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Muzzle

MUZZLE. The Mosaic Law forbade the muzzling of oxen when they were treading out the grain, i.e., threshing (Deut.25.4). This was a simple, humane command, in accordance with the kindly spirit of much of the law. Paul makes a curious use of the injunction in 1Cor.9.9 and 1Tim.5.18 where he quotes the command in support of his thesis: “The worker deserves his wages” (niv).