A heavy load, but also psychological and spiritual anxiety (Deut 1:12; Gal 6:2; Gal 6:5). Certain superscriptions in prophetic books use a term meaning “that which is lifted up” as a technical designation for a weighty proclamation of judgment (Nah 1:1; Hab 1:1; Mal 1:1; Zech 9:1; Isa 13:1; Ezek 12:10). A conscious reflection on this term occurs in (Jer 23:33-40), where Jeremiah accuses opposition prophets of becoming a burden to the deity, although they claimed to possess the burden of the Lord. Since God alone could break the yoke of oppression (Isa 9:4; Isa 10:27; Isa 14:25), hope arose that the burden would eventually diminish. Jesus thus described his burden as light (Matt 11:30).

Deut 1:12

12But how can I bear the heavy burden of your disputes all by myself?

Gal 6:2

2Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Gal 6:5

5For all must carry their own loads.

Nah 1:1

1An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.

Hab 1:1

1The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.

Mal 1:1

1An oracle. The word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.

Zech 9:1

Judgment on Israel's Enemies

1An Oracle.
The word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach
and will rest upon Damascus.
For to the Lord belongs the capital o ... View more

Isa 13:1

Proclamation against Babylon
1The oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw.

Ezek 12:10

10Say to them, “Thus says the Lord GOD: This oracle concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel in it.”

Jer 23:33-40

33When this people, or a prophet, or a priest asks you, “What is the burden of the Lord?” you shall say to them, “You are the burden, and I will cast you off, s ... View more

Isa 9:4

4For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.

Isa 10:27

27On that day his burden will be removed from your shoulder, and his yoke will be destroyed from your neck.

He has gone up from Rimmon,

Isa 14:25

25I will break the Assyrian in my land,
and on my mountains trample him under foot;
his yoke shall be removed from them,
and his burden from their shoulders.

Matt 11:30

30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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