Glossary: Yoke

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Service (also see definition for “Ox/Donkey”).


  • Paul calls servants those “under the yoke.”

1 Timothy 6:1 (KJV) Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

  • The works of the law are often called a yoke.

Galatians 5:1 (KJV) Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Acts 15:10 (KJV) Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

  • A yoke is used synonymously with a burden (something to carry, responsibility). Jesus says that the only yoke and burden (something to carry) He gives is to simply learn from Him. 

Matthew 11:29-30 (KJV) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

  • Israel’s service to Nebuchadnezzar is called a yoke.

Jeremiah 28:14 (KJV) For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.

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