New International Version
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.
King James Bible
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
Darby Bible Translation
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
World English Bible
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean, but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
Young's Literal Translation
Without oxen a stall is clean, And great is the increase by the power of the ox.
Proverbs 14:4 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But much increase is by the strength of the ox - The ox is the most profitable of all the beasts used in husbandry. Except merely for speed, he is almost in every respect superior to the horse.
1. He is longer lived.
2. Scarcely liable to any diseases.
3. He is steady, and always pulls fair in his gears.
4. He lives, fattens, and maintains his strength on what a horse will not eat, and therefore is supported on one third the cost.
5. His manure is more profitable.
6. When he is worn out in his labor his flesh is good for the nourishment of man, his horns of great utility, and his hide almost invaluable.
It might be added, he is little or no expense in shoeing, and his gears are much more simple, and much less expensive, than those of the horse. In all large farms oxen are greatly to be preferred to horses. Have but patience with this most patient animal, and you will soon find that there is much increase by the strength and labor of the ox.
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TEXT: "The wicked shall not be unpunished."--Prov. 11:21. There are very many passages of Scripture which ought to be read in connection with this text; as for example, "Fools make a mock at sin" (Proverbs 14:9), for only a fool would. Better trifle with the pestilence and expose one's self to the plague than to discount the blighting effects of sin. And, again, "The soul that sinneth it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:4). From this clear statement of the word of God there is no escape. Or, again, "Our …
J. Wilbur Chapman—And Judas Iscariot
Sin the Mocker
Epistle xxx. To Eulogius, Bishop of Alexandria.
The Intercession of Christ
our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.
A fool's mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them.
An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.
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