Mule
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Smith's Bible Dictionary
Mule

a hybrid animal, the offspring of a horse and an ass. "The mule is smaller than the horse, and is a remarkably hardy, patient, obstinate, sure-footed animal, living, ordinarily, twice as long as a horse." --McClintock and Strong's Cyclopedia. It was forbidden to the Israelites to breed mules, but sometimes they imported them. It would appear that only kings and great men rode on mules. We do not read of mules at all in the New Testament; perhaps therefore they had ceased to be imported.

ATS Bible Dictionary
Mule

A mixed animal, the offspring of a horse and an ass. A mule is smaller than a horse, and has long ears, though not so long as those of an ass. It is a remarkably hardy, patient, obstinate, surefooted animal, lives twice as long as a horse, and is much more easily and cheaply fed. Mules are much used in Spain and South America, for transporting goods across the mountains. So also in the Alps, they are used by travelers among the mountains, where a horse would hardly be able to pass with safety. There is no probability that the Jews bred mules, because it was forbidden to couple creatures of different species, Le 19:19. But they were not forbidden to obtain them from abroad and use them, 1 Kings 10:25 Ezekiel 27:14. Thus we may observe, especially after David's time, that mules, male and female, were common among the Hebrews; formerly they used only male and female asses, 2 Samuel 13:29 18:9 1 Kings 1:33 10:25 18:5 Esther 8:10,14.

In Genesis 36:24, Anah is said to have found "mules" in the desert; but the Hebrew word here probably means hot springs. See ANAH.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Hebrews pered), so called from the quick step of the animal or its power of carrying loads. It is not probable that the Hebrews bred mules, as this was strictly forbidden in the law (Leviticus 19:19), although their use was not forbidden. We find them in common use even by kings and nobles (2 Samuel 18:9; 1 Kings 1:33; 2 Kings 5:17; Psalm 32:9). They are not mentioned, however, till the time of David, for the word rendered "mules" (R.V. correctly, "hot springs") in Genesis 36:24 (yemim) properly denotes the warm springs of Callirhoe, on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. In David's reign they became very common (2 Samuel 13:29; 1 Kings 10:25).

Mules are not mentioned in the New Testament. Perhaps they had by that time ceased to be used in Palestine.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A hybrid animal; specifically, one generated between an ass and a mare, sometimes a horse and a she-ass. See Hinny.

2. (n.) A plant or vegetable produced by impregnating the pistil of one species with the pollen or fecundating dust of another; -- called also hybrid.

3. (n.) A very stubborn person.

4. (n.) A machine, used in factories, for spinning cotton, wool, etc., into yarn or thread and winding it into cops; -- called also jenny and mule-jenny.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
MULE

mul (peredh (1 Kings 10:25; 1 Kings 18:5 Ezra 2:66 Isaiah 66:20 Zechariah 14:15), the feminine pirdah (1 Kings 1:33, 38, 44), rekhesh, "swift steeds," the King James Version "mules" (Esther 8:10, 14), 'achashteranim, "used in the king's service," the King James Version "camels," the Revised Version margin "mules" (Esther 8:10, 14), yemim, "hot springs," the King James Version "mules" (Genesis 36:24); hemionos, "half-ass," "mule" (1 Esdras 5:43; Judith 15:11)): Mules are mentioned as riding animals for princes (2 Samuel 13:29; 2 Samuel 18:9 1 Kings 1:33, 38, 44); in the tribute brought to Solomon (2 Chronicles 9:24); as beasts of burden (2 Kings 5:17 1 Chronicles 12:40); horses and mules are obtained from the "house of Togarmah" in the distant north (Ezekiel 27:14). The injunction of Psalm 32:9, "Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding," need not be understood as singling out the horse and mule as more in need of guidance than the rest of the brute creation, but rather as offering familiar examples to contrast with man who should use his intelligence.

At the present day mules are used as pack animals and for drawing freight wagons, rarely for riding. One does not often see in Palestine mules as large and fine as are common in Europe and America. This may be because most of the mares and many of the donkeys are small.

Alfred Ely Day

Greek
5268. hupozugion -- a beast of burden or draught
... of Speech: Noun, Neuter Transliteration: hupozugion Phonetic Spelling:
(hoop-od-zoog'-ee-on) Short Definition: a beast of burden, an ass or mule Definition: ...
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1913. epibibazo -- to place upon
... Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: epibibazo Phonetic Spelling: (ep-ee-bee-bad'-
zo) Short Definition: I place upon Definition: I place upon (a horse, mule). ...
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2934. ktenos -- a beast of burden
... ktenos Phonetic Spelling: (ktay'-nos) Short Definition: a beast of burden Definition:
a beast of burden (generally, a horse or mule) either for riding or for ...
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3457a. mulikos -- of a mill
... of a mill. Transliteration: mulikos Short Definition: millstone. Word Origin from
mule (a mill) Definition of a mill NASB Word Usage millstone* (1). ...
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Strong's Hebrew
6506. pirdah -- a female mule
... 6505, 6506. pirdah. 6507 . a female mule. Transliteration: pirdah Phonetic
Spelling: (pir-daw') Short Definition: mule. Word Origin ...
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6505. pered -- a mule
... 6504, 6505. pered. 6506 . a mule. Transliteration: pered Phonetic Spelling:
(peh'-red) Short Definition: mules. Word Origin ... mules' (1). mule. ...
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3222. yem -- perhaps hot springs
... springs (1). mule. From the same as yowm; a warm spring -- mule. see HEBREW
yowm. 3221, 3222. yem or yemim. 3223 . Strong's Numbers.
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7409. rekesh -- steeds
... Word Origin perhaps from rakash Definition steeds NASB Word Usage horses (1),
steeds (2), swift steeds (1). dromedary, mule, swift beast. ...
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327. achashteran -- royal
... Word Origin of foreign origin Definition royal NASB Word Usage royal (1). camel.
Of Persian origin; a mule -- camel. 326, 327. achashteran. 328 . ...
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Library

God's Care Over Me
... One time not long after this a brother was taking me somewhere on a mule. ... Once the
mule on which I was riding became frightened and threw me off. ...
/.../cole/trials and triumphs of faith/chapter xvi gods care over.htm

A Supplementary Chapter to the Bible in Spain
... It has pleased her to play an arrant jade's part, the part of a mula falsa, a vicious
mule, and now, and not for the first time, the brute has been chastised ...
/.../a supplementary chapter to the.htm

A Broken-Hearted Father
... Absalom happened to meet the soldiers of David while riding upon his mule, and the
mule went under the thick branches of a great oak, and Absalom's head caught ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/sherman/the childrens bible/a broken-hearted father.htm

My Call to the Ministry
... giving way entirely. One day Harley went on an errand for Father and the
mule that he rode accidentally got his ankle hurt. When he ...
/.../cole/trials and triumphs of faith/chapter vii my call to.htm

David Appointing Solomon
... The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause
Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon: 34. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/david appointing solomon.htm

The Arabic Gospel of the Infancy of the Saviour (Nt Apocrypha)
... There stood beside them a mule, covered with housings of cloth of gold, and sesame
was put before him; and the women were kissing him, and giving him food. ...
/.../the arabic gospel of the infancy of the saviour/the arabic gospel of the.htm

Psalm XXXII.
... 9. "Be not ye like unto horse or mule, which have no understanding:" and
therefore would govern themselves. But saith the Prophet ...
/.../augustine/exposition on the book of psalms/psalm xxxii.htm

What Then do I Love, when I Love My God? who is He Above The...
... Nor can I by that power find my God; for so horse and mule that have no understanding
might find Him; seeing it is the same power, whereby even their bodies ...
/.../augustine/the confessions of saint augustine/chapter vii what then do.htm

That God is to be Found Neither from the Powers of the Body nor of ...
... Not by that power do I find my God; for then the horse and the mule, "which have
no understanding," [850] might find Him, since it is the same power by which ...
/.../augustine/the confessions and letters of st/chapter vii that god is to.htm

Whether the Reason Can be Overcome by a Passion, against Its ...
... 4: Further, whoever knows the universal, knows also the particular which he knows
to be contained in the universal: thus who knows that every mule is sterile ...
//christianbookshelf.org/aquinas/summa theologica/whether the reason can be.htm

Thesaurus
Mule (9 Occurrences)
... 4. (n.) A machine, used in factories, for spinning cotton, wool, etc., into yarn
or thread and winding it into cops; -- called also jenny and mule-jenny. ...MULE. ...
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Rode (22 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 13:29 And the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded.
Then all the king's sons arose, and they rode each upon his mule and fled. ...
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Ride (31 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 13:29 And the young men of Absalom do to Amnon as Absalom commanded, and
rise do all the sons of the king, and they ride, each on his mule, and flee. ...
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Mules (14 Occurrences)
... as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man
got him up upon his mule, and fled. (See NIV). 1 Kings 10 ...
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Riding (30 Occurrences)
... Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great
oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the ...
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Entangled (11 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 18:9 And Absalom meeteth before the servants of David, and Absalom is riding
on the mule, and the mule cometh in under an entangled bough of the great ...
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Meeteth (12 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 18:9 And Absalom meeteth before the servants of David, and Absalom is riding
on the mule, and the mule cometh in under an entangled bough of the great ...
/m/meeteth.htm - 9k

Midair (4 Occurrences)
... Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great
oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the ...
/m/midair.htm - 7k

Boughs (29 Occurrences)
... Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great
oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the ...
/b/boughs.htm - 16k

Bough (8 Occurrences)
... Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great
oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the ...
/b/bough.htm - 9k

Concordance
Mule (9 Occurrences)

Luke 10:34
He went to him, and dressed his wounds with oil and wine and bound them up. Then placing him on his own mule he brought him to an inn, where he bestowed every care on him.
(WEY)

2 Samuel 13:29
The servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons arose, and every man got him up on his mule, and fled.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Samuel 18:9
Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the sky and earth; and the mule that was under him went on.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Kings 1:33
The king said to them, "Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Kings 1:38
So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride on king David's mule, and brought him to Gihon.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Kings 1:44
The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and they have caused him to ride on the king's mule.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Kings 18:5
Ahab said to Obadiah, "Go through the land, to all the springs of water, and to all the brooks. Perhaps we may find grass and save the horses and mules alive, that we not lose all the animals."
(Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 32:9
Don't be like the horse, or like the mule, which have no understanding, who are controlled by bit and bridle, or else they will not come near to you.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Zechariah 14:15
So will be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the donkey, and of all the animals that will be in those camps, as that plague.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Subtopics

Mule

Mule by the Captivity in Returing from Babylon

Mule in War

Mule used in Barter

Mule: Tribute Paid In

Mule: Uses of As Pack Animals

Mule: Uses of for Royal Riders

Mule: Uses of Ridden by Phetic Vision of the Kingdom of Christ

The Mule of Togarmah, Sold in Fairs of Tyre

The Mule used for Carrying Burdens

The Mule used for Conveying Posts and Messengers

The Mule used for Riding, by Persons of Distinction

The Mule: First Mention of

The Mule: Food of

The Mule: Liable to the Plague

The Mule: Often Given As Tribute

The Mule: Stupid and Intractable

The Mule: The Jews: Brought Many, from Babylon

The Mule: The Jews: Forbidden to Breed

The Mule: The Jews: Set a Great Value Upon

The Mule: The Jews: Shall Used, at the Restoration

Related Terms

Rode (22 Occurrences)

Ride (31 Occurrences)

Mules (14 Occurrences)

Riding (30 Occurrences)

Entangled (11 Occurrences)

Meeteth (12 Occurrences)

Midair (4 Occurrences)

Boughs (29 Occurrences)

Bough (8 Occurrences)

Chanced (3 Occurrences)

Absalom's (16 Occurrences)

Suspended (2 Occurrences)

Terebinth (15 Occurrences)

Thick (129 Occurrences)

Ab'salom (85 Occurrences)

Kerethites (9 Occurrences)

Jehoi'ada (50 Occurrences)

Pelethites (7 Occurrences)

Pelethite (7 Occurrences)

Pel'ethites (7 Occurrences)

Benai'ah (43 Occurrences)

Cherethites (11 Occurrences)

Cher'ethites (10 Occurrences)

Cherethite (8 Occurrences)

Caught (110 Occurrences)

Bridle (12 Occurrences)

Benaiah (44 Occurrences)

Hanging (82 Occurrences)

Absalom (93 Occurrences)

Gihon (6 Occurrences)

Met (118 Occurrences)

Branches (103 Occurrences)

David's (142 Occurrences)

Oak (22 Occurrences)

Jehoiada (51 Occurrences)

Nathan (42 Occurrences)

Bit (46 Occurrences)

Fast (157 Occurrences)

Donkey (84 Occurrences)

Zoology

Unconscious (3 Occurrences)

Journey (214 Occurrences)

Litter (1 Occurrence)

Gimzo (1 Occurrence)

Gat (21 Occurrences)

Include (7 Occurrences)

Trappings (1 Occurrence)

Restraint (34 Occurrences)

Escorted (6 Occurrences)

Dressed (77 Occurrences)

Day's (19 Occurrences)

Mounted (32 Occurrences)

Mulcted

Placing (44 Occurrences)

Buck (23 Occurrences)

Bestowed (43 Occurrences)

Curb (5 Occurrences)

Check (9 Occurrences)

Controlled (20 Occurrences)

Curbed (1 Occurrence)

Anah (10 Occurrences)

Stubborn (40 Occurrences)

Zadok (50 Occurrences)

Amnon (23 Occurrences)

Ornaments (50 Occurrences)

King's (375 Occurrences)

Camps (33 Occurrences)

Hay (5 Occurrences)

Goat (92 Occurrences)

Horse (62 Occurrences)

Camel (13 Occurrences)

Donkeys (71 Occurrences)

Otherwise (78 Occurrences)

Flee (187 Occurrences)

Fled (181 Occurrences)

Ass (95 Occurrences)

Solomon (277 Occurrences)

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