The hybrid offspring of a donkey and a horse, normally a jackass and a mare. While its lack of understanding was proverbial (Ps 32:9), the mule’s strength, endurance, and docility made it ideal for transporting goods (2Kgs 5:17; 1Chr 12:40) and riding (Isa 66:20). From their earliest appearance in the OT (2Sam 13:29), mules are usually associated with royalty (2Sam 18:9; 1Kgs 1:33; 1Kgs 1:38; 1Kgs 1:44). Since the law prohibited the breeding of hybrids (Lev 19:19), it is likely that mules were imported into Israel (1Kgs 10:25; Ezra 2:66; Neh 7:38; Ezek 27:14). Mules are not mentioned in the NT.

Ps 32:9

9Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
else it will not stay near you.

2Kgs 5:17

17Then Naaman said, “If not, please let two mule-loads of earth be given to your servant; for your servant will no longer offer burnt offering or sacrifice to a ... View more

1Chr 12:40

40And also their neighbors, from as far away as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen—abundant provisions of ... View more

Isa 66:20

20They shall bring all your kindred from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, on horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and on mules, and on dromedarie ... View more

2Sam 13:29

29So the servants of Absalom did to Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king's sons rose, and each mounted his mule and fled.

2Sam 18:9

9Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. His head caught fast ... View more

1Kgs 1:33

33the king said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon.

1Kgs 1:38

38So the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, went down and had Solomon ride on King David's m ... View more

1Kgs 1:44

44the king has sent with him the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and they had him ride on ... View more

Lev 19:19

19You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your animals breed with a different kind; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed; nor shall you put ... View more

1Kgs 10:25

25Every one of them brought a present, objects of silver and gold, garments, weaponry, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.

Ezra 2:66

66They had seven hundred thirty-six horses, two hundred forty-five mules,

Neh 7:38

38Of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred thirty.

Ezek 27:14

14Beth-togarmah exchanged for your wares horses, war horses, and mules.

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