We Put Bits in the Horses' Mouths, That They May Obey Us

Be Ye Not as the Horse, or as the Mule

Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee [NKJV: Else they will not come near you; RSV: else it will not keep with you].

Jeremiah 8:5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.
6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle [RSV: Every one turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle; NIV: Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle].

Proverbs 26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

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