So he departed there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with 12 yoke of oxen before him, and he with the 12th; and Elijah passed over to him, and cast his mantle on him. Bible

“12 yoke of oxen before him.” For fellowship and protection it was the custom for farmers to work together to get the farm work such as plowing done. Elisha was not driving 24 oxen. He was plowing with eleven other men, each of whom had a yoke of oxen.

Commentary for: 1 Kings 19:19