Deuteronomy 22:10
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New International Version
Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.

New Living Translation
"You must not plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together.

English Standard Version
You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

King James Bible
Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

International Standard Version
"Don't plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.

NET Bible
You must not plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together.

New Heart English Bible
You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

New American Standard 1977
“You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

American King James Version
You shall not plow with an ox and an ass together.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not plough with an ox and an ass together.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not plough with an ox and an ass together.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.

World English Bible
You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

Young's Literal Translation
'Thou dost not plow with an ox and with an ass together.
Study Bible
Various Laws
9"You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, or all the produce of the seed which you have sown and the increase of the vineyard will become defiled. 10"You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. 11"You shall not wear a material mixed of wool and linen together.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?

Deuteronomy 22:11
"You shall not wear a material mixed of wool and linen together.
Treasury of Scripture

You shall not plow with an ox and an ass together.

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 6:14-16 Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship …

Thou shalt not plough with an ox and an ass together,.... They might be used separately, but not together; nor was it uncommon in some countries for asses to be employed in ploughing as well as oxen. Pliny (h) makes mention of some fruitful land in Africa, which when it was dry weather could not be ploughed by oxen, but after showers of rain might be ploughed by a mean little ass; so Leo Africanus (i) says, the Africans only use horses and asses in ploughing. The reason why they were not to be put together was either (as some think) lest the law should be broken which forbids the gendering of cattle with a divers kind, Leviticus 19:19 but Aben Ezra thinks the reason is, because the strength of an ass is not equal to the strength of an ox; and therefore he supposes this law is made from the mercy and commiseration of God extended to all his creatures; though perhaps the better reason is, because the one was a clean creature, and the other an unclean, and this instance is put for all others; and with which agree the Jewish canons, which run thus,"cattle with cattle, wild beasts with wild beasts, unclean with unclean, clean with clean (i.e. these may be put together); but unclean with clean, and clean with unclean, are forbidden to plough with, to draw with, or to be led together (k).''The mystery of this is, that godly and ungodly persons are not to be yoked together in religious fellowship: see 2 Corinthians 6:14.

(h) Nat. Hist. l. 17. c. 5. (i) Descriptio Africae, l. 2. p. 104. (k) Misn. Celaim, c. 8. sect. 2.10. 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 (2Co 6:14), may or may not have been the case. But the prohibition prevented a great inhumanity still occasionally practised 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.22:5-12 God's providence extends itself to the smallest affairs, and his precepts do so, that even in them we may be in the fear of the Lord, as we are under his eye and care. Yet the tendency of these laws, which seem little, is such, that being found among the things of God's law, they are to be accounted great things. If we would prove ourselves to be God's people, we must have respect to his will and to his glory, and not to the vain fashions of the world. Even in putting on our garments, as in eating or in drinking, all must be done with a serious regard to preserve our own and others' purity in heart and actions. Our eye should be single, our heart simple, and our behaviour all of a piece.
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