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Yoke


Yoke.

1. A well-known implement of husbandry, frequently used metaphorically for subjection, e.g., 1 Kings 12:4, 9-11; Isa. 9:4; Jer. 5:5; hence an “iron yoke” represents an unusually galling bondage. Deut. 28:48; Jer. 28:13. 2. A pair of oxen, so termed as being yoked together. 1 Sam. 11:7; 1 Kings 19:19, 21. The Hebrew term is also applied to asses, Judges 19:10, and mules, 2 Kings 5:17, and even to a couple of riders. Isa. 21:7. 3. The term is also applied to a certain amount of land, 1 Sam. 14:14, equivalent to that which a couple of oxen could plough in a day, Isa. 5:10 (Authorized Version “acre”), corresponding to the Latin jugum.