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Yoke
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
An instrument made from bent wood that was placed around the necks of animals or persons. A mark of slavery; often used for animals, but more prominently used in biblical literature for humans. Used metaphorically to refer to the responsibilities of slaves.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Yoke
Yoke An instrument made from bent wood that was placed around the necks of animals or persons. A mark of slavery; often used for animals, but more prominently used in biblical literature for humans. Used metaphorically to refer to the responsibilities of slaves.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Yoke
YOKE [Heb môṭ/môṭâ (מֹוט/מֹוטָה‎), ʿôl/ʿōl (עֹול/עֹל‎), ṣemed (צֶמֶד); Gk zygos (ζυγος) and related terms]. Most language, vocabulary, and concept studies make it very evident that terms which have come to be considered technical were once in common usage. This is certainly true of the “concept
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Yoke
Yoke. Literally, the wooden bar that allowed two (or more) draft animals to be coupled so that they might effectively work together (Nm 19:2; 1 Kgs 19:19; Jb 1:3). In addition to this literal usage, the Bible frequently uses the term metaphorically to refer to work or bondage (Gn 27:40). The yoke of
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Yoke; Yoke-bar
Yoke; Yoke-bar [ (nouns) Heb. ʾōl, also môṭâ—‘pole,’ ‘collar’ (Isa. 58:6, 9; Jer. 27:2; 28:10, 12), môṭ (Nah. 1:13), ke—‘equipment’ (2 S. 24:22; 1 K. 19:21), ṣemeḏ (1 S. 11:7; 1 K. 19:19, 21; Job 1:3; 42:12), (vbs) niphal of ṣāmaḏ—‘join,’ ‘attach oneself to’ (Nu. 25:3, 5), ʾāsar—‘bind’ (1
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Yoke
YOKE The wooden bar that allowed two (or more) draft animals to be coupled (yoked) so that they might effectively work together (Nm 19:2; 1 Kgs 19:19; Jb 1:3). In addition to this literal usage, the Bible frequently uses the term metaphorically to refer to work or bondage (Lv 26:13). The yoke of bondage
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Yoke
yoke, a wooden or iron frame for joining two oxen or other draft animals so they can pull a plow, cart, or other heavy load. A yoke generally consisted of a single crossbar with leather or rope nooses or wooden rods that were fastened around the animals’ necks (Jer. 27:2). The crossbar was attached to
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Yoke
YOKE. wooden frame placed over the neck of an animal, or necks of two or more animals (Num 19:2; Deut 21:3). The yoke (Heb. ˓ōl) was attached by ropes to the draft animals, and with a bar or shaft (Lev 26:13; Ezk 34:27, RSV) attached to the frame of a plow or cart (1 Sam 6:7). In this manner the latter
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Yoke
YOKE. The rendering of several Heb. and Gk. words, used either literally for the wooden frame joining two animals (usually oxen), or metaphorically as describing one individual’s subjection to another. The words are môṭ (Na. 1:13) and môṭâ (Is. 58:6; Je. 27:2, etc.), ‘a bar’; ‘ôl (Gn. 27:40; La.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Yoke
YokeA mechanism for harnessing the power of domesticated animals (Heb. ʿōl, ṣemeḏ, môṭâ; Gk. zugós). Most often the ox and donkey (1 Sam. 11:7; 1 Kgs. 19:19, 21; Job 1:3; Luke 14:19), but also cattle (Num. 19:2; Deut. 21:3; 1 Sam. 6:7), were yoked plowing (Deut. 22:10 forbids yoking an ox and
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Yoke
Yoke (Heb. ˓ōl, môṭâ, ṣemeḏ; Gk. zygós). A shaped piece of wood placed across the necks of draft animals such as oxen or donkeys (Isa. 30:24) to enable a pair (Deut. 22:10, “unmixed”) to pull a plow, cart, or heavy load together (1 Sam. 6:7). As a yoke enabled two to pull as one, the term
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Yoke
YOKE A heavy wooden beam laid across the shoulders and fastened around the neck of a team of animals, usually oxen, and tied by rope or straps. The yoke enabled the team to pull a plow or a cart (Deut 21:3; Num 19:2). Yokes were also used on slaves and prisoners (Jer 28:10; Lam 1:14; 1 Tim 6:1). Metaphorically,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Yoke
Yoke1. A well-known implement of husbandry, frequently used metaphorically for subjection, e.g., 1 Kings 12:4, 9–11; Isa. 9:4; Jer. 5:5; hence an “iron yoke” represents an unusually galling bondage. Deut. 28:48; Jer. 28:13. 2. A pair of oxen, so termed as being yoked together. 1 Sam. 11:7; 1 Kings 19:19,