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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Yoke

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Yoke.

1. A well-known implement of husbandry, frequently used metaphorically for subjection, for example, 1 Kings 12:4; 1 Kings 12:9-11; Isaiah 9:4; Jeremiah 5:5, hence, an "iron yoke" represents an unusually galling bondage. Deuteronomy 28:48; Jeremiah 28:13.

2. A pair of oxen, so termed as being yoked together. 1 Samuel 11:7; 1 Kings 19:19; 1 Kings 19:21. The Hebrew term is also applied to asses, Judges 19:10, and mules, 2 Kings 5:17, and even to a couple of riders. Isaiah 21:7.

3. The term is also applied to a certain amount of land, 1 Samuel 14:14, equivalent to that which a couple of oxen could plough in a day, Isaiah 5:10, (Authorized Version, "acre"), corresponding to the Latin jugum.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Yoke'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/y/yoke.html. 1901.

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