Proverbs 14:4
New International Version
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.

New Living Translation
Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

English Standard Version
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

Berean Study Bible
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but an abundant harvest comes through the strength of the ox.

New American Standard Bible
Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.

King James Bible
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

Christian Standard Bible
Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is empty, but an abundant harvest comes through the strength of an ox.

Contemporary English Version
Without the help of an ox there can be no crop, but with a strong ox a big crop is possible.

Good News Translation
Without any oxen to pull the plow your barn will be empty, but with them it will be full of grain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is empty, but an abundant harvest comes through the strength of an ox.

International Standard Version
Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean, but profits come through the strength of the ox.

NET Bible
Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean, but an abundant harvest is produced by strong oxen.

New Heart English Bible
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean, but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Where there are no oxen, the stalls are clean, and the abundance of crops is by the power of the ox.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Where there are no cattle, the feeding trough is empty, but the strength of an ox produces plentiful harvests.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; But much increase is by the strength of the ox.

New American Standard 1977
Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much increase comes by the strength of the ox.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Without oxen, the storehouse is clean, but by the strength of the ox there is abundance of bread.

King James 2000 Bible
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

American King James Version
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

American Standard Version
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; But much increase is by the strength of the ox.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Where no oxen are, the cribs are clean; but where there is abundant produce, the strength of the ox is apparent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Where there are no oxen, the crib is empty: but where there is much corn, there the strength of the ox is manifest.

Darby Bible Translation
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

English Revised Version
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

Webster's 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.
Study Bible
The Wise Woman
3The proud speech of a fool brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them. 4Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but an abundant harvest comes through the strength of the ox. 5An honest witness does not deceive, but a dishonest witness pours forth lies.…
Cross References
Psalm 144:14
Our oxen will bear great loads. There will be no breach in the walls, no going into captivity, and no cry of lament in our streets.

Proverbs 14:3
The proud speech of a fool brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.

Proverbs 14:5
An honest witness does not deceive, but a dishonest witness pours forth lies.

Treasury of Scripture

Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

clean

Amos 4:6
And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

but

Proverbs 13:23
Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

1 Corinthians 9:9-11
For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? …







Lexicon
Where there are no
בְּאֵ֣ין (bə·’ên)
Preposition-b | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

oxen,
אֲ֭לָפִים (’ă·lā·p̄îm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 504: A family, an ox, cow

the manger
אֵב֣וּס (’ê·ḇūs)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 18: A crib, feeding trough

is empty,
בָּ֑ר (bār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1249: Beloved, pure, empty

but an abundant
וְרָב־ (wə·rāḇ-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

harvest comes
תְּ֝בוּא֗וֹת (tə·ḇū·’ō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8393: Product, revenue

through the strength
בְּכֹ֣חַ (bə·ḵō·aḥ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3581: A small reptile (of unknown species)

of the ox.
שֽׁוֹר׃ (šō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7794: A head of cattle (bullock, ox, etcetera)
(4) Where no oxen are, the crib is clean . . .--A proverb which may be taken in various ways. Some have seen in it an exhortation to kindness towards animals in consideration of their great usefulness. Others, that labour has its disagreeable aspect, but also brings its reward, whether material prosperity ("much increase") or a more enduring reward. (Comp. Galatians 6:9.)

Verse 4. - Where no oxen (cattle) are, the crib is clean. This does not mean, as some take it, that labour has its rough, disagreeable side, yet in the end brings profit; but rather that without bullocks to labour in the fields, or cows to supply milk - that is, without toil and industry, and necessary instruments - the crib is empty, there is nothing to put in the granary, there are no beasts to fatten. The means must be adapted to the end. Much increase is by the strength of the ox. This, again, is not an exhortation to kindness towards animals, which makes no antithesis to the first clause; but it is parallel with Proverbs 12:11, and means that where agricultural works are diligently carried on (the "ploughing ox" being taken as the type of industry), large returns are secured. Septuagint, "Where fruits are plentiful the strength of the ox is manifest." 14:1 A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down. 2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. Those that despise God's precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy. 3. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties. 4. There can be no advantage without something which, though of little moment, will affright the indolent. 5. A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge. 6. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit. 7. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. 8. We are travellers, whose concern is, not to spy out wonders, but to get to their journey's end; to understand the rules we are to walk by, also the ends we are to walk toward. The bad man cheats himself, and goes on in his mistake. 9. Foolish and profane men consider sin a mere trifle, to be made light of rather than mourned over. Fools mock at the sin-offering; but those that make light of sin, make light of Christ. 10. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. 11. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families. 12. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. See the vanity of carnal mirth. 14. Of all sinners backsliders will have the most terror when they reflect on their own ways. 15. Eager readiness to believe what others say, has ever proved mischievous. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. 16. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. 17. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful.
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