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  1. A well-known implement of husbandry, frequently used metaphorically for subjection , e.g. ( 1 Kings 12:4,9-11 ; Isaiah 9:4 ; Jeremiah 5:5 ) hence an "iron yoke" represents an unusually galling bondage. (28:48; Jeremiah 28:13 )
  2. A pair of oxen, so termed as being yoked together. (1 Samuel 11:7 ; 1 Kings 19:19,21 ) 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. 1901.

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