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Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary
פרד , 2 Samuel 13:29; 1 Kings 1:33; 1 Kings 10:25 , &c. A
mongrel kind of quadruped, between the horse and the ass. Its form bears a considerable resemblance to the last mentioned animal; but in its disposition it is rather vicious and intractable; so that its obstinacy has become a proverb. With this creature the early ages were probably unacquainted. It is very certain the Jews did not breed mules, because it was forbidden them to couple together two creatures of different species, Leviticus 19:19 . But they were not prohibited the making use of them: thus we find in David's time that they had become very common, and made up a considerable part of the equipage of princes, 2 Samuel 13:29; 2 Samuel 18:9; 1 Kings 1:33; 1 Kings 1:38; 1 Kings 1:44; 1 Kings 10:25; 2 Chronicles 9:24 .
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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Mule'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​wtd/​m/mule.html. 1831-2.