Psalms 144:14

14 our oxen will draw heavy loads.[a]There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.

Psalms 144:14 in Other Translations

14 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.
14 may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
14 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.
14 Protect us from invasion and exile - eliminate the crime in our streets.
14 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.

Psalms 144:14 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 144:14

[That] our oxen [may be] strong to labour
To draw carriages, to plough with, and to tread out the corn: or "may be burdened" F23; fit to carry burdens; or burdened with flesh, be plump and fat, and in good condition to work; or burdened with young, as some


F24 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 Corinthians 9:10 ) ( 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 F25 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 F26, 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.
F23 (Mylbom) "onusti", Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus; "onerarii", so some in Vatablus; "onerati", Schmidt; "loden", Ainsworth,
F24 So Bochart. Hierozoic. par. 1. l. 2. c. 295.
F25 lbid.
F26 (hxwu) "clamor", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Musculus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Psalms 144:14 In-Context

12 Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.
13 Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields;
14 our oxen will draw heavy loads.There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.
15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is the LORD.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Proverbs 14:4
  • 2. 2 Kings 25:11
  • 3. Isaiah 24:11; Jeremiah 14:2-3

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "our chieftains will be firmly established"
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