Psalm 144:14
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New International Version
our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.

New Living Translation
and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. May there be no enemy breaking through our walls, no going into captivity, no cries of alarm in our town squares.

English Standard Version
may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets!

New American Standard Bible
Let our cattle bear Without mishap and without loss, Let there be no outcry in our streets!

King James Bible
That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Our cattle will be well fed. There will be no breach in the walls, no going into captivity, and no cry of lament in our public squares.

International Standard Version
May our cattle grow heavy with young, with no damage or loss. May there be no cry of anguish in our streets!

NET Bible
Our cattle will be weighted down with produce. No one will break through our walls, no one will be taken captive, and there will be no terrified cries in our city squares.

New Heart English Bible
Our oxen will pull heavy loads. There is no breaking in, and no going away, and no outcry in our streets.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Our herds increase and there is none sterile among them; there is no ruin neither outcry in our streets!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May our cattle have many calves. May no one break in, and may no one be dragged out. May there be no cries of distress in our streets.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whose oxen are well laden; With no breach, and no going forth, And no outcry in our broad places;

New American Standard 1977
Let our cattle bear,
            Without mishap and without loss,
            Let there be no outcry in our streets!

Jubilee Bible 2000
that our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in nor going out; that there be no shout of alarm in our streets.

King James 2000 Bible
That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no outcry in our streets.

American King James Version
That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

American Standard Version
When our oxen are well laden; When there is no breaking in, and no going forth, And no outcry in our streets:

Douay-Rheims Bible
their oxen fat. There is no breach of wall, nor passage, nor crying out in their streets.

Darby Bible Translation
Our kine laden [with young]; no breaking in and no going forth, and no outcry in our streets.

English Revised Version
When our oxen are well laden; when there is no breaking in, and no going forth, and no outcry in our streets;

Webster's Bible Translation
That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

World English Bible
Our oxen will pull heavy loads. There is no breaking in, and no going away, and no outcry in our streets.

Young's Literal Translation
Our oxen are carrying, there is no breach, And there is no outgoing, And there is no crying in our broad places.
Study Bible
Blessed Be the Lord, My Rock
13Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce, And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; 14Let our cattle bear Without mishap and without loss, Let there be no outcry in our streets! 15How blessed are the people who are so situated; How blessed are the people whose God is the LORD!…
Cross References
2 Kings 25:10
So all the army of the Chaldeans who were with the captain of the guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem.

2 Kings 25:11
Then the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon and the rest of the people, Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away into exile.

Proverbs 14:4
Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.

Isaiah 24:11
There is an outcry in the streets concerning the wine; All joy turns to gloom. The gaiety of the earth is banished.

Jeremiah 14:2
"Judah mourns And her gates languish; They sit on the ground in mourning, And the cry of Jerusalem has ascended.

Amos 5:3
For thus says the Lord GOD, "The city which goes forth a thousand strong Will have a hundred left, And the one which goes forth a hundred strong Will have ten left to the house of Israel."
Treasury of Scripture

That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.

strong to labour. Heb. able to bear burdens, or loaden with flesh.

no breaking in

Deuteronomy 28:7,25 The LORD shall cause your enemies that rise up against you to be …

Judges 5:8 They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield …

Judges 6:3,6 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, …

1 Samuel 13:17-23 And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in three …

Jeremiah 13:17-19 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places …

Jeremiah 14:18 If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! …

Lamentations 1:4-6 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: …

Zechariah 8:3-5 Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the …

(14) This verse is full of obscurities. The words rendered "oxen, strong to labour," can hardly bear this meaning with the present pointing, since the participle is passive, and there is no authority for rendering oxen bearing burdens. The words have been rendered oxen laden, either with the produce of the land, or with their own fat (so apparently the LXX.), or with young, pregnant--all open to the objection that the passive of to bear must mean "to be borne," and the latter to the further objection that the words are in the masculine. But since allphm elsewhere means "heads of families" (Jeremiah 13:21, &c) or "princes," and the noun cognate with the verb is used of a post connected with the revenue (1Kings 11:28; comp. the connection between the Greek ????? and ????????), the participle passive may easily here mean "honoured," or "high in office." Or, from the use of the cognate Chaldee form in Ezra 6:3, "strongly laid," we might render, our princes firmly established; and this is the best explanation of the passage.

No breaking in.--Heb., a "breach," i.e., in the town walls. LXX. and Vulg., "no falling of the fence." Others refer to the folds for cattle. (See Psalm 60:2.) Ewald, however, connecting closely with the mention of "pregnant oxen," renders no abortion. So Syriac: "Our cattle are great (with young), and there is not a barren one among them."

Nor going out--i.e., either to war, or into captivity (Prayer Book version), or the breaking out of cattle. The first is the more probable.

Complaining.--Rather, outcry, cry of sorrow, as in Jeremiah 14:2; or possibly, cry of battle.

Streets.--Better, squares.

Verse 14. - That our oxen may be strong to labor; rather, and our oxen are heavily laden. A sign that an abundant harvest is being gathered in. That there be no breaking in, nor going out; literally, and there is no breach and no removal; i.e. no breach made in our walls, and no removal of our population into captivity. That there be no complaining in our streets; rather, and no wailing in our streets. Here the description of a happy time ends, and a burst of congratulation follows (see the next verse). That our oxen may be strong to labour,.... To draw carriages, to plough with, and to tread out the corn: or "may be burdened" (w); fit to carry burdens; or burdened with flesh, be plump and fat, and in good condition to work; or burdened with young, as some (x) understand it, and then it must be meant of cows, as the word is used, Deuteronomy 7:13; and so here an increase of kine is wished for, as of sheep before. Ministers of the word are compared to oxen for their patience in suffering, and their laboriousness in working, 1 Corinthians 9:9, 1 Timothy 5:17; and happy is it for the churches of Christ when their ministers are laborious ones; are strong to labour, and do labour, in the word and doctrine; stand fast in the faith, and quit themselves like men, and are strong;

that there be no breaking in: of the enemy into the land to invade it, into cities and houses to plunder and spoil them;

nor going out: of the city to meet the enemy and fight with him, peace and not war is desirable; or no going out of one's nation into captivity into a foreign country, as Kimchi; or no breaking in to folds and herds, and leading out and driving away cattle, to the loss of the owners thereof. Some (y) understand both these of abortion, of any violent rupture of the womb, and an immature birth;

that there be no complaining in our streets; on account of famine, pestilence, the sword, violence, and oppression; or no crying (z), no mournful cry or howling and shrieking on account of the enemy being at hand, and just ready to enter in, or being there, killing, plundering, and spoiling.

(w) "onusti", Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus; "onerarii", so some in Vatablus; "onerati", Schmidt; "loden", Ainsworth, (x) So Bochart. Hierozoic. par. 1. l. 2. c. 295. (y) lbid. (z) "clamor", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Musculus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis. 144:9-15 Fresh favours call for fresh returns of thanks; we must praise God for the mercies we hope for by his promise, as well as those we have received by his providence. To be saved from the hurtful sword, or from wasting sickness, without deliverance from the dominion of sin and the wrath to come, is but a small advantage. The public prosperity David desired for his people, is stated. It adds much to the comfort and happiness of parents in this world, to see their children likely to do well. To see them as plants, not as weeds, not as thorns; to see them as plants growing, not withered and blasted; to see them likely to bring forth fruit unto God in their day; to see them in their youth growing strong in the Spirit. Plenty is to be desired, that we may be thankful to God, generous to our friends, and charitable to the poor; otherwise, what profit is it to have our garners full? Also, uninterrupted peace. War brings abundance of mischiefs, whether it be to attack others or to defend ourselves. And in proportion as we do not adhere to the worship and service of God, we cease to be a happy people. The subjects of the Saviour, the Son of David, share the blessings of his authority and victories, and are happy because they have the Lord for their God.
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