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A mule is the almost-always sterile offspring produced from the crossing of a male donkey (i.e. a jack, or jackass; a female donkey is called a jenny) and a female horse (i.e. a mare; a male horse is called a stallion). Mules were known far back in Bible History.


Mule King David and his sons rode mules:

"all the king's sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule" (2 Samuel 13:29 KJV)

King David's rebellious son Absalom was riding a mule when he got his head caught in an oak tree:

"And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away." (2 Kings 18:9 KJV)

Solomon rode David's mule when he succeeded his father as king:

"And king David said, Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan The Prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. And they came before the king. The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gihon" (1 Kings 1:32-33 KJV)

Mules were among the wealth delivered to Solomon year after year:

"And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year." (1 Kings 10:25 KJV)

The Israelites used various beasts of burden - mules, horses, camels and oxen:

"Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel." (1 Chronicles 12:40 KJV)

After the return from the Babylonian captivity in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, the people of Judah (see also When Israel Became "Israel" and "Judah") still possessed mules, along with horses, camels and asses/donkeys:

"Their horses were seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two hundred forty and five; Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; their asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty." (Ezra 2:66-67 KJV)

Other nations also used mules, such as this example of the Persians in the time of Esther:

"And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries" (Esther 8:10 KJV)

Fact Finder: Are mules mentioned in a prophecy of what will happen, after The Return Of Jesus Christ, if the nations do not observe God's Holy Days?
Zechariah 14:4 (see also The Mount Of Olives)
Zechariah 14:8-9 (see also Living Waters)
Zechariah 14:15-19 (see also The Feast Of Tabernacles)

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