Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,

    but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

Proverbs 14:4 ESV

This proverb could be restated, “You have to break a few eggs to get an omelet.” In other words, productivity comes at a price.

Here, the writer causes us to ask, “What is my objective?” If I want a clean manger, then I can’t have any oxen in it. However, if I want abundant crops, I can’t have a clean manger.

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