A four-footed mammal related to the horse, common both in the wild and domesticated state in biblical times. The wild ass is portrayed most vividly in (Job 39:5-8). The domesticated ass appears as a basic item of a person’s property (Exod 22:8; Exod 22:9; Exod 23:4; Exod 23:5; Job 24:3; Luke 13:15) and is referred to as a means of transport for goods or people (2Sam 16:1-2). Balaam’s ass, which shows greater insight and loyalty than her master (Num 22:21-35), is probably the most famous ass in the Bible (2Pet 2:16). In the ancient Near East gods and kings were depicted as riding on asses (Zech 9:9; Matt 21:1-11).

Job 39:5-8

5“Who has let the wild ass go free?
Who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass,6to which I have given the steppe for its home,
the salt land for its dwelling pla ... View more

Exod 22:8

8If the thief is not caught, the owner of the house shall be brought before God, to determine whether or not the owner had laid hands on the neighbor's goods.

Exod 22:9

9In any case of disputed ownership involving ox, donkey, sheep, clothing, or any other loss, of which one party says, “This is mine,” the case of both parties s ... View more

Exod 23:4

4When you come upon your enemy's ox or donkey going astray, you shall bring it back.

Exod 23:5

5When you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden and you would hold back from setting it free, you must help to set it free.

Job 24:3

3They drive away the donkey of the orphan;
they take the widow's ox for a pledge.

Luke 13:15

15But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give ... View more

2Sam 16:1-2

David's Adversaries
1When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, carrying two ... View more

Num 22:21-35

21So Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the officials of Moab.Balaam, the Donkey, and the Angel
22God's anger was kindled because h ... View more

2Pet 2:16

16but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.

Zech 9:9

The Coming Ruler of God's People
9Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is ... View more

Matt 21:1-11

Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
1When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,2saying to ... View more

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