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Proverbs 14:4

    Proverbs 14:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Where there are no oxen, their food-place is clean; but much increase comes through the strength of the ox.

    Webster's Revision

    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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Proverbs 14:4

    Crib - A place in which cattle are fattened.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 14:4

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 14:4

    i. e., Labor has its rough, unpleasant side, yet it ends in profit. So also, the life of contemplation may seem purer, "cleaner "than that of action. The outer business of the world brings its cares and disturbances, but also "much increase." There will be a sure reward of that activity in good works for him who goes, as with "the strength of the ox," to the task to which God calls him.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 14:4

    14:4 The crib - The stable is empty of food for cattle, and much more for man. In the same sense cleanness of teeth is put for famine, Amos 4:6. The strength - By their labours, or by diligence in husbandry, which then was principally managed by oxen.