Thou shalt not
; a primitive particle; not
(the simple or abstract negation); by implication no
; often used with other particles.
A primitive root; to scratch
, that is, (by implication) to engrave
; hence (from the use of tools) to fabricate
(of any material); figuratively to devise
(in a bad sense); hence (from the idea of secrecy) to be silent
, to let alone
; hence (by implication) to be deaf
(as an accompaniment of dumbness).
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811
Count - 19885
with an ox
; a bullock
(as a traveller
used by mistake for H7791
and an ass
; a male ass
(from its dun red
; properly a unit
, that is, (adverbially) unitedly
_ _ Thou shalt not plough with an ox and an ass together Whether this association, like the mixture of seeds, had been dictated by superstitious motives and the prohibition was symbolical, designed to teach a moral lesson (2 Corinthians 6:14), may or may not have been the case. But the prohibition prevented a great inhumanity still occasionally practiced by the poorer sort in Oriental countries. An ox and ass, being of different species and of very different characters, cannot associate comfortably, nor unite cheerfully in drawing a plough or a wagon. The ass being much smaller and his step shorter, there would be an unequal and irregular draft. Besides, the ass, from feeding on coarse and poisonous weeds, has a fetid breath, which its yoke fellow seeks to avoid, not only as poisonous and offensive, but producing leanness, or, if long continued, death; and hence, it has been observed always to hold away its head from the ass and to pull only with one shoulder.
An ox and an ass Because the one was a clean beast, the other unclean whereby God would teach men to avoid polluting themselves by the touch of unclean persons or things.
Two different species cannot associate comfortably together, nor pull pleasantly either in cart or plough; and the ass being lower than the ox, when yoked, he must bear the principal part of the weight.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Be ye not unequally
yoked together with unbelievers: for
what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what
communion hath light with darkness? ... And what
agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are
the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell
in them, and walk in [them
]; and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people.
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