle, and calves, slaughtered them on the ground, and ate [meat] with the blood [still in it.]

Sheep » Described as » Remarkably prolific

Psalm 144:13

Our storehouses will be full, supplying all kinds of produce; our flocks will increase by thousands and tens of thousands in our open fields.

Psalm 107:41

But He lifts the needy out of their suffering and makes their families [multiply] like flocks.

Song of Songs 4:2

Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn [sheep] coming up from washing, each one having a twin, and not one missing.

Ezekiel 36:37

"This is what the Lord God says: I will respond to the house of Israel and do this for them: I will multiply them in number like a flock.

Sheep » Time of shearing, a time of rejoicing

2 Samuel 13:23

Two years later, Absalom's sheepshearers were at Baal-hazor near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king's sons.

1 Samuel 25:2

A man in Maon had a business in Carmel; he was a very rich man with 3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats and was shearing his sheep in Carmel.

1 Samuel 25:36

Then Abigail went to Nabal, and there he was in his house, feasting like a king. Nabal was in a good mood and very drunk, so she didn't say anything to him until morning light.

1 Samuel 25:11

Am I supposed to take my bread, my water, and my meat that I butchered for my shearers and give them to men who are from I don't know where?"

Sheep » Offered in sacrifice under the law

Exodus 20:24

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

1 Kings 8:63

Solomon offered a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to the Lord: 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep. In this manner the king and all the Israelites dedicated the Lord's temple.

Leviticus 1:10

"But if his gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from sheep or goats, he is to present an unblemished male.

1 Kings 8:5

King Solomon and the entire congregation of Israel, who had gathered around him and were with him in front of the ark, were sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted or numbered, because there were so many.

Sheep » Milk of, used as food

Deuteronomy 32:14

cream from the herd and milk from the flock, with the fat of lambs, rams from Bashan, and goats, with the choicest grains of wheat; you drank wine from the finest grapes.

1 Corinthians 9:7

Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Or who shepherds a flock and does not drink the milk from the flock?

Isaiah 7:21-22

On that day a man will raise a young cow and two sheep, and from the abundant milk they give he will eat butter, for every survivor in the land will eat butter and honey.

Sheep » Figurative » Of the righteous

Jeremiah 50:17

Israel is a stray lamb, chased by lions. The first who devoured him was the king of Assyria; this last who has crunched his bones was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

Mark 14:27

Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will run away, because it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.

Matthew 26:31

Then Jesus said to them, "Tonight all of you will run away because of Me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.

John 10:1-16

"I assure you: Anyone who doesn't enter the sheep pen by the door but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. The doorkeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. read more.
When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don't recognize the voice of strangers." Jesus gave them this illustration, but they did not understand what He was telling them. So Jesus said again, "I assure you: I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and doesn't own the sheep, leaves them and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them. [This happens] because he is a hired man and doesn't care about the sheep. "I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Sheep » Constituted a great part of patriarchal wealth

Genesis 24:35

"The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become rich. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female slaves, and camels and donkeys.

Genesis 26:14

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

Genesis 13:5

Now Lot, who was traveling with Abram, also had flocks, herds, and tents.

Sheep » Offered in sacrifice from the earliest age

Genesis 15:9-10

He said to him, "Bring Me a three-year-old cow, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon." So he brought all these to Him, split them down the middle, and laid the pieces opposite each other, but he did not cut up the birds.

Sheep » Illustrative » (in proneness to wander,) of those who depart from God

Psalm 119:176

I wander like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commands.

Sheep » Flocks of » Attended by members of the family

Exodus 2:16

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.

1 Samuel 16:11

Samuel asked him, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," he answered, "but right now he's tending the sheep." Samuel told Jesse, "Send for him. We won't sit down to eat until he gets here."

Genesis 29:9

While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess.

Sheep » Flocks of » Fed on the mountains

Exodus 3:1

Meanwhile Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Ezekiel 34:6

My flock went astray on all the mountains and every high hill. They were scattered over the whole face of the earth, and there was no one searching or seeking [for them].

Ezekiel 34:13

I will bring them out from the peoples, gather them from the countries, and bring them into their own land. I will shepherd them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the land.

Sheep » Skins of, made into a covering for the tabernacle

Exodus 25:5

ram skins dyed red and manatee skins; acacia wood;

Exodus 39:34

the covering of ram skins dyed red and the covering of manatee skins; the veil for the screen;

Exodus 36:10

He joined five of the curtains to each other, and the [other] five curtains he joined to each other.

Sheep » Wool of, made into clothing

Job 31:20

if he did not bless me while warming himself with the fleece from my sheep,

Proverbs 31:13

She selects wool and flax and works with willing hands.

Sheep » Flocks of » Kept in folds or cotes

1 Samuel 24:3

When Saul came to the sheep pens along the road, a cave was there, and he went in to relieve himself. David and his men were staying in the back of the cave,

2 Samuel 7:8

"Now this is what you are to say to My servant David: 'This is what the Lord of Hosts says: I took you from the pasture and from following the sheep to be ruler over My people Israel.

John 10:1

"I assure you: Anyone who doesn't enter the sheep pen by the door but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.

Sheep » Were frequently » Destroyed by wild beasts

John 10:12

The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and doesn't own the sheep, leaves them and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them.

Jeremiah 50:17

Israel is a stray lamb, chased by lions. The first who devoured him was the king of Assyria; this last who has crunched his bones was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

Micah 5:8

Then the remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, among many peoples, like a lion among animals of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which tramples and tears as it passes through, and there is no one to rescue [them].

Sheep » Illustrative » Of the jews

Psalm 78:52

He led His people out like sheep and guided them like a flock in the wilderness.

Psalm 74:1

Why have You rejected [us] forever, God? Why does Your anger burn against the sheep of Your pasture?

Psalm 79:13

Then we, Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will thank You forever; we will declare Your praise to generation after generation.

Sheep » Were frequently » Given as presents

1 Chronicles 12:40

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

2 Samuel 17:29

honey, curds, sheep, and cheese from the herd for David and the people with him to eat. They had reasoned, "The people must be hungry, exhausted, and thirsty in the desert."

Sheep » Were frequently » Given as tribute

2 Chronicles 17:11

Some of the Philistines also brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat, and the Arabs brought him flocks: 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.

2 Kings 3:4

King Mesha of Moab was a sheep breeder. He used to pay the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams,

Sheep » Flocks of » Made to rest at noon

Song of Songs 1:7

Tell me, you, the one I love: Where do you pasture your sheep? Where do you let them rest at noon? Why should I be like one who veils herself beside the flocks of your companions?

Sheep » Flocks of » Watered every day

Genesis 29:8-10

But they replied, "We can't, until all the flocks have been gathered and the stone is rolled from the well's opening. Then we will water the sheep." While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. As soon as Jacob saw his uncle Laban's daughter Rachel with his sheep, he went up and rolled the stone from the opening and watered his uncle Laban's sheep.

Exodus 2:16-17

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. Then some shepherds arrived and drove them away, but Moses came to their rescue and watered their flock.

Sheep » Males of, called rams

Jeremiah 51:40

I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams together with male goats.

Sheep » Figurative

Psalm 74:1

Why have You rejected [us] forever, God? Why does Your anger burn against the sheep of Your pasture?

1 Chronicles 21:17

David said to God, "Wasn't I the one who gave the order to count the people? I am the one who has sinned and acted very wickedly. But these sheep, what have they done? My Lord God, please let Your hand be against me and against my father's family, but don't let the plague be against Your people."

Jeremiah 13:20

Look up and see those coming from the north. Where is the flock entrusted to you, the sheep [that were] your pride?

Sheep » Tribute (taxes) paid in

1 Chronicles 5:21

They captured the Hagrites' livestock-50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys-as well as 100,000 people.

2 Chronicles 17:11

Some of the Philistines also brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat, and the Arabs brought him flocks: 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.

2 Kings 3:4

King Mesha of Moab was a sheep breeder. He used to pay the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams,

Sheep » Shearing of

Genesis 31:19

When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father's household idols.

Genesis 38:12-17

After a long time Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had finished mourning, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went up to Timnah to the sheepshearers. Tamar was told, "Your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep." So she took off her widow's clothes, veiled [her face], covered herself, and sat at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the way to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had grown up, she had not been given to him as a wife. read more.
When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. He went over to her and said, "Come, let me sleep with you," for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. She said, "What will you give me for sleeping with me?" "I will send you a young goat from my flock," he replied. But she said, "Only if you leave something [with me] until you send it."

Sheep » Illustrative » Of the people of Christ

John 21:16-17

A second time He asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" "Yes, Lord," he said to Him, "You know that I love You." "Shepherd My sheep," He told him. He asked him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, "Do you love Me?" He said, "Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You." "Feed My sheep," Jesus said.

John 10:7-26

So Jesus said again, "I assure you: I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn't listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. read more.
A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and doesn't own the sheep, leaves them and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them. [This happens] because he is a hired man and doesn't care about the sheep. "I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep. But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves Me, because I am laying down My life so I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from My Father." Again a division took place among the Jews because of these words. Many of them were saying, "He has a demon and He's crazy! Why do you listen to Him?" Others were saying, "These aren't the words of someone demon-possessed. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?" Then the Festival of Dedication took place in Jerusalem, and it was winter. Jesus was walking in the temple complex in Solomon's Colonnade. Then the Jews surrounded Him and asked, "How long are You going to keep us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly." "I did tell you and you don't believe," Jesus answered them. "The works that I do in My Father's name testify about Me. But you don't believe because you are not My sheep.

Sheep » Flocks of » Attended by servants

1 Samuel 17:20

So David got up early in the morning, left the flock with someone to keep it, loaded up, and set out as Jesse had instructed him. He arrived at the perimeter of the camp as the army was marching out to its battle formation shouting their battle cry.

Isaiah 61:5

Strangers will stand and feed your flocks, and foreigners will be your plowmen and vinedressers.

Sheep » Bleating of, alluded to

Judges 5:16

Why did you sit among the sheepfolds listening to the playing of pipes for the flocks? There was great searching of heart among the clans of Reuben.

1 Samuel 15:14

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

Sheep » Described as » Agile

Psalm 114:4

The mountains skipped like rams, the hills, like lambs.

Psalm 114:6

Mountains, that you skipped like rams? Hills, like lambs?

Sheep » Young of, called lambs

Isaiah 11:6

The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the goat. The calf, the young lion, and the fatling will be together, and a child will lead them.

Exodus 12:3

Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they must each select an animal of the flock according to [their] fathers' households, one animal per household.

Sheep » Feasting at the time of shearing

2 Samuel 13:23

Two years later, Absalom's sheepshearers were at Baal-hazor near Ephraim, and Absalom invited all the king's sons.

1 Samuel 25:36

Then Abigail went to Nabal, and there he was in his house, feasting like a king. Nabal was in a good mood and very drunk, so she didn't say anything to him until morning light.

1 Samuel 25:11

Am I supposed to take my bread, my water, and my meat that I butchered for my shearers and give them to men who are from I don't know where?"

Sheep » Figurative » Parable of the lost

Luke 15:4-7

"What man among you, who has 100 sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the 99 in the open field and go after the lost one until he finds it? When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!' read more.
I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don't need repentance.

Matthew 18:11-13

For the Son of Man has come to save the lost.] What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won't he leave the 99 on the hillside and go and search for the stray? And if he finds it, I assure you: He rejoices over that sheep more than over the 99 that did not go astray.

Sheep » Flocks of » Followed the shepherd

John 10:4

When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.

Sheep » Illustrative » (when found,) of restored sinners

Luke 15:5

When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders,

Sheep » Tithe of, given to the levites

2 Chronicles 31:4-6

He told the people who lived in Jerusalem to give a contribution for the priests and Levites so that they could devote their energy to the law of the Lord. When the word spread, the Israelites gave liberally of the best of the grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field, and they brought an abundant tenth of everything. As for the Israelites and Judahites who lived in the cities of Judah, they also [brought] a tenth of the cattle and sheep, and a tenth of the dedicated things that were consecrated to the Lord their God. They gathered [them] into large piles.

Sheep » Washed and shorn every year

Song of Songs 4:2

Your teeth are like a flock of newly shorn [sheep] coming up from washing, each one having a twin, and not one missing.

Sheep » Places celebrated for » Bashan

Deuteronomy 32:14

cream from the herd and milk from the flock, with the fat of lambs, rams from Bashan, and goats, with the choicest grains of wheat; you drank wine from the finest grapes.

Sheep » Firstlings of, not to be shorn

Deuteronomy 15:19

"You must consecrate to the Lord your God every firstborn male produced by your herd and flock. You are not to put the firstborn of your oxen to work or shear the firstborn of your flock.

Sheep » Illustrative » (separated from the goats,) of the separation of saints from the wicked

Matthew 25:32-33

All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left.

Sheep » First wool of, given to the priests

Deuteronomy 18:4

You are to give him the firstfruits of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the first sheared [wool] of your flock.

Sheep » Clean and used as food

Deuteronomy 14:4

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

Sheep » Firstlings of, could not be dedicated as a free-will offering

Leviticus 27:26

"But no one can consecrate a firstborn of the livestock, whether an animal from the herd or flock, to the Lord, because a firstborn [already] belongs to the Lord.

Sheep » Described as » Innocent

2 Samuel 24:17

When David saw the angel striking the people, he said to the Lord, "Look, I am the one who has sinned; I am the one who has done wrong. But these sheep, what have they done? Please, let Your hand be against me and my father's family."

Sheep » Places celebrated for » Kedar

Ezekiel 27:21

Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your business partners, trading with you in lambs, rams, and goats.

Sheep » Figurative » Of lost sinners

Matthew 10:6

Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Sheep » Skins of, worn as clothing by the poor

Hebrews 11:37

They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they died by the sword, they wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, and mistreated.

Sheep » Firstlings of, not to be redeemed

Numbers 18:17

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

Sheep » Illustrative » (lost,) of the unregenerate

Matthew 10:6

Instead, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Sheep » Flocks of » Fed in the valleys

Isaiah 65:10

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

Sheep » False prophets assume the simple appearance

Sheep » Places celebrated for » Nebaioth

Isaiah 60:7

All the flocks of Kedar will be gathered to you; the rams of Nebaioth will serve you and go up on My altar as an acceptable [sacrifice]. I will glorify My beautiful house.

Sheep » Illustrative » (in patience and simplicity,) of patience, &c of Christ

Sheep » Illustrative » Of the wicked in their death

Psalm 49:14

Like sheep they are headed for Sheol; Death will shepherd them. The upright will rule over them in the morning, and their form will waste away in Sheol, far from their lofty abode.

Sheep » Described as » Sagacious

John 10:4-5

When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don't recognize the voice of strangers."

Sheep » Flocks of » Frequently covered the pastures

Psalm 65:13

The pastures are clothed with flocks, and the valleys covered with grain. They shout in triumph; indeed, they sing.

Sheep » Also » Jacob's management of

Genesis 30:32-40

Let me go through all your sheep today and remove every sheep that is speckled or spotted, every dark-colored sheep among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the female goats. [Such] will be my wages. In the future when you come to check on my wages, my honesty will testify for me. [If I have] any female goats that are not speckled or spotted, or any lambs that are not black, they will be considered stolen." "Good," said Laban. "Let it be as you have said." read more.
That day Laban removed the streaked and spotted male goats and all the speckled and spotted female goats-every one that had any white on it-and every dark-colored sheep among the lambs, and he placed his sons in charge of them. He put a three-day journey between himself and Jacob. Jacob, meanwhile, was shepherding the rest of Laban's flock. Jacob then took branches of fresh poplar, almond, and plane wood, and peeled [the bark], exposing white stripes on the branches. He set the peeled branches in the troughs in front of the sheep-in the water channels where the sheep came to drink. And the sheep bred when they came to drink. The flocks bred in front of the branches and bore streaked, speckled, and spotted young. Jacob separated the lambs and made the flocks face the streaked and the completely dark sheep in Laban's flocks. Then he set his own stock apart and didn't put them with Laban's sheep.

Sheep » Under man's care from the earliest age

Sheep » Females of, called ewes

Psalm 78:71

He brought him from tending ewes to be shepherd over His people Jacob- over Israel, His inheritance.

Sheep » Places celebrated for » Bozra

Micah 2:12

I will indeed gather all of you, Jacob; I will collect the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in the middle of its fold. It will be noisy with people.

Sheep » Were frequently » Cut off by disease

Exodus 9:3

then the Lord's hand will bring a severe plague against your livestock in the field-the horses, donkeys, camels, herds, and flocks.

Sheep » Illustrative » Of those under God's judgment

Psalm 44:1

God, we have heard with our ears- our forefathers have told us- the work You accomplished in their days, in days long ago:

Sheep » Flocks of » Conducted to the richest pastures

Sheep » Described as » Being covered with a fleece

Job 31:20

if he did not bless me while warming himself with the fleece from my sheep,

Sheep » Flocks of » Fled from strangers

John 10:5

They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don't recognize the voice of strangers."

Sheep » Also » Sharon

Isaiah 65:10

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

Sheep » Also » Kedar

Ezekiel 27:21

Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your business partners, trading with you in lambs, rams, and goats.

Sheep » Offered in sacrifice » By abraham

Genesis 22:13

Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.

Sheep » Figurative » Of the defenselessness of servants of God (greek: diakonoi)

Sheep » Figurative » Of backsliders

Jeremiah 50:6

My people are lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray, guiding them the wrong way in the mountains. They have wandered from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place.

Sheep » Flocks of » Guarded by dogs

Job 30:1

But now they mock me, men younger than I am, whose fathers I would have refused to put with my sheep dogs.

Sheep » Also » Nebaioth

Isaiah 60:7

All the flocks of Kedar will be gathered to you; the rams of Nebaioth will serve you and go up on My altar as an acceptable [sacrifice]. I will glorify My beautiful house.

Sheep » Also » Bozrah

Micah 2:12

I will indeed gather all of you, Jacob; I will collect the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in the middle of its fold. It will be noisy with people.

Sheep » The land of bashan adapted to the raising of

Deuteronomy 32:14

cream from the herd and milk from the flock, with the fat of lambs, rams from Bashan, and goats, with the choicest grains of wheat; you drank wine from the finest grapes.

Sheep » Milk of, used for food

Deuteronomy 32:14

cream from the herd and milk from the flock, with the fat of lambs, rams from Bashan, and goats, with the choicest grains of wheat; you drank wine from the finest grapes.

Sheep » Offered in sacrifice » By noah

Sheep » The first fleece of, belonged to the priests and the levites

Deuteronomy 18:4

You are to give him the firstfruits of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the first sheared [wool] of your flock.

Sheep » Offered in sacrifice » By abel

Topics on Sheep

Christ And His Sheep

43;10;14

"I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me,

Lost Sheep

19;119;176

I wander like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commands.

Possessing Sheep

1;4;2

Then she also gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel became a shepherd of a flock, but Cain cultivated the land.

Sacrificing Cattle Sheep And Goats

2;29;1

"This is what you are to do for them to consecrate them to serve Me as priests. Take a young bull and two unblemished rams,

Scattered Like Sheep

40;9;36

When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd.

Sheep And Goats

26;24;5

Take the choicest of the flock and also pile up the fuel under it. Bring it to a boil and cook the bones in it."

Sheep Shearing

9;25;7

I hear that you are shearing. When your shepherds were with us, we did not harass them, and nothing of theirs was missing the whole time they were in Carmel.

Sheep, Figurative

40;10;16

"Look, I'm sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as serpents and as harmless as doves.

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